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British Science Association

The British Science Association exists to make science and engineering more accessible – and more accountable.

It runs the annual National Science and Engineering Week, which it established as a means of opening the way for people and organisations across the whole UK to create lively and interesting events. This year's dates were 6 - 15 March 2009.

As well as events across the whole UK, the Week built up a range of activities for everyone to take part in. They included this year the Save Our Bees campaign and challenge packs with a variety of things to do, on themes ranging from food and drink to water and transport.

The Week also included a discussion site, Change Exchange, asking about hopes for the future in science and engineering.

It really is a national event, reaching across the whole country. Schools of every size take part. For instance, the four pupils of North Ronaldsay School had an Eco Open Day.

The school's eco-activities include making plant pots out of newspaper and making a greenhouse out of plastic bottles. People in the island came to help them assemble it.

For the Open Day the pupils distributed free energy-saving light bulbs and eco-plugs provided by Orkney Energy Agency, and leaflets on tidal power from EMEC (Orkney Marine Energy Centre).

From town to town

The British Science Association has also developed its annual meeting into a full-scale science festival – the British Science Festival, which it takes to a a different town or city each year. This year the venue is Guildford, from 5 - 10 September, hosted by the University of Surrey.

Other activities include award schemes, and the Association's website includes information on many possible types of school project.

It was originally formed in 1831 as the British Association for the Advancement of Science, known for short as 'the BA'. It has now been rebranded, and it uses the full version of its new name, without any abbreviations.

You can join the British Science Association and support its work, or you can simply go along and enjoy some of the events organised by its branches.

The Moray & Highland Branch organises events across the north at various venues. It has a programme of lunchtime talks at Horizon Scotland, the innovation centre by Forres.

It runs events in National Science and Engineering Week, including this year a daytime schools event at Ardnamurchan and activities at the Floral Hall in Inverness; along with evening talks in the Orkney islands of North Ronaldsay and Stronsay.

It runs highly successful discussion events in Orkney Science Festival in partnership with Heriot-Watt University's International Centre for Island Technology (ICIT).  The most recent of these was 'Orkney at the Crossroads'.

The Branch also supports the Going Nova schools initiatives such as the New Horizons days at Horizon Scotland, and developments such as the Highland Science Festival.

For more information, send a message through our Enquiries page.

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