Welcome to Ring-a-Scientist!
Ring-a-Scientist wants to bring researchers into the classroom - live via a videoconferencing call. Depending on the school subject and the teacher's preferences, a call can include virtual laboratory tours, debates, current research and career advice.
Using the Browse Profiles function, teachers can get to know the researchers in our database - from first year students to full professors. Afterwards, they can conveniently schedule an appointment for a videoconferencing call during one of their classroom lesson.
Why video conferencing calls?A video conferencing call is less time consuming and less costly than a school visit. It can be integrated into a classroom lesson in a flexible manner and is also highly compatible with day-to-day work in research. We do not want to replace but to complement school visits and to offer the possibility to reach schools far beyond the local area - because 21st century education deserves 21st century technology.
How to participate
Scheduling an appointment with the scientist of your choice is quick and easy, see For Teachers.
For undergraduate and graduate students, postdocs, lecturers and professors:
It takes only a few minutes to set up a profile here. It can be adapted at any time. A teacher's inquiry can alaways be rejected, so the time comittment remains flexible. Ring-a-Scientist is not limited to school subjects - anyone can sign up.
For school students:
You would be interested in a video conferencing call during your lesson and your teachers don't know about Ring-a-Scientist? Tell them! Maybe you can help choosing a scientist and setting up the call. You can also contact us and we will get in touch with your teacher.
For press offices, event managers and museums:
Many of our scientists are looking forward to be contacted by you. Use the Browse Profiles function to find an expert that suits your needs.
For anyone else:
We want to grow the Ring-a-Scientist community and are really interested in your feedback. We are looking forward to hear about your ideas - contact us here or get in touch via Twitter.