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  • 05 Apr 2013 3:48 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Can't afford to join 150+ STEM engagement professionals at the BIG Event but really, really, REALLY want to?

    This year BIG is offering 2-3 bursary places to attend the BIG Event taking place at Glasgow Science Centre on 24-26 July 2013.

    The bursary provides registration fees for the BIG Event and gives limited travel and accommodation support. This is open to BIG members who are in the first five years of their professional career and have not attended a previous BIG Event.

    To apply for a conference place through the bursary, please download the form and guidelines from

    Deadline for application: Friday 26 April 2013 (late applications will not be considered – sorry).

    Submission of an article (approx 400 words) for BIG’s enewsletter related to your conference attendance is a requirement of the bursary scheme and expenses will be issued on receipt of the article. We also hope you will be willing to give a hand at the conference where required; this gives you a great opportunity to create links with other delegates.

    Find out more about the BIG Event at
  • 20 Feb 2013 12:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The BIG Event is a three-day conference providing an unmissable opportunity to squeeze the skills and ideas out of all the STEM engagement people you can in a short space of time.

    The conference 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.

    More than 40 workshops, discussions, shows, and even a sprinkling of sessions that surpass classification; this is the place to:
    share skills and experiences
    develop professional links and keep up-to-date with the STEM engagement field
    hone your skills and recharge your professional batteries
    pick up great ideas and show off your talents to peers

    Register and find out more HERE

    Any questions, please contact Rachel Mason
  • 14 Dec 2012 3:23 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It’s time folks! Time to put forward your excellent ideas for sessions that will plump out the BIG Event with succulent morsels of professional development.

    The BIG Event, taking place on 24-26 July 2013 at Glasgow Science Centre provides an unmissable opportunity to squeeze the skills and ideas out of all the STEM engagement people you can in a short space of time. It’s like power juice for STEM communicators.

    If you have a project you would like to share with others – because it’s brilliant, because it’s in progress or because it needs love and support from like-minded people – then get it out to your peers. This is the chance to meet people who can help you in your STEM engagement work, partner your project, solve your problem, help you get funding, teach you skills, find you a new job, or simply feel your pain. Don’t just sit in the audience – join the show by proposing a session of your own. The BIG Event is all about sharing skills and experiences so why not share yours?

    To give you some ideas, really good past sessions include:

    • Workshops to develop themed trails or create props and simple exhibits
    • Training to improve presentations, like stage presence, prop handling and use of humour and emotion
    • Sessions inviting you to have a good play with your content and explore its potential
    • Sessions to help you market your wares or sell yourself to the employer of your dreams
    • Opportunities to get into the minds of funders
    • Delegates bringing their works-in-progress to get your help in refining them
    • Workshops to create collaborative content for an activity, like busking, outdoors, water, dialogue, U3A, 14-19, Foundation Stage, collections, you name it…

    The call for session proposals is now open. Propose your session online by following the link below.

    If you haven’t put forward a session before and would like to discuss your ideas first, please contact Rachel Mason

    Propose a Session    

    If you haven’t put forward a session before, BIG is here to support you – for more information on what the BIG Event is all about and what makes a good session click here
  • 13 Dec 2012 3:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    It's not too late to join other newbie science communicators at our Little Event at Thinktank on 7th January. We have a handful of places left at just £45 for BIG members. The full programme is now available to view online at
  • 08 Nov 2012 10:38 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Glasgow Science Centre will play host to the BIG Event 2013! It's the Event's first time in Scotland and the iconic buildings of glass, titanium and steel, the centre will provide an unforgettable backdrop.The annual British Interactive Group Conference will be held on 24-26 July. 
  • 02 Nov 2012 11:27 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Thanks to generous support from Graphic Science and BIG, we are able to offer 10 bursaries worth £100 each which includes 1 year’s BIG membership, registration fees for the Little Event and £25 towards travel expenses.

    The Little Event returns to Thinktank in Birmingham on Monday 7 January from 10am - 5pm. It’s for people who are relatively new to STEM communication, 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 4 sessions, each focusing on developing a different skill, delivered by experienced science communicators following our usual hands-on approach.

    If you wish to apply for one of the 10 free places, applying is simple. Just email Rachel Mason at to tell us in no more than 300 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.

    Deadline for bursary applications: 10.00am on Monday 26th November

    If you have already registered for the Event you can still apply for the bursary, but you must send us your 300 word application.

    For more information or to book, visit
  • 04 Oct 2012 8:41 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Little Event is like the BIG Event – only little! It's a one-day conference aimed at early-career STEM communicators who are keen to suck the knowledge and experience out of those who have been at it for ages. 

    Find out more or book at

  • 22 Jul 2012 11:49 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Just three days left to the BIG Event 2012 in York. The Twitter hashtag is #bigevent12 - who reckons we can get it trending?

  • 26 Jun 2012 10:22 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Register now for the BIG Best Demo Competition 2012! Now in its 16th year we invite you to demonstrate something that really lights your fire and you just can’t help but show off to your peers. You have three minutes, a welcoming audience and the chance to win the prestigious Best Demo Award to display on your desk, in your shed or sliding across the dashboard of your van.
  • 31 May 2012 9:32 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It’s that time of year for getting out and about and exploring. So I just wanted to remind you all that your BIG Membership Card allows you free entry to selected UK Science Centres and Museums.  For a full and up-to-date list of participating Centres, visit

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