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  • 22 Feb 2016 3:27 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Are you - or do you know - an amazing science communicator who is at a defining moment in their career?

    The Josh Award is an award established to recognise and support up-and-coming talent in science communication. The award recognises a defining moment in the career of a science communicator; a person who is a practicing scientist or someone who has chosen science communication as their profession.

    This defining moment could be a game changing project, piece of work, way of working or a key moment of change, creativity, innovation or passion. A defining moment in a career that has transformed science communication practice, inspired others or changed the landscape of science communication.

    The award provides the opportunity to become the science communicator in residence at the Manchester Science Festival 2016, developing and delivering a new project or event while showcasing best practise in the field of science communication.

    The winner will receive support to nurture their development in the field and their involvement in the Manchester Science Festival from both the Festival team and the BIG STEM Communicators Network.

    You can find out more about the Award and the simple application process here.

  • 15 Feb 2016 3:41 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Just one week left to put forward your excellent ideas for sessions that will plump out the BIG Event with succulent morsels of professional development. 

    Don't forget - session providers/speakers receive a discount on the registration fee to attend the BIG Event.

  • 25 Jan 2016 6:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Would you like to run a session for 150-or-so STEM Communicators at this year's BIG Event in Belfast on 20-22 July?

    Bring a show, a workshop, something needing tweaking, something you think is fab; bring your skills in evaluating, managing, developing, presenting, fettling; bring your planetarium, your STEM tap-routine, your busks, your IPad session. But whatever you do, make it hands-on, make it collaborative, make it a truly sharing contribution. The content for the BIG Event is created by the members. And the people who say they get the most out of it are the people who contribute the content.

    Your session ideas can be put forward now until 22 February on the BIG Event session proposals site

  • 06 Jan 2016 10:33 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    One of the best things about the BIG Event, according to many of you, is that it moves around. It gives you that excuse you’ve been looking for to go and have a butchers at that science centre, museum (or something) that you’ve been meaning to drop in on but never actually have. And lots of you love the chance to plan your own holidays round your BIG development needs.

    So we’re heading to the W5 Science Centre in Belfast this summer, which offers:

    • A great science engagement venue with lots of space (indoors and out)
    • A vibrant science communication field, keen to host and contribute to a BIG muster 
    • A city location with lots nearby – great places to eat, meet, museums and sites to see
    • Cheap to get to – Belfast’s airports serve all the places you could ever hope to fly from at a VERY LOW COST

    W5 is only ten mins taxi trundle from Belfast City Airport and the place is small and friendly enough that you’d be hard pressed to get out of departures without hooking up with another BIG person to share your taxi with. They could help carry all that stuff you like to bring. Visit Belfast has given us lots of support already and are making plans to help BIG-Event-goers stay on in Northern Ireland for their hols – more on that later.

    You can decide what sessions to go to later (you know they’ll be right up your street and if they’re not, propose your own), but If you fancy adding ‘efficiency’ to your list of new year’s resolutions, then why not start by grabbing a cheap flight now from just £25 with FlyBe, EasyJet or RyanAir.

    The call for session proposals will open soon so keep an eye out for that in your inboxes. Any questions about what the venue can take, email

  • 09 Dec 2015 4:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    10 bursaries to attend this year's Little Event up for grabs! But get applying quickly because the deadline for applications is 18th December. 

    Each bursary worth £100 covers an annual BIG membership, registration fees for the Little Event and £25 towards travel expenses.

    The Little Event is for people who are relatively new to STEM communication, whether they work in a science centre or museum, volunteer for a festival, are involved in university outreach, or do anything else to engage people with sciences. It’s a lot like the BIG Event, but a bit smaller, and all crammed into one busy day. There will be several sessions, each focusing on developing a different skill, delivered by experienced science communicators following our 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 presents a great opportunity to meet people from across the UK working in similar roles and sharing similar experiences. The programme for the day will include sessions on Learning & evaluation, Interacting with the public, Managing your engagement project, Presenting and careers. 

    If you wish to apply for one of the 10 free places, applying is simple.  Just email by noon on Friday 18th December with the subject line "Bursary application Little Event" to 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. If you have already registered for the Event you can still apply for the bursary and we will refund your registration if you are successful.

    Successful applicants will be notified by 23rd December by email.

    For more information or to book click here 

    Sarah Vining, Administrator

  • 23 Nov 2015 10:55 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Wednesday 13th January 2016, 9.30am - 4.30pm

    Thinktank, Birmingham

    This one-day conference is for early-career STEM communicators who are keen to suck the knowledge and experience out of those who have been at it for ages. It is also an excellent opportunity to make professional and friendly relationships with others in similar work, or to update job-hunting skills for those hoping to take a next step in their careers.

    The full programme is being finalised and will be announced in early December.

    The price is £45 for BIG members. Non-members can join first for the annual fee of £30

    Register (or find out more) here

  • 07 Oct 2015 10:22 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    How to train researchers event is now FULL

  • 21 Sep 2015 6:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    How to train researchers - BIG Skills Day - Tuesday 24th November - Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Find out more here.

  • 09 Sep 2015 9:26 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Take a  look at the latest jobs posted:

    CEO - Techniquest, Cardiff

    Fundraising Manager - Techniquest, Cardiff

    Head of Learning & Participation - National Media Museum, Bradford

    Science Communicator (weekends only) - Glasgow Science Centre

    To find out more, go to  

  • 12 Jun 2015 10:14 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    You heard it here first... Professor Andy Miah is the worthy winner of this year's Josh Award.

    Andy is Chair in Science Communication & Future Media in the School of Environment & Life Sciences at University of Salford. Andy is renowned for his research into bioethics and emerging technologies and was recently a Google Glass explorer. Now developing virtual reality art installations and drone documentaries, Andy has published in such places as TIME, Wired, and regularly appears in the media, offering commentaries on new discoveries. His research has taken him to over 50 countries and spans such areas as genetics, nanotechnology, neuroscience, mobile health, wearable technologies, and digital innovations. He is particularly interested around the possibility of bringing creative digital media skills to the field of science communication and published one of the first articles to address the potential of digital media to create new kinds of public engagement with science possibilities. He is also part of the European City of Science steering group, set up to create a programme for Greater Manchester, as it hosts the European Science Forum in 2016.

    “I am absolutely thrilled to be this year’s Josh award winner, not least because the BIG event happens in my home city of Norwich... I got into communicating science as a PhD student, trained myself on building websites and doing all I could to make academic discoveries reach more people and this work continues. I am passionate about open knowledge initiatives and believe firmly that there is no expertise that can’t be cultivated by anyone. I am really excited about the trend towards citizen science and in my own production of science communication programmes, I want to enable more people to find a way into nurturing their own scientific expertise. Programmes like the maker movement, FameLab, and hackathons do so much to make science and technology meaningful to people again, in a world where it can become even more difficult to grasp. Having worked in Manchester now for just 8 months, I’ve been amazed by the spirit of collaboration in the city and region, and the ambition of the people around here.”

    “Over the last year, I’ve been working a lot with drones, experimenting with their creative possibilities, working with scientists to explore their potential as data capture tools. It’s an area that is completely exploding now and I’m not sure the world is ready for it. I’ve always been attracted to that kind of problem. Whether it’s genetic modification, stem cell technology, or wearable devices, what interests me is the ethical dilemmas they create and what they say about our future. Science communication through ethical debate has been a hallmark of my work and I’d love to foreground this during my year as Josh Award winner.”  

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