I would say to try and start with the Royal Society. It was contained a lot of important scientific figures (like Newton and Boyle for instance). They would meet together once a week and discuss the many developments of science and sociology. The government (Charles II) was also involved with this society and they were the first to receive government grants to help their work. They also dabbled in politics which you could bring Newton into and describe his presidency and the state of which he earned his votes.