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BIG’s Sci Comm Social, Thursday, 16 December 2021 7:30-9pm

BIG, the Skills Sharing Network for people in STEM Communication, would like
to invite you to our next BIG Sci Comm Social on Thursday, 16 December 2021.

See: http://www.BIG.uk.com/socials

BIG’s Sci Comm Socials are a (semi-) regular social gathering of people who work in, or are interested in, science communication, outreach or public engagement in STEM. The sessions run more or less when there is a large demand for them and each session is hosted by a different group/person/organisation. These are primarily social in nature, but it’s also a chance to share news, ideas, upcoming events and thoughts on STEM communication.

Sessions are free to attend and you do not need to be a Member of BIG to
participate.

The upcoming session will be on Thursday, 16 December; 7:30-9pm. It’s been a while since we’ve had a Social, so we hope you can join us one last time before the end of the year.

To receive the Zoom link and passcode, please visit our website, where you can sign up to our mailing list.

Posted on behalf of Ashley Kent, BIG – STEM Communicators Network – https://www.big.uk.com/

Training for early-career STEM communicators from BIG

The Little Event is a training session for people who are new to STEM communication, whether you work in a science centre or museum, volunteer for a festival, are involved in university outreach, or do anything else to engage people with science, technology, engineering and maths.

The Little Event is crammed with introductory sessions focusing on developing the different skills that are useful in STEM communication; they are delivered by experienced science communicators.

Session 1: Thursday 20 January, 3:00 – 6:30pm and Session 2: Saturday 22 January, 9:00am – 1:15pm

The 2022 Little Event will be online live and spread over two days. The days are designed to work together and are booked as a package (i.e. not sold separately). They are LIVE events, so bear in mind the times given are GMT (London). The 2022 programme includes sessions on Evaluation, Managing Projects, Presenting, Science Capital, and Careers and will include plenty of networking time as well as short comfort breaks.

BIG members: cost £50

Non-members: cost is £85 and includes BIG Membership for 1 year

Read more about the Little Event: https://www.big.uk.com/Little2022

Book the Little Event here: https://www.big.uk.com/event-4547381

Can’t afford to attend the Little Event? BIG offers a few bursaries to
attend which will cover your fees as well as some expenses. Applications
open 1st December. See https://www.big.uk.com/event-4547523 to apply or
https://www.big.uk.com/bursary for more information.

Science Writing Competition – A chance for PhD students to shine

Science Writing Competition for PhD students

https://info.bio-rad.com/Science-Writing-Competition.html

Communicating science in an accessible and engaging way is an important skill for researchers. Bio-Rad aims to encourage and help develop this skill with our annual science writing competition.

PhD/Grad students* are invited to write and submit a blog suitable for publication on Bio-Rad’s Lab Crunches website. They could write about their own research or communicate a discovery in the life sciences field. We are looking for an engaging style that will appeal to life scientists. Entries will be judged on their ability to communicate scientific findings in a concise and clear way to non-specialists, but also originality and writing style.

1st Prize:

  • Their blog will be published and promoted on the Bio-Rad Lab Crunches website
  • An invitation to receive professional mentoring in scientific writing for industry by Lab Crunches Editor, Kimberley Bryon-Dodd, PhD
  • A copy of: The Scientist’s Guide to Writing: How to Write More Easily and Effectively Throughout Your Scientific Career (Stephen B. Heard)
  • A commemorative trophy to celebrate their achievement

Blogs should be between 800 and 1,000 words, written in English and submitted by Tuesday June 1st, 2021

Full competition details including terms and conditions –  https://info.bio-rad.com/Science-Writing-Competition.html

Need inspiration? Take a look at the 2020 winning entries – first place was awarded to Alex Du Feu, Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute, The University of Manchester – https://www.bio-rad-antibodies.com/blog/2020-science-writing-comp-results.html

 

BIG Event 2021 – Call for session proposals

Once again, the BIG Event conference will be held online, and this time Cardiff University are playing host!

With approximately 25 hours of STEM Communication content and great networking opportunities, we hope you can join us for the conference in July. Session dates are as follows: July 14, 15 & 16 and July 19, 20, 21,22 & 23.

The programme is created by STEM Communicators, for STEM Communicators, which means we need you! So jump in and share your expertise and knowledge with the community by proposing sessions. And if your session is chosen for the programme, you’ll get a discount on your conference fee!

Propose sessions on our proposals website: http://bigevent.info/ no later than 10am on 10 May 2021.

Don’t want to propose a session, but still want to attend the conference? Tickets are available at https://www.big.uk.com/Event21 £95 for non-members and £60 for members.

Posted on behalf of Ashley Kent, BIG – STEM Communicators Network

BIG’s Sci Comm Social, 21 October, 7:30pm

BIG, the Skills Sharing Network for people in STEM Communication, invites you to our next BIG Sci Comm Social.

See: http://www.BIG.uk.com/socials

BIG’s Sci Comm Socials are a regular social gathering of people who work in, or are interested in, science communication, outreach or public engagement in STEM. The sessions run approximately every two weeks and each session is hosted by a different group/person/organisation. These are primarily social in nature, but it’s also a chance to share news, ideas, upcoming events and thoughts on STEM communication.

Sessions are free to attend and you do not need to be a member of BIG to participate.

The upcoming session is hosted by BIG member Matthew Tosh in conjunction with Bristol Sci Comm and will be on Wednesday, October 21st, 7:30pm – 9pm.

To receive the Zoom link and passcode, please visit: http://www.BIG.uk.com/Socials/ where you can sign up to our mailing list.

Posted  on behalf of Ashley Kent, BIG – STEM Communicators Network

 

Scicomm 101 training session (pay what you can basis)

Hana Ayoob and Sarah Cosgriff (of the BIG STEM Communicators Network much more) are offering a two hour training session which is aimed to provide an introduction to science communication. This is ideal for those who are new to science communication.
The session will take place Wed, 28 October 2020, 11:00 – 13:00 GMT.

In this session, you will learn about:

  • What is science communication & why do we do it
  • What to think about while communicating your science
  • Different forms of science communication & choosing a format
  • Tailoring your content to different formats and audiences
  • How to find science communication opportunities

They are running this on a pay-what-you-can basis with a recommended ticket price of £25 (minimum price is £1). They wanted to offer this training session on a pay-what-you-can basis with the hope to improve access to science communication training.

You can find more details and book at:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/scicomm-101-with-sarah-and-hana-tickets-122057564461?aff

Nominations open for The Josh Award 2020 – Science Communication (closes 14 April)

Applications are now open for the Josh Award, which celebrates the fantastic work being done by science communicators across the UK.

If you have an idea for a show-stopping science communication activity, the Josh Award can provide the platform, experience and support to help you bring it to reality.

What is the Josh Award?

The Josh Award is a national prize for early-career science communicators who are passionate about continuing to work in this field in the future, including students, volunteers, researchers or creatives. The winner of this year’s Award will receive up to £2,500 to develop and deliver an activity for Manchester Science Festival in October 2020, along with a personal prize of £2,000 from the Josh Award Foundation, a year’s paid membership to the BIG STEM Communicators Network and access to professional development opportunities. Last year’s winners, Ben and Fred, wowed festival audiences with a science-themed juggling show.

Find out more and apply

Further information about the Award can be found on the Science and Industry Museum website.

You can submit your application through the online form or visit the website to access a downloadable form.

Audio and video submissions, as well as written applications are welcomed.

The deadline for applications is 10.00 on Tuesday 14 April 2020.