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The Little Event 2020

  • 14 Jan 2020
  • 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • The Birmingham & Midland Institute, Birmingham
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The Little Event 

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.

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.

BIG members: cost £45 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: you first need to join BIG costing £30 for the year and then come back and register for the Little Event at the £45 member rate.

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