The British Science Association has collated and analysed all of its data on youth perspectives, resulting in a collection of valuable insights into how young people perceive and engage with science.

Our work has revealed young people’s active interests, the importance of nurturing personal connections, and the need for scientists to effectively communicate their goals and benefits to society. The findings also shed light on the topics that matter most to young individuals, emphasising the significance of addressing climate change, economic concerns, mental health services and other key areas.

Research conducted by the BSA shows that young people do not feel that their voices are heard in important conversations that affect their future. Young people also think that politicians, scientists and other influential figures do not speak to them effectively, or represent them adequately. 

BSA has attempted to address this through programmes such as Future Forum, which aims to give young people a chance to have their voices heard on issues involving science.  Additionally, a number of UK-wide polls have been commissioned by the BSA over the years to gauge young people’s views on a wide range of topics, from COVID-19 to attitudes towards scientists.

This project has been enabled with support from the James Weir Foundation and BSA Strategic Partners 3M. In their own endeavour, 3M has explored global attitudes towards science over the past five years, through their State of Science Index.

The findings from these datasets have been broken down into three core themes:

Science’s service to young people and our society

Young people's, connection, and engagement with science

Topics of importance to young people

For more information on the methodology and data sources behind the BSA's Youth Insights work, please click on the following links: 

BSA Youth Insights: Methodology 

BSA Youth Insights: Data Sources