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  • 10 Sep 2010 3:42 PM | Deleted user

    BIG members get 10% off the course fees for UWE's forthcoming Masterclass in Science Communication to be held 11-14 October 2010 in Bristol.

    UWE's Masterclass is a hugely popular short course created to provide intensive professional development in science communication. The masterclass draws on the existing expertise of the team that delivers UWE's popular and practical Masters in Science Communication.

    Topics covered include: historical and social contexts plus current drivers for science communication; different ways of communicating science; engaging with the public; facilitation; fundraising; project planning; print and new media; and evaluation.

    To register as a participant, or to find out more about the course before their imminent closing date of 17 September, please click here:

  • 06 Sep 2010 2:19 PM | Deleted user
    The brand new BIG website is now LIVE! There's loads of new stuff on the site including information about training
    courses, career development and a summary of the exciting discussion which
    took place at this year's Event about Freelancers' daily rates.

    We're going to be adding new content over the Autumn and the new site allows
    us to run forums and blogs and we'll be introducing those as we go along.

    If you are a member of BIG, your old login will no longer work and you will
    have received a separate email asking you to follow three simple steps. If
    you have not received this, do please let me know.
  • 02 Sep 2010 2:47 PM | Anonymous

    Currently it’s all go putting the 60-plus action points from the Science for All Action Plan into life.

    Based on recommendations from (and informed by) various consultations including the recent Science Communication Conference organised by British Science Association, the working groups are beginning to bear fruit. Here are a couple of highlights that you can expect to be coming your way soon.

    The Science in Society team from the British Science Association led a session introducing the jazzily-named ‘Collective Memory’ at the BIG Event 2010 about how the entire community can share our expertise (all for free) and learn from each other.

    However, for those who didn’t manage to make it, we need your help. Have a look at CollectiveMemory to see what the pilot scheme looks like and have a go adding an evaluation or two. Does it work for you? What would you find most useful? Have your say, and shape a tool that can help us all to learn from each other and plan and evaluate future activities.

    Coming up in the near future will be some scoping work into exploring the networks that Sci-Commers use and find really helpful – what works for you? Also, a complete beginner’s guide to Social Media – how’s it being used to engage people with the sciences?

  • 10 Mar 2010 9:31 PM | Anonymous

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    Congratulations to Jenny Dockett, Public Engagement Manager at the Centre for Life in Newcastle who has been awarded this year’s BIG Bursary.

    Jenny will be finding out what science centres and outreach providers can learn from the Forest School ethos and will attend a 5-day training course. Both Forest Schools and Science Centres take learning outside of the classroom and engage children in a different way to schools. Forest schools are becoming increasingly popular, the key to their success is engaging children to learn through fun activities and hopefully when they go back to the classroom they take their new found confidence in learning back with them.
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