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BIG event 2018 – 18-20 July 2018 – Winchester Science Centre & Planetarium

The BIG Event is a three day get-together every summer to share skills and experiences, develop professional links and keep up-to-date with the STEM engagement field. This is the place to hone your skills and recharge your professional batteries, pick up great ideas and show off your talents to peers.

It 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.

Sessions: 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. The call for session proposals is now closed.

Booking: To register to attend the BIG Event 2018, click here. If you are a speaker and have a speaker registration code, you can click here.


  • Jan 2018 – The Call for session proposals closed 27 February 2018.
  • Late Feb 2018 – Registration opens (early bird prices); proposals close; sessions approved
  • Early April 2018 – Early bird registration closes and full price registration opens; BIG Bursaries open
  • May 2018 – BIG Bursaries close
  • June 2018 – Final programme published
  • July 2018 – Event takes place 18-20 July at Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium

Find out more here: https://www.big.uk.com/bigevent18/ or follow us on Twitter @bigchats or sign up to the big-chat email discussion list for developments.

Call for Session Proposals BIG Event 2016 – OPEN

The call for session proposals for the BIG Event –  20 July 2016 at W5 in
Belfast is now open.

If you are a science communicator, a STEM engagement person, or someone who
thinks communicating science to all sorts of publics is a skill you should
hone. You might like to come along to the BIG Event – BIG’s annual three-day bash to exchange ideas, compare disasters, gather intelligence, find your next employer and have a grand time with the work you 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 next career steps, pick the brains of like-minded people or just have a bit of a professional think. In short, lots of training, lots of opportunity to meet future collaborators – a jolly environment and a business-like one.

The session 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 from the idea they proposed in the first place..

Your session ideas can be put forward now until 22 February on the BIG Event
session proposals 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 pop-up theatre, 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.

As ever this time of year, very much looking forward to seeing your session
ideas gush on to the proposal site – www.bigevent.info

If you’re not sure what the BIG Event is or if it’s for you, then learn
more here  – http://www.big.uk.com/. If you prefer to talk to a real person
about your ideas, call – Rachel Mason, BIG – STEM Communicators Network, 0776 039 5585

BIG Event 2013 Bursary (closes 26 April 2013)

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 www.big.uk.com/bigevent

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 www.big.uk.com

Please get in touch with me if you have any questions at event@big.uk.com

Posted on behalf of Rachel Mason, Event Organiser, British Interactive Group

BIG Event 2013 – Session proposals reminder

This is a reminder that the deadline for session proposals for the BIG Event 2013 is just 9 working days away!

Put your snow-cancellation time to good use: put your wet socks over the radiator, brew up a cockle-warming idea with colleagues and follow the link to the BIG Event’s session proposal site – http://bigevent.info/

While you’re there you can browse through the few other session ideas people have put forward so far and find something you may want to make a contribution to. At this time of year many people are looking for others who could join in to create a session so this is your chance to step forward and get in touch with them.

Learn more about the BIG Event, taking place on 24-26 July 2013 at Glasgow Science Centre here www.big.uk.com/bigevent13

If you haven’t put forward a session before and would like to discuss your ideas first, please contact Rachel Mason via email at event@big.uk.com

Deadline for proposals: 10am Thursday 31 January

Posted on behalf of: Rachel Mason, Event Organiser, British Interactive Group