We spoke to Joana Moscoso, Falling Walls Engage Winner 2021, about her project and how the Falling Walls Engage Pitches helped to increase the visibility of Native Scientists.
What is your project about?
My project is Native Scientists and its goal is to connect children and scientists to promote science literacy and reduce inequalities. We have two science literacy programmes, one for migrant communities and one for home town communities. Both reach underserved communities and are designed to make science a possibility for children.
What made you start this project and how did Falling Walls Engage and its community contribute to the further development of your project?
I started this project alongside Tatiana Correia while I was a PhD student in London. This was in 2012 and our goal was to broaden the horizons and spark interest in science of Portuguese-speaking children attending London schools. Native Scientists has grown to become a pan-European non-profit organisation reaching children from different countries in nine countries. The Falling Walls Engage Pitches 2021 was pivotal to project Native Scientists and foster our transition from a voluntary-only organisation to an organisation with a mix of voluntary and paid staff. We have perfected our pitch thanks to Falling Walls Engage and disseminated our work among new and international audiences.