Study trip Helsinki

MSc Science Education & Communication TU Delft – 15th to 18th of October 2017

On Sunday 15th Foto 1_Helsinkiof October thirteen SEC students left from Schiphol Airport to the Helsinki study trip. After enjoying some cultural sights, such as Suomenlinna, on Sunday, the group headed for the first visit to Heureka Science Centre on Monday morning. On arrival we were welcomed by Mikko Myllykoski, the Experience Director of Heureka. He gave an introduction presentation in which he explained the vision of Heureka and which educational and communicational theories they use for the setup of their exhibitions. It was absolutely inspirational to get a view of science education and communication from a new perspective. After this presentation we got also a view of the backstage work performed by Heureka; we got for instance a small sneak peak of an exhibition on the future of Finland. At last we were able to walk round the science centre on our own to enjoy the exhibitions.
In the afternoon we were invited by Airbus Defence and Space on their science communication. This company specializes in critical communications technology, for instance for emergency organizations. They presented us how they enabled good communication between the different parties in Finland. On Monday evening everyone enjoyed an informal dinner with thFoto 2_Helsinkiree members of the Science Basement; a group of PhDs and Postdocs that is interested in science outreach, next to their own research. A lot of brainstorming happened on different topics and members from both sides of the group inspired each other with new ideas.


On Tuesday we were invited by the University of Helsinki for a visit to the Craft Science Teacher Education faculty. The visit was started with a presentation about the Finnish education system in general from Sonja Niiranen and subsequently an introduction from Manne Kallio about ‘Craft Science’, a course in which learning by design is a central point. It is compulsory for all primary level students, but a large number of secondary level students chooses the course as well. Thereafter we got a tour through the faculty to see all the facilitations that every school needs for ‘CFoto 3_Helsinkiraft Science’ and to talk to some Craft Science Teachers in training. The general question of this visit: Is the course ‘Craft Science’ the reason for the good Finnish education system? Manne Kallio dared to say yes.

Dutch Nigeria Student Business Challenge

Are you a student? Do you want to work in a Dutch-Nigerian team on sustainable entrepreneurial solutions for real-life challenges in one of the sectors:
  • Energy
  • Health
  • Water 
  • Food
Are you able to dedicate much time and effort in the period September till November? Be welcome to apply!
The Dutch-Nigerian Student Business Challenge is an innovative business case competition where 12 Dutch and 12 Nigerian students work together on sustainable entrepreneurial solutions for real-life challenges in Nigeria’s energy, health or water-food sector. Challenges faced by Dutch companies, like Unilever, RXAll, Fugro, Heineken, Rabobank and FrieslandCampina, which are based in Nigeria.
The challenge runs from June 2017 till November 2017 and is initiated by the Dutch Government.
TU Delft in The Netherlands organises the challenge in close collaboration with Passion Incubator in Nigeria. The Dutch-Nigerian student teams are offered a co-creation programme in which the students work together both on- and offline.
In October 2017, the Dutch students will also visit Lagos, Nigeria to present their solutions at a DEMO DAY and visit inspiring organizations.
The Nigerian students have already been selected. Only Dutch students from TU Delft, Wageningen University, Leiden University and Erasmus University Rotterdam can apply.
For more information and how to apply, check the website and the attached file. Feel free to forward this email to your network of students who might be interested.
And if you have any further questions, do not hesitate to contact Jennifer Kockx and/or Ellen van Andel.


Rotterdam Make It Happen – Future Flux Festival winactie

Ben jij minimaal 16 jaar en heb jij het idee om Rotterdam op het gebied van creatieve technologie ‘future proof’ te maken? Aarzel dan niet langer! Future Flux Festival en Rotterdam Make It Happen bieden jongeren in de regio Rotterdam de kans om een droom op het gebied van creatieve technologie uit te laten komen! Wie weet win jij wel tijd bij Makerspace om het idee daadwerkelijk uit te voeren. Klik op de link voor meer informatie over hoe je kan deelnemen.


Uitnodiging evenement voor WO studentes uit Delft!

⁠⁠⁠Ben jij een vrouwelijke technische student en benieuwd hoe het is om bij een groot technisch bedrijf te werken? Schrijf je dan nu in voor hét event voor technische WO studentes!

Techniek op Hakken 2017 zal 1 juni plaatsvinden in het muntgebouw in Utrecht. Tijdens de dag kom je in contact met maar liefst 15 interessante bedrijven zoals Accenture, Fokker, PWC, Nuon, BAM, Tetra Pak en Rijkswaterstaat door middel van speeddates, cases, een borrel en diner. Dit is dé manier om je goed te oriënteren en een uitgesproken kans om net die stage, traineeship of baan te vinden, waar jij naar op zoek bent!

Dit evenement is voor alle vrouwen die studeren aan de universiteit van Delft. Deze hele dag, deelname en inschrijven is voor studenten helemaal gratis. Dus ken je nog iemand die dit interessant zou vinden? Stuur dit berichtje dan even door. En schrijf je je deze week in? Maak dan kans op een €50 Zara bon.

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Hopelijk tot dan!

Met vriendelijke groeten,


TU Delft | Global Workshop: When Disaster Striks….. How to respond?

May 18th, 2017  12:30 – 15:00

When a disaster strikes, international crisis responders, government agencies and local communities swing into action to support the people affected. Sending relief supplies, setting up reconstruction programs, and sometimes they even put their own life at risk while conducting search and rescue operations. Disaster response is a unique field in which time-pressure and high stakes come together in a challenging operational environment. Science and technology play a crucial role to make sure that the needs of the affected communities are met in a timely manner.
In this workshop, researcher Kenny Meesters, along with Ronald Christiaans, an experienced responder, will provide an introduction into the field of disaster management. What does exactly happen in a large-scale disaster? Why are so many organizations involved and who are they? Why does aid delivery take a long time? And most of all, what challenges do we face in the field and how can we address them?

Are you a bachelor or master student or PhD interested in the field of disaster response and the (potential) role of technology in this field? Or do you want to learn more about the reality of (international) disaster management? Then sign up for this workshop!
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Kenny Meesters is a PhD student at the faculty of Technology, Policy and Management and has been studying and working in the field disaster management and crisis response for the last 5 years. He has worked in the field in the aftermath of the 2010 Haiti Earthquake, Typhoon Yolanda, and the Nepal Earthquake. In his research, he focusses on the use of technology in disasters and how to leverage this potential to support disaster responders and those in need.

Ronald Christiaans is internationally involved in disaster response and training. He is part of the international United Nations response team (UNDAC), as well as for the European Union (EU CPT). Besides providing training and supporting exercises, he has been deployed in several field missions, including the recent deployment to Haiti in response to Hurricane Matthew as deputy team leader.

12STARTUP Weekend

YES!Delft Students is organising an event we believe can be very interesting for all of you. The first weekend of June (2nd-4th) the 12STARTUP Weekend will take place at YES!Delft. This event consists of multiple workshops and lectures given by various bigger companies and startups, guiding you in the first steps from business idea to business plan and several entrepreneurs will be present to talk about their own experiences. As icing on the cake your team can win the StuD Pitch award of €200 or even the overall price of €500!

So, have you always wondered what it takes to start a business? Do you have the best future business idea or are you a hardworking teamplayer interested in entrepreneurship? Join us and apply (individually) before the first of May, more info here.