The British Science Association wants to empower many more people – not just scientists – to constructively engage in debates over science’s role in their lives, their local economy, and the UK’s future.

To make sure these conversations are happening at a local level, we are working with our branches and other organisations on our Future Debates series, to run debates across the country. We want to find out what people think of a big issue in science and technology that could potentially have a significant impact on our society. Each year, Future Debates will focus on a particular issue.

Autumn 2017: Does it matter who funds science?

This year's debates are on the topic of science funding and who does it. Does it matter if private companies fund science? Does private funding create bias in the research? How can we trust researchers?

The events will be held across the UK this Autumn.

If you are interested in hosting a debate, please read these guidelines

Summer 2016: Genome data privacy

Winter 2015: Robotic and autonomous systems