The theme for this year's British Science Association’s (BSA) thought leadership event, For Thought, is ‘Collaboration in an uncertain world: how science and innovation is shaping society’s response to complex challenges, from net zero to public health and the metaverse’.

For Thought, formerly the Huxley Summit, will take place in-person for the first time since 2019. The event is attended by senior leaders from business, science, policy and civil society, providing a forum for cross-sector discussion on the role of science in solving the greatest challenges of the day, and the how science can better work alongside other areas of industry.

Previous speakers include Sir David KingDr Emily Shuckburgh, Professor Sir David Omand, Professor Alice Roberts, and Yassmin Abdel-Magied.

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This year’s agenda homes in the following topics:

  • Solutions for driving transparent and measurable progress towards Net Zero
  • Collaboration, integrity, and diplomacy in an uncertain world
  • Navigating the new online environment (the metaverse)

Highlights from the event will be shared on BSA channels and For Thought website.

Hilary Newiss, Chair of the BSA and Co-Chair of For Thought says:

“We’re delighted to invite inspiring and influential minds from science, business, policy and civil society to discuss some of the most pertinent issues of the day.

“Our speakers and attendees will pick up on conversations started at past events – such as the climate crisis – and go beyond this, to deliberate the measures and policies we need to ensure progress is meaningful and transparent.

“One aspect of the BSA’s 10-year strategy is to enable dialogue that improves the way science is used in business, policy and other sectors. For Thought provides an opportunity to discuss science in the broader context; bridging the gap between what’s happening at forefront of research and its relevance to public life. I’m looking forward to the conversations on December 1st.”

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