Crowdfunding science-only projects: Good alliance, or bad marriage?

Slides of the presentation: Crowdfunding for Science_VanTeunenbroek2018

I’ve been asked to provide a lecture about the possibilities of crowdfunding to fund scientific projects (that is science-only crowdfunding). For a short preview, see below:

There is an increasing focus on third party funding to support scientific research, since it can be a resourceful way for scholars and academics to fund. An example of such a less traditional funding method is crowdfunding. Crowdfunding is an online funding method that builds on a large group of individuals each donating a small amount. Can crowdfunding close the gap for potential and promising but unfunded projects? Compared to the more traditional funding methods, the amounts assembled through crowdfunding might appear small and insignificant. However, crowdfunding should not be overlooked as it has several opportunities. Nevertheless, it is the question whether science projects can fit the crowdfunding model. In addition, if science projects can be supported by crowdfunding, we need to determine whether crowdfunding is a savior, a substitute or a complimentary source for science projects. Is it a good alliance, crowdfunding and science?

This lecture is organized by the Directorate of Strategic Development at TU Delft since 2010. The purpose of these conferences is to inform colleagues within the University on current policies and / or other developments relevant for TU Delft and to offer participants the opportunity to engage in dialogue with experts.

Date:                Thursday October 4, 11:30 – 13:00 (incl. lunch)
Venue:             Theaterzaal, X TU Delft (former Sport & Culture), Mekelweg 8-10, 2628 CD Delft

Registration:
You can register via 
this link. The seminar from 11:30-12:30 will be followed by a lunch until 13:00.

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