THE PROJECT TEAM
- Annemieke Huisingh, pedagogue, projectleader
- Eva Klee, visual artist, TOEVAL GEZOCHT
- Femius Koenderink, physicist, FOM Institute AMOLF
- Rooske Franse, programme developer Science Learning Center, NEMO
- Tessa Timmermans, project leader TalentenKracht, Platform Bèta Techniek
- Bas van Tol, designer, Müller Van Tol and Harm Rensink, designer
TOEVAL GEZOCHT Foundation (toevalgezocht.nl)
TOEVAL GEZOCHT Foundation was founded in 2008 after the first extensive project with 15 preschools, 15 artists and the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. Most important objective: the exploration, visualization and support of the learning potential of children, with specific attention to the role of art and artists and to the connection between art and science. The foundation also intends to strengthen the part children play within cultural institutions. TOEVAL GEZOCHT plans projects in which young children, schools, art institutions and artists collaborate, it coordinates networks and initiates research. TOEVAL GEZOCHT collaborates with domestic and foreign partners in this.
NEMO Science Center (e-nemo.nl)
With more than 500.000 visitors NEMO is the biggest science centre in The Netherlands. Everything at NEMO has to do with science and technology. Interactive exhibits, theatre performances, children’s lectures, workshops and science shows. Inside the centre, you smell, hear and feel the way in which the world works. NEMO has its own expertise center in the field of extracurricular learning about science and technology: the Science Learning Center (SLC). The SLC develops knowledge, products and services with the aim to make learning at school more pleasurable and to help the message become more embedded.
TalentenKracht is a research programme into children’s talents in the field of science and technology. Researchers from many different disciplines (brain science, linguistics, mathematics and developmental psychologists, among others) work together in search of the natural curiosity of young children and of how to preserve and expand it.
FOM Institute AMOLF (amolf.nl)
The FOM Institute AMOLF, located at Science Park, Amsterdam, performs fundamental scientific research into complex atomic and molecular systems. The researchers use light in the form of lasers, spectroscopy and microscopy to study the dynamics of molecules, proteins and cells, and also work on nanophotonics – the physics of light on the smallest possible scale. The Studio fits in perfectly with AMOLF’s mission to transfer knowledge and applications to businesses and society.
Müller Van Tol (mullervantol.nl)
Design firm for industrial and interior design. Located in Amsterdam and under the direction of Christiane Müller and Bas van Tol. Interior designer Bas van Tol is specialised in temporary interiors with an eye to the identity of the project and the context of the situation. Spaces are created in which the experience is important and the meaning is open to individual interpretations. Some realised projects are: Restaurant and club ‘11’, the lounge of the European Council in Brussels, entrance hall Museum of Textiles in Tilburg, entrance of the main office of SNS Reaal and the exposition ‘The Children of Reggio Emilia’ in the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.
THE FOUNDATION AND THE BOARD
- Theo Kemperman, chairman, biologist and cultural entrepreneur
- José Schiphorst, treasurer, economist and formerly director health facility
- Jeroen Büchli, secretary, internet communication expert and film scholar
- Femius Koenderink, physicist, professor of molecular and atomic physics and senior project manager FOM Institute Amolf
- Nicky Zwaan, visual artist
- Paul van Geert, professor of developmental psychology and chairman of TalentenKracht (consortium of seven Dutch universities)
THE COMMITTEE OF RECOMMENDATION
- Robbert Dijkgraaf: director of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey and distinguished university professor of mathematical physics, University of Amsterdam
- Jelle Jolles: professor of educational neuropsychology en director of LEARN!, VU University Amsterdam
- Giny Vos: artist
- Joke van Leeuwen: author, illustrator and performer