The Big Bang @ Midlands Launch 2020

Updated: Mar 10, 2020

The Big Bang @ Midlands Launch, 9th March 2020

Learn by Design celebrate valued partnerships and collaborations once again today, with the launch of the Midlands 2020 Big Bang Regional event at the Derby Arena.

What will 2020 bring this year?

By bringing education and employers together for not just one day, but over TWO days in June, this event will have the potential to see even more young people than before.

#TBBMidlands will be taking place for schools on 26th June 2020, whereby schools from across the Midlands region will have a day of learning and engaging with employers from across the country.

On Saturday 27th June 2020, for the first time, the Big Bang @ Midlands event will be open to the public; families and community youth groups are welcome to come along and take part in our celebration of all things science and engineering!

The venue

Derby Arena; the velodrome and it’s 600 seat theatre, will be the hosts once again this year for our event. Bringing impressive floor space for many exhibitors to showcase their businesses, a stage for entertaining shows to feature and workshop areas for young people to get stuck in with educational activities. Whilst The Big Bang Competition entries will take centre stage providing the heart of the action. 

Special thanks

Huge thanks go out to the sponsors of the event:

  • Evonne Williams, Cabinet Member Children and Young People’s Services at Derby City Council

  • Chris Bussell, Dean of College of Life and Natural Sciences

  • Louise Pigden, Deputy  Dean of College of Engineering and Technology

  • Hannah Wright from The University of Derby

  • Arshad Iqbal Rehman – E4E Enterprise for Education


Louise Pigden, Deputy Dean and Interim Head of Mechanical Engineering and Built Environment at the University of Derby, said:

“At the University of Derby, we play a significant role in the STEM disciplines through our courses and research at Further and Higher Education levels. Derby and the East Midlands has one of the most highly skilled workforces in the UK and a strong industry and the University plays a key civic duty in developing a highly skilled workforce; The University is committed to encouraging young people from diverse backgrounds into STEM careers. We like to think boldly at the University of Derby, which is why I’m so delighted to be supporting this major expansion of the Big Bang Midlands, so we can reach out and open doors for more students, and inspire them on to have brilliant STEM careers.”

Evonne Williams, Cabinet Member for Children and Yong People said:

“I’m delighted the Big Bang Fair is coming back to Derby for the seventh time, bigger and better than ever. This is a great opportunity for the young people in our City to learn more about careers in STEM. Derby has a fantastic range of employers working in technology and engineering and so it’s also a great opportunity for them to connect with our young people."

Registration Links

Visitor Registration for Friday 26th June for Schools and Home Educators is now open. Visit

Visitor Registration for Saturday 27th June for Young People, Parents, Carers and Community Groups is also now open. Visit:

To booking onto Friday’s Accessible Session, visit:

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