The Battle of the Scientists is an idea of The Floor is Yours,

in partnership with VIB and imec.  

VIB is a life sciences research institute, performing basic research with a strong focus on translatin​g scientific results into pharmaceutical, agricultural and industrial applications.

Imec is the world-leading R&D and innovation hub in nanoelectronics and digital technologies.

The Floor is Yours trains scientists to make awesome presentations and posters.


The two organizing schools for the Battle of the Scientists 2018 are:


Why the Battle of the Scientists?

With the Battle of the Scientists we want to get young minds excited about science. What better way to do this than by bringing science to the schools and allowing students to play the main role. And in doing so, we teach scientists to bring clear and convincing communication.


Where did the idea for the Battle of the Scientists come from?

In the words of Einstein: ‘If you cannot explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself.’ Public speaking mentor and founder of The Floor is Yours, Hans Van de Water, came to the conclusion that scientists often have an easier time explaining their research in a clear and convincing manner to an audience with children in the front row.

In 2015 he organized a first battle at a Flemish elementary school, showcasing Dutch-speaking scientists. This was called ‘de Wetenschapsbattle’. ‘Since 2016, we have been hosting an annual battle at a school in each of the Flemish provinces in Belgium, after which each of the provinces’ winners battle it out in the Final battle.’


Toon Verlinden and Hans Van de Water of The Floor is Yours (@Layla Aerts)