The network of Lecturers without borders is growing every day!
We are happy to share with you some of the results from our network.
Some facts: over 50% of the researchers travel 2-5 times per year and 20% do so more than 5 times per year for work. Traveling researchers are an untapped opportunity of bringing scientists in direct contact with schools and hence link them with local communities. Lecturers Without Borders (LeWiBo) is a voluntary platform that has this exact aim. It was set up by researchers Dr. Liubov Tupikina, Dr. Delphine Zemp, Nasia Nikolau and Mikhail Khotyakov. When a researcher travels to a conference, we match him or her with a nearby school or association that would welcome a free lecture on a scientific topic.
At the moment the network covers 12 countries and more than 60 lectures (in the framework of seminars, skype-sessions, lectures, workshops, scientific walks) were organised.
What material would a prospective lecturer teach? One does not need to reinvent the wheel. Across disciplines, there is a wealth of curated open access material that covers a wide range of topics. We constantly accumulate more of this in our dedicated page.
What we do: We attract expressions of interest both from travelling researchers and from potential host schools and associations. We expand both layers of our network to arrive at the critical numbers required to cover large geographic regions and we are looking for further collaborators (associations or schools). We do not guarantee to cover every request of a researcher to organize a lecture yet. We use a set of open access digital tools to help organise the visit. Thanks to the engagement of the volunteers, the project is already active.
We are happy to connect with you! If you have suggestions or would like to contact us, please, feel free to contact our new scientific and educational coordinator Anastasia Mityagina [email protected]