As part of 'Science in the picture', an initiative of the Flemish government, more than 250 secondary school students joined VITO researchers for half a day near the end of October. The students learnt about VITO's areas of expertise and were put to work themselves.
Through 'Science in the picture', students of general and technical secondary classes aged 16 to 18 were able to play the role of scientist for half a day. At VITO, they were introduced to sustainable solutions for the social and economic challenges of today and tomorrow: the effects of pollution and our lifestyle on the health of our ageing population and the lack of food, energy and resources. The students made plastic out of plants, measured health parameters with innovative techniques (such as a picture of the retina), turned satellite data into a map, rode in electric cars, built an energy intelligent house and learnt about the circular economy.
'Science in the picture' is an initiative of the Flemish government. It invites secondary school students aged 16 to 18 to get a taste of scientific research at universities, colleges and scientific institutes. The goal is to encourage them to choose a scientific study programme through hands-on activity.