The British Science Association's (BSA) vision is a future where science is more relevant, representative and connected to society.

Science is more than a body of research, people working in a lab or even the wider industry that surrounds that.

It’s also a way of asking questions, making decisions, and understanding the world. Science is a tool that everyone in the UK could and should be able to use. For us to grow as a society, it’s essential that we all do.

Our vision and mission

The science sector has many structural and system-wide barriers that it’s time to remove. We’re working with business leaders, policy makers, scientists, community leaders, teachers, and many others to say goodbye to the old stereotypes of who a scientist ‘should be’. With their help, we’re bringing more voices into the conversation, to help more people see science (in all its forms) as a relevant part of their lives.

The UK is bursting with potential and we’re helping to unlock it.

We’re striving for a future where everyone is represented and has their voice heard on the issues that matter to them. So, science goes beyond being a lesson at school and becomes a way of thinking and making decisions – about looking after our health, protecting the planet and choosing and using new technology.

Our 10-year strategy

In 2021, we celebrated our 190th birthday and launched our 10-year strategy. This will guide our work in the lead up to our bicentenary in 2031. Over the next decade we will deepen our focus on engaging audiences who have been typically overlooked by science.

Find out more about our 10-year strategy (opens in new tab)

Read our Former Chief Executive, Katherine Mathieson's, thoughts on the new strategy and its significance in our blog.