Science Communication and Education

Outreach and science communication are not only worth doing, but essential. Not only for the public, but also for the scientific community itself. Making science more accessible and understandable to a wider audience, increasing scientific literacy and informing people about the scientific process and influence of science on our daily life is vital for creating support for science. And for the public, access to readily understandable, fact-based information is also indispensible. Next to these serious considerations science is also a source of fun, interesting stories and fascinating questions.

With a background in physics, and fluent in English, Dutch and French, I have been working on developing, coordinating and implementing science outreach projects targeting both scientists and the wider community since 2002. I am specialised in:

  • Developing content: I have experience writing educational materials and workshops, but also with developing content for exhibitions.
  • Organizing projects: I enjoy developing the concept, coordinating, and implementing projects, either working with a team or alone.
  • Helping scientists prepare for grant application interviews: since 2016, I have helped scientists prepare for interviews ranging from Veni, Vidi and Vici to ERC and consortium interviews. As a native speaker, I help develop a concise storyline, clear slides, and convincing presentation style.
  • Training for scientists: I give training courses for groups of scientists, mainly focusing on science communication (eg scientific storytelling and pitching your research) and academic leadership (eg supervision of PhD students). See what others say about working with Marieke here.

If you are looking for someone to set up, organize or run an outreach project, or just would like to explore ideas, I would love to hear from you!