Science Figured Out is an initiative of SciMingo, a non-profit organisation to promote science and technology in Flanders. Founded in 2005, SciMingo has been working for more than a decade to bring science closer to the citizens, with the support of the Department of Economy, Science and Innovation of the Flemish Government.
SciMingo also hosts the SciComm Academy, a science communication academy for enthusiastic researchers who want to learn how to share their research with the general public. Together with our media partners, we at SciMingo will teach you how to turn your research into a captivating story, so that you may inform and inspire a broad audience. Because it is crucial that science gets out there: not only to address urgent issues like climate change or vaccination, but also to inform policy makers, to make research more transparant, to educate the public, and to inspire the next generation of scientists.
Science Figured Out is a derivative of the PhD Cup ('de Vlaamse PhD Cup'), one of the main projects of SciMingo. The PhD Cup is a pitch competition for newly promoted researchers. The competition challenges these scientists to share their years of research with the wider world: without footnotes or specialist language, but presented as a clear story. Participants receive an intensive four-day media training after which the competition erupts in all its intensity.
SciMingo is also the organisation behind the Flemish Thesis Prize ('de Vlaamse Scriptieprijs'), the annual search for the best Bachelor's and Master's theses that are completed at Flemish colleges and universities. Often, these strong, current studies disappear once finished in a drawer, never to be read again. The Flemish Thesis Prize saves these works from a dusty death by bringing them to the attention of the general public via the press.