The Huxley Summit is a one-day thought leadership event that brings together business leaders, scientists, policy-makers and opinion-formers to discuss key scientific and social challenges facing the UK in the 21st century.

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The Huxley Summit 2018 takes place on Wednesday 28 November.

This is an invitation-only event – for an audience of 250 C-suite representatives from business, policy and science – aims to bring non-scientists into the leadership and decision-making structures of science; giving leaders from other sectors a mandate for being involved in discussions about science and its impact on society and the world around us.

Why a Summit?

For centuries Britain has been at the forefront of science and engineering. Science is not just part of our past, a venerable heritage of a bygone era – it is part of our future; the UK’s competitiveness and economy depends on it.

Other sectors of our society – including business, politics, media, art, or sport – are seen as being collectively owned, whereas science remains the exclusive domain of professionals and experts.

We want to develop links between scientists and non-scientists, to ensure science and its applications are understood and owned by society as a whole.

We want influencers in all levels and sectors in society to see science as part of their domain, and their responsibility.

The Huxley Summit brought together 250 of the most influential people in the UK. These people influence our democracy, our spending potential and where we spend our money, how we communicate, how we learn, what we understand about our world, the public services we use, how we get around and they reach everyone in society.

The objectives of the Summit are to:

  • Create the space for key decision and change makers, both within and beyond science, to debate and agree radical new ways of using science to advance society;
  • Become a significant, agenda-setting moment in the national psyche, standing alongside gatherings such as Davos, the party conferences, TED, Hay or the Edinburgh Fringe;
  • Attract influencers far beyond the boundaries of science; deliberately blurring the lines that separate science from business, politics, media and the creative industries; and
  • Act as a key vehicle for achieving the BSA's vision of positioning science at the heart of UK culture and society.

What's in a name?

At the BSA's annual meeting of 1860, Thomas Huxley ('Darwin's Bulldog') and Samuel Wilberforce (the Lord Bishop of Oxford and a Fellow of the Royal Society) debated the still-tentative matter of evolution. The debate took place just months after Darwin had finally published On the Origin of Species, and was arguably instrumental in helping the public - or at least some sections of it - engage with evolution as an idea at the same time as its scientific merits were being debated.

We wanted to capture that spirit of public debate, engagement, and interest in a high profile arena – and, crucially, involving people from beyond the boundaries of science.

How can I get involved?

For sponsorship and partnership enquiries, please contact Amy MacLaren, Director of Development & Communications.

For enquiries around content and event invitations, please contact Jon Fitzmaurice, Head of Cultural Development.

To be added to our press list, please contact Louise Ogden, Head of Communications.