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  • 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

  • 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

    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

  • 12 Dec 2017 11:06 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Come and check-out the newly revamped, mobile-friendly BIG website. Find out what we do, what events are coming up and read our info pages to help you start your career in Science Communication.

    If you are lucky enough to be a member, you also have access to lots of extra information including:

    • An introduction to Impact and the REF
    • DBS and Working with Children
    • How to write Risk Assessments and Protect Yourself
    • Discover fun facts and useless information in our BIG Archive.
    • Plus lots more…

    As always BIG is an organisation run for its members, by its members so if you have any skills or knowledge you’d love to share with the BIG community or feel that anything is missing please do you let us know - or even better write something for the website or organise a Skills Day. Just get in touch to find out how!

  • 04 Dec 2017 1:54 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    There are 10 bursaries up  for grabs to attend The Little Event 2018 on Wednesday 17th January at  Thinktank in Birmingham. 

     Each bursary is worth £100 and covers  annual BIG membership, registration fees and £25 towards travel expenses.  Applying for one of the 10 free places is simple. Email by 6pm on Thursday 14th December with the subject line "Bursary Application Little Event" telling 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. Successful applicants will be notified by email by 20th December.  

  • 23 Nov 2017 6:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Little Event 2018: a 1-day conference for early-career STEM communicators

    Thanks to support from Thinktank Birmingham science museum, the Little Event will take place again in 2018!

    Wednesday 17th January 2018, 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) by clicking BOOK HERE

  • 15 Nov 2017 6:18 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Get ready to pit facts against fiction in Have I Got Fake News For You pub quiz presented by Guerilla Science. Come in pairs or with groups of friends to test out your ability to separate the latest science from the most up-to-date nonsense that is flooding our media. Conspiracy theory psychologist Viren Swami, and political psychologist Keith O’Brien, will sit on the panel to share their research and insights as you take part in the quick fire rounds. 

    Wednesday 22 November, 7.30 – 10.00pm, at The Book Club 100-106 Leonard Street, London EC2A 4RH. 

    Tickets are £6-£7.99 and available on

    See for more information.

  • 04 Oct 2017 12:25 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A new conference for anyone who is interested or involved in organising science festivals, events or activities

    9 November 2017, 10.00-18.00 | National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh | £80+VAT pp

    Thrilling, rewarding and exhausting: three words all science festival and event organisers can relate to. Despite the chaotic mixture of emotions we often feel, we're all in this because we have a passion for putting on exciting and engaging activities for our audiences. Whether it be fine tuning the logistics, producing a high-quality programme or meeting inspiring people, everyone has favourite (and not so favourable) aspects of their role.


    The UK science festival ecosystem is diverse and constantly evolving, but we rarely take the time to celebrate what we have achieved or to look ahead to some of the challenges and opportunities for the sector. This is where the UK Science Festivals Network (UKSFN) come in - we bring together science festivals and non-science festivals with scientific content to consider the highs, lows and future of festival organisation and management.



    Join us at our first ever conference to discuss best practice in diversifying audiences, programming and how to effectively evaluate events, amongst other topics. Most importantly, there will be plenty of opportunities to network and socialise with other conference attendees!

    The main conference events will happen from 10.30-16.00, with a drinks reception from 16.00 onwards. 



    Although there will be a focus on festivals, the conference programme will be applicable and useful for anyone interested or involved in organising science events and activities in general. This conference is open to all, you do not have to be a member of the UKSFN to attend.


    For tickets and more info please visit:  

    Find out more about the UKSFN here:   

    Any questions, please direct them to: Anna Woolman,


  • 17 Aug 2017 3:56 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Brian Mackenwells from the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics in Oxford was crowned the winner of the 2017 Best Demo Award at the BIG Event 2017. 

    This is the second time Brian has won the coveted award, having won it back in 2009.

    The Best Demo Competition presents a lighthearted look at some of the demos you think are worth sharing; it invites you to demonstrate the maths, science, engineering and so on that really lights your fire and you just can’t help but show off to your peers. You have up to three minutes, a warm and welcoming audience and more eager volunteers than you could ever wish for.

    Maybe you’ll be going home with the prestigious Best Demo Award to display on your desk, in your shed or sliding across the dashboard of your van.

    There's no money to win, it's not an Oscar, it's not a Nobel Prize. But within BIG we think it is worth having because it’s worth joining in. The Competition takes place every year as part of the BIG Event and any registered delegate can join the running order. The competition is not scary, intimidating or harsh in any way – the main purpose is to enjoy what we do. It’s very simple: demos presenting STEM subject matter must be no longer than 3 minutes** (shorter, if that suits your demo), you must bring all of the equipment you need and you must sign up in advance.


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