DRAFT BIG Event Programme 2024

Wednesday 24 July to Friday 26 July Cardiff, Wales and Online

Wednesday 24 July

HYBRID: What Do Science Festivals Want?

Wednesday 24 July
3.30pm - 4.30pm

The UK is home to a wide range of different types of science festival, all with different goals, audiences and ways of working. This can make it hard to know exactly what sort of events and activities they are looking for. Join this panel discussion with members of the UK Science Festivals Network (UKSFN) and science presenters to explore ways for better collaboration, stronger partnerships, and clearer communication. Come along with your suggestions and questions on how festival organisers and SciComm professionals can work together to support a vibrant sector.

James Brown, British Science Association
james.brown@britishscienceassociation.org
Rod Hebden, Festival of Tomorrow, Louise Halliday, Festival of Tomorrow,
Charlotte, Humber Science Festival Sarah Jones, NI Science Festival,
Wendy Sadler, Science Made Simple,

The SciComm Confessional

Wednesday 24 July
3.30pm - 4.30pm

The STEM Response Team and The Royal Institution have a wealth of experience developing and delivering science demonstrations, but things still go wrong. Everyone finds it hard to admit they’ve made mistakes, especially Health and Safety ones. We believe it reflects poorly on us, but they do happen. We’ll encourage scicommers of all experiences to share mistakes they’ve made and the lessons they learned. By sharing these we hope to collectively learn without the mistakes. We encourage attendees with decades of experience to show those with less that everyone makes mistakes and together we can all get better and safer.

Dan Plane, The Royal Institution
dplane@ri.ac.uk
Martin Khechara, The STEM Response Team, University of Wolverhampton,

Assistants on stage that you can program

Wednesday 24 July
3.30pm - 4.30pm

Assistants on stage can be a wonderful thing, or a nightmare, so why not have a couple that you can program. Not in a brainwashing way but in C++. With easy to use microelectronics such as Arduino and 3d printing, it is possible to create machines that provide a lot of scope for covering STEAM inspiration and amusement. The reactions of onlookers can be profound, the questions generated illuminating and the effect hilarious.

Ian B Dunne, Do Science ltd
ianbdunne@doscience.co.uk

#IAmRemarkable Workshop

Wednesday 24 July
3.30pm - 5.00pm

Do you suffer from Imposter Syndrome? Do you find it difficult (even awkward) to talk about yourself? #IamRemarkable is a Google initiative empowering women and underrepresented groups to speak openly about their accomplishments in the workplace and beyond, thereby breaking modesty norms and glass ceilings. This workshop will also help "people of majority" become more aware of the gender and cultural norms that keep certain kinds of people from progressing and having their voices heard. Come to this workshop to feel more confident in yourself and learn how to better advocate for others.

Ashley Kent, #IAmRemarkable Facilitator
hello@ashleykent.co.uk

Planetaria 101

Wednesday 24 July
3.30pm - 5.00pm

Have you ever presented inside a planetarium or projected dome, or are you looking to have a go at this in the future? Join the team to share best practice for presenting in this alternate, dark, dome-shaped environment, with parallels and contrasts drawn from more 'regular' presenting formats. Suitable for those who are completely new to presenting and/or planetaria, but also ideal for those who have experiences to share.

Matt Williamson, Tayside Planetarium
info@taysideplanetarium.co.uk
Ian Snell, Science Oxford,

Have You Been Missold PPI?

Wednesday 24 July
3.30pm - 5.00pm

Patient Public Involvement (PPI) roles are becoming increasingly common and are an important way of informing the biomedical research process. People working in science communication and engagement have key skills to tackle these jobs but may not consider applying for them. This session will explore what PPI is, why we do it, how it works, the key skills needed to facilitate good involvement and where PPI sits in the broader engagement landscape. A mix of talks and interactive group activities will explore how to increase Involvement, what stops patients taking part and the value of PPI to research and researchers.

Hana Ayoob, British Society for Immunology & Freelance
hello@hanaayoob.co.uk
James Piercy, Trainer and Public Engagement Consultant,
Matthew Tosh, cardiomyopathy patient
Dr Virginia Newcombe, Intensivist and clinical researcher

Thursday 25 July

What does the UN think everyone should learn?

Thursday 25 July
9.30am - 10.30am

UNESCO have produced a new Recommendation on Education for Peace, Human Rights and Sustainable Development, 50 years on from the previous version. This is an international legal document agreed by all 194 member states about what the most important things to learn are, at all ages and in formal and informal situations, to give our planet a brighter future. Imagine trying to agree on that... This session aims to start a lively discussion about what we think are the most important things to learn right now, find out more about the UNESCO Recommendation and Education for Sustainable Development and consider how we can support that in the work we do, and maybe make our own individual pledges for how we're going to make the world a better place by learning or teaching something new. (Seeking collaborators if anyone is up for this)

Naomi Foster, North Pennines National Landscape and UNESCO Global Geopark
naomi@northpennines.org.uk

Make your work come alive! – Animation in STEM

Thursday 25 July
9.30am - 10.30am

How can you travel back in time, zoom into DNA, or find pi by unravelling a circle’s circumference? Animate it! Find out how animation can open up a whole new world for your STEM communication with storytelling and exciting visual explanations. Discover the perfect technique to match your STEM topic and begin your animation journey by making your very own flipbook and zoetrope. This hands-on workshop will help you start creating beautiful animations that will bring STEM to life.

William Marler, William Marler – animation and design
wm@wmad.co.uk

How curious is your brain?

Thursday 25 July
9.30am - 10.30am

Are we all born curious? What makes us curious? Evidence shows curiosity helps us to learn and remember things and is a skill that we need to harness and nurture in all our STEM activities. In this workshop, I am going to tell you a bit about the science behind the Curious Brain project, why and how we should be taking advantage of this innate ability. We will then end by doing some fun activities, noticing how and when our curiosity cropped up, and reflect together on how it may (or may not) have helped us to learn and remember.

Elen Evans, Science Made Simple
elen@sciencemadesimple.co.uk
Gethin Spiller, Science Made Simple,

HYBRID: Making Sci-Comm for Everyone

Thursday 25 July
9.30am - 10.30am

Join us to explore accessibility and adaptability in Sci-Comm! We’ll discuss adapting Science Theatre shows and workshops for different groups including the Blind and Visually Impaired and Autistic audiences. We’ll chat about techniques for reacting to different audience needs on the fly, and share stories of developing shows for diverse audiences from the ground up and adapting them for the mainstream. We’d also like to hear from you! Join us and share your experiences; tips and tricks and solutions or a challenge you need help overcoming. Let's come together to make our Sci-Comm for Everyone!

Beth Maskall, Scitech
bethany.maskall@scitech.org.au
Sarah Bearchell, Freelance Science Writer, Presenter &Trainer,

Unlocking Digital Potential: A Hands-On Coding Workshop

Thursday 25 July
9.30am - 10.30am

Thinking of setting up a code club or curious to see what one entails? Maybe you already run one and have your own stories to share? This workshop serves as a gateway to the world of programming, offering participants the opportunity to dive into the basics of Scratch, Python, Microbits and more. Through this interactive session we will share our experience of running a code club both in person and online, while giving you practical skills and the confidence to create your own digital projects. Whether you’re a novice looking to get started or an enthusiast seeking to expand your toolkit, this workshop will get you started on your journey to unlocking your coding potential and embracing the possibilities of the digital age.

Selmane Tabet, Cardiff University
TabetS@cardiff.ac.uk
Paul Brennan, Cardiff University,
Gareth Gwyther, Code Club Facilitator,

Training researchers for sci-comm activities

Thursday 25 July
12.00pm - 1.00pm

Public engagement is now a key requisite for many researchers, but how well does training fit their needs? Recent studies into the science of science communication suggests that training may not be delivering the most adequate content for what researchers are hoping to achieve through engagement. So what are we missing? Could we be a bit more considered about how we do training? Whether a trainer, communicator or researcher, join the discussion and let’s share our knowledge and experiences of sci-comm training to help make engagement efforts more effective for the public, researchers and communicators.

Jon Chase, Rap Science and University of Leiden
jonchase@hotmail.co.uk
Sarah Bearchell, Freelance Science Writer, Presenter and Trainer,
James Piercy, Trainer and Public Engagement Consultant

HYBRID: Science Capital, Equity and Social Justice: What do these things mean to us?

Thursday 25 July
12.00pm - 1.00pm

Lots of science communicators have come across the concept of Science Capital: in academic literature, science centres and even the BIG Event programme. But what does it mean in practice and how is it used? My Master’s thesis looked at how Science Capital was understood and applied by science education practitioners. I want to present this work, but more importantly, hear from the BIG community about how you consider equity and social justice in your work. This session will allow us all to reflect on our practice. All are welcome, no matter how familiar you are with the concept!

Amelia Doran, University of Oxford
ameliamdoran@gmail.com

Zero to Hero: Setting up a university outreach programme from scratch

Thursday 25 July
12.00pm - 1.00pm

Developing a successful outreach programme at times can feel like a mythic journey, with dragons to vanquish and (with any luck) fairy godparents to help you succeed. Join us on a fantastical adventure, as we explore our outreach journeys and the challenges and opportunities our teams have faced along the way. We’ll then hand you the pen, to think about your own outreach quest, who you need in your fellowship, and what dragons might stand in your way. By the end of the session, you’ll be ready to be the hero of your next outreach adventure and live happily ever after!

Kathryn Boast, King's College London
kathryn.boast@kcl.ac.uk
Peter Gallivan, King's College London,
Martin Khechara, University of Wolverhampton,
Heather Angell, University of Wolverhampton,

AI: A Creative Tool For Pitching SciComm

Thursday 25 July
12.00pm - 1.00pm

Artificial Intelligence has exploded in the last couple of years. It is fundamentally changing the way ideas are developed and projects are pitched. In this session, we’ll break down the ethics behind the technology and share best practices for using these tools creatively. With a particular focus on visuals and through reflecting on practical case studies, this is an introduction to bringing AI into your workflow, plus some advanced tips mixed in.

Sam Ridgeway,
sgr277@nyu.edu
Rowena Fletcher-Wood, Freelance,

Evaluation: A necessary endeavour or a waste of time?

Thursday 25 July
12.00pm - 1.00pm

Science shows, events and exhibitions can be a powerful way to engage the public. To ensure their effectiveness, we need proper evaluation, including clearly defined aims, target groups and methods. But evaluation is hard! It can detract from the feeling of fun that you've nurtured around your activity and add significant costs to projects. Is it worth the trouble? If so, how can we make it more effective? Should we stop doing evaluation altogether? Let’s have an open debate about evaluation. Be prepared to share your thoughts, ideas and experiences, in this controversial discussion and group activity.

Ruadh Duggan , CERN
ruadh.duggan@cern.ch
Neil Monteiro, Freelance,

Is that Laser Legal?

Thursday 25 July
1.00pm - 2.00pm

It is cheaper to make dangerously powerful laser pointers than safe ones, so a fair proportion of those sold as safe are dangerously overpowered (often as invisible IR) Last time we ran this session we found about 10% were illegal and found a couple 10 times as powerful as advertised. We have a power meter to check your lasers are what they claim to be. Don't forget to pack your laser pointers.

Dave Ansell, Sciansell
dave@sciansell.co.uk

Get Hands-on with the Future: AI & Remote Dentistry in Action!

Thursday 25 July
1.00pm - 2.00pm

Dive into the future of dentistry with this interactive workshop exploring the power of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and remote monitoring! We'll show how your smartphone cameras can transform diagnostics, treatment plans, and patient care. Get hands-on! We'll guide you through taking pictures of your mouth (If you want to!) and then show you how to code and label these images to train an AI model. This interactive session will showcase the power of AI in dentistry and provide a glimpse into the future of patient care. Join us and be part of shaping the next frontier in dental technology!

Waraf Al-yaseen, Cardiff University - School of Dentistry
al-yaseenw1@cardiff.ac.uk

Hybrid: The BIG AGM

Thursday 25 July
1.30pm - 2.30pm

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, TBA. All BIG Members are welcome. The BIG Executive Committee 2021-2022

Ashley Kent, BIG
event@big.uk.com

Meeting for the Incoming and Outgoing Executive Committee

Thursday 25 July
2.30pm - 3.30pm

This is a session for the newly elected Executive Committee and the outgoing Exec. It's a mini-handover and only required for the Exec members.

Helen Nightingale, BIG
admin@big.uk.com

Best Demo Prep

Thursday 25 July
2.30pm - 4.00pm

This is a closed session, just for Best Demo competitors to set up and for helpers to help. Strictly no peeping in here, please. If you’re competing, you need to drop in, even if you don’t need any set up time.

BIG Exec Person,
event@big.uk.com

LinkedIn 101

Thursday 25 July
2.30pm - 4.00pm

How can we make the most of this platform, both as individuals and organisations? What are the commons pitfalls and/or popular items? Come prepared with a device and account, ready to explore and put some tips and tricks straight into action.

Sophia Constantinou , Imperial College London
sophia.constantinou@faraday.ac.uk
Petra Gudelj, The Faraday Institution,

Vulnerabilities of a sci-comm life

Thursday 25 July
2.30pm - 4.00pm

Join us to share the vulnerabilities and worries that we have as sci-comm professionals, as we come together in a sort of sci-comm therapy session! From imposter syndrome and job security, to funding opportunities and networking, to dealing with disenchantment of our field and work-life balance that avoids burnout - there are many things that sway our enjoyment and feeling of impact in our roles, but we are not alone. Hear from a few individuals about their experiences and the biggest breakthroughs they have had with overcoming fears, and share with the group any similar experiences you have also had.

Daniel Scholes, The Oxford Trust / Science Oxford
daniel.scholes@scienceoxford.com
Amelia Doran, University of Oxford,
Em Truman, National Space Academy,
Chris Snowden-Smith, British Society for Immunology,

Playful Physics: Interactive Explorations

Thursday 25 July
2.30pm - 4.00pm

We're the Science Circus, part of a Norwegian science center. We tour schools in southwest Norway with mobile exhibitions, science shows, and maker workshops. Our approach focuses on exploratory science communication using the 5E model, refined by Chris Chiaverina. It's versatile, suitable for formal and informal education. Expect an interactive workshop, not PowerPoint presentations. This session will be hands-on with lots and lots of small exploration stations, make-and-takes and small demos. Our main goal for this session is to have fun, but we are firm believers in accidental learning, so hopefully you will also find something useful to bring home.

Magne Hognestad, Jærmuseet Science Circus
mho@jaermuseet.no
Fredrik Motland Kirkemo, Jærmuseet Science Circus,

HYBRID: Video Victories

Thursday 25 July
2.30pm - 4.00pm

Join us as we explore all the ways in which using videos can be a quick win and boost your science communication activities. The session will cover topics including utilizing video to hybridize events, live streaming, using video in live shows, social media and more! We will share our top tips and demonstrations, then open up group discussions to collate a list of dos and definitely don’ts.

Elizabeth Mills, MarineMumbles
marinemumbles@gmail.com
Sam Langford, Science Communicator,
Katie Steckles, Science Communicator,

Hybrid: Best Demo Competition

Thursday 25 July
5.00pm - 6.30pm

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 three minutes (and a warm and welcoming audience) 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. 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 2021 Phil Bell-Young 2022 Sarah Cosgriff 2023 Dan Plane

BIG Exec Member, BIG
event@big.uk.com

Best Demo Voting and Drinks Reception

Thursday 25 July
6.45pm - 7.30pm

A chance to enjoy a drink in the Techniquest Exhibition. Skip it to freshen up before dinner if you like, but make sure you are back at Techniquest before 7.30pm so you can cast your vote for the Best Demo winner.

BIG Exec,
event@big.uk.com

Dinner (and the Best Demo winner announcement!)

Thursday 25 July
7.30pm - 11.00pm

Enjoy dinner, chat and a drink before the Best Demo winner for 2024 is announced. Do you have a ticket to dinner? See page XX.

BIG Exec,
event@big.uk.com

Beetlestone Award

Thursday 25 July
9.00pm - 9.15pm

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 2024 winner of this prestigious award is TBC. *This Award has been made possible through the generosity of The Beetlestone family and John’s former colleagues and friends. Keep an eye on the BIG website and your inboxes to find out how to apply in 2025.

Ashley Kent, BIG
event@big.uk.com

Friday 26 July

Science with a sheet of paper

Friday 26 July
9.30am - 10.30am

Limited resources? No problem! In this hands-on workshop we will explore science demos, investigations and activities that can be carried out with a piece of paper! This workshop offers something for everyone, whether you’re new to BIG and science communication, or an experienced presenter, you will go away with a bank of ideas to use for low-resource demos and activities. Come along to try things out as we discuss how, when and where they could be used, and also suggest your own tweaks, ideas and alternatives to share ideas, best practice, co-create and learn from each other.

Jo Montgomery, Dr Jo Science Solutions
Drjo@drjosciencesolutions.co.uk

Seaweed and superheroes – role models in science shows

Friday 26 July
9.30am - 10.30am

Research has shown that it isn't science itself that needs to be 'made interesting and relevant'. Young people already get that, but still don't see themselves as 'that kind of person'. Role model campaigns sometimes focus on unattainable characteristics and can unintentionally cause more harm than good. In this session we'll showcase practical examples of how we have used role models in our shows and what we’ve learned. We'll challenge you to choose a STEM role model and come up with a demo about them. Let's put people (not explosions) at the heart of the next generation of science shows.

Wendy Sadler, Science Made Simple
wendy@sciencemadesimple.co.uk
Gethin Spiller, Science Made Simple,

HYBRID: Bridging the gap between SciCom theory and practice

Friday 26 July
9.30am - 10.30am

As part of a PhD with Cardiff University, I have developed a resource for people who deliver engineering outreach activities - designed to bridge the gap between recent research findings and outreach practices. I’m interested in how this guidance is interpreted and used in real-life applications. Please come along and help evaluate the materials and share your own perspectives. Although engineering focussed much of the advice is relevant to other STEM disciplines and I welcome feedback from all. (Participants will be asked to consent to the discussion being recorded and anonymised comments used for research purposes.)

Debbie Syrop, Cardiff University
syropdk@cf.ac.uk

The Art of Astrophysics

Friday 26 July
9.30am - 10.30am

Join The MoSAIC in the showcase of our latest project, 'The Art of Astrophysics'. We will show you how we have worked with researchers from the University of Oxford to share how visual art has an impact on our perception of the universe and using astrophysics research to inspire poetry and gravitationally lensed self-portraits. Have a go at some of the hands-on activities we've been using to inspire the next generation of star-gazers. The MoSAIC is a not-for-profit aiming to show young people how interconnected the arts and the sciences are.

Gareth Campbell, The MoSAIC
info@themosaic.uk

Sharing the low hanging fruit

Friday 26 July
12.00pm - 1.00pm

Every method of communication comes with a bunch of tips and tricks that seem obvious in hindsight and allow us to achieve better results with minimal effort. This session will bring together expertise from attendees to share those little game-changers that make everything better. From hidden features in PowerPoint to working with stage equipment or posting on social media, there are tonnes of simple things that could take years to figure out on your own but which could be explained to you in just a few minutes. Our goal is to do the latter!

Robin Hayward, University of Leeds
r.hayward@leeds.ac.uk
Sarah Cosgriff, Association for Science Education,
Em Truman, National Space Academy,

HYBRID: Murders and Mysteries: Running Impactful Adult Events

Friday 26 July
12.00pm - 1.00pm

While murder mysteries and other evening events have become popular with museums and other institutions, it can be a daunting challenge to get such initiatives off the ground while also ensuring that participants are having an experience that is both entertaining and meaningful. During this session we will showcase examples of interactive murder mysteries, forensic science-based crime scene scenarios, and portable escape rooms. We will discuss how to adapt these formats for a variety of different audiences and for different venues, as well as highlight methods for evaluating the success of your events.

Thaddeus Papke, Freelance
thaddeuspapke@gmail.com
Rowena Fletcher-Wood, Freelance,
Thomas Woolley, Cardiff University,

What makes a good Exhibit/Demo/Prop?

Friday 26 July
12.00pm - 1.00pm

Hardware for Scicomm can work wonderfully and sometimes it flops. A wonderful demo can turn into an awful exhibit and vice versa. I don't think we will get to any final answers but the discussion should be interesting.

Dave Ansell, Sciansell
dave@sciansell.co.uk
Dan Bird, Whitefire Design,

HYBRID: How to showcase STEM careers in your sci comm

Friday 26 July
2.00pm - 3.00pm

Working with schools, young people or teachers and want to build careers links into what you offer? In this participatory workshop, we will explore some of the best STEM careers resources. Key research underpins the need for STEM careers, science capital and using real life science contexts in inspiring and engaging young people. One of the most powerful interactions with young people is them discovering the stories and paths of how scientists got to where they are today - even if this isn't the primary aim of your session. Discover some excellent resources to use, adapt or create your own.

Jo Montgomery , Dr Jo Science Solutions
Drjo@drjosciencesolutions.co.uk

RemakerSpace craft and chat

Friday 26 July
2.00pm - 3.00pm

RemakerSpace is a Cardiff University not-for-profit initiative dedicated to enabling the circular economy, ending planned obsolescence by extending the lifecycle of products, and driving the circular economy in Wales and beyond. In this unstructured session, find out about our “Knit, Natter, Craft and Chatter" sessions; how and why we set them up; the challenges and the unexpected outcomes. Bring your own craft projects with you, including scicomm and personal crafts, and talk about them if you wish. Drop in and out as you want, join in the conversation, or just relax with us. You’re welcome to bring your lunch.

Rebecca Travers, Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University
TraversR@cardiff.ac.uk
Debbie Syrop, School of Engineering, Cardiff University,
Helen Obee Reardon, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Hub, Cardiff University,

Challenges in science presenter training

Friday 26 July
2.00pm - 3.00pm

Nurturing presenters can be difficult. Knowing when to nudge, when to go easy, and how to develop someone’s personal style involves trying to define experiences that vary between audience members. Adding science to the mix brings more challenges – be it training nervous presenters to deal with hazardous equipment whilst talking, or discussing how to adapt to different contexts and audiences. As trainers, we’ll share our tips, along with our challenges which we’ll workshop in groups. We’ll open the floor for anybody who wants to share their tips and challenges, too.

Ash Redhouse White, Centre for Life
ash.redhousewhite@life.org.uk
Jon Wood; Jon Wood Science;
Matt Williamson; Tayside Planetarium;

HYBRID: Tackling Tricky Topics

Friday 26 July
2.00pm - 3.30pm

All areas of STEM have topics which can be sensitive, controversial or just awkward to talk about. What makes a topic sensitive or controversial and how can we engage with these topics in a more comfortable and productive way? How do we empower those we work with to have more of these conversations? How and when do you decide when engaging is not worth your time and energy? This session will include case studies and lots of time for discussion, and is suitable for anyone at any stage in their STEM engagement career.

Hana Ayoob, British Society for Immunology & Freelance
hello@hanaayoob.co.uk
Chris Snowden-Smith, British Society for Immunology,
Katie Steckles, Freelance Maths Communicator,
Sam Langford, Freelance,

HYBRID: I Saw This and Thought of You

Friday 26 July
4.00pm - 5.00pm

Back for the nth year running, the session to end all sessions (because it's the last session): I Saw This And Thought Of You. BIG's equivalent of an open mic slot, this is where all the little things can be raised. Found a Thing you think everyone should know? Tell us here. Want to share your love of all things plier-related? You could do that. Have a pithy insight? Want to raise a question? Newcomer or old hand, there's an up-to-2-minute slot with your name on it. Sign up throughout the Event.

Sam James,
drsamjames@gmail.com

Not yet scheduled

Hybrid: Josh Award 2024

not yet scheduled

The Josh Award is a national prize for early-career science communicators who are passionate about continuing to work in this field in the future, including students, volunteers, researchers or creatives. The award is inspired by and named in memory of Josh Phillips, who was the first Science Communication Officer at the Science and Industry Museum and proposed the first Manchester Science Festival. Winners will be provided with up to £2,500 to develop an activity - anything from an installation, to a hands-on workshop or a live performance. The winner will be provided support from members of BIG, the UK Science Festivals Network (UKSFN) and the Association for Science and Discovery Centres (ASDC) and offered the opportunity to present their activity at festivals and science centres across the UK. The 2024 winner, Chenying Liu, will receive her award at XXX. Find out how you can apply for the Josh Award in 202X here: www.big.uk.com/josh

Ashley Kent, BIG
event@big.uk.com

The Trolley Problem (and boxes)

Thiscouldalsow

not yet scheduled

Do you move ridiculous amounts of kit and resources around to numerous venues constantly? Then this session is for you. We will talk boxes, trolleys and anything else we put our stuff in. Let’s talk favourites, ones that have let us down and some things to keep in mind to make a good stuff-carrying choice. Our panel will share their best buys for their specific purposes, including options that cover different types of budget and kit type. This is an interactive session to share your thoughts too. If you can squeeze it on your journey to Cardiff, we’d LOVE to see your favourite box or trolley so we can check them out! (Or if it doesn’t fit in the suitcase, some photos would be lovely too)

Kirsty Hayward,
kirstyhayward2@hotmail.co.uk
More contributors TBC and more contributors welcome!

Evaluation: A necessary endeavour or a waste of time?

not yet scheduled

Science shows, events and exhibitions can be a powerful way to engage the public. To ensure their effectiveness, we need proper evaluation, including clearly defined aims, target groups and methods. But evaluation is hard! It can detract from the feeling of fun that you've nurtured around your activity and add significant costs to projects. Is it worth the trouble? If so, how can we make it more effective? Should we stop doing evaluation altogether? Let’s have an open debate about evaluation. Be prepared to share your thoughts, ideas and experiences, in this controversial discussion and group activity.

Ruadh Duggan , CERN
ruadh.duggan@cern.ch
Neil Monteiro, Freelance,