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2020 DRAFT BIG Event programme:

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BIG event 2020

Cardiff University Main Building - Credit Cardiff University

Cardiff 22-24 July 2020 

From Scotland’s capital city in 2019 to Wales’ capital in 2020 – the BIG Event is coming to Cardiff!

Cardiff is a city with a very long tradition of songs, rugby and a vibrant Sci-Comm community. Cardiff University (one of our venues) is right in the heart of the civic centre and has a beautiful parkland, an historic castle, a world-class museum and Victorian arcades all within a 5 min walk. Cardiff is compact (much like the BIG Event), culture-packed and ready for the most hotly anticipated conference on any STEM communicator’s calendar.

The University’s main building has modern lecture theatres, labs and various meeting spaces available to host the melting pot of creative ideas that make up the BIG Event. And if all the outstanding interaction becomes too much, you can always take a little walk down the corridor in Sherlock’s mind palace and play spot the Dr Who location. Plus, we guarantee the sun will be shining.*

*There just might be clouds in the way... Joking aside, Cardiff actually has more hours of sunshine a year than the UK national average.

We’ve even reserved en-suite rooms in the student halls for those wanting cost-effective and extremely convenient accommodation. Details can be found here.

What is the BIG Event? 

The BIG Event is a three day get-together every summer to share skills and experiences, develop professional links and keep up-to-date with the STEM engagement field. This is the place to hone your skills and recharge your professional batteries, pick up great ideas and show off your talents to peers.

It provides an unmissable opportunity to squeeze the skills and ideas out of all the STEM engagement people you can in a short space of time. It’s like power juice for STEM communicators.

The content for the BIG Event is created by the members. And the people who say they get the most out of it are the people who contribute the content.
You can see previous year's programmes below: 
Newcastle in 2017: BIG_Event_2017_Programme_Final.pdf
Winchester in 2018: BIG_Programme_2018.pdf
Edinburgh in 2019: FINAL_BIG_Programme_2019.pdf


Your registration to the BIG Event entitles you to a free 12-month membership to BIG, with all its benefits. Your membership pack will be given to you when you check into the conference.

General event registration (non-speakers)

  • Full conference (all 3 days including conference dinner) - £250 early bird rate* (£290 after 24th April, 2020)
  • 2-days only - £220 (conference dinner not included, but can be added to your basket for £40)
  • 1-day only - £110 (conference dinner not included but can be added to your basket for £40)

Speakers registration 

  • Full conference (all 3 days and including the conference dinner) - £185 early bird rate* (£235 after 24th April, 2020)
  • 2-days event only - £120 (conference dinner not included, but can be added to your basket for £40)
  • 1-day event only - FREE (on the day of your session only; conference dinner not included, but can be added to your basket for £40

Travel and accommodation is not included in any of the conference rates, but we have secured some University accommodation at cheaper rates. 

University Accommodation for the BIG Event

*Early Bird requires full payment on or before 24th April, 2020. If full payment isn't received by 24th April, your registration will be honoured at the Full Price until 10th May, 2020. After this point, if we still haven't received full payment, your registration will be cancelled. 

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Payment for all events must be received by the day of the event. If payment is not received by the day of the event, your attendance cannot be honoured at the event.

We can, by prior arrangement only, honour your attendance at the event if an official purchase order number has been generated and is being processed by your organisation’s finance department.

If you wish to cancel your registration:

  •  a full refund will be issued for cancellations at least 30 days prior to the event.
  • 50% refund will be issued for for cancellations at least 15 days prior to the event. 
  • 25% refund will be issued for cancellations made at least 5 days prior to the event. 
  • cancellations made less than 5 days prior to the event will not be refunded.
  • if your registration was paid by PayPal, any refunds or part-refunds will be minus the small fee that BIG pays to PayPal.
  • you may transfer your registration (and membership) to a colleague for no charge with up to 24-hours’ notice of the event.

In the event of non-attendance at the event, refunds will not be given.


Email the Event Manager here

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