Young people to encourage scientists to consider their responsibilities
Young people across the UK are being asked their opinions on the direction that science takes in the future and how they believe scientists should act. The BA is canvassing their opinions as part of a competition launched to win an expenses-paid trip to the BA Festival of Science in Exeter this September. The theme of this year’s Festival is the responsibility of being a scientist.
“Young people are the future of our nation,” said Roland Jackson, Chief Executive of the BA. “It is vital not just that we encourage them to tell scientists their hopes and concerns about the direction of science, but that we encourage scientists to listen to and consider their views.
“At this year’s BA Festival of Science, scientists and the public will be reflecting on the responsibility of being a scientist – you could say of ‘doing the right thing and doing the thing right’. The BA will be working to ensure that there is genuine dialogue between scientists and the public, and we very much hope that young people will take the opportunity to make their voices heard.”
Winning students will receive the opportunity to attend the BA Festival of Science, which takes place at the University of Exeter from 6-10 September. There, they will meet over three hundred of the UK’s top scientists and researchers, joining in discussions on topics as diverse as the future of wind energy, the responsible use of animals in research, the ethics of military science and technology and the challenges of using hypnosis.
“The BA has a long history of engaging young people with science activities,” said Sharmila Banerjee, Manager of the Young People’s Programme at the BA. “We have recently launched a Science Communicators Award aimed at secondary school students which aims to bring science into all aspects of the curriculum, whether it is developing a radio play with a scientific theme, writing a beautiful piece of poetry reflecting aspects of science, or activities such as in this competition.”