Meet the Scientist
The Meet the Scientist project is a meeting series based on scientist-student meetings.
The Meet the Scientist programme was launched by the Hungarian Association for Innovation, the Hungarian Fulbright Commission and the US Embassy, on 24 September 2010, on the Hungarian National Fulbright Day in the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. The programme aims to popularise science and technology, as well as USA educational opportunities among secondary school students.
The Hungarian Association for Innovation was founded in 1990 by 30 organisations. There are now more than 300 members, such as companies, research institutes, universities, non-profit organisations, etc. As a professional and employers' business federation, the Association’s main focus is on the role of innovation in economic recovery. The Association annually organises the Hungarian Innovation Grand Prix and the Youth Science and Innovation Competition. Talented university students can be recognised with by the Harsanyi István Award in the field of innovation management; and the creation of high-tech-based business plans in the Intel® Business Challenge competition in Europe is encouraged.
In the 2010/2011 school year the programme visited four city and six rural schools where former Fulbright scholars promoted the STEM and Fulbright scholarship with a presentation. The programme continued in the 2011/2012 school year: the scholars visited seven cities and 11 rural schools. STEM experiments were also added for the presentations to popularise STEM careers. In the 2012/2013 school year the programme continued, with participants visiting nine schools. In the first half of 2014 and in the autumn of the 2014/2015 school year there were 12 secondary school student-scientist meetings.
The teaching materials of the project are the Meet the Scientist events video recordings showing the scientist, research presentations and experiment demonstrations.