Working with science engagement professionals is an essential part of the British Science Association’s strategy. This group can reach new audiences, improve our work, and promote science as a fundamental part of culture and society.

We define science communicators as ‘anyone working on having, or facilitating, conversations about science, whether paid or voluntarily.’

Based on our Science Communicator Consultation, we are developing new projects to support this diverse and growing community’s needs, building on the success of our  Science Communication Conference. 

We decided to review our work with science communicators in 2015/16 by consulting with the community to help shape our thinking. The results have demonstrated the community wants more training, networking and a hub for the sector to meet. As the sector has grown and diversified, there’s a need for more year-round and tailored support in addition to the Conference, and that’s what we want to deliver.

Leading science engagement in a changing world

‘Leading science engagement in a changing world’ was a half-day event held on 1 June 2017, organised by British Science Association and hosted by the Royal Society of Chemistry, with support from Institute of Physics and the Wellcome Trust. The event aimed to provide space for reflection and conversation among leaders and influencers in the science engagement sector, such as learned societies, the media, government, cultural organisations, museums and discovery centres, think tanks, education and higher education institutions.

We have condensed the conversations and ideas from the event into a short document.

Download the summary

Inclusivity and making science accessible to everyone is at the heart of the BSA’s vision and the event has already helped us think through how we can further embed this in our programmes and share our resources. 

 We would be really keen for input from anyone working in science engagement or related fields. In particular, we want to know: 

  • Which of these ideas stand out to you? Would you like to help take an idea forward?
  • What are you and your collaborators already working on?
  • What would you like to see more of?

Let us know by contacting Clio Heslop (clio.heslop@britishscienceassociation.org)

Events for science communicators

We value networking and learning across the different sub-sectors of science communication and public engagement. Our events are for all people involved in creating conversations about science, whether you are a scientist who does science communication as a part of your job, a volunteer, or a full-time professional in science communication and public engagement.

In 2017, we are running a range of exciting events around the country. These events are for people from all sub-sectors and backgrounds, but we do target some of our events to particular groups and experience levels. 

A Changing Sector: where is science communication now?

The British Science Association (BSA) has published A Changing Sector: Where is science communication now? This report is a snapshot of the science communication and public engagement sector in the UK in February 2016. 

Read the report and find out more about the results.