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Little Event 2020

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Tuesday 14th January, 2020

The Birmingham & Midland Institute, Birmingham

The Little Event is BIG’s one-day training session for people who are new to STEM communication, whether you work in a science centre or museum, volunteer for a festival, are involved in university outreach, or do anything else to engage people with science, technology, engineering and maths. The day is crammed with introductory sessions focusing on developing the different skills that are useful in STEM communication; they are delivered by experienced science communicators following BIG's usual hands-on approach.

But of course, it isn't just about the sessions, it’s the people you meet there, too. The Little Event also presents a great opportunity to meet people from across the UK working in similar roles and sharing similar experiences. The programme for the day includes sessions on Evaluation, Managing Projects, Presenting, Audience analysis and Careers. There is also a #BrumSciComm Social planned!

The Little Event takes place in early January and costs £45 for BIG members. If you are not a member, you need to join BIG to attend the Little Event and the cost for this is £30. Join BIG now

Not sure if the Little Event is for you? See more information here: More about the Little Event

Click here to Register for the Little Event

2020 Programme:

9:30-10am: registration and coffee
10am-4:30pm: sessions, breaks and lunch
5pm: Sci-Comm Social at a pub (optional)

Setting the Scene - Paolo Arru, BIG and Public Programmes Team
Introducing everybody to everybody, plan for the day and a whistle-stop tour of STEM engagement.

Managing Projects - Hana Ayoob, Freelance Events Curator
From small events like 30-minute demo shows and table top interactives to workshops and science festivals, managing a project is just as important as creating its content.

Presenting Science- Jon Wood, JonWoodScience
You know the science but how can you make it accessible to others? A chance to develop your presenting skills.

Evaluation - Jamie Gallagher, Engagement Consultant
This session will explore the science behind the survey giving you the skills you need to plan the perfect evaluation without a social science degree in qualitative analysis.

Who is the Audience? - Clio Heslop, Cultural Partnerships Manager, British Science Association
What is an audience? How much can audiences differ? Why does your audience even matter?

Careers - Paolo Arru, Hana Ayoob, Jamie Gallagher, Clio Heslop, Jon Wood and others
Some career options, where to look for jobs, and what qualifications are desirable. Hear from the panel and ask your questions, too.

#BrumSciComm Socia
Once a month, a group of Birmingham-ish based science communicators get together at various places around the region, often in Birmingham city centre. It is not unusual for people to try out new demonstrations, to seek career advice or find themselves planning work with new people. There are no guest speakers and it's all very informal.

As luck would have it, there will be a #BrumSciComm Social on the same day as the Little Event! All are invited to join and the venue is only two minutes from New Street Station, convenient for trains home. 

Who: #BrumSciComm 
Where: Cherry Reds Cafe Bar, John Bright Street 
When: 14 January 2020 from 5:00pm

Little Event Bursary (applications close 2 December, APPLY HERE)

Applications open 18th November, 2019 and close at 6pm, 2nd December, 2019. Applicants will be notified  the week commencing 16th December, 2019 on their application status. 

There are 10 bursaries* up for grabs to attend 
The Little Event 2020 this year.  

Each bursary is worth approximately £100 and covers annual BIG membership, registration fees and reasonable expenses.  Applying for one of the 10 free places is simple.

Click here to apply  and tell us in no more than 200 words, why you would like the opportunity to come to the Little Event and how you think it will benefit your personal and professional development. 

*Eligibility requirements

Applicants must

  1. be within the first 5 years of their professional career/studies in the STEM or STEM engagement sectors and based in the UK; and
  2. not have attended the Little Event or any other of BIG's events before.
Who came to the Little Event in 2019?
Birmingham Museums
Bournemouth University
Cambridge Science Centre
Catalyst Science Discovery Centre
Cheltenham Festivals
Cheltenham Science Group
Glasgow Science Centre
Hands on Science
Institute of Physics
National Railway Museum
Northumbria University
Oxford Brookes
RTC North
Science Oxford
Techniquest Glyndwr
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