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The Big Bang is the largest celebration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths for young people in the UK. Everything they 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.

Through the national event (The Big Bang Fair) which happens in March every year, and through a series of regional and local events, Big Bang 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.

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.


Chris joined the Cooling Industry in 2003 as a graduate engineer. He has since, while working as a designer, contractor and consultant; been heavily involved in selecting and training new graduates through graduate schemes at several companies.

Chris says ‘It’s great to see graduates develop their career and become valuable members in our industry. This has been a great way to help in addressing the rising average age and general skills gap in our industry and the whole of Engineering. Whilst at the same time recognising the great value young enthusiastic engineers can bring to a forward thinking business and the industry as a whole’.

Wanting to widen the potential participation in the industry, he established Cool Science in 2014. Chris is an active member of the Institute of Refrigeration, sitting on its Youth Engagement panel and also in 2015 joins the Executive Council. Chris hopes to help further broaden the appeal and awareness of the Cooling industry, its importance in modern life & the long and interesting STEM careers available.

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