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British Science Association news: March 2010

Ollie Christophers

The Big Bang goes off in Manchester!

The Big Bang Fair is well on the way to being the biggest single celebration of science and engineering in the UK, with more than 16,000 people registered to attend this year’s event.

Furthermore, there is a new feature at The Big Bang on Saturday 13th March, where children are encouraged to invite their families along to a ‘bring your parents’ day.

The event taking place in Manchester has pulled out all the stops and has secured more than 120 interactive activities, exhibitions and live shows, including Bang Goes The Theory and Brainiac Live shows and the 2009 Royal Institution’s Christmas lectures as well as the finals of the National Science & Engineering Competition.

For more information, please visit

The Festival family continues to grow

Plans are well underway for this year’s British Science Festival which is taking place in Birmingham in partnership with Aston University and supported by Advantage West Midlands and Saudi Aramco.  We are delighted to announce that BlackBerry and SAGE have now joined our Festival sponsors. SAGE is sponsoring one of the prestigious Award Lectures.

The Award Lectures are a rare opportunity to honour five professional scientists or engineers in the early stages of their career, who show outstanding skills in communication to a non-specialist audience. For more information about the Award Lectures please visit  You can also find on the site more information on the exciting sponsorship opportunities still available for the Festival and indeed for all of the Association’s programmes. As well as the latest news from the Festival including our partnership with the BBC on their quest to find the BBC's Amateur Scientist of the Year.

If you would like more information on the sponsorship opportunities available please do not hesitate to contact Aoine Saunders, Corporate Partnerships Manager on 020 7019 4948.

CREST Star Investigators – New Activities

CREST Star Investigators, our UK-wide award scheme for 5-12 yr olds, now offers even more resources to participating schools.

Millgate House have worked with us to create three new practical science activities for the scheme. The activities, Peggy problem, Tea bag trouble, and Testing Timers, will soon be sent – free of charge – to all those already using Star Level packs. They’ll also be included in packs for schools and groups new to the scheme.

The activities provide organisers with further ideas for practical science and Design & Technology investigations – all can be used to support or enhance the curriculum.

CREST Star Investigators enable children to solve scientific problems through practical investigation. Activities focus on thinking about, talking about, and doing science.

Visit for additional resources, extension activities and curriculum links.

Date for your diary….

The 2010 Science Communication Conference will take place on Monday 24 and Tuesday 25 May at Kings Place, central London.  The theme for this year is ‘Audiences for engagement’ which will explore different types of audience and engagement styles.

The Conference addresses the key issues facing science communicators in the UK and each year brings together people who are involved in public engagement — a diverse group of people from a broad range of backgrounds. It is a fantastic opportunity to network and share ideas and best practice. Kings Place is a fairly new venue situated just 150m from Kings Cross and St Pancras Station, overlooking Regents Canal. It offers a range of flexible spaces which makes it ideal for small breakout sessions as well plenary sessions.

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Ollie Christophers
Ollie Christophers is Communications Officer at the British Science Association
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