Revealing the nature of science through art and design-based research
KU Leuven
Leuven, Belgium
4 dagen geleden
source : Euraxess

This project is part of the VAMOS-project (V enus A tmosphere exploration through M achine learning and O pen S cience in preparation to EnVision), coordinated by the Royal Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy (BIRA-IASB).

VAMOS will assimilate the available, but scattered, international data on the atmosphere of Venus using machine learning.

VAMOS has a significant science communication part, which will be the focus of this PhD project.

An aspect of science communication and science education is learning what science is, how it works, what it can say,... (but also, what it is not, how it does not work, what it cannot say), the so-called Nature of Science (NoS).

While it is an important aspect, NoS is often not explicitly present in science communication or science education. Yet, there is a need to educate the general public about NoS to help tackle science skepticism and scientism.

In this project we will communicate and educate about NoS in the context of the VAMOS project, using artistic methods to reach audiences that would typically not be interested.

Specifically, we will design at least three artistic pieces that communicate about the atmosphere of Venus and the VAMOS project with the ambition to stimulate peoples thinking about NoS.

By using a design-based research methodology we can use the design process to investigate the interactions between (planetary) scientists, artists and the public.

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The selected candidate is offered the opportunity to conduct research that may lead to a PhD. The offer is initially a 1-year contract that can be extended on a yearly basis, given positive evaluation, up to a maximum of 4 year.

The candidate will take up a PhD program at KU Leuven.


  • have, at the start of the project, a Master degree in one of three areas :
  • 1) Astronomy, physics or equivalent (e.g., mathematics, engineering),
  • 2) Educational sciences, science education, science communication or equivalent (e.g., a teacher degree), or
  • 3) Arts (e.g., audiovisual arts, visual design);
  • are able to demonstrate interest in the other two areas;
  • are interested in conducting theoretical and empirical research;
  • are able to work systematically;
  • can work independently and in a team;
  • have the communication skills to interact with children, adolescents, teachers and educators;
  • have the skills to communicate about the research (on a more technical or theoretical level);
  • are fluent in English, additional fluency in Dutch and / or French is considered a plus.
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