British Association for the Advancement of Science

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The British Association or - in its long form - the British Association for the Advancement of Science is an association with the aim of popularizing science and promoting exchange between scientists. Since 2009 the society has been operating under the name of the British Science Association . The company is based in London .

It was founded in 1831 on the model of the Society of German Natural Scientists by William Vernon Harcourt (1789–1871) at the suggestion of David Brewster , after the latter turned away from the Royal Society disappointed because of its elitist and conservative stance in his view. The Society's first meeting was held in York on September 27, 1831 .

On their behalf, the first nomenclature code , the so-called Strickland Code , was created in 1842 . It should apply equally to animals and plants, but at the same time triggered the split between botany and zoology in nomenclature questions through the question of the author's quotation.

During the past few decades, the main goal of this society has been to promote the understanding of science among the general public. The annual gathering, now known as the Festival of Science, is the UK's largest public science event and attracts a lot of public attention. The Society's youth organization (British Association of Young Scientists) has set itself the goal of introducing students to science beyond the school curriculum and encouraging them to continue their education in the field.


  • The XIII. Assembly of the British Society of Sciences in Cork . In: Illustrirte Zeitung . No. 33 . J. J. Weber, Leipzig February 10, 1844, p. 105-107 ( ).

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  1. ^ Judith E. Winston: Describing Species. Practical Taxonomic Procedure for Biologists. Columbia University Press, New York NY 1999, ISBN 0-231-06825-5 , pp. 27-29.