Help lower the barriers to higher education for disadvantaged children with the Kinderuniversiteit 

Are you good with children? Do you think it’s important to offer everyone the chance to study at our university? And do you want to share your love for your subject? Then the VUB Kinderuniversiteit is the project for you! 

The VUB Kinderuniversiteit is a Wecom project that gives children the chance to come into contact with science and research at an early age. By doing so, it wants to show disadvantaged children what university can offer and so reduce the number of early school-leavers. 

The VUB Kinderuniversiteit couldn’t exist without dedicated researchers who want to share their love for their subject. As a driven VUB doctoral student or researcher, you’ll organise a workshop based on your own research for children in Brussels from the fifth and sixth years. You’ll give this workshop at least once during the workshop series in the autumn. In that way, you’ll give disadvantaged children with lower-educated parents a feeling for science. You’ll play an important role in lowering the barriers to higher education for disadvantaged children! 

Beforehand, an expert will give you basic training on science communication and children. You decide the research area of your workshop yourself. You’ll test out your idea and receive extra advice about the workshop. You’ll also make short films for the project that can be used as online educational material later, after the campus day. Are you itching to take part in the next edition?

More info 


You are… 
  • A dedicated researcher who wants to share your love for your subject 
  • Someone who is good with children 

You have… 
  • A free diary for the digital campus day on 4 May  
  • A free diary in October/November to give your workshop at least once. You can decide the date, time and location yourself 

What’s in it for you? 
  • The chance to strengthen your science communication skills 
  • An important role in lowering the barriers to higher education 


Contact details

Projectleader: Sammy Leurs 


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