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  • 28 Jul 2017 6:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    'Science Rapper', Jon Chase has been awarded the 2017 Josh Award for science communication. Jon was presented with his prizes and trophy at last week's BIG Event at the Centre for Life in Newcastle. Pictured with Jon above is Carole Keating, Creative Producer for Manchester Science Festival.

  • 28 Jul 2017 6:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Friday 1st - Sunday 3rd September 2017

    The Observatory Science Centre, Herstmonceux, Hailsham

    To celebrate our 21st birthday, BIG is holding a party in our ancestral home of Herstmonceux on the evening of Saturday 2nd September.

    Although BIG was established 25 years ago, what we now call the ‘BIG Event’ didn’t begin until a few years later and for many years, the BIG Event was held in Herstmonceux. So, we will return for our 21st birthday party to enjoy one another’s company, chat about the good old (or new) days and eat cake.

    BIG 21st Birthday Party is Saturday evening's session. Join us for this only or come for the whole weekend to also enjoy The Observatory Science Centre and Astronomy Festival. Please see their website for the provisional programme of Astronomy Festival events.

    Overnight camping is FREE (courtesy of BIG) if you book ANY of the options below.  All pitches for BIG members and their families are in the same area. If camping is not your thing, there is accommodation in the nearby Herstmonceux Castle.




    • Complete weekend registration = £40 (1 Sept 2:30pm to 3 Sept 6pm)
    • Friday session 1 = £10 (1 Sept 2:30pm to 11pm 1 Sept)
    • Saturday session 1 = £10 (2 Sept 10am to 6pm 2 Sept)
    • Saturday session 2 = £10 (2 Sept 6:30pm to 11pm 2 Sept)
    • Sunday session 1 = £10 (3 Sept 10am to 6pm 3 Sept)

    Children (Prices for 4 and over / Under 4s are free)

    • Complete weekend registration = £30 (1 Sept 2:30pm to 3 Sept 6pm)
    • Friday session 1 = £7.50 (1 Sept 2:30pm to 11pm 1 Sept)
    • Saturday session 1 = £7.50 (2 Sept 10am to 6pm 2 Sept)
    • Saturday session 2 = £7.50 (2 Sept 6:30pm to 11pm 2 Sept)
    • Sunday session 1 = £7.50 (3 Sept 10am to 6pm 3 Sept)


    • Complete weekend registration for a family of 4 = £110 (1 Sept 2:30pm to 3 Sept 6pm) 

    BIG members:  login as a member first to be able to register for the member rate. To login as a member, use the email address you used to join BIG. If you can't remember what this is, please email

    Non-members: you first need to join BIG costing £30 for the year and then come back and register for the BIG 21st Birthday Party at the member rate.

    Got questions or having trouble booking?: email Ashley Kent on big (at) ashfayk (dot) com including details of your problem or query.

  • 22 Jun 2017 10:52 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Places at the BIG Event have now SOLD OUT and we are not accepting further registrations. You can add your name to our waiting list in the event of late cancellations.

  • 08 Jun 2017 1:16 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Now is the time to throw your hat in the ring - enter this year’s Best Demo Competition while you're at the BIG Event and you’ll be the better for it*

    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 5pm Thursday 20 July as part of the BIG Event at The Centre for Life in Newcastle. Any registered delegate attending the BIG Event 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.


    Please email Rachel Mason with your name, short demo title and a short (50-80 word) description of the demo. Please also give a brief list of the equipment you intend to use and note any safety issues we should consider. You may be asked to provide a risk assessment so if you have this already, send it along too. This information is for the event organisers and venue only and will not be published (that would spoil the demo now, wouldn’t it?)


    More detail about the BIG Event

    If you have any questions about the format, structure, or need a bit of support in putting your entry together, please contact…

    Rachel Mason, BIG Event Organiser



    * Maybe

    ** Don’t drag it out - if it's a 30 second demo, take 30 secs

  • 06 Jun 2017 6:04 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Do you work in the field of Science, Technology & Innovation?

    Would time overseas meeting others working in your area and sharing ideas and good practice benefit your work? Would you be prepared to share your findings for the improvement of your sector, and the UK as a whole, on your return?

    If the answer is yes and you would like to visit innovative programmes abroad so that you could transfer or adapt them to the UK, a Churchill Fellowship could be for you.

    Applications are welcome from across this wide field, but we are also interested in:
    • the communication of science and technology by any means
    • the fusion of the arts and science
    • efforts to encourage interest and participation in science by the public
    • the use of the internet to hold dialogues

    Find out more

  • 25 Apr 2017 11:08 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Deadline for applications: Friday 5 May, 11:59pm 

    Again this year, BIG is offering a few lovely bursary places to attend the BIG Event in July. This is ideal for people working in and around science communication, who think they might benefit from making some more professional friends by attending BIG’s three-day conference in Newcastle.  

    Find out more here.

  • 25 Apr 2017 11:07 AM | 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. Find out more here

  • 27 Feb 2017 12:50 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Early Bird registration for the BIG Event 19-21 July 2017 at Life Science Centre, Newcastle UK is now open. Early Bird prices offer a significant reduction on standard so if you know you're coming, it's worth registering now.

    Go to BIG Event 2017

  • 02 Feb 2017 1:27 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    If aren't a member of BIG but you'd like to be kept up-to-date with BIG's activities, events and skills days, you can now sign up for our mailing list here. We promise that these updates are very infrequent and you can unsubscribe at any time!

  • 26 Jan 2017 1:37 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Every year, BIG members get together for a three-day bash to exchange ideas, compare disasters, find their next employer and have a grand time with the work and the colleagues they love. STEM engagement professionals from all over the UK (and some more besides) take this opportunity to step out of their offices, museums and science centres, vans and sheds, universities and research institutions, to plan their next career steps, pick the brains of like-minded people or just have a bit of a professional think.

    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.

    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 19 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.

    The Centre for Life 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. You might even give some serious thought to using the BIG Event to take your summer holidays in beautiful Northumberland

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

    If you’re not sure what the BIG Event is or if it’s for you, go to

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