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Little Event 2023

Click here to book the Little Event 

Session 1: Thursday 19th January, 3:00 - 6:30pm; &
Session 2: Saturday 21st January, 9:00am - 1:15pm

Online via Zoom* (this is a live event, NOT pre-recorded)

The Little Event is BIG’s 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 Little Event 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.
The 2023 Little Event will be online and hosted over two days. The days are designed to work together and are booked as a package (i.e. not sold separately). Each day is delivered live and is NOT a pre-recorded talk. All times are GMT (London).

But of course, it isn't just about the sessions, it’s the people you will meet, 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 2023 programme includes sessions on Evaluation, Managing Projects, Presenting, Science Capital and Careers and will include plenty of networking time as well as short comfort breaks. 

BIG members: cost £50 login as a member first to be able to register for the Member rate. To login as a Member, use the email address you used to join BIG. If you can't remember what this is, please email

Non-members: cost is £85 and includes BIG Membership for 1 year. 

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

*Each Zoom session will have automated Closed Captions. 

2023 Schedule

Day 1 - Thursday, 19 January
2:45pm-3pm: arrival and registration for a prompt 3pm start
3pm-6:30pm: 2 sessions, 3 networking opportunities and breaks

Day 2 - Saturday, 21 January
8:45am-9am: arrival and registration for a prompt 9am start
9am- 1:15pm: 3 sessions, 2 networking opportunities and breaks

2023 Programme

Setting the Scene - Kirsty Hayward, Chair of BIG

Introducing everybody to everybody, plan for the day and a whistle-stop tour of STEM engagement.

Managing Projects - Hana Ayoob, Freelance Science Communicator and Illustrator

From small events and projects like short videos and table top interactives to podcast series and festivals, managing a project is just as important as creating its content.

Presenting Science- Jemma Naumann, Science Communicator and Presenter
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.

Science Capital- Emily Fisk, Centre Manager for Science Oxford
Science Capital provides a social justice teaching approach to STEM Engagement. Understand more and see examples in practice. 

Careers - Hana Ayoob, Jamie Gallagher, Emily Fisk, Jemma Naumann and others. 
Some career options, where to look for jobs, and what skills are desirable. Hear from the panel and ask your questions, too.


Little Event Bursary (applications open 7 November, APPLY HERE)

Applications open 7 November, 2022 and close at 11:59pm, 11th December, 2022. Applicants will be notified  the week commencing 19th December, 2022 on their application status. 
There are 10 bursaries* up for grabs to attend 
The Little Event 2023 

Each bursary is worth approximately £100 and covers annual BIG membership, registration fees and reasonable expenses if required.  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 attend 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 be based in the UK; and
  2. not have attended the Little Event or any other of BIG's events before.
Who has come to the Little Event previously?
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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