Board Of Science

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Board of Science

Through the publication of policy reports, web resources, guidance documents and briefings, we play an influential role in forming government and public opinion on public health issues for the benefit of doctors and patients. We also award research grants to support doctors in many fields of medical research.

Read the Board of Science chair's speech at the Annual Representative Meeting 2016

Read the latest Board of Science newsletter


Our priorities

We maintain an influential role in forming opinion on issues of interest to the health of the public. This includes major work areas such as alcohol and tobacco control, diet and physical exercise, transport and road safety, and illicit drug use.

Our members regularly identify key public health issues of interest to the profession. These can originate through the BMA’s Annual Representative Meeting (ARM), via the branch of practice committees or through direct contact with Board members.

Why is it important that the BMA does this work?

Doctors may feel unable to affect the underlying causes of the problems they see on a day-to-day basis. As the leading professional organisation for doctors in the UK, the BMA represents the collective voice of the profession in improving and protecting public health.

By working together through medical associations and special interest groups, doctors can be powerful and effective lobbyists in informing and influencing public health policy.

The cost of the Board of Science for all its work is approximately 1.14 per cent of member’s subscription monies, equivalent to around £4.50 a year for a member paying full subscription rates. 


Who we are

Professor Parveen Kumar, Chair

See who else sits on the Board for 2016-17


Our meetings


21 September 2017
1 February 2018
17 May 2018


10am to 4pm


BMA House
Tavistock Square

The Board operates a visitor’s scheme open to all BMA members. This is a great opportunity to experience the workings of the Board and discover more about the BMA’s role in improving and protecting the health of the public. The scheme is operated on a first come, first served basis. Please contact us if you are interested in finding out more about the Board’s visitors scheme.


Related information

Friends of the board of science bulletin, December 2015 (PDF)

Friends of the board of science bulletin, August 2015 (PDF)

Board of Science: our achievements (PDF)

Friends of the board of science bulletin, March 2015 (PDF)


Any questions?

Email us: [email protected]


Get involved

The BMA is a democratic organisation and members are encouraged to get involved by standing for election to the Board of Science at the ARM.

There are a number of routes to attend the ARM including via a BMA Divisional seat, from regional or national councils, or through a branch of practice.

Members can also sign up as a ’Friend of the Board of Science’ to receive a regular bulletin on the current work of the Board of Science.

Read our FAQs about getting involved with the Board.