V&A Friday Late: Engineering Your World

July’s Late celebrates the creative force of engineers. Often overlooked as mere mathematicians or facilitators for the architect’s genius, engineers organise the world we live in! From robotic fabrication to sound engineering, join us to discover how their work is everywhere around you. The original contemporary late night event. Friday Late celebrates all aspects of […]

Future Debates: A robot stole my job: will automated technologies destroy British culture?

Future Debates are a series of events supported by the British Science Association. These events are part of our work to make science a fundamental part of British society and culture. We want to empower many more people – not just scientists – to constructively engage in debates over the applications and implications of science in their […]

To Blame or Not to Blame: The Medical Profession and Blame Culture

Traditionally, medicine has been taught by imitation, apprenticeship and humiliation. Think Sir Lancelot Spratt. Whilst that has clearly improved, there persists, in many areas, a blame culture. Following regulatory changes and various hospital scandals there is much ‘holding to account’. The combination of tradition and punitive language has done little to foster a just culture, […]

Art and Culture: Imaging Space Travel

The cosmos has fascinated the creative mind for centuries. In the early 20th century the artistic and the creative, the spiritual and the philosophical paved the way for engineers and scientists in their quest to achieve space travel. Cosmist Nikolay Fedorov’s ‘Philosophy of the Common Task’ inspired generations of scientists and artists alike. From the drawings […]