Biomechanics researchers ‘appreciated’ for science communication
Giving public lectures, making online videos, vlogging, participating in external events or writing for non-scientific journals. Eline van der Kruk, Jinne Geelen, Bart van Trigt and Sebastien Callens, researchers from the Department of BioMechanical Engineering, have been committed to science communication for years, on their own initiative. That’s why the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) is rewarding these enthusiastic biomechanical engineers with the Pilot Fund Science Communication ‘Appreciated’ of 10.000 euros.
Science communication contributes to the visibility and appreciation of your research.Eline van der Kruk
Eline van der Kruk: 'It’s important that the public learns about the different facets of mechanical engineering and especially the role that biomechanics research plays in improving healthcare and making society healthier. We’ve been working towards this goal for years. Science communication also contributes to the visibility and appreciation of your research. It strengthens your network, brings you new insights and helps you advance your career. With this honour we would like, in cooperation with the 3mE communication department, to get other scientists interested in scientific communication. For example, by sharing our experiences and knowledge. We’re going to get started on this right away.’
The KNAW Pilot Fund ‘Science communication by scientists: Appreciated!’ supports scientists who are fully committed to science communication. The Minister of Education, Culture and Science has made one million euros available for this purpose. The Pilot Fund is in keeping with the new way of recognising and appreciating scientists, which was recently introduced in the Dutch knowledge sector. Science communication is seen as an integral part of an academic career. Read the KNAW press release.