It is with great sadness that the Trustees and staff of the British Science Association (BSA) heard the news of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on 8 September 2022. The British Science Association was deeply honoured to have Her Majesty as its Patron since her coronation in 1953 and it has greatly valued her enduring support throughout her reign.
The British Science Festival has been run by the British Science Association since the organisation’s inception in 1831, and this year the Festival is due to take place in Leicester from 13 – 17 September, with support from our partners at De Montfort University.
In accordance with the official Government guidance for the period of national mourning, the Festival’s public programme will run from Tuesday 13 September to Saturday 17 September as planned.
We have, however, taken the decision to cancel our Tuesday evening reception for stakeholders, which was due to be a celebratory function and one we felt not appropriate in the current context.
The British Science Association is indebted to Her Majesty for her many years of patronage and support. On behalf of the Association’s colleagues and trustees, De Montfort University and our Festival partners and sponsors, we offer our condolences to His Majesty the King and the Royal Family at this time.
We will put in place appropriate opportunities for speakers, staff and attendees to pay their respects throughout the week.