We believe that science, more precisely owning and comprehending essential knowledge of the way the world and universe works, contributes to being better informed humans, civilians, voters and consequently a better society.
We want to contribute to that society by sharing science, and the critical way of thinking that goes along with it, with the entire population: both uneducated and educated, poor and rich, young, old, male, female.
We do this by, on the one hand, guiding and motivating researchers to share their knowledge and findings and involve the community in their research from the very beginning and, on the other hand, by putting the general public in the heart of science with science bars and festivals and in an online community revolving around science. We also engage in warming young people in that wider audience towards science and technology with science camps, workshops and competitions.
On Siencesays.be we go straight for our main goals: dealing with the most important and most fun aspects of science! The team behind our website is the Expertise Center of Science Communication in Brussels. From the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and the Erasmushogeschool Brussel, in cooperation with the Universitaire Associatie Brussel, we bring science to the general public. Our work is suited within a science communication task, assigned by the government to all university associations. Our team organises various events, sets up blogs, posts on social media and designs educational projects.
“Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure Science.”Edwin Powell Hubble
Celebrating 30 years of science communication
It all started in 1984, when a few of our team members hadn’t even been born yet, with the start of an exposition about how our senses work. ‘The spiral of life’ marked the start of the systematic efforts of the VUB in the field of science communication. By now the Expertise Center Science Communication has been tightly settled within the R&D department of the VUB and the Research Service of the Erasmushogeschool Brussel. As the biggest Science Communication Expertise Centre in Flanders we hope to continue to be pioneers in the field and bring science to the general public in a challenging and appealing way.
Our Hall of Fame
Stimulus is an educative environment for youngsters from 10 to 16 years old where task based learning and discovery learning is stimulated. Stimulus has a modular structure which is built around various themes, directly taken from the youngsters’ social environment and moulded into a game format. Even though we are not updating the website anymore, paying it a visit will never fail to give you a direct flashback to the era of the nillies. We encourage you to play the game, because it still carries a lot of educational value today.
During a series of 8 Wednesday afternoons girls between 10 and 12 years could make themselves more profound in the world of technology. They were taught to work with new technologies (e.g. by using laser cutters and 3D-printers) and materials in a creative way. By doing so they got a clearer insight of various technological designs. At the end of their informative journey they exhibited their very own creations for all their family and friends to see in a huge Technochicks Exposition.
As of 2015 Technochicks is not being organised anymore, because we try to actively involve minority groups in all our other projects as well.
The purpose of ‘I love IT’ was to encourage youngsters of the third to sixth year of secondary education to get more involved in IT and technology. ‘I love IT’ provided educative workshops in which you could take part with you classmates. These usually took place in various companies and research institutions. But wait- there’s more! Classes could also take part in a competition and use their creativity, technological understanding and enterprise to compete and win one of the many great prizes!
I love IT is the predecessor of Make IT Work.
VUB Campus Etterbeek, M401
Pleinlaan 2, Elsene
The Solar System
The Milky Way Galaxy
The Local Group
The Laniakea Supercluster
The Observable Universe