Online outreach

  • Under Time's Spell

    “Under Time’s Spell” tells the story of the measurement of time in the period 1300–1900. It is an online book in three languages that was written by Maarten Van Dyck to accompany an exhibition with the same name in 2017–2018 (produced by Historische Huizen Ghent and the Ghent University Museum/GUM). It uses an innovative format designed to facilitate an attractive combination of images and text, and it was produced by Binder Media/ and the Boekentoren/Book Tower (the central library at Ghent University).

  • The air-pump as a fact-factory

    "Truth seems to have sprung a leak, 

    but facts were never really airtight. 

    Travel back in time with us to a 17th century laboratory, 

    where the first scientific facts were made."

    In this project, Jana De Kockere, PhD researcher at the Sarton Centre for History of Science at Ghent University, reproduces certain experiments performed with the air-pump of Christiaan Huygens. She shows us how, in the 17th century laboratory, the fight for the boundaries of what counts as ‘good science’ was being fought out.

  • Technoculture

    Technoculture is a series of conversations with experts in the fields of technology, art, and science. Together we explore how digital technology influences our lives, our experiences, and ultimately what it means to be human today. Topics range from cybersecurity to audiobooks, from virtual reality to time travels to the Viking age. The host of the podcast is Federica Bressan, a Marie Curie and Fulbright researcher with an interest in the co-evolution of society and technology. Technoculture was a finalist at the MSCA2019 award for science communication.

  • Massimiliano Simons on EOS

    Massimiliano Simons has a blog for Eos, a Dutch–Flemish popular science magazine that appears monthly and has a freely accessible website. His contributions (in Dutch) mainly deal with the philosophical and sociological questions raised by contemporary science: How is science changing? What impact does this have on how we should understand science? A more particular focus is on contemporary life sciences, especially new fields such as synthetic biology.

  • Het staat in de sterren geschreven

    In the podcast 'Geheugenissen', Julie Van Bogaert, Research Officer at the History Department of Ghent University, discusses historical topics for everyone who has an affinity for history. In this episode, Steven Vanden Broecke, History Professor at Ghent University and member of the Sarton Centre for History of Science, unravels the complex relations between science, astrology and faith, from the Middle Ages to our own post-truth era. The podcast is in Dutch. 

    Geheugenissen · Het staat in de sterren geschreven

  • Le Vecchie Musiche - La Predica del Sole concert met lezing van Maarten Van Dyck

    In deze originele combinatie van een lezing en een concert wordt Galilei samengebracht met religieuze muziek uit zijn tijd. Ze ontmoeten elkaar in hun bijzondere aandacht voor de zon. De zon was immers tegelijkertijd een natuurlijk object voor astronomische observatie en een spiritueel symbool voor verlichting. De lezing van Maarten Van Dyck werpt nieuw historisch licht op het werk van Galilei en brengt de astronoom in gesprek met de religieuze retoriek.

  • The Cosmic Meaning Illusion

    The Cosmic Meaning Illusion is a performance created as part of Jana’s PhD research in Philosophy at the University of Ghent, about the 17th century English discussion on the ‘decay’ of nature and her possible end. People at the time expressed a belief that was very widespread in Western Europe: the belief that nature was ill, dying, and that the end was near. Indeed, the signs were clear: floods, pests, failed harvests, diseases, ice-cold winters (think of those Breughel paintings, the famous winter landscapes: the sun was really diminishing).

    For this performance Jana began a collaboration with Ferre Vuye. Together they wrote a text, giving shape to someone who, in long monologues and dialogues with a fountain in his garden, gets lost in a search for the meaning of the state of nature as he experiences it. Questions at stake are the promise and also the danger of this search for meaning, or the fact that since Adam’s fall it has been dominated by a specific kind of human, burdened with guilt, longing for paradise.

    The collaboration extended to Carly Rae Heathcote, who co-directed and designed the performance, and Sophia Bauer, who gave voice to the fountain on stage


    Flyer of The Cosmic Meaning Illusion