Everyone is welcome to get involved in Essex 2020. Whether you’re a local resident, a community group or a multinational business, there’s room for you to take part in our Year of Science and Creativity.

You can host an activity, volunteer your time or sponsor an event. However you choose to get involved, you’ll gain the opportunity to promote your work, expand your networks and contribute to the future of STEAM in Essex.

The exciting programme of activities and events aims to engage more than 500,000 people of all ages. Supported by our media partners Newsquest and BBC Essex, we are attracting audiences from across Essex and beyond.

Discover your local Hub

We want to ensure that practitioners, organisations and businesses from all corners of the county can get involved in Essex 2020.

That’s why we have established a network of Hubs in six locations across Essex. The Hubs provide support to local people and organisations who wish to host an activity, develop a new project or access funding.

What is a Hub?

Each Hub is led by a local creative, science or education-focused organisation with experience of network building and enabling. Their joint ambitions are to ensure:

  • Every Essex resident can reach a range of STEAM activities within 30 minutes of their home.
  • New cross-sector and cross-region collaborations will develop that last beyond 2020.

Local confidence in science and creativity grows by establishing new ways to work together.

What’s in it for me?

Being part of a Hub will give you access to:

  • Essex 2020 collaboration events: forums to encourage new partnerships and ideas
  • Signposting to support, information and training
  • More communications channels to raise your profile
  • New audiences through the project’s marketing programme
  • A platform to influence how STEAM events develop to meet local need

Where is my local Hub?

There are currently six Hubs:  

How do I get involved?

It’s easy to get involved. Simply fill out the form (on the Get Involved page) and we will connect you to local Hub events and opportunities

Business & Industry

How much does your business rely on science and creativity? With Essex 2020, you can shine a light on the skills of your workforce and attract the talent of the future. Whether you are a small, medium or multinational enterprise, take this chance to be a part of the network of leaders in Essex who are shaping the future.

Schools, Colleges & Educators

We want to inspire and educate children, young people and adults about the creative and science heritage that has shaped our county. Together we can help raise the bar on STEAM learning across Essex and boost skills and knowledge for the future.

Arts & Heritage

Essex 2020 is putting the A in STEAM, by championing the enormous impact of creativity, culture and heritage in Essex


We want to break down barriers to participating in science and creativity activities amongst Essex residents of all ages. Essex 2020 events, many of them free of charge, will reach every corner of Essex. Our programme is set out to inspire curiosity and promote lifelong learning, whatever your age, background or location.