VUB-ers among the winners of KVAB’s Annual Prize for Science Communication

VUB-ers among the winners of KVAB’s Annual Prize for Science Communication

5 researchers honoured for their science communication

Thursday 22 October 2020 - Five VUB scientists will be honoured at the award ceremony of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts (KVAB) for their contribution to science communication: Guy Vanthemsche for co-authoring the book World History of Flanders; Steven Goderis for communication on extra-terrestrial materials; and Ilse Mariën, Pieter Ballon and Wendy Van den Broeck for setting up the DataBuzz.

Guy Vanthemsche, with colleagues from UAntwerp, UGent and KU Leuven, will be awarded the annual prize for science communication for the book World History of Flanders, which reached a wide audience and will be a relevant reference work for future generations.

Steven Goderis wins for his communication and citizen science project on extra-terrestrial materials. It is a fine example of how stimulating and diversified science communication can bring research about complex topics to a wider audience.

Ilse Mariën, Pieter Ballon and Wendy Van den Broeck are recognised for their project Databuzz: Everybody Data! – a 100% electric mobile education lab that brings data and AI training to the general public in an accessible way.

Who will win Young Promise Science Communicator and the EOS public award?

A total of 19 KVAB researchers and teams have been awarded the annual prize for their outstanding efforts in the field of creative and accessible science communication. One of them will receive the Young Promise Science Communication Award on 16 November.

The public can also vote for their favourite science communicator: on 16 November, the winner of the EOS Audience Award will also be announced.


Ilse Mariën – - 0496 28 24 88

Steven Goderis – – via press office

Guy Vanthemsche –


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