The BA (British Association for the Advancement of Science) is the UK's nationwide, open membership organisation dedicated to connecting science with people, so that science and its applications become accessible to all. The BA aims to promote openness about science in society and to engage and inspire people directly with science and technology and their implications.
Established in 1831, the BA organises major initiatives across the UK, including the annual BA Festival of Science, National Science Week, programmes of regional and local events, and an extensive programme for young people in schools and colleges.
The BA is a charity established under Royal Charter and governed by a Council which forms the Board of Trustees. It is managed by a professional staff, with around 30 people in the national office in the Wellcome Wolfson Building in South Kensington and 13 part-time regional staff across the UK. The 16 scientific Sections of the BA, which contribute primarily to the annual BA Festival of Science, are run by committed volunteers. So too are the 30 or so Branches, which organise events and activities locally across the UK. Read further about the BA's organisation.
History of the BA
Annual Reviews, Reports and Accounts
Jobs at the BA