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    • 15 Jul 2019
    • 10:00 AM
    • 16 Jul 2019
    • 7:00 PM
    • The Edinburgh Tool Library, Edinburgh
    • 8
    Register

    Exhibit Prototyping Skills Days - intermediate level, 2 days

    15-16 July 2019, 10am -7pm both days

    £100 for members, £130 for non-members

    Lunch is not included

    Do you have an idea for a demo or an exhibit that you've always wanted to prototype, but have never had the chance? Or would you just welcome the chance to do some Sci-Comm-related making in the company of other BIG members? Then you might enjoy our Exhibit Prototyping Skills Days.

    In this Skills Day offering, we’ll spend two days in the workshop of the Edinburgh Tool Library working on our own projects. You should be prepared to work largely independently: some familiarity and confidence with hand tools and machines is a must. We're offering the workshop facility and a community spirit, not a training event (a day for people with little to no experience is scheduled for October).

    However, you need not be a workshop master to benefit from this event. Don't worry if you haven't used some of the woodworking machines before - everyone will be given an induction to the machines.

    The workshop is equipped for woodworking. Drilling and hand-sawing metal is also possible.

    And if you are staying in Edinburgh for the BIG Event, you'll have the chance to try out your prototype with BIG members on Friday 19th at Dynamic Earth.

    Preparation: You'll get the most out of the event if you come with a clear idea of what you'd like to make. This way you will be able to get stuck in and start making straight away. We'll provide the basics: a collection of reclaimed timber, wood screws, and all the tools and machines* you'll need. For other materials and components, Screwfix and B&Q are not far away, but it will save you time if you do your shopping in advance.

    *Machines available:
    Band saw
    Chop saw ( 2x )
    Planer
    Rail saw
    Router table
    Pillar drill press ( 2x )
    Belt sander
    Lathe 

    Tools available:
    Drills
    Drivers
    Chisels
    Sanders
    Routers
    Jigsaws
    Circular Saw
    Heat gun
    And all the basic DIY tools (saws, hammers, screwdrivers etc) 

    About the session leader: Ben Craven

    Ben is a vision scientist by training, but now makes his living teaching Product Design Engineering at Glasgow School of Art, and gentle maths and stats for the Open University. He also does freelance work in informal science communication, and arranges efficient networking events.

    BIG members: cost £100 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 admin@big.uk.com.

    Non-members: you first need to join BIG costing £30 for the year and then come back and register for this Skills Day at the £100 member rate.

    • 17 Jul 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Hemma, 73 Holyrood Road, Edinburgh EH8 8AU
    • 22
    Register


    WHAT CAN WE DO TO BE BETTER EQUALITY, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION ALLIES?

    17 July, 2019

    A free event in partnership with the British Science Association

    The science engagement sector is increasingly talking about diversity, and the need to make our activities available and inclusive to as wider group of people as possible. Many of us working in science engagement are freelance, part of small organisations, or cater to a specific established audience – but there’s a role for us all to play as allies.

    This event will explore how we can make better use of the facilities and resources we control to support equality, diversity and inclusion. The aim is to identify the actions we can all commit to doing to make a difference, and support diverse practitioners, organisations, and organisers even when they aren’t directly involved in our work.  

    Join us for a panel discussion and networking session to share practical actions that engagement managers, venues, event organisers, and presenters can use.

    Full list of panel members to be announced soon.

    Date and Time

    Wednesday, 17 July

    Arrive for 9:45am. The event begins at 10am promptly and ends at 12 noon. 

    Tea, coffee and refreshments will be provided.

    Location

    Venue: Hemma Kafe, 73 Holyrood Road, Edinburgh EH8 8AU

    Hemma is a few minutes’ walk from Dynamic Earth, where the BIG Event will be taking place from 13:00 on Wednesday, 17 July to Friday, 19 July

    Costs

    This event is FREE to attend and is open to everyone. 

    BIG and the BSA are committed to ensuring that the event is accessible to everyone. If you need to confirm access needs before booking a place, please email. 

    We will set up a hashtag to enable remote participation and we’ll publish a summary of the event on the BSA blog. 

    If you would like to contribute ideas in advance, email Clio Heslop at the BSA: clio.heslop@britishscienceassociation.org

    • 17 Jul 2019
    • 12:15 PM
    • 19 Jul 2019
    • 5:30 PM
    • Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh, UK
    • 9
    Register

    BIG Event 2019  - Registration for Speakers


    A code is required to register as a speaker and this will be sent to you once your session has been approved. If you have an approved session, you will need to give this code to the other contributors to your session. If you are unsure about this, please contact Ashley Kent on event@big.uk.com

    For more information about the event and the programme please return to the main BIG Event 2019 page.

    Costs

    • Full conference (all 3 days and including membership and the conference dinner) - £185 early bird rate* (£235 after 29th April, 2019)
    • 2-days event only - £120 (conference dinner not included)
    • 1-day event only - FREE (on the day of your session; conference dinner not included

    Payment

    If you are paying by invoice (purchase order) or cheque, please select the option on the payment screen.

    *Note that Early Bird requires full payment on or before 23rd April, 2019. If full payment isn't received by 23rd April, your registration will be honoured at the Full Price until 7th May, 2019. After this point, if we still haven't received full payment, your registration will be cancelled. 

    The REGISTER button is to the left at the bottom.


    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 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.

    • 17 Jul 2019
    • 12:15 PM
    • 19 Jul 2019
    • 5:30 PM
    • Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh
    • 8
    Register

    BIG Event 2019  - General registration for Non-Speakers



    For more information about the event and the programme please return to the main BIG Event 2019 page.

    Costs

    • Full conference (all 3 days including conference dinner and BIG membership) - £250 early bird rate* (£290 after 29th April, 2019)
    • 2-days only - £220 (conference dinner not included)
    • 1-day only - £110 (conference dinner not included)

    Payment

    If you are paying by invoice (purchase order) or cheque, please select the option on the payment screen.

    *Note that Early Bird requires full payment on or before 23rd April, 2019. If full payment isn't received by 23rd April, your registration will be honoured at the Full Price until 7th May, 2019. After this point, if we still haven't received full payment, your registration will be cancelled. 

    The REGISTER button is to the left at the bottom

    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 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.

    • 01 Oct 2019
    • 10:00 AM
    • 02 Oct 2019
    • 7:00 PM
    • The Edinburgh Tool Library, Edinburgh
    • 10
    Registration is closed

    Exhibit Prototyping: Skills Days for Beginners, 2 days
    Booking opens 16 July, 2019

    1-2 October 2019, 10am -7pm both days

    £100 for members, £130 for non-members

    Lunch is on your own

    Do you have an idea for an exhibit or demo that you'd like to make, but feel that you don't have the confidence, the skills or the facilities to make it? In this two day skills event, we'll show you how to use hand tools and woodworking machines to turn your idea into a useful prototype.

    In this Skills Day offering, we’ll spend two days in the workshop of the Edinburgh Tool Library working on our own projects. This event is aimed at people with little or no workshop experience, but independent working will be required. There will be experienced staff available to help you get the most out of the workshop and the two days. (If you already have some experience, check out our Intermediate-level event in July.) 


    The workshop is equipped for woodworking; drilling and hand-sawing metal is also possible. Don't worry if you haven't used some or all of the woodworking machines before - everyone will be given an induction on safety and machines’ capabilities.

    Preparation: Although this event is aimed at people with minimal experience, everyone should come with an exhibit or a demo idea in mind. You'll get the most out of the event if you do as much of the thinking as possible beforehand, so that you can get stuck into making straight away. We will discuss your idea with you in advance so that we can advise on any details that you're unsure of. This will help you arrive with an idea that has the best chance of being completed in the time available.

    In addition to tools and machines, we'll provide the basics: a collection of reclaimed timber, wood screws, and all the tools you'll need. For other materials and components, Screwfix and B&Q are not far away, but it will save you time if you do your shopping in advance.

    *Machines available:
    Band saw
    Chop saw ( 2x )
    Planer
    Rail saw
    Router table
    Pillar drill press ( 2x )
    Belt sander
    Lathe 

    Tools available:
    Drills
    Drivers
    Chisels
    Sanders
    Routers
    Jigsaws
    Circular Saw
    Heat gun
    And all the basic DIY tools (saws, hammers, screwdrivers etc) 

    About the session leader: Ben Craven

    Ben is a vision scientist by training, but now makes his living teaching Product Design Engineering at Glasgow School of Art, and gentle maths and stats for the Open University. He also does freelance work in informal science communication, and arranges efficient networking events.

    BIG members: cost £100 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 admin@big.uk.com.

    Non-members: you first need to join BIG costing £30 for the year and then come back and register for this Skills Day at the £100 member rate.

Past events

12 Feb 2019 Training Researchers in Public Engagement
24 Jan 2019 The Little Event 2019
03 Jan 2019 Training Researchers in Public Engagement Bursary Application - 2019
21 Nov 2018 The Little Event Bursary Application - 2019
17 Oct 2018 How to Develop a Training Session: a BIG Skills Day
18 Jul 2018 BIG Event 2018 (Non-Speakers)
18 Jul 2018 BIG Event 2018 (Speakers)
01 Jun 2018 Diversity in STEM Skills Day - SOLD OUT
17 Jan 2018 The Little Event 2018
13 Oct 2017 Digital Making
01 Sep 2017 BIG's 21st Birthday Party
19 Jul 2017 BIG Event 2017 (Speakers)
19 Jul 2017 BIG Event 2017 (Non-Speakers)
04 May 2017 The Power of Cryogenic Science to Inspire
18 Apr 2017 Bursary Application - BIG Event 2017
11 Jan 2017 The Little Event 2017
02 Dec 2016 Using Social Media to Communicate Science
20 Jul 2016 BIG Event 2016 (Non-Speakers)
20 Jul 2016 BIG Event 2016 (Speakers)
19 Apr 2016 Bursary Application - BIG Event 2016
13 Jan 2016 The Little Event 2016
24 Nov 2015 Working in University Outreach: How to Train Researchers
22 Jul 2015 BIG Event 2015 (Speakers)
22 Jul 2015 UKSFN Meeting
22 Jul 2015 BIG Event 2015 (Non-Speakers)
20 Apr 2015 Working in University Outreach: Skills for STEM Engagement
26 Jan 2015 Edinburgh Sci-comm Social
26 Jul 2014 SciComm Summer Picnic
23 Jul 2014 UK Science Festivals Network meeting
23 Jul 2014 BIG Event 2014 (Speakers)
23 Jul 2014 BIG Event 2014 (Non-Speakers)
11 Jul 2014 What’s so Special about STEM?
11 Jun 2014 Manchester Sci-comm Burrito
19 May 2014 BIG Ideas for Little People: Skills-Sharing for Early Years
07 May 2014 Manchester Sci-comm Burrito
08 Jan 2014 The Little Event 2014
22 Feb 2013 Sci Com-edy: Making Science Communication funny
07 Jan 2013 The Little Event 2013
25 Jul 2012 BIG Event 2012
08 May 2012 Maths Communication: Putting the M into STEM
02 Apr 2012 People Power: Engaging Audiences
17 Oct 2011 Advanced Audience Skills - Creating Astonishment
05 Sep 2011 The Little Event 2011
20 Jul 2011 BIG Event 2011
21 Feb 2011 Improvisation Skills Day
07 Sep 2010 The Little Event
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