Crowdfunding skills

Discover more about crowdfunding and later learn how to build and run your own campaign


Everybody loves new science and technology. But why can only scientists and engineers be part of the fun of discovering or inventing new stuff? Because science is difficult, dangerous and expensive. Or is it really? Science and innovation do not always require big investments. They require solutions and people who communicate them to society. Could crowdfunding be a new way of supporting citizen driven discoveries?

This workshop will give you the opportunity to discover more about crowdfunding and later learn how to build and run your own campaign. How should it be designed and implemented? How can a platform attract and coach amateur or professional scientists? How should contributors be rewarded for their support? What role should traditional funding schemes and institutions play in the process? Choose amongst a list of fictional projects, or bring your own ideas, and discuss the opportunities, myths and realities behind the potential impact of crowdfunding platforms for science and innovation. We will try to answer these questions and anticipate the impact of crowdfunding on the next scientific discoveries.

Luc Henry (@heluc) spent the past ten years exploring science in various ways and places around Europe. Three years ago, he co-founded the DIY biology initiative Hackuarium in Renens, Switzerland, to give access to research tools to anyone and promote citizen sciences. He was the Managing Editor of European science magazine Technologist and a regular contributor to The Conversation while still being a researcher. He then worked at the Swiss National Science Foundation before taking his current position as an advisor to the President of EPFL. Luc holds a PhD in chemical biology from the University of Oxford.