This is a group for anyone involved, or highly interested in science communication in Belgium.
We want to build a local community of professional science communicators with the purpose to learn, share, get inspired and have fun. We plan to meet a couple of times a year in alternating locations.
So if you're passionate about science communication, in any shape or form (written, visual, events - for the broader scientific community, interest groups, policy makers or the general public), please do join in!
By popular demand (express your interest via the meetup poll!) our first themed session will be on:
Public events & engagement: outreach activities
Part I @ Erasmushuis Leuven, JUSTUS LIPSIUSZAAL (08.16),
6.30 PM sharp, we start with a quick welcome & intro
followed by 5-min lightning talks by:
- Toon Verlinden: together with Hetty Helsmoortel he launched the first science festival 'Sound of Science' in our country, now on to its third edition! https://soundofscience.be/
- Hans Vandewater organizes 'Battle of the Scientists', a competition for scientists run by primary school children https://www.wetenschapsbattle.be/?lang=en
- Steven Puttemans will talk about 'Pint of Science' the global event for which he successfully organized a local chapter in Mechelen
- Anastasia (Natassa) Papangelou plans to introduce 'Fuck up nights' to Leuven, for scientists to talk about their failures
- Open slots...
Please email/message Liesbeth if you'd like to introduce your initiative / event / outreach concept at this event
Each speaker will talk about their initiative: why and how they got involved, tips and tricks, do’s and don’ts...
The lightning talks will be followed by a Q&A discussion to address common challenges and opportunities, new ideas, etc.
If you have specific questions or ideas, please feel free to already get the conversation going online by posting in the Discussion section below.
Part II @ Carlisse in Leuven (bar)
At 8.00 PM we close the "official" part and move to the bar for more networking over drinks and/or food
The Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO), the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts (KVAB), de Jonge Academie (JA) and the Department of Economy, Science and Innovation (Departement EWI) are organizing a focus day on science communication.
You can find the program and register for the event here: https://www.fwo.be/nl/actueel/nieuws/building-bridges-focus-day-on-science-communication-18-november-2019/
If any other members of this meetup group plan to attend, it would be great to meet in person and get to know each other. For those of us that can make it: let's meet up for a morning coffee at MUG (on the way from Brussels Central station to the event's location, the Palace of the Academies).
I'll be there by 8.30, please stop by if you can. If not, hopefully meet you later during the day.