Faculty of Science research projects receive grants for science communication

E&H department rewarded for its science communication activities

05/25/2021 | 4:06 PM

The scientists of the department Environment & Health (E&H) are one of the ten VU teams who have been honored for their science communication activities with a € 10,000 reward. Staff from the E&H department often appears in media and reaches out to the general public through documentaries and webinars about the impact of environmental contaminants on human health and the environment.

“This reward is really a great stimulus for our department”, says Majorie van Duursen, Head of the E&H department. “We are very passionate about our work and find it important to use our findings for societal gain. This not only requires expertise, but also the ability to explain complicated matters in an understandable manner.”

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!’ – set up by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and administered by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences – takes a step towards showcasing and rewarding the many scientists who have dedicated themselves to science communication. Read more about the KNAW or about the other rewarded VU teams.