Netherlands, Nov 16-20
The course will tour to Malta, Norway, Netherlands and possibly other countries. Click here for more details about the venue.
The SciCulture Intensive Course 2020
The SciCulture Intensive Course is a 5-day science, arts and entrepreneurship transdisciplinary course for undergraduates, postgraduates, researchers, professionals, and educators using an inclusive co-creation, student-led design process towards real world benefits. We have invited speakers from 5 different countries: the UK, Norway, Netherlands, Greece and Malta.
Expect long days but fun, hands-on and project-based activities. The course uses a design thinking process to bring diverse groups of people together to explore different scenarios that can address societal challenges. We invite participants to imagine alternative paradigms towards progressive action, while developing skills and a network that will last for years.
Where and when?The first SciCulture Intensive Course was held in Athens, Greece in April 2019. The second Course took place in Bergen, Norway in November 2019. We are now preparing for our third Course in Delft, Netherlands happening on 16 - 20 November 2020. Click here for more details about our host and partner, TU Delft: Department of Science Education and Communication.
Intensive Course: What’s in a name?
The Intensive Course balances knowledge and skills inputs through short lectures, hands-on workshops and project development. Participants work closely in small diverse groups, assigned at the beginning of the week, on a project culminating in a performance or presentation — or whatever the group decides. SciCulture encourages openness and freedom as we’ve observed that from previous Courses through rigorous evaluation, project time is about learning to work side by side with people from a completely different educational and professional background. The skills attained are secondary to this often complex, yet rewarding, process. By applying the double diamond design thinking process, participants have the chance to navigate innovation processes and will learn how to adapt that kind of structured thinking into their projects.
We also believe in a little tough love, so participants are encouraged to read relevant literature that is sent approximately two weeks ahead of the Course start date. Some of the reading is required, however most of the material is supplementary and optional.
The first two courses focused on the theme: The Future of Education. Our next Course will be about Future Cities. The topics are intended to be open so as not to hinder the imagination. Where possible, we bring in other experts to bring these themes into a local context.
- To communicate effectively and work in a diverse team
- To apply the design thinking process to various scenarios
- To understand transdisciplinary practice
- To begin development of new skills in areas outside one’s expertise