Native Scientist was founded by two researchers in 2013 with the goal of connecting scientists and children across Europe to reduce inequalities, promote quality education and celebrate diversity. Today, Native Scientist counts on a network of over 3,000 scientists and their educational programmes have established over 20,000 connections between scientists and children, particularly underserved children. Its Native Schools program helps connect children and scientists with a common heritage language. The aim of the project is to broaden the horizons of children, promote scientific literacy and higher education, and foster language development.




London, UK

Type of Organisation

Falling Walls Engage Project

Focus Area / Approach

Education Programme, STEM/STEAM Programme

Impact Towards SDGs

Goal 4: Quality Education, Goal 10: Reduced Inequality

Main Target Group

Kids (<12 years old)

Active Since



What This Organisation Can Offer

We organize unique and dynamic science workshops, either in-person or online, across 9 countries and 12 languages. The key features of the workshops are:

  • Speed-Dating Format – children are divided in groups and interact with several scientists in a single workshop.
  • Science Tapas – children “taste” different fields of science in one workshop and all fields of science are welcome.
  • Integrated Learning – Children talk about science in their heritage language during the workshop.

What This Organisation Is Looking for

We are always looking for scientists that are passionate about their research and want to connect with children over a common language or heritage. They can participate either by volunteering to present their research or by being a coordinator of these workshops in their country.

Project Lead

Native Scientist/Native Schools

Native Scientist

Joana Moscoso

2021 Winner | Science Engagement 2021 2021 Winner Winner Science Engagement (Falling Walls Engage)

Joana believes in science and innovation for the benefit of humankind. This made her a passionate scientist, science communicator and social entrepreneur. While doing her PhD in Microbiology, she co-founded Native Scientist, a social enterprise that connects children with scientists across Europe to promote scientific literacy. Joana loves spending time with her family and friends, especially around a dinner table.

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