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.
Native Scientist/Native Schools
United Kingdom (London)
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.