On Friday, 24 May 2019, around 150 people gathered in Belval to hear from famous scientist and edutrainer Mai Thi Nguyen-Kim about why science and Youtube are a perfect fit. The talk also kicked off an intense two-day workshop in which 30 participants learned how to communicate science through the medium of video.
Jean-Paul (Jhemp) Bertemes, Head of Science in Society at FNR said:
“We as the FNR are convinced that science communication has an important role to play in today’s society. Many topics in politics and everyday life are complex and research contributes valuable input.
“Therefore, we encourage researchers and science communicators to speak up and let their voices be heard – videos, via channels such as Youtube, is a great tool for reaching a wide audience. That’s why we got together with ‘Wissenschaft im Dialog’ (‘science in dialogue’) to organise a two-day immersive workshop. In this framework, we reached out to Mai Thi Nguyen-Kim (Quarks & Co., schön schlau, maiLab), whose work is proof that you can take this video approach and still go in-depth with science, facts and studies.
“After all, taxpayers money is invested in research and know-how, and society has to benefit from this know-how. It is our responsibility to support scientists in sharing their knowledge with society. Furthermore, researchers also benefit from entering into a dialogue with citizens: it gives them a good feel of which needs, values and expectations society has and to take this into account in their research. Ultimately, the research system is not only there to produce publications, but in order to shape a better future for society.”
Read Jean-Paul Bertemes’ interview with Mai Thi about why science and Youtube are a perfect fit: