Academic teams from various faculties at the University of Groningen have been allocated funding from the ‘Science communication by scientists: Appreciated!’ pilot fund. Set up by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and managed by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), this pilot fund is a step in the right direction of encouraging and rewarding the large group of academics who make structural efforts to improve science communication. Every team will receive €10,000 to further their efforts.
The following UG teams have been allocated funding:
- Faculty of Economics and Business, coordinator Janka Stoker: Popular scientific book; columns; range of media activities; lectures and speeches. The aim is to inform broad audiences about the relevance of scientific insight into the effectiveness of leadership in practice.
- Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences, coordinator Jolien Mouw: the GION Teaching/Research, opportunities for sharing and implementing knowledge in the field of education, and connecting educational research and educational practice by boosting the regional network.
- Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences, coordinator Anastasias Sarampalis: Mindwise, a blog designed to inform broad audiences, media, academics and students about developments in the field of psychology, and to train students and academics in science communication.
- Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, coordinator Kim Knibbe: Religion, Conflict and Globalization, awareness of the role of and prejudices regarding religion in conflict situations and global developments. Aimed at audiences including secondary school pupils and teachers.
- Faculty of Arts, coordinator Martijn Wieling: Spraak in Beeld. Introducing the general public to research in linguistics and the wonderful variations in language in our immediate surroundings. See also SpraakLab.
- Faculty of Arts, coordinator Sabrina Corbellini: From (clay) tablet to tablet: a voyage of discovery through the history of reading. Drawing public attention to the importance of the Middle Ages as a key period in cultural and social development processes, and promoting the importance of reading and literacy in the pre-modern and modern periods.
- Faculty of Medical Sciences (UMCG), coordinator Marie-José van Tol: Marvelous Mind, conveying fascination and knowledge about neurosciences.
- Faculty of Medical Sciences (UMCG), coordinator Judith Paridaen: ERIBA Outreach team, raising awareness of the importance of fundamental research into ageing among the target groups.
- Faculty of Science and Engineering, coordinator Marleen Kamperman: Comic book and teaching programme, introducing school pupils to the diverse nature of science.
- Faculty of Science and Engineering, coordinator Peter Barthel: Physics and Astronomy, generating understanding, appreciation and support.
To learn more about the fund and the funding that is allocated, go to the KNAW website.