Many teachers of 16-18 year olds plan experiments in life sciences with their pupils, but they only have limited means. scientists@work offers them the possibility of working with a scientific team in a laboratory. In accordance with techniques that teachers identified, VIB selected projects. Classes choose one project. The hosting scientist provides information, pupils can also ask other European scientists questions. By recording the results the group enters the competition. Finally ten finalists present their project. 868 students from 54 schools participated in this first edition. The enthusiasm of schools and scientists shows that this project answers to unfulfilled needs.

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Scientists@work, bringing youngsters in a biotech lab

Sooike Stoops   The Flanders Interuniversity Institute of Biotechnology

Ann Van Gysel   The Flanders Interuniversity Institute of Biotechnology

Many teachers of 16-18 year olds plan experiments in life sciences with their pupils, but they only have limited means. scientists@work offers them the possibility of working with a scientific team in a laboratory. In accordance with techniques that teachers identified, VIB selected projects. Classes choose one project. The hosting scientist provides information, pupils can also ask other European scientists questions. By recording the results the group enters the competition. Finally ten finalists present their project. 868 students from 54 schools participated in this first edition. The enthusiasm of schools and scientists shows that this project answers to unfulfilled needs.

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