The BSA believes all young people have a right to have their voice heard in discussions over science’s role in their lives, communities, and society at large.

Despite this, research undertaken by the BSA in 2017 found that young people do not feel able to have their say on the issues affecting their future.

We created the Future Forums format (facilitated workshops, plus guest speakers on the topic) to empower young people to share their views and discuss innovative solutions to the challenges facing their communities, society and the world around them.

Our pilot event was run in partnership with Affinity Sutton and Oxfam, and explored the issues of the future of cities, innovation and inequality. You can read more on the blog here.

In 2019, we ran four Future Forums (in Glasgow, Gateshead, Bury St Edmunds and Lambeth), funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), to understand the views of young people on the four 'Grand Challenges' from the Government’s modern Industrial Strategy (AI & Data, Ageing Society, Clean Growth, and Future of Mobility).

This report gives an insight into the project, and their thoughts on the topics. 

Download the report here: