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To promote diversity and inclusiveness at the Faculty of Science both students and staff members were invited to apply for financial support till 1 April. A Committee, presided by Peter van Tienderen (dean) selected four projects that will receive a grant. The winners are:

  • Diversity Talks: Education Hub
    Khaled Tamimy (Student), Erik van Halewijn (Student), Jeroen Goedkoop (Staff), Bart Groeneveld (Staff)

EduHub is a social initiative that aims to stimulate inclusiveness in education by acknowledging the starting position of future students. One of the activities includes  offering free study support to pupils from a lower socio-economic background. On a regular basis, FNWI students visit local communities to provide help, and vice versa pupils from these communities visit the Faculty of Science. With the Grassroots Science4all funding continuation of EduHub can be realised, also in the academic year 2019-2020.

  • Altair+: FNWI in ‘de buurt’
    Sera Markoff (staff), Sulayman el Mathari (student), Marieke Hohnen (staff) and Rasjied Sloot (staff)

This proposal combines a continuation of the Altair programme with a new pilot activity for 2019.  Neighborhood children and their families will be invited to an “Evening of Knowledge” and Iftar (a festive breaking of the daily fast) during Ramadan. Through a series of activities we aim to increase interest and participation in STEM fields within the local community, increasing the diversity of our public events as well as hopefully the number of incoming BSc students from the neighborhood, Next to this, the activities will promote a sense of connectedness and inclusivity in the neighbourhood (‘de buurt’) improving FNWI’s reputation among under-represented groups.

  • UVA IAI field trip to BNAIC/BENELEARN 2019
    Maximilian Isle, (Ph.D Candidate)

The UVA IAI is an inclusive space for members to get help from senior peers in the field of AI and connect with like-minded people of a similar background. This with an aim to celebrate diversity and foster participation from underrepresented groups in AI. We all know that the first conference visit can be an intimidating experience, especially when you belong to a group that is currently underrepresented in the field of AI. For this very reason we are planning a field trip with 5 mentees and their 5 mentors to the BNAIC/BENELEARN 2019, a perfect opportunity to introduce our mentees to the thriving Dutch AI research community.

  • Kombucha-Cellulose, de modestof van de toekomst
    Iza Awad, (student), Raoul Frese, (staff)

Kombucha. A method of fermenting tea with the help of a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast leading to the development of a forms a biofilm. After approximately two weeks this biofilm can be used as a fabric to make cloths. In comparison with commonly used fabrics, such as cotton, significantly less water and energy are being used in the production process. By letting plants and algae’s grow on the Kombucha, Iza Awad and Raoul Frese are now investigating the development of a fabric that can clear the air when being transformed into a piece of clothing. To promote their research in a lucrative way, a fashion show will take place on 1 June at the Hortus Botanicus, Zuid-as. All models will be members of the LGBT community, and the clothing will consist of gender-inclusive streetwear such as skirts and tops for men!