British Science Association

The British Science Association (BSA) is a charity and learned society founded in 1831 to aid in the promotion and development of science.[1] Until 2009 it was known as the British Association for the Advancement of Science (BA).[3] The current Chief Executive is Katherine Mathieson. The BSA's mission is to get more people engaged in the field of science by coordinating, delivering, and overseeing different projects that are suited to achieve these goals.[4] The BSA "envisions a society in which a diverse group of people can learn and apply the sciences in which they learn."[5] and is managed by a professional staff located at their Head Office in the Wellcome Wolfson Building.[5] The BSA offers a wide variety of activities and events that both recognize and encourage people to be involved in science.[6] These include the British Science Festival, British Science Week, the CREST Awards, Huxley Summit, Media Fellowships Scheme, along with regional and local events.[6]

British Science Association
Founded1831; 190 years ago (1831)[1]
TypeProfessional organisation and registered charity
Registration no.212479
  • Wellcome Wolfson Building,
    165 Queen's Gate, London SW7 5HD[2]
Coordinates51.4971°N 0.1790°W / 51.4971; -0.1790
Area served
UK, Worldwide
Key people
Chair: Gisela Abbam
President: Professor Alice Roberts
CEO: Katherine Mathieson
£2,754,408 (year ending Dec 2018)[2]