Below is a selection of some of our past projects:

Media Fellowships

Media Fellowships scheme provides a unique opportunity for practising scientists, clinicians and engineers to spend two to six weeks working at the heart of a media outlet such as the Guardian, BBC Breakfast or the Londonist.

After 34 years of successfully running the programme, we were delighted to announce the Association of British Science Writers as new partners, taking over the management and administration of the scheme. 



Youth Industrial Strategy Competition

The Youth Industrial Strategy Competition was a national STEM initiative that inspired & challenge young people aged 11-to-19. Over 2,000 students between the ages of 11 and 19 participated in the Competition which saw their teams submitting projects that address one of the UK Government’s four Grand Challenges: Clean Growth, Artificial Intelligence and Data, Ageing Society and the Future of Mobility.

Future Debates

Future Debates were a series of annual debates that took place from 2015-2018 across the country. The debates centred around a different topic each year, from sharing DNA to Genome data privacy. The aim of the debates was 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. Also, to find out what people think of a big issue in science and technology that could potentially have a significant impact on our society. 

Demo Day

Demo Day was an annual campaign held during British Science Week that aimed to inspire secondary school teachers and technicians to explore new concepts, provoke discussions and generate excitement through running science demonstrations.  It ran successfully over three years in hundreds of schools across the UK. 

MARCH - Making Science Real in Schools

MARCH is a project spanning Europe, bringing together seven countries and numerous institutions and educational establishments, in order to share and promote innovative content and best practices for use in science education for secondary schools.

Science matters: bringing policy to voters 

In the run up to the General Election 2015, we teamed up with journalist Susan Watts, former science editor of Newsnight, to interview the science spokespeople from the main political parties. Many discussions about science and technology take place behind closed doors in institutions across the UK, but we’re bringing these discussions to the public.

Science: Not Just for Scientists

The BSA's goal, during our three-year business plan from 2015 - 2018, was for science to be a fundamental part of culture and society. The 'Not Just for Scientists' campaign sought to engage people from across many different sectors to contribute to the debate about science's role in society. The campaign featured a collection of essays, and some ideas crowd-sourced from a wide cross-section of BSA collaborators and supporters.

Engineers: Engage!

Engineers: Engage! was run in partnership with the Royal Academy of Engineering on this public engagement training programme for engineers to help them run activities and deliver events that demonstrated why their work is so inspiring, fascinating or vital.


British Science Association worked with the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine on Flusurvey to help grow the number of under-18-year-olds participating.

Ugly Animals Campaign

British Science Association ran a campaign in partnership with the Ugly Animal Preservation Society to find them a new mascot. Read more about the campaign and see the campaign videos.

The Big Bumblebee Discovery

The Big Bumblebee Discovery was a citizen science experiment run in 2014 in partnership with EDF Energy. 

Mass Participation Projects

Here is a brief overview of all the mass participation projects that the British Science Association has been involved in over the years.

Youth Voice Projects

Information on the past youth voice projects that the British Science Association has been involved in over the years.

Public Attitudes to Science Survey

In partnership with Ipsos Mori and the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) we worked on the Public Attitudes to Science survey to find out what the public really think about science.