BSF 18 Call for Proposals &Award Lecture nominations

The British Science Festival is Europe’s longest standing science festival, travelling to a different place in the United Kingdom each year. It aims to diversify the public’s understanding of science, with an events programme that encompasses it in the broadest sense of the word.

Next year, the Festival is taking place in Hull – the 2017 UK City of Culture – and will be hosted by the University of Hull between 11-14 September 2018. We’ve got a number of ways that you can get involved…

1) Open Call for proposals

Would you like to be involved in the British Science Festival 2018? We’re looking for proposals from across the scientific spectrum and beyond. Festival content should be aimed at non-specialist adults (i.e. aged 16+) with a broad interest in science. We welcome and encourage creative formats and drop-in activities.

Please visit our webpage for further details. The deadline for proposals is 9.00 19 February 2018


2) Are you, or do you know, an exceptional early career researcher?

Every year the British Science Association asks for nominations for the seven Award Lectureships available to early career academics who are skilled at engaging people with their research. These Award Lectures aim to promote open and informed discussion of science and related disciplines. Awards are available in seven different areas:

  • Margaret Mead – social sciences
  • Isambard Kingdom Brunel – engineering, technology and industry
  • Charles Lyell – environmental sciences
  • Charles Darwin – agricultural, biological and medical sciences
  • Rosalind Franklin – physical sciences and mathematics
  • Daphne Oram – digital innovation
  • Jacob Bronowski – science and the arts

Winners will be invited to present their lecture at the 2018 Festival in Hull, receive a £250 honorarium, have engagement coaching and more! Further information, including the application process can be found here. The deadline for Award Lecture nominations is 09.00, 2nd January 2018


Happy to answer any questions should you have them.
Anna Woolman
Engagement Officer, British Science Association