Sign up to be part of something amazing – volunteer at The Big Bang Fair

In March 2013 The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair will welcome over 65,000 students, teachers and families to ExCeL London. We need you to help us make this our best yet.

The Big Bang Fair is the UK’s largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths for young people. For the first time, the annual event will be extending to four days from 14 – 17 March 2013 with Thursday and Friday dedicated to school groups and Saturday and Sunday open to families.

Who can volunteer?

Anyone with a background in science, technology, engineering or maths can volunteer, as long as you're over 18, and committed to helping our visitors get the best from all there is on offer. Whether you're a student, starting out in your career or a company director, we want to hear from you.

Exciting volunteering opportunities

Your role will be to help visitors to get the most out of The Fair, which will be packed with interactive activity stands from across the country. From taking control of a virtual nuclear reactor to finding out about the physiology of humans surviving in the world's harshest environments and being part  of a Guinness World Record in the first ever explosive live science show, there are so many activities to excite and inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.

Your chance to inspire budding scientists and engineers

There are a variety of roles for volunteers. You could be helping visitors find their way around The Fair, recommending interactive stands and activities to people with particular interests,  accompanying school groups, and assisting with the National Science + Engineering Competition. Get involved in our careers sessions for young people or help us to evaluate the impact we make on visitors’ attitudes to science and engineering.
If you’re passionate about showing young people the opportunities available to them through science, technology, engineering and maths then there’s a role to suit you.
Training will be available along with all the information you need about The Fair and your role at the event.
2012 volunteer, Terry Harvey-Chadwick, from SV Educational Services, said: “As a STEM Guide at The Big Bang Fair in Birmingham, I found the event truly inspirational with so many young scientists and engineers showing such talent. The industry and university stands were wonderful, full of incredible demonstrations, activities and information. I can’t wait until next year.”
For more information go to or contact Katharine Montgomery, The Big Bang Volunteer Coordinator, on


See some of the highlights of the The Big Bang Fair 2012 below





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Notes to editors

The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair will take place from 14-17 March 2013 at ExCeL London and will celebrate and raise the profile of young people’s achievement in science and engineering and encourage more young people to take part in science, technology, engineering and maths initiatives with support from their parents and teachers.
School groups will be invited to visit the first two days of The Big Bang Fair, which will also be open to the public on the Saturday and Sunday. Young people will leave enlightened about how science and engineering feature in everything they wear, eat and do. A number of apprentice, graduate and experienced engineers and scientists will be on hand to quiz and young people will have the opportunity to discover a great career. The Big Bang Fair hosts the finals of the prestigious National Science + Engineering Competition and is also the flagship event of National Science + Engineering Week 2013.
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