Science is for everyone Nov 26, 2018
Mevrouw Els SMEYERS
Yesterday, the biggest science event in Flanders/Brussels (Belgium) took place: Day of Science. On this day companies, universities, museums, research institutes, etc. open up their doors to the world to give people an exclusive insight into the daily life of scientists. Also the UHasselt participated and organized a day filled with awesome workshops, mind-blowing experiments, and interesting exhibitions.
BECOMING A SCIENTIST FOR ONE DAY
“Not explaining science seems to me perverse. When you’re in love, you want to tell the world.” – Carl Sagan.
A record number of over 1500 people visited the UHasselt yesterday on ‘Day of Science’ to become a scientist themselves for one day. “A fun Sunday filled with science for young and old”. Science communication officers Els Smeyers and dr. Martijn Peters really don’t have to think for too long when we ask them what this day is all about. “This year, the theme was health and our body”, Els tells us. “The faculty of Medicine & Life Sciences and the faculty of Rehabilitation Sciences took the lead and designed a whole program that focused on sport, being active and living healthy.”
“When you entered the campus of our university you also entered the body of a giant. The children could then investigate this giant completely from head to toe and see how different things can have an impact on its health. And not only they loved it, even their parents and grandparents were intrigued by the wonderful world of science”, Martijn explains. “But also the other faculties gave it their all. Next to this health parkour, there was a big science market where you could discover new technologies and scientific developments fresh from the press and you could also visit the organ museum or Ecotron. On top of this, there were also a lot of side activities like a stilt walker and a mentalism theater show to close off the day.”
AN AWESOME COMMUNITY
“Although it was already the eight ‘Day of Science’ that I coordinated, it still gives me a warm feeling when I see all our UHasselt colleagues working together and giving it their all to proudly communicate about their research”, Els says with a smile on her face. “I was surprised as well to see how some of them even mobilize their whole family”, Martijn adds. “It makes us at inSCIght very proud and we are really grateful for all the effort they put into making this a day to remember! I am really looking forward to the next editions.”