What is British Science Week?
British Science Week (BSW) 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 2017, BSW will be 9 – 18 March.
Who organises British Science Week?
BSW is coordinated by the British Science Association and is funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).
BSW 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 BSW 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 in BSW: 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 a BSW 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.
Does British Science Week have a theme?
As of 2014 we have stopped having overarching themes for BSW because we found that they overshadowed the week itself and the fact that people could organise any type of event they like. With that said, our annual schools’ competition and activity packs will have themes, but these will not link to any of our marketing materials for BSW as a whole.
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. However, all events that are registered as public will be featured in the BSW online programme, which is promoted across the country. Your public event could also be included in our regional and national press releases.
You can also promote your event for free on Science Live’s event listing and map.
Can I download BSW 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 an updated list of grants available, ideas on where to look for funding and how to attract sponsorship for your event.
When do I need to let you know about my event plans?
You can pledge your event from October 2017 until BSW, in March. We want to hear about all of the events that are going on around the UK, so even if your event is not open to the public, please do let us know by pledging it.
How can I find out what’s happening in my area?
You can find out what public BSW 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.