General science and astronomy education/awareness
- Rector RuG Scholierenacademie,
connecting advanced secondary education (VWO) with Groningen University, but also
offering the annual Children's University (Kinderuniversiteit) for Elementary
Schools, within the
Science Hub of North-Netherlands.
- Member KNAW Committee for
Primary and Secondary Education
- Member KNAW Advisory Board for
in Secondary Education
- Core-member/co-founder Project
for astro-bio-geo-meteo education in primary schools, with support from OCW/VTB.
A presentation giving a project overview can be found
The Verandering core team consists
of Peter Barthel, Leen van den Oever, Niek de Kort (project leader), Eelko Postma,
and Heleen van Pelkwijk. Following a successful test phase, the market is currently
being investigated in preparation for the exploitation phase.
- Initiator and scientific advisor of interactive
(model sun-earth-moon), for elementary schools
- Member VTB-Pro board, ensuring and overseeing
Science and Technology professionalization of 10.000 teachers in Primary Education in
- Member NiNa committee, proposing
and designing a new physics curriculum for Dutch secondary education (HAVO/VWO).
The new program, involving also general astronomy,
will become the standard
in 2013, together with chemistry and biology
- Co-editor ESA/ESO Astronomy Exercise Series.
The series is available in Dutch for advanced VWO students
- Scientific advisor Kids in Space, an interactive
e-learning game (astronomy and space research) for primary schools
- Initiator Solar System in downtown Groningen,
summer 2005, on scale 1 : 2.5billion (over 2.3 km), on the occasion of the
2005 World Year of Physics. The map shows layout-version0; Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto
were further south.
- Organisor 2006 Lecture series 'The most evil stars', by prof. Matthew Bailes (Swinburne),
on the occasion of 400 Years Netherlands - Australia (1606 - 2006)
Mozart's Symphony nr.41, "Jupiter",
was performed on the Groningen science
campus, at the occasion of the
International Year of Astronomy 2009