Working with science communicators and public 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.

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. 

Book now - Science Communication Primer

The Science Communication Primer gives those new to science communication and engagement an overview of this varied sector. It is suitable for researchers, educators, those in the early stages of their sci-comm career, volunteers looking to expand their skills and anyone who is passionate about engaging society with science. The next Primer will take place in London on 7 April 2017, you can follow the event via #scicommprimer.

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.