The Huxley Summit is a high-profile thought leadership event run by the British Science Association. It 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.

The Huxley Summit 2019 will take place on 27 November in London for 300 leaders from business, policy and science – more information will be released in June. Find out more about the previous Summits.

Further information about our mid-year horizon-scanning event, the Half-Time Review is below.

The Half-time Review 2019


The British Science Association and Digital Catapult are hosting the Half-time Review breakfast event on 3 July 2019, in the run-up to the Huxley Summit 2019.

Our panel discussion will look back on the key innovation stories from 2019 so far and a look ahead to what the rest of the year might have in store.

From the youth climate strikes to the collapse in public trust in Boeing and the ongoing challenges of tech regulation, 2019 has already seen its fair share of significant scientific and technological developments with the potential to provoke social change, geopolitical decision-making and questions about the future.

Our a stellar panel and invited audience of leaders in business, policy and science will reflect on their stand-out moments from the first six months of 2019, and share their predictions for the rest of the year in the run-up to the Huxley Summit 2019. More information about the speakers can be found below.

At the Half-time Review in 2018, we discussed the Cambridge Analytica scandal, plastic pollution, President Xi Jinping’s plan for China to dominate global tech advances and the impact of Brexit on the space industry.

Watch the key moments from the Half-time Review 2018 below.