About this project
In the early 1830s, a group of polymaths, inventors and historians of science came together to found the British Association for the Advancement of Science. They sought greater national attention to the aims of science.
The BA (as it became known) encouraged scientists to discuss their work with the public, as well as with colleagues from across different disciplines.
The organisation has had a vast impact on British culture; hosting the famous Huxley/Wilberforce debate on evolution, helping to introduce the terms dinosaur and scientist into our vernacular and even standards for electrical usage such as the amp, the ohm and the volt.
Fast forward to today and the relationship between science and culture is more complex than ever before. The British Science Association’s (BSA), as we are now known, vision is of a world where science is a fundamental part of – not set apart from – culture and society.
This website aims to share and stimulate ideas for how science can work with those from all sectors – including the arts, business, politics and sport – to start to make this a reality.