For centuries Britain has been at the forefront of science and engineering. Science is not just part of our past, a venerable heritage of a bygone era – it is part of our future; the UK’s competitiveness and economy depends on it.
Other sectors of our society – including business, politics, media, art, or sport – are seen as being collectively owned, whereas science remains the exclusive domain of professionals and experts.
We want to develop links between scientists and non-scientists, to ensure science and its applications are understood and owned by society as a whole.
We want influencers at every level of our society to see science as part of their domain, and their responsibility.
The Huxley Summit brings together 250 of the most influential people in the UK. These people influence our democracy, our spending potential and where we spend our money, how we communicate, how we learn, what we understand about our world, the public services we use, how we get around and they reach everyone in society.
Who’s behind the idea?
The British Science Association launched the Summit in 2016 with support from No.10 Downing Street, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and leading influencers from science and business.
The Advisory Board members for the Summit 2017 are:
David is the Chair of the British Science Association and the Executive Chairman of the Resolution Foundation. He was Minister for Universities and Science, attending Cabinet from 2010-2014, and was the Member of Parliament for Havant from 1992-2015.
Alice is an anatomist, anthropologist and Professor of Public Engagement in Science at the University of Birmingham. She is also a broadcaster and has presented several landmark BBC series including The Incredible Human Journey, Origins of Us, Ice Age Giants and The Celts.
Ed is Chief of Staff and Director of Policy at the Wellcome Trust, on secondment from the Treasury. He was most recently Deputy Principal Private Secretary to the Prime Minister.
Fiona is Chief Executive of the Science Media Centre, and has a degree in journalism and many years of experience in working in media relations for high profile national organisations.
Jackie is Chief Executive of BenevolentBio, an AI company focussed on applying technology in the bioscience industries. She has held senior positions at global pharmaceutical organisations including GSK and was previously Chief Executive of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council.
Jamie is the Deputy Director of BBC World Service Group and the Editorial Director of BBC Global News Ltd. Following a stint as Acting Editor for the BBC’s nightly current affairs programme, Newsnight, in 2012 – 2013, Jamie became BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme Editor covering high profile stories including the 2015 UK General Election, Scottish independence referendum and the EU referendum.
Onora is an Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of Cambridge, and a crossbench member of the House of Lords. Until March 2016, she was Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission and is a member of the Banking Standards Board and the Medical Research Council.
Rain is Chief Economist at CBI, and leads the team which provides economic analysis and surveys. In 2010, Rain was selected as one of Management Today’s 35 Women Under 35 and was honoured by the World Economic Forum in 2012 as a Young Global Leader.
Rowena spent 25 years as an executive before developing a second career as a non-executive director, angel investor and consultant. She has been executive Chair of Women on Boards UK since its launch in 2012 and she is a non-executive director at the Digital Catapult and Chair of the Judging Panel for Nesta’s Open Up Challenge.
Uta is a developmental psychologist working at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience at University College London. She is the President-Elect of the British Science Association and has also featured in the media on many occasions, with her most notable work being the focal point of a number of Horizon documentaries, one of which she presented.
Vinay is a technologist and policy analyst with a particular interest in how specific technologies can create or close off avenues for decision makers. Vinay managed the launch of Ethereum and worked as a strategic architect for Consensus Systems before launching a Venture Capital Fund in London in 2016.
The founding Advisory Board members were:
Laboratory Director and a Distinguished Scientist at Microsoft Research Cambridge. Chris is also Vice President of the Royal Institution of Great Britain, and Professor of Computer Science at the University of Edinburgh.
The current CEO of Drayson Technologies, a former Government Minister for Science and Innovation (2008-2010) and a racing driver for Drayson Racing.
Professor of Computer Science at the University of Southampton and a Director of the Web Science Institute.
Nobel Prize winner (2001) and Director and Chief Executive, Francis Crick Institute. Paul was previously the President of the Royal Society (2010-2015).
Vice Chancellor of the University of Manchester, a Professor of Physiology, a non-executive director of pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca. Nancy is also co-chair of the Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology and President-elect of the British Science Association.
Chief Executive of the RSA and former Chief Adviser on Political Strategy to the Prime Minister (2003-2006).
About the British Science Association
The British Science Association is a charity, founded in 1831. Our vision is of a world where science is at the heart of society and culture. Our mission is to support, grow and diversify the community of people interested and involved in science; and to strengthen their influence over science’s direction and place in society.
We organise major initiatives across the UK, including British Science Week; the annual British Science Festival; regional and local events through our network of Branches; the CREST Awards, and other programmes for young people in schools and colleges. We run specific activities and training for professional science communicators; we undertake research and policy work; and we seek to influence and collaborate with stakeholders including policy makers and opinion formers, leaders from across different sectors of business, industry and public life.