Public Engagement with Life Sciences

Online live-streamed seminar
Drs. Frans van Dam and Liesbeth de Bakker MSc
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This general seminar about science communication will focus on the importance of public engagement, or in other words interacting with non-peers, for your bio(medical) research and study. Liesbeth de Bakker and Frans van Dam from the Public Engagement and Science Communication group at the Freudenthal Institute (UU) will tell you all about it, illustrated by live PE cases discussed by involved experts, and we'll close off with what you can do to develop PE skills yourself.  

About the speakers

Embedding science and technology in society has been Frans van Dam's goal throughout his professional career. Frans has invested many efforts in professionalizing and improving both, science communication and science education. He cooordinated the EU PARRISE project aimed at introducing societal issues in STEM learning in primary and secondary schools. And he initiated and co-authored the textbooks 'Wetenschapscommunicatie - een kennisbasis' (2014) and 'Science communication an introduction' (2020). Frans teaches science communication theory, practice and skills to bachelor, master and PhD-students. He manages the UU Teaching & Learning Lab, an experimental active learning classroom + studio. Moreover, he cocoordinates a SURF-funded project on Open Online Education, aiming at improving synchronous online teaching.

Liesbeth works at the UU as a lecturer in science communication. Her main focus is on improving writing - and presentation skills, and supervising students who follow her product development courses for the science communication / informal science education field. When it comes to research she is interested in the issue of gender bias in science communication. Before Liesbeth started working at the UU, she studied Biology at Leiden University and worked as a science journalist for 11 years at Radio Netherlands.  Over the years she has come to realise that engaging and interacting with the public is of crucial importance to create understanding and acceptance of often quite complex science messages. 

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