British Science Association

British Science Association


About British Science Association

The British Science Association (formerly known as the BA) envisages a society in which people from all walks of life are able to access science, engage with it and feel a sense of ownership about its direction.

We seek to achieve that by connecting science with people: promoting openness about science in society and affirming science as a prime cultural force through engaging and inspiring adults and young people directly with science and technology, and their implications.

Established in 1831, the British Science Association organises major initiatives across the UK, including the annual British Science Festival, National Science & Engineering Week, programmes of regional and local events, and an extensive programme for young people in schools and colleges. For more information please see: National Science + Engineering Competition

The National Science & Engineering Competition.
The National Science + Engineering Competition is open to all 11-18 year olds living in the UK and in full-time education. The Competition aims to recognise and reward young people's achievements in all areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

The Competition is open for entries from Jan - October each year, through either Regional Heats or Online Applications. The chosen Finalists are invited to showcase their work to thousands of people at The Big Bang Fair in March. For more information please see:

National Science & Engineering Week
National Science & Engineering Week shines the spotlight each March on how the sciences, technology, engineering and maths relate to our everyday lives, and helps to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers with fun and participative events and activities.

Join thousands by organising or visiting events at museums, universities, shopping centres, cafes and more to help celebrate science and engineering across the UK from 15th to 24th March 2013. Any organisation or community group can take part and plan an event or activity to inspire their own audiences, and our theme for 2013 is 'invention and discovery'.

Funding, helpful how-to resources, fun hands-on activity packs, exciting projects and competitions to support and inspire you are available right here, and we are adding more all the time.

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