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BIG event 2021 - online

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Although we can't be there in person, we can still be there in spirit!

Once again the pandemic has put a damper on our plans to get together for the BIG Event. However, the lovely folks at Cardiff University are still keen to host us, so we're putting the Event online and we'll do what we can to make it feel like a trip to Cardiff. Although we can't be there in person, we can still be there in spirit! 

Cardiff is a city with a very long tradition of songs, rugby and a vibrant Sci-Comm community. Cardiff University 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 virtual 5 min walk (use Google maps to play Spot the Dr Who location or to take a walk down the corridor in Sherlock's mind palace). Cardiff is compact, culture-packed and ready for the most hotly anticipated conference on any STEM communicator’s calendar. Are you?

What is the BIG Event? 

The BIG Event is an online gathering 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 
Online in 2020: 2020 BIG Event Online


Your registration to the BIG Event entitles you to a free 12-month membership to BIG, with all its benefits.  Already have a BIG membership? Save money** by logging in and registering as a BIG Member. This will register you for the Event sessions without renewing your BIG membership.

Session dates are as follows:

July 14, 15 & 16
July 19, 20, 21,22 & 23

Conference Fees

  • £95 - Full conference (includes access to all sessions* and BIG membership)
  • £60 - Members Registration (includes access to all sessions*; log in to register) 
  • £77 - Speaker Rate (includes access to all sessions*, BIG membership and a speaker discount; registration code required)
  • £42 - Speaker Rate for Members (includes access to all sessions*; you will need to log in and have your Speaker code to register) 

Each session will take place on Zoom and all sessions will be included in your Conference Fee. Some sessions may have limited space or other restrictions. Visit the Draft programme to see what's on offer. 

      *Some sessions may have limited space or other restrictions.
      **By logging in as a Member to register, you will pay £35 less. However, this WILL NOT renew your BIG Membership. When your Membership expires (12 months after it was last activated), you will need to renew it for £35.

      Cancellation and Refund Policy

      Payment for all events must be received before you will be sent the Zoom links. If you have paid and still haven't been able to access the zoom links after 48 hours, email for assistance. 

      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 start.
      • 50% refund will be issued for for cancellations at least 15 days prior to the Event start
      • 25% refund will be issued for cancellations made at least 5 days prior to the Event start
      • cancellations made less than 5 days prior to the Event start 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 start.

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


      Email the Event Manager here

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