The British Science Association believes that people of all backgrounds and beliefs should be able to learn, question and have their say on science. We must therefore ensure that all staff, volunteers and audience members feel equally able to work and engage with us.

We define diversity broadly, including the Equality Act 2010 protected characteristics of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and belief, sex, and sexual orientation. Our definition also includes education, experience, geography, and socioeconomic status.

Our staff and volunteers

The British Science Association strives to be a fair employer, offering employment and volunteering opportunities to a range of people. We believe that having staff and volunteers at all levels from a wide range of backgrounds and skills will help produce ideas and solutions that may not come from a smaller range of groups. A diverse workforce and volunteer pool can also help us better understand and meet the needs of diverse audience groups, and thus create events and programmes that raise the diversity of our audiences.

We endeavour to provide equality and fairness for all our staff and volunteers and to create a working environment that promotes dignity and respect, where individual differences and the contributions of all are recognised and valued. We regularly monitor the make-up and satisfaction of our staff and volunteers.

Our programmes

The British Science Association aims for our programmes to be inclusive and to reach diverse audiences. Below are some examples.

  • The British Science Week Community Grant Scheme engages audiences that are underrepresented in science by empowering and supporting community groups to run their own science activities during British Science Week.
  • Speakers and participants in the Huxley Summit include leaders from business, the arts, and science that are also diverse in terms of race and gender.
  • Year after year, we see an even gender split on the numbers of students completing CREST Awards.
  • In our research work we always recruit participants that represent the makeup of the UK, working with recruitment agencies to ensure that the views we collect are as robust as possible.

The British Science Association recognises that diversity and inclusion are long-term aspirations, and that goals change over time, as the world changes and as we learn more. We therefore aspire to continually improve our understanding and our practice, to learn from our own experiences and others’ experiences, and to remain open to feedback and advice.

Our diversity and inclusion work is led by the BSA's Diversity Working Group, which is comprised of staff members from across departments and roles. For more information, please get in touch with Christina Fuentes Tibbitt at christina.tibbitt@britishscienceassociation.org