A national programme to connect science with civil society, making science more accessible and seen as a fundamental part of our culture and society. To this end, it organises four interrelated events annually:
- British Science Festival, one of the largest STEM events in Europe. Held each year in a different city for a week, there are over 250 activities, exhibitions and tours; aimed at families, school groups, adults, and professionals interested in the latest research.
- National Science and Engineering Week (NSEW), with more than 4,500 events over 10 days that pay tribute to science, engineering and technology, and their importance in society.
- Crest Awards, awarded to projects undertaken by young people aged 11 to 19 years, helped by teachers, scientists and engineers as partners or mentors.
- Science in Society, a programme to support communication in science and the research community. It organises, on an annual basis, the Science Communication Conference.
- 33 British Science Association branches in England and 7 in Scotland.
- 300 researchers involved.
- 15,000 visitors to the x-change blog.
- 1,500 scientists have collaborated in events.
- 250,000 young people have participated in the Crest Awards since 2007.
- 43,000 visitors to the British Science Festival.
- 12,000 students particpated in British Science Festival events.
Imran Khan and Rupa Kundu