Sustaining Excellence

The British Science Association has received funding from the Wellcome Trust under the Sustaining Excellence grant scheme. The scheme gives long-term support to organisations who have been previously funded by the Wellcome Trust to increase the impact of their public engagement projects and develop new ways of working.

This grant will support the BSA’s mission to transform the diversity and inclusivity of science. We will start by reflecting on our organisation and processes, to look at what works well, and what steps we can take to improve. We will be sharing our learning throughout and will be supporting others in the science engagement sector to try more inclusive approaches as the project progresses.

Previous projects

Science Live

The British Science Association have developed a new online platform called Science Live with the support of the Wellcome Trust, who funded the project through their People Awards scheme.

Science Live (www.sciencelive.net) is a new kind of event platform – a sharing economy model that facilitates links between each part of the science event equation: the public, the speakers, the volunteers and the organisers.

Science Live supports event organisers by giving them access to speakers, connecting them with local volunteers and putting their events in front of the right audiences.

Through Science Live, we will create an online community of science event organisers.

Media Fellows

The Wellcome Trust has also supported the British Science Association’s Media Fellowship scheme again for 2016.

Media Fellowships provide 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.

Every year up to ten Media Fellows are mentored by professional journalists and learn how the media operates and reports on science, how to communicate with the media and to engage the wider public with science through the media.

After their media placement Fellows attend the British Science Festival in September; which provides an opportunity to gain valuable experience working alongside a range of media organisations from all over the UK in our dedicated Press Centre. The Festival also offers opportunities to learn from a wide range of public engagement activities and network with academics, journalist and science communicators.