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    • 07 Nov 2022
    • 6:00 AM
    • 11 Dec 2022
    • 11:59 PM
    • No location - application only

    Bursary Application

    Applicants will be notified of their application status w/c 19 December, 2022. 

    Little Event 2023

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

    Online via Zoom*  

    The bursary covers your registration fees for the Little Event, BIG membership for one year and reasonable expenses associated with you attending the Little Event. It is open to anyone in the first five years of their professional career and have not attended the Little Event or any other of BIG's events before. 

    To apply for a place at the Little Event through the bursary, please complete this form by clicking on 'register' to the left of this text. 

    If it's easier for you to prepare your responses before completing the form, you can download the guidelines (Little Event Bursary Application guidelines 2023.pdf) to prepare your answers ahead of completing the online application. 

    Deadline: 11:59pm, Sunday 11th December, 2022 - sorry, late applications will not be considered.

     If you are successful with your bursary application and have already booked and paid for your conference place, BIG will refund your registration costs and refund your membership fee or extend your membership by 1 year. 

    Expenses will be issued on receipt of a completed expenses form after the Little Event. However, talk to us if this process would put you under unnecessary financial stress, and we can make other arrangements with you.

    *Each Zoom session will have automated Closed Captions. 

    Any questions? Contact Ashley Kent 

    • 19 Jan 2023
    • 3:00 PM
    • 21 Jan 2023
    • 1:15 PM
    • Zoom

    The Little Event Session 1: Thursday 19th January, 3:00 - 6:30pm; & Session 2: Saturday 21st January, 9:00am - 1:15pm Both sessions are GMT (London) time

    Online via Zoom (this is a LIVE event and 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 live over two days. The days are designed to work together and are booked as a package (i.e. not sold separately) and delivered LIVE. They are NOT pre-recorded sessions. 

    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. 

    2023 Schedule:

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

    Day 2 - Saturday, 21 January
    8:45-9am: arrival and registration for a prompt 9am start
    9am- 1:15pm: 3 sessions (Managing Projects, Evaluation and Careers), 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.

    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. 

    • 31 Jan 2023
    • 10:15 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Neuron Pod, Centre of the Cell, 4 Newark St, London E1 2AT
    • 44


    Neuron Pod, Centre of the Cell, London

    Neuron Pod, Centre of the Cell, London

    Would you like to work with young people to curate and deliver science learning content? We are offering a skills day focused on meaningful engagement with young people.

    Tuesday, 31st January, 2023
    10:15am - 4:00pm
    £55 for BIG Members; £90 for non-Members
    (coffee and registration from 09:45am, lunch and refreshments are included)

    Centre of the Cell, 4 Newark St, London E1 2AT

    What will happen at this Skills Day? 

    This Skills Day will be most useful for early career practitioners who want to engage more authentically and equitably with young people. We will be exploring practical examples from Centre of the Cell and how you can put this into practice in your setting.

    The day will cover: 

    • STEM Teens: A research project exploring how under-represented youth engage with STEM.
    • Practical examples of engaging with young people from Centre of the Cell youth programmes.
    • How to put some of this into practice in your own organisation.

    Your Trainers

    Centre of the Cell deliver educational shows, experiences, and youth engagement events to primary and secondary school-age children, focusing on biology and human health. Since 2009, Centre of the Cell has reached over 220,000 young people and their families and teachers at their home in Whitechapel, and at outreach visits and events across south-east England.

    Centre of the Cell have two unique learning spaces embedded within the Blizard Institute: their award-winning digital interactive STEM Pod launched in September 2009; and Neuron Pod, a dedicated learning space used to deliver onsite workshops and shows. Their work is delivered by a team of professional science communicators and medical and dental student ‘Explainers’, alongside Queen Mary STEM Ambassadors, and youth volunteers.

    In addition to the in-house team of Explainers, this session will also feature a keynote from Dr Adam Rutland, PhD, Professor of Developmental Psychology in the Department of Psychology at the University of Exeter.


    £55 for BIG members. This cost includes lunch and refreshments. 

    £90 for Non-members. This cost includes a BIG Membership (£35), lunch and refreshments. 

    More about Centre of the Cell

    Centre of the Cell is an informal biomedical science education centre and outreach project located in Whitechapel, Tower Hamlets. It is the first science education centre in the world to be located within medical research laboratories, part of Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at Queen Mary University of London.

    Centre of the Cell seek to have a positive impact on the educational, career and health choices of the children, young people and families they work with.

    They are supported by funders and science education partners to ensure shows and experiences are of the highest quality and are accessible to all, including Wellcome, Barts Charity, Drapers’ Company, Aldgate and Allhallows Foundation, and many others.

Past events

13 Oct 2022 PET Training Content Showcase
13 Jul 2022 BIG Event 2022 (Non-Speakers)
13 Jul 2022 BIG Event 2022 (Speakers)
17 Mar 2022 Bursary Application - BIG Event 2022
20 Jan 2022 The Little Event 2022 - Online
01 Dec 2021 The Little Event Bursary Application - 2022
09 Sep 2021 Science Capital: Developing inclusive informal science learning practice
18 Aug 2021 Equality, Diversity and Inclusion micro bursary
20 Jul 2021 Resilience Training
14 Jul 2021 BIG Event 2021
10 May 2021 Bursary Application - BIG Event 2021
15 Mar 2021 BIG Pilot - Mentee expression of interest
21 Jan 2021 The Little Event 2021 - Online
15 Dec 2020 The Little Event Bursary Application - 2021
22 Jul 2020 BIG Event 2020 (Non-Speakers)
22 Jul 2020 BIG Event 2020 (Speakers)
16 Jun 2020 BIG Membership Bursaries
14 Jan 2020 The Little Event 2020
13 Jan 2020 Risk Assessments - a BIG Skills Day
18 Nov 2019 The Little Event Bursary Application - 2020
01 Oct 2019 Exhibit Prototyping Skills Days - beginner level, 2 days
21 Jul 2019 Talking Maths in Public 2019 - BIG Partnership Bursary
17 Jul 2019 BIG Event 2019 (Speakers)
17 Jul 2019 BIG Event 2019 (Non-Speakers)
17 Jul 2019 What can we do to be better equality, diversity and inclusion allies?
15 Jul 2019 Exhibit Prototyping Skills Day - intermediate level, 2 days
24 Apr 2019 Bursary Application - BIG Event 2019
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 (Speakers)
18 Jul 2018 BIG Event 2018 (Non-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 (Non-Speakers)
19 Jul 2017 BIG Event 2017 (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 (Speakers)
20 Jul 2016 BIG Event 2016 (Non-Speakers)
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 (Non-Speakers)
23 Jul 2014 BIG Event 2014 (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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