​Board of science overview

The BoS (board of science) promotes the medical and allied sciences, contributes to the development of effective public health policies, and supports medical research.

Location: UK
Audience: All doctors
Updated: Tuesday 27 July 2021
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​The BoS (board of science) plays an influential role in forming government and public opinion on public health issues for the benefit of doctors and patients. We do this via the publication of policy reports, web resources, guidance documents and briefings,

We also award research grants to support doctors in many fields of medical research.


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
  • illicit drug use.


Our people

Chair: Professor Dame Parveen Kumar

Deputy chair: Dr J S Bamrah


Voting members
Professor Peter Dangerfield
Dr Paul Darragh
Dr Mary McCarthy
Dr Melody Redman
Mr Gurdas Singh
Dr Andrew Green
Dr Shivani Jaiswal
Mr Omar Risk
Ms Rowena Skinner
Dr David Strain

Non-voting members
Dr Peter Mark Bandele English
Professor Raanan Gillon
Dr Latifa Patel
Dr Chaand Nagpaul
Dr Trevor Pickersgill
Dr David Wrigley

Non-voting co-optees
Professor Gerard Hastings
Dr Philip Steadman

Jacquelyn Adams (BMA patient liaison group representative)
Dr Mark Upton
Dr Tamasin Knight​

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Develop your skills as a committee member

Take part in one of our free courses designed to give you the right skills to:

  • break down equality and inclusion bias (CPD-accredited)
  • value difference and inclusivity
  • live out BMA behaviour principles.
Find out more

Our meetings

The BoS meets three times a year to discuss and progress the board’s work. Members can either attend in person or via video or teleconference. These meetings are open to committee members only, but non-members can take part in a non-voting capacity via the committee visitor scheme.

  • Monday 1 November 2021 (virtual)
  • Thursday 3 February 2022 (virtual)
  • Tuesday 10 May 2022 (BMA House)

All meetings take place from 2pm to 4.30pm either virtually or at:

BMA House
Tavistock Square

For more information contact [email protected].


Victor Horsley scientific sessions

At the ARM (annual representative meeting), it is customary to hold a series of scientific lectures. The BoS agrees the topics and speakers for these lectures each year, with the aim of providing a variety of debate and knowledge sharing.

Watch the speakers from ARM 2020. 


How to join the BoS

There are many advantages to becoming involved in our committees. You can actively influence BMA policy-making and negotiations, represent your colleagues' voices and develop your leadership skills. 

Being an expert in public health is not essential to being a member of the BoS, we welcome professionals from all different stages in their careers and from all medical backgrounds. The key requirement is to use your professional insight and networks to support the work of the board.

Each committee has a few routes to becoming an elected member. In the case of the BoS, this is: 

ARM elections
  • Seats/term - every three years, elections for one seat on the BoS take place for a three-session term. 
  • Timeline - the nomination period opens a month before ARM and voting closes a few days after ARM.
  • Eligibility - all BMA members can stand for election but only ARM delegates can vote.

Of the nominees, BMA Council elects a further two seats for a three-session term.

The election section below is kept up to date with details about any running elections, so make sure you keep checking it throughout the year.  



ARM elections 2021 to 2024

The BoS is holding elections for 1 seat for a three-session term. 

Of the nominees, BMA Council will elect a further two seats for a three-session term.


To stand in this election, you must:

  • be a BMA member
  • have a BMA online account.

Only ARM delegates can vote in this election.

Nominations and casting your vote

  • Nominations - from 12pm on Monday 5 July 2021 to 10am on Monday 13 September 2021.
  • Ballot - from 1pm on Monday 13 September to 5pm on Thursday 16 September 2021.

Read our guide on how to use our online system for elections

Take part in the election


Results will be announced from Friday 17 September 2021 on the election portal.

If you have any questions about these elections, please email us



Tackling knife crime with a public health approach

In the first event in a series of three virtual events, join the chair and deputy chairs of BMA’s Board of Science committee, Professor Dame Parveen Kumar and Dr J S Bamrah as they explore a subject of knife crime. 

To discuss this further, there is also a presentation from Dr Martin P Griffiths DL FRCS, national clinical director for violence reduction and consultant trauma and vascular surgeon, Barts Health NHS Trust.

Watch the webinar

As part of this series of events, Prof Jennifer Shaw, professor and clinical consultant at the University of Manchester, and Dr J S Bamrah discuss the causes of knife crime and what is being done in order to tackle it.

Listen to the podcast


Achieving net zero in the health service

The publication of the Greener NHS report outlines how the NHS intends to be the first net zero health service. Together with BMA’s report on the same issue, this presents us with an opportunity to discuss the intersection between climate change and health and how the net zero agenda can be met.

Lord Deben, chairman of the UK's independent Committee on Climate Change, gave the keynote address.

Watch the webinar

To continue the discussion, ​Professor Dame Parveen Kumar is joined by Nick Watts, NHS chief sustainability officer, to analyse the broad issue of climate change and how the public can help tackle it.

Listen to the podcast​


Long Covid 

In this webinar, Dr David Strain leads a discussion that covers the lived experience of long Covid, current research, assessment and treatment as well as the next steps needed to improve patient care and its outcomes.

Watch the webinar


Get in touch

If you have any questions or are interested in finding out more about the work of the BoS, please contact [email protected].