Last November I had the pleasure of organising the British Science Association’s inaugural Gala Dinner.

We hosted the Dinner in the Dry Berth at the stunning Cutty Sark, we entertained our guests under the gleaming copper hull, beautifully lit with warm amber lighting.

The evening was compered by British Science Association Honorary Fellow, comedian, Robin Ince; and we also had entertainment from Helen Arney, of the Festival of the Spoken Nerd (they’re fantastic check them out!) and a speech from our Chair, Lord David Willetts. We were complimented on the atmosphere and tone of the evening. Keeping it fun, interesting and plenty of opportunities for conversation.

We also had an exclusive opportunity for stargazing from the top deck of the Cutty Sark with Prof. Lucie Green, Presenter on BBC’s The Sky at Night. Though cloud cover didn’t permit real star gazing, Lucie treated us to a virtual tour of the sky, speaking on her primary research focus, the Sun.

Organising and developing something like this was a first for me and attending the evening and seeing it all come together was a phenomenal feeling. Mostly because the Cutty Sark looked so stunning, as the photos below can testify.

Photography by Thomas Alexander. A fantastic photographer, would highly recommend.

The evening was incredibly successful, enabling us to talk to a wide range of people who are committed to helping the British Science Association achieve our vision of a world where science is part of culture and society.

The Development team are already in full swing beginning preparations for the Gala Dinner in 2016, and I’m sure the venue and evening is going to be just as much a hit as it was in 2015.


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