YouReCa (the Young Researchers’ Careers programme) is convinced that KU Leuven is home to innovative, bright and creative minds so we challenged 6 young researchers to explain a scientific problem or fact in a clarifying, creative and entertaining way to a live audience.
On 17 February 2016 Het Depot Leuven was the setting for the 4th edition of KU Leuven's Science Slam ‘The YouReCa Challenge’. The goal was to show the public that science can be fascinating as well as useful in everyday life. All the candidates were coached by Stand-up Comedy artist Bas Birker, who was also a part of the jury. The other jury members were Rector Rik Torfs, Katrien Kolenberg (winner of the 2014 YouReCa Challenge) and science journalist Marleen Finoulst. Master of Ceremony was Jeroen Baert.
The following candidates took up the challenge:
|Valérie Augustyns & Daniel Perez||The future is now||VIDEO|
|Ingmar Dasseville||Why the Terminator can’t fill in your tax form (yet)||VIDEO|
|Joeri Poppe||Opportunistic maintenance: striking for more punctual trains||VIDEO|
|Pieter Thyssen||Survival tips for future time travelers||VIDEO|
|Sylvia Wenmackers||1 2 3...infinity!||VIDEO|
After much consideration, the jury chose Pieter Thyssen to be the winner of The YouReCa Challenge. Not only was he announced the winner by the judges, but he also gained the Audience Award. As a result he received a teambuilding activity, a cartoon by cartoonist-in-residence Joris Snaet and a free of charge participation in the summer school in ‘Science Communication’. Floating train conductors Valérie Augustyns and Daniel Perez took the second place, while counting star Sylvia Wenmackers ended up third.