Building upon our work with the British Science Week Community Grant Scheme, in 2018 the British Science Association piloted the new Community Leaders programme. The aim of the programme is to harness the passion and ideas of individuals who work with underserved audiences and to enhance their skills to enable them to become leaders of science engagement in their communities.

In 2018 we recruited twelve individuals who had previously received a British Science Week Community Grant to become ambassadors in their regions of the UK. Each member of the group was already doing fantastic work across the UK and had strongly established relationships with their communities, which is why we believe they are the ones best placed to deliver high-quality, impactful science engagement. Through the Community Leaders programme we  upskilled our group of participants, supported them in developing long-term science engagement projects, and helped facilitate collaboration between their community groups and the science communication sector. You can read more about the first year's programme here.

We are now accepting expressions of interest for the 2019 cohort. The role will involve establishing long-term science engagement in your community, and to prepare successful applicants, the BSA will deliver group training sessions at our head office in London. We will cover the cost of participants' travel. Once their training is complete, the Community Leaders will each automatically be awarded £1,000 to develop projects for British Science Week 2020 and beyond. We will prioritise applications from individuals who represent an organisation that has previously received a British Science Week Community Grant.

For more information, please read the expression of interest guidelines, which include the link to the online form. Please note, the expressions of interest deadline has been extended to Tuesday, 16 July 2019, at 5pm.

If you have any questions about the programme or the application process, please email [email protected].

Here is the list of our 2018-2019 Community Leaders:

  • Fawaz Alghofari, Syrian Community of Leeds
  • Mohammed Attaur Rahman, Wardleworth Community Centre 
  • Carmel Britto, LPF Kiddies Club
  • Ann Fomukong-Boden, Kakou
  • Carl Gillam, Canolfan Ebeneser
  • Saoirse Higgins, Papay Development Trust
  • Gemma Martin, Wheal Martyn
  • Mathew Rogers, St Michael's Youth Project
  • Leah Vellam-Steptoe, Frank Wise School
  • Stephen Williams, OASIS Community Centre and Gardens
  • Yang Zhou, Mandarin Speakers Association Derry

Image of first Community Leaders cohort