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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.

Grants for STEAM Summer School in Science Communication

Registration to the third international STEAM Summer School in Science Communication is now open.

See: http://www.steamsummerschool.eu/course/

The summer school is a 10-day intensive course in July which covers a wide-range of science communication topics, including journalism, social media, policy, management, arts, and performance. What makes it unique is the combination of the Arts with STEM subjects for creative communication approaches. The course will be comprehensive and no previous experience is required.

This year the school will be hosted at the University of Malta and will be a fantastic
opportunity to hear from international experts and mix with science communication
enthusiasts from around the world. Participants will be able to explore ways to
engage various public groups with research and will have a chance to improve
writing, speaking and other transferable skills for career development. Through the course, students will also organise and enjoy our social events which include science theatre, stand-up comedy and film. Watch our promo video to see more – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WdUqzzXd3aQ

There are three grant options available to attend the school which will cover
registration fees, accommodation and funds towards travel. These include our
institutional grant, an international grant and those who apply through ERASMUS+
Mobility. More information about how to apply for each of these grants can be
found on our website. It is also possible to attend via paid registration and an early-bird discount is currently applied. We hope to see you there!

When: 2 – 11 July, 2017
Where: University of Malta, Malta
Who: Undergraduate and postgraduate students, established researchers, educators and SciComm professionals.
Price: Free (for grant winners), €550 (early-bird), €600 (full price).

For more information go to: http://www.steamsummerschool.eu or email: steam@um.edu.mt

Funded by the Erasmus+ programme, STEAM is led by the University of Malta, with the following partners: European Union of Science Journalists’ Associations (EUSJA, France), Haaga-Helia University (Finland), Science View (Greece), University of Edinburgh (United Kingdom) and Rhine-Waal University (Germany).

Interactive Masterclass: The Wow! to How? of Science Communication seminar – 5th July 2017, 2-3pm

Registration is now open for “The Art of Attraction” seminar by internationally renowned TV science performer Tom Pringle (AKA Dr Bunhead from Brainiac) on Weds 5th July at 2pm in Roscoe Theatre B.

The seminar is suitable for anyone with an interest in science communication.
In this interactive presentation Tom will distil 30 years of science communication experience into one hour of proven tips and techniques to attract lay audiences into science. From public speaking skills to theatrical techniques, this whirlwind tour will cover everything you ought to know to shape up your science communication skills.

Attendance is free but sign up is essential!! Tickets are available on a first come, first served basis and we expect this event will be extremely popular so book now to avoid disappointment!


Meriel Maddocks – Outreach Administrator (Mon-Weds 8am-4pm, Thurs 10am-2pm) Room G.027 I School of Chemistry I The University of Manchester I Oxford Road I Manchester M13 9PL
E-mail : outreach.chemistry@manchester.ac.uk