The Beetlestone Award

Yesterday, The BIG STEM Communicators Network launched a new Award. The purpose of which is to recognise a senior person in the field of ‘informal learning in science’ (ISL) – someone still in post in the UK, not a retiree – who has already made or is clearly creating a significant legacy for the field. John Beetlestone was one of the ISL pioneers of the 20th century. Who is following in his footsteps?

Professor John Beetlestone (1932-2017) was the founding director of the UK’s first purpose-built science discovery centre, Techniquest in Cardiff. The centre was his idea, and he led it through three phases of development until his retirement in 1997. In partnership with BIG, a group of John Beetlestone’s former colleagues have set up an Award scheme in his name. This Award has been made possible through the generosity of the Beetlestone family and some other private donors.

Details of how to nominate someone, or to apply yourself, are now available on the BIG website: The closing date for nominations and applications for this year’s Award is Tuesday 1st May 2018, so don’t delay!