The scientists at the Faculty of Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering (3mE) work every day to find smart solutions to global challenges and to make people’s lives easier, safer, healthier and better. Several researchers in our faculty believe it’s important to share their research with an audience (especially audiences that are important to them). Sharing, informing and raising awareness about science-related topics is called science communication. SciComm can be done in many different ways as there are countless options. For inspiration, this web page presents several examples of SciComm that are possible through our own channels and through external channels. You can also meet a group of researchers from the Department of BioMechanical Engineering who can demonstrate how they’ve been using SciComm.

Science communication through our own channels

Faculty of Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering on social media:

Our ‘SciComm Committee’ would like to help 3mE scientists get started, together with our science communication advisor, Fien Bosman. You can contact them for questions and help. Our advisor will work with you to determine your ‘SciComm’ target and show you the options.

The Science Communication Committee’s goal is to inspire and arouse the enthusiasm of other scientists working at the faculty and TU Delft campus. For questions and advice about SciComm, please contact the committee:

Science communication Commitee

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 they have been awarded the Pilot Fund Science Communication ‘Appreciated’ of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) this year.

NWO, in collaboration with the Association for Science Journalism and Communication Netherlands (VWN), organizes the annual Bessensap event. Journalists, press officers and researchers will meet eachother to network with colleagues and exchange knowledge on the latest developments in science and its communication. During Bessensap you will get the change to present your newsworthy research results to a critical audience. At a series of workshops you can get better acquainted with the working methods used by journalists and press officers, as well as polish up your knowledge and skills in all sorts of areas. The winners of the NWO Spinoza Prize and Stevin Prize will also be announced at Bessensap.

NWO | Bessensap 2020: Wat is jouw verhaal?


As video takes a key role in science communication, vlogging is also an interesting way of effectively communicating about science and connecting with different types of audience.

Universiteit van Nederland

Dutch top scientists give free lectures at the Universiteit van Nederland on internet, radio and television . This platform produces many formats in which you can tell more about your research like short 15-minute lectures, podcasts, lectures of 30 minutes and in their special campaign with influencers. Always in an entertaining and easy-to-understand way.


How can spinning tops improve your balance?

Everything falls to Earth due to gravity. But if you turn a top, it doesn't fall right away. Heike Vallery explains why a toll does not tip over and how this can improve people's balance.



Kun je met jouw gedachten een computer aansturen?

Stel je voor dat je opgesloten zit in je eigen lichaam: totaal verlamd. Het enige wat nog beweegt, zijn je ogen. Je kunt niet praten en communiceren lijkt vrijwel onmogelijk. Ondanks dat je niet kunt bewegen, is gebarentaal hier de oplossing.

Biomedisch ingenieur Jinne Geelen onderzoekt de hersenactiviteit van locked-in patiënten tijdens hun poging om handgebaren te maken. In dit college vertelt ze hoe deze patiënten in de toekomst door deze 'handgebaren' een computer kunnen besturen en zo duidelijk kunnen maken wat ze willen.

TOPSPORT: Hoe bepaal je voor elke schaatser wat zijn of haar ideale techniek is?

Waarom gaan sommige schaatsers nou zo ont-zet-tend hard? Spoiler: het heeft niet alléén met kracht te maken. Eline van der Kruk (TU Delft) vertelt in dit college hoe ze schaatsers met behulp van computermodellen (en een hoop draadjes en plakkertjes) helpt de perfecte slagtechniek te vinden.

Wat hebben Japanse origami en botimplantaten met elkaar gemeen? | MACHTIGE MATERIALEN

Er staat iets bijzonders te gebeuren op het podium: een heus duo-college! Aerospace engineer Sebastien Callens en biomedisch wetenschapper Ingmar van Hengel (TU Delft) slaan de handen ineen! In dit college vertellen zij jou hoe de Japanse vouwkunst Origami kan helpen bij het ontwikkelen van materiaal met complexe structuren.

Waarom rijden we nog niet massaal op waterstof?

We komen er wel dagelijks mee in aanraking: water. Maar waarom slurpen alleen wij deze vloeistof naar binnen en onze vervoersmiddelen nog niet? Willem Haverkort (TU Delft) legt uit waarom we nog niet massaal op waterstof rijden, maar dat binnenkort wél kunnen gaan doen.

KUNSTGEHEIMEN: Wat zit er verborgen onder wereldberoemde schilderijen?

Als je een schilderij laagje voor laagje ontleedt, kom je allerlei schatten tegen. Joris Dik (TU Delft) laat zien hoe je met behulp van röntgenstralen zelfs dwars door een doek heen kunt kijken. En dan ontdek je soms compleet nieuwe schilderijen onder het uiteindelijke schilderij!

Waarom moeten zelfrijdende auto’s op paarden lijken?

Zou het verkeer veiliger zijn wanneer iedere auto is uitgerust met een volledig automatische piloot? Klinkt als een goed idee. In de luchtvaart gebeurt het immers al! Maar wat als er iets niet goed gaat? Ligt het dan aan de auto? Of aan de manier waarop wij de auto hebben ‘ingesteld’? Biomechanicus dr. ir. David Abbink is in zijn onderzoek aan de TU Delft op zoek naar de optimale samenwerking van mens en machine, waarbij intuïtiviteit een grote rol speelt.

FameLab Delft

Who is best at presenting his or her science story? Researchers battle with each other for a place in the Dutch finals of the international FameLab competition, where you can get a shot at the international finals in England. Because FameLab is an international competition, all presentations will be in English.

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Sebastien Callens - FameLab Netherlands Final 2018

The ten finalists in FameLab Netherlands were selected at five heats organised in partnership with the AMC/University of Amsterdam, Delft University of Technology, University of Groningen/Science LinX, University of Twente and Wageningen University & Research.

All finalists participated in a Masterclass in Media and Science Communication hosted by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, our national FameLab partner. The Masterclass was given by FameLab UK trainer Quentin Cooper and Maureen Voestermans.

The ten finalists competed against one another at TivoliVredenburg in Utrecht, all aiming to be crowned the winner of FameLab Netherlands 2018. Sebastien Callens was one of the finalists.

Lectures and presentations

Connecting research with art and culture to reach a great or specific audience.

Pushing the Limits of Human Mobility

The Royal Institution is a 200 year old independent charity based in London dedicated to connecting people with the world of science through events and education. With their videos they try to make you think more deeply about science. Explosive short films, full length talks from the world’s leading scientists and writers, and videos to challenge the way you look at the world.

In this video Eline van der Kruk takes you into the world of biomechanics: how can we use mathematics and physics to prolong mobility and even win the Olympic Games?

Origami lecture at Nature Museum Brabant

Everyone has folded a paper animal, but few people know that there is a lot of science behind this art form. For example, the Japanese art form can be used to create new robots, foldable solar panels, large tents or even implants. Nature also offers many examples of origami, for example folding the wings of certain insects. Sebastien Callens visited the Nature Museum Brabant where he showed how important Japanese origami is for science then and now.

Karel Luyben Lecture

These lectures were instigated in honour of Karel Luyben on the occasion of his farewell as Rector Magnificus, organised annually somewhere in the world. The lectures bring together two subjects Karel Luyben has always been passionate about: talented young scientists, and involving local communities in science. In addition to the lecture, the event is also a special gathering of alumni, students and all those fond of TU Delft and its research. Bart van Trigt presented more about his research on how to reduce injuries in athletes during a Karel Luyben Lecture.

Rijksmuseum Boerhaave lecture

Your brain controls your body and directs all your movements, but can it also control a computer? To answer that question, you look at the special properties of the human body, but also at computers and robots. Is it possible to ever bring the two together? You'll hear the answer during this family lecture. Jinne Geleen tried to find an answer to the question 'Can you control a computer with your brain?' during a lecture at Rijksmuseum Boerhaave.

TU Delft TV

Video’s take a key role in the development of science communication. TU Delft TV focuses on opening the world of science and technology trough video. Science and research are recorded and produced in short, bite-sized video’s – easy to share online and on social media.

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Prevention versus Performance

How to get the most realistic data from an athlete in action? Take it to the field! In their search for the optimal balance between performance and prevention, PhD students Van Trigt and Leenen are developing a shirt with sensors, so measuring can be done in the habitat of the athlete 🎥

The study is part of the program of the Dutch Research Council (NWO) and has been conducted with professional athletes.

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