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  • 06 Feb 2019 11:50 AM | Anonymous

    Do you have any news, research, projects or tips that you'd like to share with 500-or-so members of the STEM community? Or maybe you'd like to have your profile featured in our "BIG Members" section?

    The Spring edition of the BIG newsletter is due for publication on March 1st and this is a call for articles and contributions. NO PRESS RELEASES PLEASE - please make sure your editorial and content is written for our members! You can see examples of past newsletters on our website

    Please send your article of between 250-500 words plus an image to by close of play Tuesday 26th February to be considered for inclusion.

  • 03 Feb 2019 7:33 PM | Anonymous

    The deadline for session proposals for this year’s BIG Event in Edinburgh is just 3 days away - closing on 6th February! Those whose sessions are accepted will qualify for reduced-cost attendance at the Speaker's Rate. 

    If you have an idea for a conference session, you can propose something here:


    The BIG Event is a truly participatory conference where STEM engagement practitioners of all kinds showcase their materials and activities and exchange ideas with others in the field. BIG encourages delegates to use the Event for peer review, sharing ideas and renewing enthusiasm for the work they do.

    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. 

  • 03 Jan 2019 11:37 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Thanks to financial support from UKRI, BIG is able to offer financial and material support for our Training Researchers in Public Engagement Skills Day (York, 12 February) in the following two ways: 

    1. BIG is offering 5 bursaries to cover the cost of registration, membership and any reasonable expenses associated with attending this Skills Day. These bursaries have been set up to facilitate greater diversity in the people who attend our events so that we are more representative of broader society. This diversity includes, but is not limited to: age, gender, health, geography, cultural heritage, career path, salary or educational background. Apply online here: Training Researchers in Public Engagement Bursary Application - 2019 The deadline is 6pm Thursday 17th January, 2019. 

    2. BIG is also able to support ANY delegate with costs associated with access to this Skills Day. For example: a translator, care costs, carer travel costs etc. If this applies to you, please email and tell us what you need and we will endeavour to meet your needs. 

  • 14 Dec 2018 12:20 PM | Anonymous

    BIG is thrilled to announce a return to Scotland for BIG Event 2019. The highlight of the STEM communicator’s annual calendar will see our conference held at Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh 17-19 July 2019.  Dynamic Earth is a wonderful venue – lots of space and lots of spaces. Indoors, outdoors and fantastically placed for access to the airport, rail station and city centre. 


    If you have a session proposal you’d like to submit, you can pop your ideas on the BIG Event session proposals site (you'll need to register for the site; tip: this isn't the same registration as when you log into the BIG website)

    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. 

    So now is your chance to fling your session ideas into the ring. 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 6th February. 

    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.

  • 13 Dec 2018 10:58 AM | Anonymous

    STFC is pleased to announce that  the 2019 call for applications to the Leadership Fellowships in Public Engagement is now open. The closing date for receipt of applications is 21st February 2019.

    The scheme can support individuals from early career to established career who can demonstrate outstanding personal qualities relative to their level of experience and a passion for public engagement.
    Raising the profile of public engagement within their host institution and professional community, including sharing best practice and developing new talent is a core objective. Applicants are  also advised to contact the STFC Public Engagement Team  in advance of submitting their application.
  • 03 Dec 2018 10:45 AM | Anonymous

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


    Tuesday 12th February, 2019 - (coffee and registration from 9.30am)

    National Railway Museum, York

    Do you work in a university to support public engagement with research?

    Have you been asked to develop and deliver training or professional development for scientists?

    If you said yes to either question, then this BIG Skills Day is for you!

    In this highly practical day, we’ll share our experiences of developing training and professional development specifically for researchers. We’ll look at what makes for effective training, different types of intervention, participants’ needs and evaluating the effectiveness of training. Bring your experiences to share and any challenges you’re encountering.

    During this Skills Day you will: 

    • Consider good practice in training; 
    • Develop a toolkit of example activities to use in your own training; and 
    • Have personal advice and support for any challenges you are facing. 

    Who is the day for?

    • People who work outside universities and research organisations with experience of developing training for researchers; 
    • People who work in a public engagement role at universities; 
    • People who already have experience developing training for researchers; and
    • People who want to advance their training and knowledge of working with researchers. 

    Your Trainers

    • Helen Featherstone, PhD is the Head of Public Engagement at the University of Bath
    • Natalie Ford
    • Nicola Stock 

    This skills day is part of the University of Bath’s ChallengeCPD project. Helen will share findings from this work which is looking at why training for public engagement can be a challenging area.


    £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 register visit

  • 22 Nov 2018 3:34 PM | Anonymous

    The Little Event is BIG’s one-day training session for people who are relatively early in their STEM communication career, 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, including sessions on Networking, Managing Projects, Presenting, Audience Analysis and Careers.

    Each bursary is worth approximately £100 and covers annual BIG membership, registration fees and reasonable expenses. Applying for one of the 10 free places is simple.

    Click here to apply and 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. 

    Applications close at 6pm, 5th December, 2019. Applicants will be notified of the outcome the week commencing 17th December, 2019. 

  • 13 Nov 2018 7:31 PM | Anonymous

    The Little Event will take place again on Thursday, 24th January, 10am - 4:30pm at Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum.

    The Little Event is BIG’s one-day mini-conference 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 day 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.

    But of course, it isn't just about the sessions, it’s the people you meet there, 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 programme for the day includes sessions on Networking, Managing Projects, Presenting, Audience analysis and Careers.

    The Little Event costs £45 for BIG members. If you are not a member, you need to join BIG at an annual cost of £30. 

    Register or find out more by clicking here or visiting

  • 23 Oct 2018 1:58 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Once upon a time...not too far from here, an awesome event was happening...

    Do you talk about your business?

    Would you to like get more engagement?

    Would it be great if your messages where remembered?

    Then this session is for you.

    You hear a lot about business storytelling at the moment – it’s somewhat in Vogue. But what does it actually mean?

    In this session Duncan will take you through the reasons storytelling can be exciting in business, and how you can apply this centuries old art to transform your ideas, projects and products.

    Concepts from storytelling are crucial to creating engaging communications, particularly in presentation but also in marketing, social, and in business processes. We’ll create a compelling business story, explore some techniques and take the time to think a little differently.

    There will be cake... Book here: Presentation, business and storytelling by DY Training

    If you have any questions drop us an email to or check out the website at

  • 09 Oct 2018 12:35 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    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 come in - they bring together science festivals and non-science festivals with scientific content to consider the highs, lows and future of festival organisation and management.

    Following the success of the first UKSFN conference in Edinburgh last year, the UK Science Festivals Network are re-lighting the fire again, this time in Swansea on 21st November. Join them to discuss best practice in diversifying audiences and speakers, workshop new approaches to programming and learn what else is happening beyond the UK, amongst other topics. Most importantly, there will be plenty of opportunities to network and socialise with other conference attendees - if only it serves to reassure you that you're not alone in this crazy little science engagement bubble!

    Hosted by the National Waterfront Museum in Swansea. Please arrive at 9.30 for a 10.15 start, the day will end at 17.15. Delegates are also invited to a drinks reception from 17.15 onwards. The venue will not be open before 9.30 so do bear that in mind.

    Tickets + more info available here

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