10 key characteristics of crowdfunding, part I – Blog #2

In this blog series we want to determine whether an increasing focus on crowdfunding is a logical step for the philanthropic sector.  Is crowdfunding in line with the next generation of givers? In order to answer this question I will present the 10 key characteristics of crowdfunding. The word 'crowdfunding' appeared more than ten years … Continue reading 10 key characteristics of crowdfunding, part I – Blog #2

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

The 4 basics of crowdfunding – Blog#1

This is the first blog of the new blog series: all you need to know about crowdfunding. Crowdfunding is an online funding tool that emerged in 2006 here in Amsterdam. In this blog I explain the four key concepts of crowdfunding: the initiator, the platform, the project and the donors. This blog will provide you … Continue reading The 4 basics of crowdfunding – Blog#1

Crowdfunding for science: let it be?

I am often asked about the opportunity of crowdfunding to fund scientific projects. Is it of any use? Isn't it insignificant, meaning that the amounts assembled are too small. In my opinion crowdfunding should not be overlooked and is has its opportunities. Is it a savior? No it is not, but what is? Well, not a … Continue reading Crowdfunding for science: let it be?

Upcoming COURSE: Reaching the Crowd: Video-making and Online Engagement for Research Promotion, Transparency and Impact

The value of research lies not just in developing knowledge, but also in communicating the findings: so reach out to the crowd and connect!  With that being said, let me introduce you to the following awesome course I'll give in collaboration with Scientist Wanted provided by the VU Graduate Winter School: Video-making and Online Engagement for Research … Continue reading Upcoming COURSE: Reaching the Crowd: Video-making and Online Engagement for Research Promotion, Transparency and Impact

NEW blog series: All you need to know about crowdfunding

All you need to know about crowdfunding in 6 blogs I will upload a new blog series after the summer break: ‘all you need to know about crowdfunding’. In this blog series we focus on the following questions: (1) is crowdfunding in line with the new generation of givers and (2) is it a logical … Continue reading NEW blog series: All you need to know about crowdfunding

Crowdfunding to fetch our T-rex: A lot of coins for a lot of old bones

As of May 2018 I’m an official blogger for several sites. I wrote this blog a short while ago, it is featured by ISTR.

ISTR 2018 Conference Blog

Guest post by Claire van Teunenbroek, 3rd year PhD student at the Center for Philanthropic Studies at VU University. You can read more about Claire’s research on her blog here.

Trix the T.rex: a successful Dutch crowdfunding project

A long time ago far away from Amsterdam, ‘Trix’ the Tyrannosaurus (T-rex) roamed the earth. She stood twelve meters tall, weighed five thousand kilos and had more than 50 sharp teeth of about 20 centimetres long. These days, the T-rex skeleton (lovingly dubbed “Trix,” which is a common Dutch pet name and the nickname for our previous queen) travels through Europe thanks to more than 23,000 Dutch donors. After the tour, the T-rex will be on permanent display at the Naturalis, a Dutch museum of Biodiversity.

The bones of this beautiful female T-Rex, who lived about 66 to 67 million years ago, were found in Montana, USA during an…

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16 juni: Een goede dag voor de jonge wetenschap

Scientist Wanted

Afgelopen vrijdag 16 juni stond ScientistWanted op Bessensap met een eigen workshop. Promovendi Yvonne Smit en Claire van Teunenbroek, deelnemers aan de eerste ronde van ScientistWanted, stelden er een interactief programma voor samen om wetenschappers, journalisten en wetenschapscommunicatoren in de discussie te betrekken: hoe zorgen we voor meer jonge wetenschappers in het publieke domein?

Doel van de sessie was tweeledig: ten eerste om een aantal jonge wetenschappers een podium te bieden, en ten tweede om met zowel het panel als de zaal in discussie te gaan over de voors- en tegens van jonge wetenschappers op het podium. Kunnen ze het eigenlijk wel, in de breedte communiceren? Hebben alfa’s het makkelijker dan beta’s? Hoe ondersteunen we ze nu, en kan en moet dat beter?

De jonge wetenschappers uit alle hoeken van de wetenschap kregen 1 minuut om hun onderzoek te pitchen. De pitches werden gefilmd, zodat ze ook later nog getoond…

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Communicating your research findings (Bessensap workshop)

The Bessensap workshop was successful and productive. The workshop consisted out of three parts: 1) introduction Scientistwanted, 2) phd pitch, and 3) Panel discussion. The room was packed with journalists, policy makers, scientists etc. The workshop was organised by ScientistWanted,  Yvonne Smit and myself. A total of five PhD students presented the value of their … Continue reading Communicating your research findings (Bessensap workshop)