For Thought is a series of events and activities from the British Science Association (BSA) and partners, which gives leaders from business, policy, science and civil society a platform to discuss the biggest issues of the day. Society’s biggest challenges – pandemics, climate change, cyber-security, the future of cities, food security – require a partnership between science and the rest of society. They need conversation, challenge and change-oriented ideas.

For Thought will provide a platform to interrogate the key scientific and social challenges facing society; a forum to hear from diverse voices; and a chance to connect with individuals from outside of your day-to-day networks.

Who is For Thought aimed at?

For Thought welcomes senior professionals from science, business & industry, policy, and civil society. The event provides opportunities to expand networks, whilst engaging in discussion on key societal challenges.

In 2021, over 450 leaders participated in a virtual series of For Thought activities:

  • 24% were Chief Executives or another Executive title
  • 29% were Directors
  • 37% were Chairs, Non-executive Directors, Professors, Elected officials, or other senior jobs titles

In 2022, For Thought will welcome 150 attendees to an in-person event in London. To ensure balance across sectors, and to ensure a diversity of attendees, the event is invitation-only. If you would like to be considered for an invitation, please use the form below to register interest.

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Who’s behind the idea?

The BSA launched the Summit in 2016 with support from 10 Downing Street, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and leading influencers from science, business, policy and the media.

For Thought was previously known as the Huxley Summit – find out why we changed its name.

About the British Science Association (BSA)

The BSA wants to see a future where science is more relevant, representative, and connected to society. The BSA develops science engagement programmes for audiences underrepresented in, and underserved by, science.

The BSA’s mission is to address and remove structural and system-wide barriers, bringing more voices into the conversation and enabling more people see science as a relevant part of their lives. The BSA are striving for a future where everyone is represented and has their voice heard on the issues that matter to them.

The BSA was established in 1831 and is a registered charity organising major initiatives across the UK, including British Science Week; the British Science Festival; For Thought; the CREST Awards, and community engagement programmes. The BSA work with, convene, and seek to influence business leaders, policy makers, scientists, community leaders, teachers, and other public groups.

For more information, visit www.britishscienceassociation.org

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