Although interaction between science and society is of enormous importance, science communication is still far from being recognised as integral to the tasks of science. The pilot fund ‘Science communication by scientists: Appreciated!’ takes a step towards showcasing and rewarding the many scientists who have dedicated themselves to science communication.
Each team has received 10,000 euros. Two teams of the VU Faculty of Science have been honoured for their research. Majorie van Duursen, Professor of Toxicology, translates scientific knowledge and makes lay people aware of the health and environmental risks of chemical substances, including plastics. Professor of Molecular Neurodegeneration Wiep Scheper explains what happens in the brain of people with dementia and why fundamental research is essential to find a solution to the disease. Ten teams of VU scientists have been awarded.
About the fund
Appreciated! is meant for ongoing science communication projects being carried out by teams of scientists. A total of 96 applications have been submitted by 62 faculties, with all Dutch universities participating. Of these, 91 have been awarded funding. See the Academy website for a list of the award recipients. The Appreciated! fund is in line with the new approach to recognising and rewarding scientists that was recently introduced in the Dutch knowledge sector. The fund was set up by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) and is being administered by the KNAW.