BIG Event 2018 – Call for session proposals OPEN

Every year, BIG members get together for a three-day bash to exchange ideas, compare disasters, find their next employer and have a grand time with the work and the colleagues they 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 their next career steps, pick the brains of like-minded people or just have a bit of a professional think.

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.

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. Your session ideas can be put forward now until 23 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 STEM tap-routine, 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.

Things that will be especially great at Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium:

  • They have an awesome planetarium! If you do things with planetariums and want to use this space as it was intended to be used, get in touch and we’ll see if we can make it happen.
  • There is outside space! We’ll have access to a grassy picnic area, so if you wanted to do messy things not suitable to indoors, Winchester has a place for you.
  • And finally, Winchester has a workshop which we *might* be able to use. If you have a session idea that can only take place in a workshop, just make a note of it on the proposal site and we’ll see what we can do.

As ever this time of year, we are very much looking forward to seeing your session ideas gush on to the proposal site


Ashley Kent, Event Organiser