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The BIG Event 

The BIG Event is our biggest event of the year. This 2.5 day conference held in July is based at a different UK venue every year. To book this year's event or to find out more, visit our Events Calendar here 

The programme sessions cover a wide range of issues and topics in informal science education, and are usually presented in a hands-on and interactive way. There is also plenty of opportunity for networking with other science communicators.

"The BIG Event is not a conference, it is far more than that. The event offers a friendly, relaxed environment where people come together to support each other and share knowledge. A brilliant experience which left me with a head full of new ideas and a renewed passion for what I do." - Rebecca Cottrell, Engineering Education Consultant and Research Student

"Who knew a conference could be so much fun?!" - Luiza Patorski, Science Oxford

Past BIG Events:

2023 - Thinktank, Birmingham

2022 - W5, Belfast

2021 - Online, hosted by Cardiff University, Wales

2020 - Online

2019 - Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh 

2018 - Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium

2017 - Centre for Life, Newcastle

2016 - W5, Belfast

2015 - John Innes Centre, Norwich

2014 - Museum of Natural History, Oxford

2013 - Glasgow Science Centre

2012 - National Railway Museum, York

2011 - At-Bristol Science Centre, Bristol

2010 - Centre for Life, Newcastle

2009 - Royal Institution, London

2008 - Techniquest Glyndwr, Wrexham

2007 - Magna Science Centre, Rotherham

The Little Event

The Little Event is BIG’s one-day training session for people who are new to STEM communication. It is held in January, usually in Birmingham. 

The programme is designed to give a gentle introduction to the skills and opportunities of a career in informal science education, as well as providing a friendly networking opportunity.

"Friendly atmosphere and small number of participants which allowed me to talk with many people." - Delegate, Little Event

"It was a great introduction to science communication"- Delegate, Little Event

Other Events 

We also run several other events during the year, often one-day training courses based on a particular topic. They are held at various venues in the UK.

Some of the recent past topics have been on Running Hybrid Events, How to Train Researchers, Social Media in Science Communication and The Power of Cryogenic Science. Check out our Events Calendar for upcoming events you might be interested in.

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