VILLUM FONDEN’s funding for children, youth and science has one main goal: building their science capital.
Science capital =
Science-related knowledge and skills
+ an understanding of the significance of science and technology for the development of society
+ science-positive values and attitudes
+ exposure to science at home, when together with peers and during non-school activities
Developments in science and technology take place at a dizzying pace, and these developments give rise to a host of questions about the future of our society.
VILLUM FONDEN would like to ensure that coming generations have learned to ask how nature, technology and humanity can co-exist – and how to address the ethical questions this brings about.
In order to be able to do this, children need to learn about science and scientific method. They need to learn about the benefits of science and technology to society. And they need to be curious and inquisitive enough to ask how science and technology can help address the issues we face.
We will foster a (re)awakening in children and young people of the curiosity and joy of learning about scientific phenomena, and we will promote efforts to help them become fluent users of whatever new technologies may come.
We will assist teachers at all levels to become better at awakening young people’s enthusiasm and motivation to learn about science.
We will encourage children to take part in science activities in their free time. At the same time, we will convince families that scientific exploration is something they can do together and that scientific topics can make interesting dinnertime conversation.
We will demonstrate to children and their parents that science is exciting. We will place particular focus on preventing the educational system from draining girls of their enthusiasm for becoming engineers or computer programmers. In general, we will work to prevent children’s backgrounds from determining what they learn and who they become.
Three focus areas + one amplifier
In order to attain our goal, we will focus on three main areas. We will amplify the impact of our efforts by sharing what we learn.
EDUCATION: Students should be exposed to evidence-based, hands-on, societally relevant teaching.
FREE TIME: Students and their families should be able to take part in inspiring science-related non-school activities close to where they live.
CAREERS: Young people should consider science and technology to be an attractive career opportunity.
KNOWLEDGE: We will compile and share reliable data about how to improve science education and recruitment.
Please note, that this programme is currently not open for applications.
For more information about the funding opportunities - click on the links above.
VILLUM FONDEN focuses on engineering and technical sciences. The foundation is the principal owner of the VKR Group, which has based its commercial success on excellence in engineering and by embracing new technology and innovation.
The foundation was established by Villum Kann Rasmussen, a true engineer who used science to solve everyday problems, from fogged up eyeglass lenses to a lack of indoor natural lighting. Rasmussen applied engineering to problems, conducted experiments and then tested possible solutions.
VILLUM FONDEN has funded a number of projects that, in their own way, have all contributed to stimulating young people’s interest in science.
Funding for the voluntary work of Coding Pirates
Coding Pirates is launching a project to strengthen and foster volunteerism across the country and ensure accession of new volunteers to the association.
Projects to encourage interest in natural science
In December 2017, a total of DKK 12m was granted to four projects that will launch several different activities.
Engineering in schools
A project that will bring engineering into primary school education and help more children and young people achieve technological and scientific insights as part of their general education.
The LEAPS project will be partnering with four local authorities over a period of six years to design an engaging learning method in which science is integrated into all school subjects, while the teaching is project-based and based on applied science.
Science & Engineering
The Danish Academy of Technical Sciences, an independent think-tank, has initiated an ambitious project to direct focus at the significance of science and engineering as the foundation for prosperity in Denmark.
Big Bang is Denmark's largest science and technology conference and trade fair for everyone who teaches, communicates or conducts research in the technical and natural sciences in primary school, youth education programmes and in further education.