What happens at the intersection of the Arts and the Sciences? REGISTER YOUR INTEREST here to be the first to receive full details about Birmingham City University’s International STEAM Conference – 2020.

Aimed at all those curious about cross-disciplinary thinking, we invite researchers, innovators, industry representatives, artists and scientists to join us in our discussions in July.

Featuring keynotes, research papers, demonstrations, practical activities and networking – plus a series of STEAM awards recognising pioneering practice – this will be the event to attend to gain insight into how Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics are working together.

We are looking forward to hearing from you!


Birmingham City University is recognised as a leader in STEAM thinking with recent achievements including opening STEAMhouse, the UK’s first innovation centre dedicated to Arts and Science practice in 2018, and being nominated as Knowledge Exchange Initiative of the Year in the Times Higher Awards 2019. 

The conference will invite discussions and papers on topics including:

Critical thinking in the Arts and the Sciences

Ways in which the Arts and the Sciences might be considered to overlap/intersect

Definitions of STEAM (approaches, processes, methods across different contexts)

Consideration of the terms cross-, multi-, inter- and trans- and their application to STEAM

How focusing on Arts and STEM perspectives promotes processes of discovery and/or seeing deeper

Notions of beauty in the Arts and the Sciences

How combined Arts and STEM approaches can drive innovation

Solving societal challenges through cross-sector collaboration

Shared Arts and STEM facilities

The practicalities of working across different disciplines in Higher Education

How Higher Education Institutions can support STEAM programmes in Schools

Combined Arts and STEM curricula

Interest is particularly welcome from researchers or industry representatives operating in any of the following areas:

Computer generated art including BigGAN

Automated art

Virtual, mixed and/or augmented reality art

Virtual, mixed and/or augmented reality and play

Game design and development (including serious games)

Coding as a creative pursuit

Emerging technologies and their applications across the Arts and the Sciences, including mobile and wearable technologies

Data visualisation

Empathetic engineering


Makerspaces and interdisciplinarity

Materials and materiality

The boundaries of 3-D printing

Geometry, symmetry, beauty


Bio art

Electroacoustic music

Join us for the most colourful rave anywhere in Europe for a night of mesmerising visuals and a kaleidoscope of colours

After the overwhelming demand in London and Manchester, Magic Lantern Rave is coming to Birmingham.

Join us for the most colourful rave anywhere in Europe for a night of mesmerising visuals and a kaleidoscope of colours.

Dress code is ‘hyper colour’

Music Policy: DnB // Bass House // Tech House

Strictly 18+ Only

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Are you a start-up or early stage business? The Enterprise for Success Business Support Workshops helps you look for new ways of identifying and achieving growth.

What is an Enterprise For Success Workshop?

 ‘Enterprise for Success’ programme has been designed to help support SMEs to accomplish their business ambitions.

The programme ‘Enterprise for Success is led by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council and is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

Our 2 day workshop programmes are specifically designed and created in partnership with successful business leaders and entrepreneurs. The workshops cover a range of steps to growth, and look at developing or redefining your business strategy and preparing your product/service for market, aligning your marketing strategy with your overall business strategy.

Complete the survey today! 

Want a bespoke report on your business progress? Take advantage of our easy to use Business Diagnostic Tool and complete it in advance of attending a workshop. It should take no longer than 20 minutes to complete. After you submit all the required information, you will receive a Business Analysis Report detailing your results.

What will you receive? 

You will also receive a 1-1 Business Growth Consultancy session with Birmingham City University’s SME Growth Advisor. They will discuss your report with you in further detail and formulate a bespoke strategy unique to your business.

The Business Diagnostic Tool can be accessed here.

Please register to attend Workshop 1 which is 2 separate workshops – Day 1 is on Tue 18th Feb and Day 2 is on Thurs 25th Feb 2020.

Business Support Workshops Dates:

18th and 25th Feb

 21st and 28th April

21st and 28th July

 22nd and 29th September

17th and 24th Nov

*There is no charge for receiving Enterprise for Success support through the Enterprise for Success Business Support Workshops. If you are an SME within the GBSLEP region. SMEs based outside of the GBSLEP region may receive a charge for receiving Business Growth Consultancy, however we recommend that you contact us to see if we can help.