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

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 –

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