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  • 16 Apr 2018 3:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    BIG SKILLS DAY - DIVERSITY IN STEM

     Friday 1st June, 2018 11am-5pm

     Royal Institution, London

    As part of BIG's role in promoting excellence in science communication we are pleased to announce our upcoming skills day: Diversity in STEM.

    Diversity can mean lots of different things to different people including representation, accessibility, inclusion and more. It is increasingly being talking about within science, and science communication. 

    During this day, we will discuss different areas of diversity, and how we can all make our events, activities and organisations more inclusive, accessible and representative. Topics will include:

    • How we can make activities and events more accessible
    • How we can monitor and evaluate diversity in projects 
    • How we can feel more comfortable talking about diversity in different settings 

    This Skills Day aims to better equip everyone to think about diversity within science communication. It will be particularly relevant to those working in or with organisations such as universities, museums and festivals but anyone wanted to improve their approach to diversity will benefit. 

    Cost of attending is £45 for BIG members including lunch and coffee. Non members will need to join BIG first at an annual cost of £30 and then come back to register for the day as a member

    To find out more or to register for the day click here

  • 13 Apr 2018 3:50 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    There are just four working days left to claim the early bird discount on attending this year’s BIG Event at Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium. Save a whole £40 on the conference fee if you REGISTER before 19th April (and then pay within 30 days)

    The BIG Event 2018 is a three-day conference offering an unmissable opportunity to squeeze the skills and ideas out of all the STEM engagement people you can in a short space of time. The conference is relevant for designers, presenters, educators, students, front of house staff, evaluators, educationalists, funders, and anyone involved in public engagement with science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). Many people working in the STEM engagement field have little opportunity to cross paths with their peers, so the BIG Event was designed with exactly this in mind.

    More than 40 workshops, discussions, shows, and even a sprinkling of sessions that simply can’t be categorised. Find out more by viewing the draft programme online here.


  • 06 Apr 2018 2:39 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A reminder that the closing date for the inaugural Beetlestone Award is 1st May 2018. 

    The purpose of this new Award is to recognize a senior person in the field of ‘informal learning in science’ (ISL) – someone still in post in the UK, not a retiree – who has already made or is clearly creating a significant legacy for the field.  John Beetlestone was one of the ISL pioneers of the 20th century.  Who is following in his footsteps?

    Find out more or apply here



  • 29 Mar 2018 10:16 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The deadline for submitting applications for The Josh Award 2018 is less than a month away - Friday 20 April 2018, 5pm.

    The Josh Award is the UK’s national award in science communication, established to recognise and support up-and-coming talent in science communication. The award provides the opportunity to become the science communicator in residence at the Manchester Science Festival, developing and delivering a new project or event while showcasing best practice in the field of science communication.

    The winner receives support to nurture their development in the field and their involvement in the Manchester Science Festival from the Festival team, the University of Salford’s Science Communication cluster, and the BIG STEM Communicators Network.

    Please download the application form and guidance notes here.

  • 13 Mar 2018 3:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We appreciate how squeezed your budget is. At BIG we really value making every penny count and squeezing in as much value for money as possible for our members and the BIG Event is no different. 

    Here are the things we have done to make this Event as affordable as possible:

    • The cost of attending the whole event is cheaper than ever before.
    • There will be a free shuttle bus from Winchester city centre to the Winchester Science Centre each day. This will enable people to book city centre accommodation which will be cheaper than the onsite hotel (Holiday Inn). The shuttle is paid for by BIG and will be free to BIG delegates.
    • Book before 19 April! This will save you up to £50 if you attend the whole Event.
    • Find a session you can contribute to and become a speaker. Speakers get one day free (which includes BIG membership for another year).
    • Book your travel and accommodation early. The event is coinciding with the Farnborough Air Show, so many people will be looking for places to stay which can drive prices up.

    Find out more about the event or book here

  • 07 Mar 2018 2:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Josh Award is the UK’s national award in science communication, established to recognise and support up-and-coming talent in science communication. The award provides the opportunity to become the science communicator in residence at the Manchester Science Festival, developing and delivering a new project or event while showcasing best practice in the field of science communication.

    The winner receives support to nurture their development in the field and their involvement in the Manchester Science Festival from the Festival team, the University of Salford’s Science Communication cluster, and the BIG STEM Communicators Network.

    Please download our application form and guidance notes here. The deadline for submitting your application is Friday 20 April 2018, 5pm.

  • 02 Mar 2018 11:21 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Registration is now open for the best conference in the STEM Communicator's calendar - and we are thrilled to let you know that in our efforts to keep costs low as possible, attending the 3-day event is cheaper than ever before!

    Our early bird rate is open until 19th April and a full conference place will set you back just £170 (for a speaker) or £240 (for a non-speaker) which includes annual BIG membership and a really nice dinner! You can find out more or book your place here.

  • 01 Mar 2018 2:59 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A new recognition for an Informal Science Learning professional

    Professor John Beetlestone was one of the pioneers of ‘informal learning in science’ (ISL) of the 20th century. Are you, or someone you know, following in his footsteps?

    This brand new Award is to recognize a senior person in the sector – someone still in post in the UK, not a retiree – who has already made or is clearly creating a significant legacy for the field.

    To find out more click here

  • 23 Feb 2018 10:28 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    There are only three working days remaining to submit your session ideas for the BIG Event, 18-20 July 2018, Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium

    Time's running out! The deadline for proposals is

    Tuesday 27 February

    Propose your session at www.bigevent.info

  • 17 Jan 2018 9:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Now is your chance to fling your session ideas into the ring for the BIG Event 2018 at Winchester Science Centre & Planetarium - 18-20 July, 2018

    Once we have a ring-full we flirt the programme together, put people together who might like to work together, and ask a few people to do something a bit different. Your session ideas can be put forward now until 23 February on the BIG Event session proposals site www.bigevent.info

    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. BIG members really don’t like to be spouted at – we like to have a go at a thing so bring the thing, not a picture of the thing or a talk about the thing.

    Things that will be especially great at Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium: 

    They have an awesome planetarium! If you do things with planetariums and want to use this space as it was intended to be used, get in touch and we'll see if we can make it happen. 
    There is outside space! We'll have access to a grassy picnic area, so if you wanted to do messy things not suitable to indoors, Winchester has a place for you. 

    And finally, Winchester has a workshop which we *might* be able to use. If you have a session idea that can only take place in a workshop, just make a note of it on the proposal site and we'll see what we can do. 

    As ever this time of year, we are very much looking forward to seeing your session ideas gush on to the proposal site www.bigevent.info

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