Training for STEM ECRs from BIG; the skills sharing network for individuals involved in the communication of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects.
Cost £80 for non-members. Bursary deadline 5 Jan.
LITTLE EVENT 2021
Session 1: Thursday 21st January, 3:00 – 6:30pm; &
Session 2: Saturday 23rd January, 9:00am – 1:00pm
Online via Zoom*
The Little Event is BIG’s 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 following BIG’s usual hands-on approach.
The 2021 Little Event will be online and hosted over two days. The days are designed to work together and are booked as a package (i.e. not sold separately). But of course, it isn’t just about the sessions, it’s the people you will meet, too. The Little Event also presents a great opportunity to meet people from across the UK working in similar roles and sharing similar experiences. The 2021 programme includes sessions on Evaluation, Managing Projects, Presenting, Audience Analysis and Careers and will include plenty of networking time as well as short comfort breaks.
BIG members: cost £50 login as a member first to be able to register for the Member rate. To login as a Member, use the email address you used to join BIG. If you can’t remember what this is, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Non-members: cost is £80 and includes BIG Membership for 1 year. Not sure if the Little Event is for you? See more information here: More about the Little Event
*Each Zoom session will have an automated live transcription as well as on screen Closed Captions.
Day 1 – Thursday, 21 January
2:45pm-3pm: arrival and registration for a prompt 3pm start
3pm-6:30pm: 2 sessions, 3 networking opportunities and breaks
Day 2 – Saturday, 23 January
8:45am-9am: arrival and registration for a prompt 9am start
9am- 1pm: 3 sessions, 2 networking opportunities and breaks
Setting the Scene– Helen Featherstone, BIG and Head of Public Engagement at Bath University
Introducing everybody to everybody, plan for the day and a whistle-stop tour of STEM engagement.
Managing Projects – Hana Ayoob, Freelance Science Communicator and Events Producer
From small events and projects like short videos and table top interactives to podcast series and festivals, managing a project is just as important as creating its content.
Presenting Science– Jemma Naumann, Science Communicator and Presenter
You know the science but how can you make it accessible to others? A chance to develop your presenting skills.
Evaluation – Jamie Gallagher, Engagement Consultant
This session will explore the science behind the survey giving you the skills you need to plan the perfect evaluation without a social science degree in qualitative analysis.
Who is the Audience? – Clio Heslop, US-UK Civic Science Fellow at UT Austin and British Science Association
What is an audience? How much can audiences differ? Why does your audience even matter?
Careers – Helen Featherstone, Hana Ayoob, Jamie Gallagher, Clio Heslop, Jemma Naumann and others.
Some career options, where to look for jobs, and what skills are desirable. Hear from the panel and ask your questions, too.
Applications open 15th December 2020 and close at 6pm, 5th January, 2021. Applicants will be notified the week commencing 11th January, 2021 on their application status.
There are 10 bursaries* up for grabs to attend The Little Event 2021.
Each bursary is worth approximately £90 and covers annual BIG membership, registration fees and reasonable expenses if required. Applying for one of the 10 free places is simple.
Click here to apply and tell BIG in no more than 200 words, why you would like the opportunity to attend the Little Event and how you think it will benefit your personal and professional development.
- be within the first 5 years of their professional career/studies in the STEM or STEM engagement sectors and be based in the UK; and
- not have attended the Little Event or any other of BIG’s events before.