The Big Bang is the largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths for young people in the UK. Everything we do is aimed at showing young people (primarily aged 7-19) just how many exciting and rewarding opportunities there are out there for them with the right experience and qualifications.

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Through our national event (The Big Bang Fair) which happens at a different location in March every year, and through a series of regional and local events, we work with partner organisations across business and industry, government and academia to try and give a flavour of the real scale of engineering and science in the UK.

David Cameron at The Big Bang FairSince we held the first Fair in 2009, we’ve continued to grow.  From 14 – 17 March 2013, we welcomed over 65,000 visitors to ExCeL, London and amazed them at just how exciting engineering and science can be. But it’s about more than thrills.

At its heart, The Big Bang is about careers and futures and highlighting the exciting possibilities that exist for young people with science, technology, engineering and maths backgrounds.  It’s about the contribution they, with the right motivation, can make to the UK economy and to society in general.


The Big Bang Fair 2013From meeting inspiring engineers and scientists from some of the biggest and most interesting companies in the UK and through receiving dedicated careers advice, we know that young people go away with a fresh, new perspective on where their school subjects can lead them. The Big Bang Fair is now delivered by over 200 organisations from the public, private and voluntary sectors. Led by EngineeringUK in partnership with the British Science Association, the Science Council, the Royal Academy of Engineering and Young Engineers, the event is supported by The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills as well as numerous sponsors from industry.

For more information about sponsoring The Big Bang Fair 2014, please contact


The National Science + Engineering Competition

The Big Bang Fair also hosts the finals of the National Science + Engineering Competition. Open to all 11-18 year olds living in the UK and in full-time education, the competition rewards students who have achieved excellence in a science, technology, engineering or maths project.

You can find out more about the competition here.

 Young Scientist and Young Engineer of The Year 2013


What people are saying about us

Of course, what people say about us is more important that what we say about ourselves. And, it’s all good. The Big Bang Fair 2013 saw a record-breaking 65,000 visitors attend with all ages having a great time.  We’re happy to report that 97.2% described The Fair as enjoyable or very enjoyable while over nine out of 10 rated The Fair as very good or good.

The press was won over too. The Sun described the event as having “everything to inspire young minds to launch a career in science and engineering” while BBC Breakfast heralded the event as “sparking a new generation’s interest in science.”

The Big Bang Fair has been recognised by winning a number of awards. In 2012 we won Best Live Event and Best Experiential Campaign in the Charity and Social Enterprise category of the IVCA Clarion Award. At the IVCA Live Com awards we were also a winner in the Learning Experience category, as well as receiving a 'highly commended' award for motivation and inspiration. 2011's event won the IVCA LiveCom Best Learning Experience award, a Highly Commended award for Best UK Live Event in the Charity and Social Enterprise category of the IVCA Clarion Awards and was an Event Awards Finalist. On the PR front, we also achieved a Highly Commended award at the PR Week Awards.

The 2010 event also won a number of awards including gold at the IVCA LiveCom Awards, silver at the IVCA Awards, bronze in the Eventia category of ‘Best experiential event’ and Highly Commended at the IVCA Clarions Award.  


The Big Bang Near Me

As well as the national fair which happens once a year, we have a growing programme of events taking place throughout the year and around the country. These include larger events hosting the National Science & Engineering Competition as well as more local events.

You can find out more and see what’s on near you by visiting



The Big Bang enjoys the patronage of a number of high profile people:

Sir Anthony Cleaver 
Dame Ellen MacArthur
Sir John Parker 
Carol Vorderman
Professor Anne Glover 
Sir Paul Nurse 
Lord David Sainsbury 


The Big Bang Fair 2013 on film