Read our frequently asked questions about getting involved with the work of the Board of Science.
What would be expected of me as a member of the Board of Science?
The Board of Science meets formally three times a year at BMA House in London to discuss and progress the Board’s work. Members can either attend in person or via video or teleconference.
You may also be asked to attend other ad hoc Board-related meetings. All members are encouraged to contribute to the work of the Board and assume various roles as the need arises, such as providing assistance with projects in their area of expertise, or to steer the work of the secretariat.
A large portion of the Board’s work is conducted electronically through the Board of Science list server including providing comments on draft documents and consultations.
Do I need to be an expert in public health?
Being an expert in public health is not essential to being a member of the Board of Science. The key requirement is to use your professional insight and networks to support the work of the Board.
To ensure we have the required expertise we can co-opt individuals on to the Board who have a particular experience or expertise. These can be BMA members or external experts. The Board also uses expert reviewers for its external publications.
I am at the beginning of my career - do I have the relevant knowledge and experience to sit on the Board of Science?
The Board welcomes members from all different stages in their career and from all medical backgrounds.
Do I get paid for being on the Board of Science?
Being a member of the Board of Science is a voluntary role. Reasonable costs of attending meetings will be reimbursed. This includes locum costs incurred by members.
Members are eligible to claim honoraria payments after attending 15 meetings throughout the session.
What support is provided for Board members?
The BMA is committed to equality in the provision of services to its members. To support this commitment:
- The BMA has made alterations to its premises to ensure all meeting rooms are accessible and contain induction loops, and disabled toilets are available
- BMA members, staff and visitors are welcome to breastfeed wherever they are comfortable to do so, including in meetings and in the public areas of BMA House. Facilities are provided for anyone who would prefer a more private space in which to breastfeed
- The BMA will provide or reimburse costs for childcare in order for elected members to attend certain meetings (in accordance with the Association’s Childcare Policy and provided sufficient notice is given)
The Board's secretariat will ensure that an individual member's needs are taken into account on the basis of religion and belief.
This includes providing for any specific dietary requirements for food at Board meetings, factoring in specific times of the day and special festival dates when arranging meeting dates, and providing access to quiet room for prayer or contemplation for members attending meetings.
Do you have a mentoring scheme?
The Board operates an informal mentoring scheme to help new committee members settle in and maximise their contribution.
How can I find out more?
Email us: [email protected]