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  • 24 Feb 2015 8:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Registration is now open to join more than 150 STEM engagement professionals at the BIG Event 22-24 July 2015 at the John Innes Centre in Norwich.

    Find out more and register here

  • 03 Feb 2015 7:36 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Do you know an amazing science communicator? The application process has opened for the Josh Award 2015. The award aims to recognise one outstanding contributor to science communication each year by means of a defining moment in their career. BIG is working jointly with Manchester Science Festival and you can find out more here.

  • 31 Jan 2015 4:50 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A BIG Skills-day

    Working in University Outreach – Skills for STEM Engagement

    20-21 April, Edinburgh University.

    £45 for BIG members. Click here for more information or to book.

  • 12 Jan 2015 12:47 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In or around Edinburgh with not nearly enough friends and contacts in science communication?

    Get along to the Hemma Bar, 75 Holyrood House, Edinburgh EH8 8AE

    Mon 26 Jan 2015

    7pm onwards

    Friendly BIG member Fiona Ross can tell you more if you need it.

     

     

  • 07 Jan 2015 2:47 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The BIG Event is delighted to be supported and hosted in 2015 by the John Innes Centre in Norwich on Wed 22 - Fri 24 July.

    Get more information about the BIG Event generally here

    Your session ideas can be put forward now until around the end of January on the BIG Event session 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… well, your stuff. But 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.

    The John Innes Centre will be fab, but different for BIG. It has a fantastic theatre for shows (pretty much perfect for the kind of work we do), lots of outdoor space, plenty of other breakout spaces – big meeting rooms, wee nooks and this year we will be offering the chance to book your overnight accommodation (at UEA across the road) through BIG’s website.

    As a research facility, what the centre doesn’t have is a public area – a collection or an exhibition – so this year we’d like to change things around a little so we create something of a temporary exhibition ourselves during the three days. But what it does have is research and as such offers BIG members a chance to reflect on injecting current science into our daily bread-and-butter work and make new acquaintances to help do that together.

    Right now, we particularly welcome offers to bring along shows and ideas to contribute to making a temporary exhibition. There’s lots of space for this; please get in touch with me if you’d like to have a chat about what might work.

    Rachel Mason

    BIG – STEM Communicators Network

    event@big.uk.com

     

  • 28 Nov 2014 1:54 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Thanks to generous support from Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum, The Little Event will take place again this year.

    Thursday 15 January 2015, 10am - 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.

    - Develop your presentation skills
    - Find out more about working in the business
    - Gather evaluation tit-bits
    - Pick up neat ideas
    - Begin to turn your own ideas into actual public engagements

    Go to the Little Event page

    The Little Event was devised by BIG member Toni Hamill (Centre for Life, Newcastle) who wanted to create a useful event that she would want at the beginning of her own science communication career. Something to give her access to lots of expertise, something to help her establish professional networks, something like the BIG Event – only little!

    If this event doesn't suit your needs, create your own.

    Contact event@big.uk.com

  • 30 Jul 2014 10:25 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Earlier this year, the Exec consulted with members about whether it was time for a BIG rebrand and over 95% of them agreed that the Exec could proceed. The case for looking at a rebrand was multifold:

    • To reflect our evolved membership – we are no longer simply about ‘interactivity’

    • The name was limiting and may alienate potential new members and reinforce the false perception that we are about science centres

    • The 'OOC' logo was not representative of what we do and confusing

    • There were always inconsistencies in typeface and logo reproduction.

    We were aware that we had established brand, which is well-regarded and that the BIG name runs across other sub-brands (BIG-Chat, BIG Event etc). Many refer to us as simply “BIG” and the perception of this acronym is favorable. The full name is more misleading and alienating than the initials so we decided to retain some of the original brand and become simply, BIG, as this is how we are referred to colloquially anyway.

    The name 'BIG' alone needed to sit with some kind of 'descriptive strapline' so we decided to shorten our existing mission statement to "STEM Communicators Network" and thus the design of a new logo and a visual identity refresh was commissioned.

    After discussing various concepts, the Exec eventually settled on the new logo, which we know could be seen as a 'nurturing embrace' or 'a person lugging equipment' (Boxes and Gear). Whatever you see in the design, we are encouraged by the positive feedback we've had so far. The logo is here to stay and the new brand is being rolled out across our various media and literature over the coming weeks.

  • 16 Jul 2014 9:51 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Due to reaching the maximum number of delegates we can easily accommodate, registration for the BIG Event 2014 is now CLOSED.

  • 05 Jul 2014 7:48 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We are inviting current members of BIG to stand for a position on the 2014/15 Executive Committee.

    ANY member can apply for ANY position on the Committee and no prior experience of Committee or Board work is required. It's always helpful to have a cross-representation of the entire membership on the Committee so we actively encourage applications from freelancers, science festivals, science centres, academic institutions, zoos, museums, funding and research bodies etc.

    We are a friendly bunch, we meet about 4 times a year somewhere central to all committee members (for which your expenses will be covered) and you'll be fully supported in your role by BIG's Administrator. You will receive a cost-only place at the BIG Event 2015 (currently £70).

    We are looking to fill all roles but in particular we are looking for a new Secretary and Treasurer as our current committee members are standing down this year.

    All positions will be subject to an online vote and the results will be revealed at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Oxford on July 24th (you do not need to be present).

    To find out more about the positions, you can visit this page - or you may contact admin@big.uk.com to arrange an informal and confidential chat.

    Nominations are to be received by 10am on 17th July by downloading the form here.



  • 08 Jun 2014 12:59 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Steve Crabtree, Editor of BBC Horizon is announced as Keynote Speaker for the BIG Event in Oxford next month. Steve took the position of Editor of Horizon at the BBC this year, so he probably knows a thing or two about creating ways to engage folks with current and relevant science. And he knows how to paint a submarine.

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