Since the foundation of the British Science Festival, the Scientific Sections, comprised of science professionals, have played a key role in developing the programme of events and organising talks, demonstrations, and other activities. For example, here is a list of the 2022 Section Presidents and the titles of their Presidential Addresses at the British Science Festival 2022. The Sections are also important for advising the British Science Association (BSA) on the latest developments within their fields.

Being involved in a Section can be extremely engaging and rewarding, as it can give you the opportunity to bring areas of your discipline to the wider public. It can also provide opportunities to make contacts with a wide range of people from multiple fields at various levels of their career, exposing you to new ideas and developments within your own and other disciplines.

If you’re interested in being involved in one of our Scientific Sections or learning about our other volunteering opportunities, please contact [email protected]

If you're a Section Recorder, please review our Event Proposal FAQs in advance of proposing an event for the British Science Festival 2023. Section members can also download the Section's Handbook.

List of the British Science Association's Sections:

Agriculture and Food

Archaeology and Anthropology

Biological Sciences








History of Science

Mathematical Sciences

Medical Sciences

Physics and Astronomy


Science and the Arts

Sociology and Social Policy