Last night, at an event in London, the British Science Association launched its first collection of essays that explore the themes surrounding the organisation’s vision.

The collection includes contributions from the organisation’s Chief Executive, Imran Khan (you can read his essay here); newly appointed Chair, Lord David Willetts; and current President, Professor Dame Athene Donald. There are also essays by figures including economist Dame Frances Cairncross; scientist in residence at the Rambert, Professor Nicky Clayton; and Matt Locke, founder of Storythings.

Imran Khan, Chief Executive of the BSA, is keen to see the essay collection become the catalyst for discussion and debate around science’s role in culture and society:

“Science is too important, valuable and fascinating to be left to professional scientists alone. For the good of society, the public, and scientific progress itself, science needs a broader community,” he explained.

“A scientific profession that looked more like the rest of the UK, and where a greater diversity of people knew scientists personally, should be something that we all aim for.”

The essay booklet was officially launched at an event held at the Rambert Dance Studios in Waterloo, London last night, with distinguished guests from a variety of sectors and backgrounds. The evening also saw the launch of a brand new animation explaining the BSA’s vision and mission.

Details on how to request an essay booklet will be announced shortly and you find a Storify about the event here.

You can read Imran Khan's essay here on the Guardian science blog.