The BIG Event is relevant for designers, presenters, educators, students, front of house staff, evaluators, educationalists, funders, and anyone involved in the 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.
Around 150-200 people usually come along, who are existing members or those that have joined through coming to the BIG Event. We don’t like the Event to get too big because the emphasis is on meeting and exchanging ideas with like-minded people. Too big a crowd can dilute that experience.
BIG is all about skills sharing so the more you put in, the more you get out. The members dictate the direction the Event will take. Almost all of the sessions are proposed and run by members who would like to show their work to others, to get useful feedback, to invite others to use their findings and to create new collaborations. BIG invites some contributions from outside its membership, especially where there are skills we can learn from other industries.
Yes it is. As well as the two-and-half days packed full of sessions, we like to have a bite to eat, a drink and a good chat too, wherever possible.
On the Wednesday evening we retire to a handy pub or similar; other members in the area are encouraged to join us. Food is not provided but is available for you to purchase.
On Thursday evening, delegates are provided with a buffet meal, wine (yes, and soft drinks), and Best Demo Competition show. Some folks like to dress up, others don’t – it’s up to you entirely.