The Huxley Summit is a high profile thought leadership event run by the British Science Association. The inaugural Summit took place in London on 8 November 2016 – further details about future events will be announced soon. Watch the highlights from the Summit 2016 below.

The Summit is named after ‘Darwin’s bulldog’, self-taught scientist Thomas Huxley who argued for Darwin’s theory of evolution against the Bishop of Oxford, Samuel Wilberforce, at the British Science Association’s (BSA) annual meeting in 1860. This was a pivotal moment in the public’s understanding of and opinion on evolution, and the Summit aims to provide a platform to debate key scientific and social challenges facing the UK in the 21st century.


2016 theme: Trust in the 21st century

The UK is at a crossroads. The result of the EU referendum has led people to question who and what we trust. There has been a breakdown of trust in experts, expertise and institutions.

We live in an interconnected world, where one decision or development can have far-reaching social and economic impacts.

The Huxley Summit provided a space for 200 leaders both within and beyond science, to question, debate and agree radical new ways to build trust in science and technology to advance society.