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. The Huxley Summit 2017 will take place on Wednesday 29 November in central London and further details will be released in July 2017. 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.