What is British Science Week?
British Science Week is a 10-day programme of thousands of events running throughout the whole of the UK with the aim of celebrating science, engineering, technology and maths. With no restrictions on who can organise events, the topics on which they are focused, the audience or the venue, the resulting programme is a hugely varied and eclectic mix suitable for people of all ages and abilities.
What are the dates?
For 2020, British Science Week will take place between 6 – 15th of March.
Who organises British Science Week?
British Science Week is coordinated by the British Science Association and is funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).
British Science Week events can be organised by anyone. Our organisers are people from all walks of life: teachers, community group leaders, researchers, parents, students, professionals and many more. The continuing success of the Week depends entirely on the incredible efforts of our event organisers and the enthusiasm of participants.
Why should I take part?
Organisers tend to have their own unique reasons for taking part: sometimes it is that they wish to use the additional publicity that they can generate by being involved, while other times people just like taking part in such a large campaign.
Who are the events targeted at?
Anyone and everyone! The idea behind the programme is to raise awareness, spark enthusiasm and celebrate science, engineering, technology and maths with people of all ages and from all walks of life. Each event targets different audiences – it’s up to event organisers to decide.
Where do the events take place?
Throughout the whole of the UK. Events take place in a diverse range of locations, from museums, schools and universities to shopping centres, business premises, libraries and theatres. You name it and an event can be held there.
What sort of event can I run?
There are no strict rules, and any format of event is welcome. All we ask is that the event has a science, engineering, technology or maths theme or sub-theme.
What is the best way for me to find an event speaker, presenter or volunteers?
Our online platform, ScienceLive, connects event organisers with speakers and volunteers.
Where can I find further information, activity ideas and resources?
Take a look at our Getting started page for information about free activity packs , as well as our many how-to guides and templates. We also offer downloadable materials, including logos, leaflets and posters.
Can the British Science Association help with my event publicity?
Marketing and publicity for your event is primarily up to you. Check out our guide to publicising your event here.
Can I download British Science Week logos to use on my marketing materials?
Yes, you can. Logos are available here.
Is there funding available to assist with running an event?
The British Science Association coordinates a series of grants. The Kick Start Grant is for schools in challenging circumstances and our Community Grants are for organisations working with audiences who are under-represented in science.
We also produce a how-to guide to help you find funding. This guide includes a list of available grants, ideas on where to look for funding and how to attract sponsorship for your event.
How can I find out what’s happening in my area?
You can find out what public events are happening in your area through Science Live.
Can I contact a staff member of the British Science Association with any queries?
You can contact us at any time by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I register for a free e-newsletter?
Yes, just fill out the newsletter form at the bottom of our homepage.
Why did the name change to British Science Week?
British Science Week is organised by the British Science Association (BSA). The BSA use the broadest definition of science, which includes technology, engineering, maths, social sciences and economics. By changing the name of British Science Week in 2014, this has brought it in line with the BSA’s definition of science, as well as the names of some of the BSA’s other programmes, such as the British Science Festival, which embrace science in all its forms.
It was also felt that by highlighting engineering specifically in the name of the Week, it had the unintended effect of deterring technology, maths and other social science-based organisations to run events during the Week, as well as events from organisations and individuals represented by the creative industries.