Free online event to help young people understand importance of science in a pandemic

  • The Big Bang Digital 2020 is an upcoming free event that will aim to educate young people aged 11 and over on the essential role of science and engineering in a global pandemic.

    It will be held live online on Tuesday 14 July from 10am to 4pm, to help young people understand the contribution scientists, healthcare professionals, engineers, technicians and students have made in responding to Covid-19.

    TV and radio science presenter, podcaster and YouTuber Greg Foot will be hosting live back-to-back sessions, exploring topics with a range of guests and putting the virtual audience’s questions to experts.

    The event includes a talk by environment charity Plastic Oceans UK, featuring exclusive videos from Sir David Attenborough.

    There will also be a session where young people can learn about vaccines and immunity from the UK’s leading scientists and a talk with a creative engineer who designed an electronic lanyard that gives off an alert when people are too close to encourage social distancing.

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    The sessions will vary in how length and many will be followed by a live Q&A.

    The full list of sessions taking place are as follows:

    • Environment Agency: Rebuilding a greener future
    • Plastic Oceans UK: New habits to protect the planet: the environmental impact of staying at home
    • GSK: The worldwide race to develop a vaccine
    • RS Components: Designing a social distancing lanyard
    • Harper Adams University: Feeding the nation
    • Thames Water: Keeping the water flowing
    • Network Rail: Staying on track: keeping the railway moving
    • Imperial College London: Designing a low-cost ventilator
    • BBC Gastronaut Stefan Gates: I can STEM a rainbow
    • Ask the experts: your questions about the virus
    • Young talent against Covid-19: Presenter Fayon Dixon in conversation with inspiring young people, all Big Bang Competition winners, talking about their role in the pandemic response.

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    To watch and take part for free, simply visit on Tuesday 14 July, from 10am.

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