DRAFT BIG Event Programme 2021

Wednesday 14 to Friday 16 July and Monday 19 to Friday 23 July; online via Zoom and hosted by Cardiff University

Wednesday 14 July

Sparking Excitement about Electricity

Wednesday 14 July
10.00am - 11.00am

Electricity activities can be challenging - what can you do to extend knowledge and excite your visitors? Jackie Flaherty (Ogden Trust) will use her classroom experience to explain what children should already know and what misconceptions they might hold. Then she'll teach you how to make a coin battery and an electroscope - you'll need to assemble some materials in advance! Sarah Bearchell (Lightyear Foundation & Freelance) will explain how the equipment she built for SEN children will make your electricity activities accessible to everyone. (KS1&2 and SEN) Materials for the join-in activities Home made electroscope: Glass jar with a lid 25cm length of copper wire (the thicker the better) Drinking straw Scissors Blu Tack Aluminium foil Balloon Coin Battery: Twelve two pence coins Aluminium foil sheet Square of absorbent kitchen roll Beaker Stirrer Salt Vinegar Two wires LED Pencil Scissors

Sarah Bearchell, Lightyear Foundation and Freelance
Jackie Flaherty Teaching and Learning Lead The Ogden Trust

SOCIAL: New to BIG? Come to this social session

Wednesday 14 July
11.15am - 12.15pm

Are you new to BIG? Is this your first BIG Event? Haven't been to BIG for a long time and want to meet some people? If you are any of the above, this social session is for you! Come along to an informal social gathering and meet some of the BIG Exec as well as other new folk to the BIG family. One of the best things about the BIG Event is the networking and all the amazing people you get to meet, so start meeting people here in a relaxed atmosphere. Feel free to bring some lunch, or not. This social session is all about meeting people and being relaxed, so come as you are and have fun!

Ashley Kent, BIG

Science Busking during Covid (how to get back onto the horse)

Wednesday 14 July
1.00pm - 2.00pm

Science busking is a wholly open invitation to play and investigate the world around us. We really believe this to be true and see busking as almost the ultimate face to face science communication experience, as audiences are gathered, grown and interacted with in diverse locations from Isle of Wight ferries to the Great wall of China. But what happens when circumstances make it much harder to busk face to face, Can you busk on line? Join pre and post Covid busking researchers and a busking trainer, as we compare busking scenarios and look at some pre and post Covid busking routines.

David Price, Science Made Simple
Dr Siân Morgan; Research Associate; School of Optometry and Vision Sciences; Cardiff University;
Elena Koudouna, PhD; Marie Skƚodowska-Curie Fellow; School of Optometry & Vision Sciences; Cardiff University;
Fanny Petibon; PhD Candidate; University of Zürich (UZH); Soil science and Biogeochemistry; Speaker 4 Dr. Cornelia Krug; Science Liaison Officer; Institute for Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies; University of Zurich;

Engaging STEM in Entrance Ways.

Wednesday 14 July
3.00pm - 4.00pm

Engaging entrance ways. We have tried to find and use new and inventive ways to engage with the public in our public spaces. Our session will highlight how we have begun to use this space to engage with different audiences, improve their science capital and share knowledge. It hasn’t got to all be posters of upcoming event or school hall looking displays. We also would like to invite people attending the session to share their ideas of how they would like to be engaged in an entry way/walkway and hear their opinions on what we have done so far and our future plans.

Clair Griffiths, Xplore Science Discovery Centre
Dawn Pavey Projects Officer
Vaughan York Community Outreach Coordinator

Engineering with Paper: Amazing Projects with Simple Materials

Wednesday 14 July
4.30pm - 5.30pm

Access to supplies is often a barrier to learning yet amazing projects can be made with just paper, tape and scissors. Paper is a wonderfully versatile material and a great medium for introducing students to engineering fundamentals. It is so commonly used for drawing and writing but most people don’t know how to use it for 3-dimensional projects. Using engineering with paper techniques, you will learn how to guide students through creative, curriculum based interactive STEAM projects. This workshop will get you cutting, folding and building with paper in minutes, and prepare you to implement new hands on activities.

Godwyn Morris, Dazzling Discoveries/ Skill Mill NYC

Thursday 15 July

STEM in the time of COVID

Thursday 15 July
10.00am - 11.30am

Prof. Chris Allton, Director of Oriel Science shares how Swansea University's science centre adapted to survive the pandemic and how COVID itself starred in an exhibition. Dr Jess Fletcher will showcase and explain how we built an interactive virtual tour of Oriel Science on a shoestring budget with little technical know-how! The Babraham Institute will share how VACCINE co-creation project pivoted online to bring together multiple stakeholders to develop a new exciting digital game to engage audiences with infectious disease outbreaks and impact interventions, such as vaccination, can have on the spread of such outbreaks.

Dr Jess Fletcher, Swansea University
Prof Chris Allton Personal Chair, Physics Swansea University
Dr Michael Norman Public Engagement Manager Babraham Institute
Fergus Powell Public Engagement Schools Officer Babraham Institute

SOCIAL: puzzles and speed networking

Thursday 15 July
12.00pm - 1.00pm

One of the best things about the BIG Event is meeting new people and catching up with old friends. So join us over lunch to meet some new people, play some games and enjoy other people's company. We'll be using a platform called GatherTown which makes this networking session feel as in-person as possible, without the need for social distancing or wearing a mask. GatherTown FAQ: https://www.solipsys.co.uk/GatherTown/FAQ/FAQ.html

Ashley Kent, BIG

Developing young STEM communicators

Thursday 15 July
1.00pm - 2.30pm

One of the most rewarding aspects of STEM communication is working with young people to support them to become STEM communicators themselves. The session leaders work with sixth form students to train them to deliver activities in a variety of contexts: Royal Institution Masterclasses, their own school STEM Clubs and school projects which go out into the community. We’ll share some of what we do, discuss the impact of the past year on the projects, and get you all to have a go at some of the training activities. We’ll ask you to share your own experiences of what works well (and doesn’t work) when engaging with young people in similar contexts and discuss some top tips for supporting them to design and run their own activities.

Samantha Durbin, The Royal Institution
Alison Eves, Kantor Primary Masterclass Coordinator, The Royal Institution,
Lindsey Gooding Teacher of Science and Co-ordinator of Gifted and Talented Enrichment Projects Chipping Campden School
David Williams Educational Visits Coordinator, Teacher of Physics and Head of Science Outreach Badminton School

Storytelling for Researchers

Thursday 15 July
3.00pm - 4.00pm

Heard about this storytelling thing? Fancy learning more about how it can help your communications, presentations and engagement? Come along to this interactive workshop where Duncan will take you through the why's and how's of using various ideas from storytelling to supercharge your research talks. Perfect for folk new to engagement or looking to up their research presentation skills. There will be big ideas, focused tips and have a go moments as well as an award winning impression of an albatross*. *the award may or may not be totally made up

Duncan Yellowlees, DY Training

SOCIAL: Crafting Social

Thursday 15 July
4.30pm - 6.30pm

Do you craft, tinker or create things? Do you have a Work In Progress that you have been meaning to finish? Join us for a relaxed crafting session; all types of crafting and making are welcome, and at any level!

Sarah Cosgriff, Institute of Physics

Friday 16 July

‘Hands-off’ Community Engagement with STEM

Friday 16 July
10.00am - 11.00am

Explore Your Universe, a partnership between ASDC and STFC, seeks to identify the practices that successfully build sustainable partnerships between science centres and community-based organisations, in order to truly involve families in areas of socio-economic deprivation and encourage equitable participation with communities who may not currently engage with our science centres. In March 2020, along with schools, businesses and organisations across the UK, our hands-on network of centres had to close their doors. This didn't stop their work on Explore Your Universe though. Join us to hear how science centres across the UK continue to work in partnership with community groups in this new ‘hands-off’ era of STEM engagement.

Abi Ashton, UK Association of Science and Discovery Centres
Laura Gordon, Science Engagement Officer, Dynamic Earth,
Andrew Farrer, Head of Programmes and Delivery, Cambridge Science Centre,
Craig Smith, Learning Manager, Dynamic Earth,

SOCIAL: Networking and general chat

Friday 16 July
11.15am - 12.15pm

This session does what it says on the tin: networking and general chat. Join other BIG Event attendees in an informal networking session. Feel free to chat about sessions you have attended (or are going to attend!), science communication or life in general. The point here is to meet some new people, catch up with old friends and make some useful connections. We'll use breakout rooms to put you into smaller groups and we'll swap the groups up a bit so you get to meet as many different people as possible. Feel free to bring food if it's that time of day for you.

Ashley Kent, BIG

Celebrating the M in STEM

Friday 16 July
1.00pm - 2.00pm

There’s always mathematics behind science. We (mathematicians) think you should highlight this and share it with your audiences, promote mathematical thinking and show that maths is more than just arithmetic. Whether it's something you haven't thought about - or you're not sure how - we're providing a safe space to discuss ways to incorporate mathematical ideas into your content in a meaningful way. In discussion groups, we’ll chat with some friendly mathematicians about ideas for specific examples shared by participants, and more generally about maths in STEM. Topics (provisional): mathematical modelling, physics/engineering, problem solving, statistics/data, computer science, and primary science.

Katie Steckles, Freelance
Samantha Durbin, Royal Institution,
Others TBC

By whose measure? Determining what counts as ‘success’ in co-development projects

Friday 16 July
3.30pm - 5.00pm

Co-development projects are becoming increasingly utilised as a way of engaging individuals and groups who have traditionally been less likely to connect with us. When science centres and other informal STEM organisations work with community organisations to create activities and projects for their communities, how do we navigate all the challenges involved in getting these projects up and running? What does a successful project look like? Who decides? And how on earth do we evaluate it? Join us to grapple with these issues through interactive discussion and role play to develop and share creative and practical ideas together.

Jen DeWitt, UCL Institute of Education/Independent
Lewis Hou; Community & Public Engagement Consultant; Director; Science Ceilidh;
Sharon Leverment' Acting CEO' UK Association of Science and Discovery Centres'
Dom McDonald; 'Freelance do-gooder'; Navigator Consulting;

Monday 19 July

Home, Away and Hybrid Engagement: Joys and Challenges

Monday 19 July
9.30am - 10.30am

During the past year the engagement community faced the challenge of restructuring in-person activities to make them suitable to run remotely. This, on the other hand, opened a range of possibilities for audiences who find it difficult to attend physical events. What did we learn as a community about this exciting (though at times tricky) process? Will we keep running online activities when we are back to "normal"? Can we keep the best of both worlds and provide additional avenues for accessibility? Or, as the world opens back up, will such audiences be marginalised once again? We will share our experience and plans, and we would like to hear from you.

Dr Francesca Iezzi, University of Edinburgh
Dr Claudia Antolini, SEPnet/The Ogden Trust Senior Administrative Officer for Outreach and Public Engagement, Royal Hollaway University of London,
Ginny Smith, Freelance Science writer and presenter, founder of Braintastic! Science,
Dr. Sarah-Jane Judge, Public Engagement Manager, Wellcome Centre for Cell Biology, University of Edinburgh Erica Whittaker Wallis, Care for Carers,

SOCIAL: puzzles and speed networking

Monday 19 July
12.00pm - 1.00pm

One of the best things about the BIG Event is meeting new people and catching up with old friends. So join us over lunch to meet some new people, play some games and enjoy other people's company. We'll be using a platform called GatherTown which makes this networking session feel as in-person as possible, without the need for social distancing or wearing a mask. GatherTown FAQ: https://www.solipsys.co.uk/GatherTown/FAQ/FAQ.html

Ashley Kent, BIG

Queering Science Communication

Monday 19 July
1.00pm - 2.00pm

Despite the growing awareness and research on LGBTQIA+ scientists and the importance of queer visibility in STEM, there has been little formal research into LGBTQIA+ science communication practice and people. In this session, a panel will discuss the importance of queering science communication, the power of building community, and what inclusive practice, events and spaces look like. Through discussion between panellists and the audience, attendees will leave with new perspectives, ideas and actions to employ in their own practice. We would also like you to share your experiences of LGBTQIA+ inclusion in your work whether that has been success stories or any barriers you have encountered as well as any useful resources. You can share this either during the session or in advance on this padlet: https://padlet.com/sarahcosgriff1/sxy0264jyncfpq0 Please note this session will not be recorded.

Sarah Cosgriff, Institute of Physics
Sam Langford Science is a Drag Co-Founder
Em Dixon Wellcome Connecting Science
Matthew Sinton The STEM Village

Overcoming the engagement barrier

Monday 19 July
2.30pm - 3.30pm

How can we lower the barriers that engage TEACHERS? We’ve noticed that teachers love interactive stuff, but don’t always carry on with "multitouch" activities provided after interventions. Why is this, and what can we do to change it? From understanding the barriers that teachers and students face to redesigning our resources, learning from the pandemic and blended environments/access, we'll be sharing our adventures and discussing your ideas. Jeremy Thomas, a teacher and engagement lead for the Abingdon Schools Partnership will be sharing his experiences, including working with other teachers at primary schools on the "SCAMPA" clean air project. Rowena Fletcher-Wood will compare experiences as a workshop deliverer, science tutor, and RSC outreach lead.

Dr Rowena Fletcher-Wood, Freelance
Jeremy Thomas Abingdon School Abingdon Science Partnership

The what, why, how of facilitation

Monday 19 July
4.00pm - 5.30pm

If you're running activities where you want people to join in, or express an opinion, you are probably doing facilitation. This is a key skill for sci com and public engagement, but many of us have learned how to do it through intuition, watching others, and a bit of trial and error. Come to this session to explore what we mean by facilitation, when to use it, and why it's important for creating inclusive environments.

Helen Featherstone, University of Bath
Hana Ayoob
Kirsty Haywood

SOCIAL: The BIG Music Session

Monday 19 July
6.00pm - 7.00pm

The Big BIG Music Session. Join MC, exhibit builder and singer Richard Ellam for an evening of musical fun and relaxation. For many of us making music and singing over Zoom has been a life-line through the Lockdowns. We can’t meet up in person this year, but we can entertain each other (and, I hope an audience) over Zoom. The Big BIG Music Session is an open mic night/ singaround where anyone is welcome to sing or play for the group. The format is simple: Zoom won’t let us jam together, so each person gets their turn in the spotlight to strut their stuff. How many spots you get depends on how many turn up, but everyone who wants will get at least one turn. This isn’t just for performers - we all love an audience, so if you don’t want to perform feel free to just drop by to listen, and maybe join in the craic. The Big BIG Music Session is open to everyone - play/sing whatever you want (within the limitations of Zoom and your tech.), whether it's your first time or you’re a seasoned performer. If you use music in your work this is a chance to showcase that, but equally just come and do the stuff that makes you happy and helps you relax. Everyone is welcome!

Richard Ellam, L M Interactive

Tuesday 20 July

Integrating Science Communication into the University curriculum

Tuesday 20 July
9.30am - 10.30am

University students are typically very passionate about the subject they study and love sharing their passion with the public. We believe there are huge benefits for university students to be involved in science communication and outreach, and that this can contribute to a strong culture change in academia. How can we make sure we involve students, while supporting their academic and personal development? We will provide examples of how to integrate science communication formally in the curriculum, through courses or projects, and also informally. Touching on our experience, we will discuss tips, advice, challenges, to ensure that you can successfully involve your students in science communication.

Jean-Christophe Denis, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Edinburgh / Ogden Trust
Francesca Iezzi, School of Mathematics at the University of Edinburgh, Public Engagement Officer,
Andy Cross, School of Geosciences at the University of Edinburgh, Impact Coordinator,
Aimilia Smyrli, University of Central Lancashire, Ogden Outreach Officer,

Science Engagement Training – A UK Landscape

Tuesday 20 July
11.30am - 12.30pm

Clio Heslop spent 3 months in 2020-21 interviewing science communication and engagement trainers about their approaches, who comes to their training, what they cover, the challenges they face, and what motivates them. She has loads of insights from the UK science engagement training community to share and discuss! This session will focus on three area of the research: how trainers develop their skills and the level of "community" among trainers; the market for training and the relationship between people who organise training and people who deliver it; views on best practice, frameworks, accreditation and recognition for training. As you can probably tell, this session will be more about the context for training than training content. Come to this session to give your views on science engagement training, and what could be done to support trainers more effectively.

Clio Heslop, British Science Association
Sarah Cosgriff, Institute of Physics
Helen Featherstone, University of Bath

Resilience Workshop – a special BIG Event workshop

Tuesday 20 July
2.30pm - 5.00pm

REGISTRATION REQUIRED - https://www.big.uk.com/event-3770325 £5 for BIG Members Non-Members must purchase membership first (at a cost of £35 for the year), and then come back and book this workshop for £5 As mental health continues to gain attention across the media, and funding to the arts, education and social sectors remains uncertain, resilience is one of the buzz words often heard in work-based conversations at the moment. Georgina first began exploring resilience as part of the development of a digital game, commissioned by the BBC/Somethin’ Else in 2011. More recently, Georgina has become passionate about the sustainability of individuals as a way to help sustain healthy organisations especially for those working across ‘passion sectors’. This work asks how - as producers, funders, artists and administrators – we value ourselves alongside the work we are delivering. What causes us to reach our limits and how can we create more sustainable working approaches? Inspired by the work of Sophy Banks, Joanna Macey and the her lived experience, Georgina has created a group-based workshop that is creative, interactive and practical. Over the course of two / three hour workshop, we will; Begin to define resilience, Start to recognise what pushes us beyond our limits, Begin to identify what can help us stay resilient for re-addressing our own, personal balance Your Trainer is Georgina Bednar, No Ordinary Experience Georgina is the founder of No Ordinary Experience, a small arts led company working across social, education, place-making and charity sectors. Georgina began her career facilitating with young people and communities outside of the mainstream arts venues. As a facilitator, she has worked extensively within youth contexts, faith communities and professionals across arts organizations to drive collaborative conversations creating change. She is a consultant with Tonic Theatre imbedding change, diversity and staff wellbeing within organisations such as the Royal Opera House, Sadler’s Wells and The British Science Association. Georgina has created personal development programmes with The Children Society & Southbank Centre and convened programmes for The British Council. She has coached MA students at Central School of Speech and Goldsmith University and works 1:1 with senior leaders across the Arts. She has trained in Relational Dynamics, Open Spaces, Forum Theatre & other arts based practices, and recently trained with Jenny McKewan in Systematic Coaching (e.g. Constellations).

Georgina Bednar, No Ordinary Experience

SOCIAL: (lightly) structured networking

Tuesday 20 July
6.00pm - 7.00pm

Want to meet people, but the idea of being put into a virtual room and "left to it" leaves you feeling sick? This social networking session will consist of small groups with 15-20 minutes of time to chat and get to know each other before swapping to meet some different folks. We'll also have a "starter for 10" question to use as an icebreaker to get you started and to give a bit of structure to your conversations.

Ashley Kent, BIG

Wednesday 21 July

The RECOVERY trial: a case study in communicating life-saving research during COVID-19

Wednesday 21 July
10.00am - 11.30am

When your department launches the world’s biggest clinical trial investigating potential COVID-19 treatments, where should science communication come into the picture? Your results will have huge global relevance -so what should your strategy be? Who do you partner with and what channels do you use? Join us for a case study of the Randomised Evaluation of COVid-19 thERapY (RECOVERY) trial, whose findings on an effective treatment for people hospitalised with COVID-19 have saved an estimated million lives worldwide so far. We look back over a rollercoaster year of health communication and share the challenges encountered and the lessons learnt along the way, including: • How to manage diverse stakeholders and their expectations - from funders to policy makers, journalists to hospitals, and most important of all, the patients whose lives may depend on delivery of success. • When you have hundreds of requests for media interviews, how do you prioritise? • The power of assets that tell the story on the frontline – how we partnered with the NHS to give a voice to doctors, nurses and trial participants. • The need for transparency and trust: how do you establish yourself as credible against a sea of COVID-misinformation? You’ll also have the chance to share your own experiences of communicating important health messages during the pandemic.

Caroline Wood, University of Oxford - Nuffield Department of Population Health
Sarah Vincent; Head of External Affairs; Organisation: Communications Department, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust;
Anne Whitehouse; Director of Communications and Public Engagement; Organisation: Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford;

SOCIAL: puzzles and speed networking

Wednesday 21 July
12.00pm - 1.00pm

One of the best things about the BIG Event is meeting new people and catching up with old friends. So join us over lunch to meet some new people, play some games and enjoy other people's company. We'll be using a platform called GatherTown which makes this networking session feel as in-person as possible, without the need for social distancing or wearing a mask. GatherTown FAQ: https://www.solipsys.co.uk/GatherTown/FAQ/FAQ.html

Ashley Kent, BIG

REF Recovery Session

Wednesday 21 July
1.00pm - 2.30pm

What did we learn from the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF)? What made it so hard? What have engagement and outreach practitioners learned from this? Is it the same or different to impact practitioners? What notes do we want to write for future selves so we don’t have the same challenges? How do we grow and embed impact? It isn’t going away, it’ll still be important for research funding applications, not just REF2028. Would an impact network or support system be useful? Anyone with anything to do with REF welcome, we’ll discuss the issues and come up with…more questions?

Helen Obee Reardon, Cardiff University
Lucy Moorcraft, Impact Officer, Northumbria University,
Carol Davenport, Associate Professor and Director NUSTEM, Northumbria University,

Mental health and SciComm: looking after (ourselves and) our audiences

Wednesday 21 July
3.00pm - 4.30pm

As we think about face-to-face and hybrid events, how can we best look after our audiences’ mental health and ourselves? How do our audiences feel about events and what can we do to support them? We have event plans and health and safety assessment, how can we include mental health? This session is relevant to our whole community, from presenters to event managers, festival directors to riggers, line managers to freelancers and everyone else. Together we’ll discuss the issues and come up with some steps to ensure we embed mental health awareness, accessibility and inclusion into our work.

Helen Obee Reardon, Cardiff University
Matthew Tosh, Freelance Presenter and Pyrotechnician,
Claudia Antolini, [I need to double check if she’s coming as herself],
Lorraine Coghill, Science Outreach Coordinator & Ogden Regional Representative, Durham University,

SOCIAL: The Best Demo Competition

Wednesday 21 July
6.00pm - 7.30pm

The best demo competition, but not as we know it. BIG members line up to compete for one of the least valuable and yet most highly prized honours in UK science communication. The Best Demo Competition presents a light-hearted look at some of the demos you think are worth sharing with your peers. There’s no money to win, it’s not an Oscar, it’s not a Nobel Prize. But within BIG we think it’s worth winning. Each competitor has no more than a three-one-take video to demonstrate the maths, science, engineering and so on that really lights their fire and they just can’t help showing off to their peers. The audience decides. If you’re in the audience, don’t take it too seriously. If you’re competing, take it seriously, but not too seriously. Previous Best Demo winners… 1997 Wendy Sadler 1998 Derek Fish 1999 Chris Norton 2000 Gillian Pearson 2001 Gillian Pearson 2002 James Piercy 2003 Suse Brumpton 2004 Rob Copeland & Izi Mohammed 2005 Ben Craven 2006 Marcus Weber 2007 Ben Craven 2008 Diane Gray 2009 Ian Simmons 2010 Farrah Nazir 2011 Brian Macken 2012 Karl Byrne 2013 Marcin Chydziński & Blaźej Dawidson 2014 Stephen Williams 2015 Matt Pritchard 2016 Tobias Happe 2017 Brian Mackenwells 2018 Matthias Salewski 2019 Jemma Nauman 2020 Covid-19

Sam Langford, BIG

Thursday 22 July

The power of gesture in science communication

Thursday 22 July
9.30am - 10.30am

Have you ever noticed HOW children move when interacting with exhibits and wondered what this means for learning? Move2Learn is an international collaboration of science communicators and learning science researchers who are exploring the role of movement and gesture in young children's learning about science. The project draws upon an emerging research area of Embodied Cognition which claims that the way we think and learn is inseparably linked to our sensory and action experiences in the world. After a brief introduction to key concepts and our research questions, you will test out the observation tool we have developed to analyse how users interact and learn. We will share our own experiences of the highs and lows of pushing the boundary between science communication and academic research as we discuss: - the science centre as a complex environment to conduct research - the skills needed to engage young children AND conduct rigorous research - how explainers could use movement to improve interactions with learners You will never look at exhibit interactions the same way again!

Susan Meikleham, Glasgow Science Centre
Alexia Revueltas Roux Research Assistant Centre for Research in Digital Education Moray House School of Education and Sports University of Edinburgh email:

The BIG AGM

Thursday 22 July
11.30am - 12.30pm

Online session. BIG STEM Communicators Network operates as a not-for-profit organisation of members – a club, effectively; everything it does is to support the development of its members and the science communication profession in the UK and beyond. BIG's Annual General Meeting is held annually and gives members the opportunity to contribute; to understand what the Executive Committee has done for the membership over the last year; to help shape the future of BIG. This is also when the Executive Committee election results are announced and we'll congratulate this year's Beetlestone Award Winner, TBC. All BIG Members are welcome. The BIG Executive Committee 2020-2021

Ashley Kent, BIG
Helen Featherstone, BIG Chairperson
Lucy Heard, BIG Membership Services Manager

Beetlestone Award

Thursday 22 July
12.00pm - 12.15pm

Professor John Beetlestone (1932-2017) was the founding director of Techniquest, the UK’s first purpose-built science discovery centre. Set up in his honour, the Beetlestone Award* recognises “leadership and legacy in the field of informal science learning” and carries a personal cash prize of £500; an additional bursary to facilitate dissemination of the holder’s vision and legacy and free registration for the next BIG conference. The 2021 winner of this prestigious award is Professor Frances Balkwill OBE, Professor of Cancer Biology at Queen Mary University of London. *This Award has been made possible through the generosity of Professor Beetlestone's family and friends. Keep an eye on the BIG website and your inboxes to find out how to apply in 2022.

Ashley , BIG

Meeting for the Incoming and Outgoing Executive Committee

Thursday 22 July
12.30pm - 1.30pm

All the newly elected Committee Members as well as the outgoing Committee get together to discuss handover and forward planning.

AK, BIG

Entertaining Oligarchs (Some uses and abuses of improv)

Thursday 22 July
2.30pm - 3.00pm

Join self confessed science busking fanatic David Price from Science Made Simple as he shares a real life science busking experience with you, looking at: How a very particular set of circumstance with some very particular clients, forced David to improvise like crazy (or did it?) Why he see the benefits of improv, but runs a mile from it whenever he gets a chance The fascinating relationship between street performers and their improvisation skills and how this works out in terms of everyday sci com situations

David Price, Science Made Simple

SOCIAL: (lightly) structured networking

Thursday 22 July
5.00pm - 6.00pm

Want to meet people, but the idea of being put into a virtual room and "left to it" leaves you feeling sick? This social networking session will consist of small groups with 15-20 minutes of time to chat and get to know each other before swapping to meet some different folks. We'll also have a "starter for 10" question to use as an icebreaker to get you started and to give a bit of structure to your conversations.

Ashley Kent, BIG

Friday 23 July

Mental health and SciComm: Giving yourself a chance

Friday 23 July
10.00am - 11.30am

In this session we will share ways to look after our emotional wellbeing. What are the chemicals that make us feel happy? What can I do to make myself feel better, and what can my institution/workplace do? How do I establish healthy boundaries? How do I build mental wellbeing as a freelancer? How to be an ally and support people around us who might be struggling? The outcome of the session will be a set of tips to use in our daily life and suggestions for building a more inclusive and accepting working environment. Please note that we are not qualified mental health professionals. The information we will share in this session comes from our personal experience. It will not be all encompassing and should not be taken as medical advice. You can join the session anonymously by making sure you amend your Zoom settings by removing your name and profile picture – we will not be able to identify you. Everything that will be shared during the session and personal details of the people that share information will stay confidential and we ask all participants to respect this rule. We suggest that if you wish to mention anything related to the session you refrain from mentioning the name of the individual, their demographic characteristics, or the institution they work for (i.e. talk about a general situation, not the individual) and pay special attention not o disclose details that could make the individual identifiable. For further support, please visit https://www.mind.org.uk/ and https://www.samaritans.org.

Claudia Antolini, Royal Holloway University of London
Helen Obee Reardon
Matthew Tosh
Ginny Smith and Lucy Heard

SOCIAL: Book Club – Anna Ploszajski’s Handmade

Friday 23 July
12.00pm - 1.00pm

Join Science on a Postcard's Heidi Gardner and BIG for a lunchtime book club where we'll be chatting about Anna Ploszajski's new book 'Handmade: A Scientist's Search for Meaning through Making'. Read the book and join us for an informal discussion on the last day of the BIG Event. Please don't put pressure on yourself to finish the whole book before the session, you're very welcome to join us wherever you are in the book. Heidi runs these sessions regularly, so if you are interested in attending more, you can get signed up on her website: https://scienceonapostcard.com/bookclub/

Hana Ayoob, BIG
Heidi Gardner, Science on a Postcard,

Inclusive Science Engagement Swapshop

Friday 23 July
2.00pm - 3.30pm

BIG is one of nine members of the Inclusive Science Engagement network, run by the British Science Association. Come along to this session to find out what members of the network have been doing to build more inclusive science communication and engagement: from small interventions to whole organisation strategic work - there’s something for you! Why not share your own experiences and take away a host of top tips in a handy resource guide. We’ll also be opening a bursary scheme for members to use to develop their own inclusive science engagement practice.

Helen Featherstone, BIG

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