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Little Event 2017 – Programme and speakers confirmed

This is BIG’s one-day training session for people who are relatively new to STEM communication.

The day is crammed with sessions focusing on developing the different skills that are useful in face-to-face STEM communication; they are delivered by experienced science communicators following BIG’s usual hands-on approach.

Sessions include:

  • Presenter Skills – David Price, Performer, science made simple
  • Careers – Bridget Holligan, Director of Education & Engagement, Science Oxford
  • Evaluation – Dom McDonald, Inspiring Science Fund Manager, Wellcome Trust
  • Project Management – Rachel Mason, Head of Development, Science Projects

The Little Event takes place on 11th January in Thinktank, Birmingham and costs £45 for BIG members. If you aren’t a member you can join for £30 a year.

For more information or to book visit www.big.uk.com/littleevent17

Win one of ten bursaries to attend the Little Event 2017, Thinktank, Birmingham, Wed 11 January

The Little Event is for people who are relatively early in their STEM communication career.

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 several sessions, each focusing on developing a different skill, delivered by experienced science communicators following our usual hands-on approach.

But of course it isn’t just about the sessions, it’s the people you meet there too. The Little Event presents a great opportunity to meet people from across the UK working in similar roles and sharing similar experiences. The programme for the day will include sessions on Learning and evaluation, Interacting with the public, Managing your engagement project, Presenting and careers.

Each bursary worth £100 covers an annual BIG membership, registration fees for the Little Event and £25 towards travel expenses.

If you wish to apply for one of the 10 free places, applying is simple. Just email event@big.uk.com by noon on 16 December with the subject line “Bursary application Little Event” to tell us in no more than 200 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.

Successful applicants will be notified by email.

For more information or to book visit www.big.uk.com

BIG Skills Day: Using Social Media for Science Communication

BIG Skills Day: Using Social Media for Science Communication – Friday 2 December, 9.30am – 4.30pm, Tramshed Tech, Cardiff

Social Media is being increasingly used to bring science to a broader audience. This one-day training session will help you understand the benefits of using social media and how to use the different platforms on offer. You’ll hear about organisations who do it well and gain some top tips about simple, but effective ways to increase the visibility of your posts. We’ll discuss some potential pitfalls and some Dos and Don’ts of using additional content such as photos, videos and infographics – and conclude with ways of evaluating the success of your campaigns.

£45 for BIG members which includes refreshments and a light sandwich lunch. Non-members will need to join BIG first (annual cost £30) before registering.

Please make sure you are logged in as a member (using your email address) before you register for this event.

For more information or to book your place, visit www.big.uk.com/socialmedia

Sarah Vining, BIG Administrator
admin@big.uk.com

The BIG Event Bursary – OPEN

Once 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 – this year in Belfast.

Deadline for applications: Friday 6 May, 11.59pm

The bursary covers registration fees to attend the BIG Event this July at W5 in Belfast, plus limited travel and accommodation support. BIG members who are in the first five years of their professional career and have not attended a previous BIG Event are eligible to apply. If you’re not a member of BIG, don’t let that stand in your way – join at http://www.big.uk.com

It was my first time and I didn’t quite know what to expect but I really found it useful. Not only useful for work, it is nice to know so many people share similar passions.” – 2014 bursary winner

If you fit this bill, then we’d love you to apply for a bursary to come along. The BIG Event is a three-day conference bringing together 150+ STEM engagement professionals from across the UK and beyond to help you build your skills, grow your contacts and explore what’s working for others in your field of work.

You can read all the detail about the conference and the bursary application process at http://www.big.uk.com/bigevent16

Don’t forget – you must be a BIG member to apply so leave time to join if you aren’t a member already.

Rachel Mason, BIG Event Organiser

Early-career STEM communicators: The Little Event 2016

The Little Event 2016
Wednesday 13 January 2016, 9.30am – 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.

The full programme is being finalised and will be announced in early December.

The price is £45 for BIG members. Non-members can join http://www.big.uk.com/joinbig first for the annual fee of £30.

Register (or find out more) by visiting http://www.big.uk.com/event-2098087

Skills Days for STEM Outreach delivery – 20 – 21 April 2015

Do you work in Outreach? Is it your role to manage, develop and deliver research engagement? For example, based in a university or research centre?

Over a number years there has been a steady increase in the number of BIG members whose role is managing public engagement of research. With lots of ideas and emerging issues in the field we’re enthused to get these like-minded people together. It will be an opportunity to network, share ideas and experiences with people who work in the same field and identify developments and issues we can work on together.

This workshop will run over two half days (lunchtime to lunchtime) with an evening social in between. We have a workshop structure that combines pre-determined themes (Insight sessions) along with creative time that will be filled with attendee sessions on themes that arise before or during the workshop.

20 April (starts 12pm) – 21 April (ends 12.30pm), Edinburgh University

Costs:

  • £45 for BIG Members which includes a light lunch on arrival on the first day and refreshments on the following day.
  • £75 for non-members (which includes £30 for annual membership)

More information here: www.big.uk.com/outreach

Early-career STEM Communicator – training opportunity from BIG

Are you an early-career Science Communicator? Want to suck the knowledge and experience out of those who have been at it for ages?

Thanks to generous support from Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum, The Little Event will take place again on Thursday 15 January 2015, 10am – 4.30pm at Thinktank, Birmingham

It is 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

The price is £45 for BIG members (you can join as a member for just £30). There are ten bursary places available for people who can ill-afford to pay and there are yet more places for folks who can. (Bursary applications close 12 December 2014) Places go fast so….

Find out more at www.big.uk.com/littleevent

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 several sessions, each focusing on developing a different skill, delivered by experienced science communicators following our usual hands-on approach.

But of course it isn’t just about the sessions, it’s the people you meet there too. The Little Event presents a great opportunity to meet people from across the UK working in similar roles and sharing similar experiences.

Keynote Speaker for BIG 2014 Event Announced

Looking for a reason to join us at the BIG Event in Oxford this year? Apart from the chance to spend three days with 150+ good STEM engagement folks?

Apart from the 45+ sessions you can see in the latest draft of the programme at www.big.uk.com/bigevent14 ?

Apart from spending some quality professional development time, taking a peek around Oxford University Natural History, Pitt Rivers and History of Science Museums with others who like to do the same? Ok, well come and hear what Steve has to say then.

We’re terribly pleased to be welcoming Steve Crabtree to join us for our Welcome and Keynote at the BIG Event this year, 23-25 July at Oxford University Museum of Natural History. We do like the sound of him and we’re sure you will too.

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. But that’s not all.

He has produced & directed much of the BBC’s Science, Arts and Business programming, and worked across all four TV channels – making programmes such as ‘Child of Our Time’ with Professor Robert Winston, The Culture show, and The Money Programme. In 2008 Steve became a Series Producer on the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition, before returning to the Science department full time to create a BBC2 Engineering series called ‘How to Build…’ Steve then produced BBC4 series ‘Shock & Awe: The Story of Electricity’ and Pain, ‘Pus & Poison: The Search for Modern Medicines’.

But that’s not all.

Steve knows how to paint a submarine. So he must be all right.

Join us; register now for the BIG Event at www.big.uk.com/bigevent14

Call for contributions – BIG e-newsletter

Do you have anything you’d like to share with 500-or-so members of the STEM engagement community?

Any project ideas or snippets of information? Maybe you’d like to feature in the Day in My Life column?

This is a call for contributions for the Autumn edition of the BIG newsletter. Your article must be no longer than 500 words in length and should contain an image. Please send by Friday 27 September (latest) to admin@big.uk.com

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Posted on behalf of Sarah Vining, BIG Administrator