Alex Verkade Young Academy

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Alex Verkade: Young Academy on Wheels: top young Dutch scientists reach out to schools with a focus on the essence of science

Scientix European Conference, 6-8 May 2011, Brussels

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  • since 2000 also communication, events and stuff, not for here science, in Dutch, is also humanities
  • Alex Verkade Young Academy

    1. 1. <ul><li>The Young Academy on Wheels </li></ul><ul><li>Alex Verkade </li></ul><ul><li>Scientix Conference, May 8 2011 </li></ul>
    2. 2. ... on Wheels <ul><li>24 scientists in a bus visit schools </li></ul><ul><li>whole day of science </li></ul><ul><li>90-120 kids aged 12-14 </li></ul><ul><li>all levels: not just future scientists </li></ul>
    3. 3. De Jonge Akademie <ul><li>Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences </li></ul><ul><li>The Young Academy: members 30-45 </li></ul><ul><li>50 selected members </li></ul><ul><li>science wide, chemistry to sociology </li></ul>
    4. 4. De Praktijk <ul><li>Project bureau for science communication and education (NL) </li></ul><ul><li>Education projects </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Free and open </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Content driven </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Added value for the teacher </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. Goals <ul><li>A first introduction to science </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The people that do science </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The process of science </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The variety of subjects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Enjoy doing it </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. Impact: depth vs. numbers depth of information # of people reached bus game
    7. 7. Expedition Moendoes
    8. 8. What is science? <ul><li>Curiosity </li></ul><ul><li>Publishing </li></ul><ul><li>Peer review </li></ul><ul><li>Building upon other results </li></ul><ul><li>Cooperation </li></ul><ul><li>Competition </li></ul><ul><li>Variety of subjects </li></ul>
    9. 15. Key aspects <ul><li>Face to face contact with scientists (bus) </li></ul><ul><li>Essence of science vs. facts </li></ul><ul><li>To think about: communicate the limitations of science </li></ul>
    10. 16. <ul><li>www.dejongeakademieonwheels.nl </li></ul><ul><li>www.praktijk.nu </li></ul><ul><li>alex(a)praktijk.nu </li></ul>

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