Thursday, February 2: Movie screening ‘On Being a Scientist’ for International students
Posted: 30 January 2017 02:49 PM
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A message on behalf of the International Office:

Dear International Science students,

We gladly invite you for a fun afternoon together and watch & discuss the film On Being a Scientist

Date: Thursday 2 February
16.45 – 17.15 hrs. Drinks & Popcorn
17.15 – 19.00 hrs. Film and Discussion by Prof. dr. Frans van Lunteren
Room C01, Gorlaeus building
This event is for all international students of the Faculty of Science, no costs.
Registration:  To order enough drinks & snacks, we ask you to sign up via the FB event ( or incoming[at]science[dot]leidenuniv[dot]nl

About the movie
On Being a Scientist is a fictional film about science and what it is like to be an scientist, produced by Leiden University in collaboration with Prof. dr. Bas Haring (Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science). In the film, the main characters (played by professional Dutch film actors) come up against different kinds of dilemmas. When a group of researchers makes an important scientific discovery, all the scientists want to claim the glory: the PhD candidate who has done the spade work as well as the eminent professor who heads the group. This results in a difficult situation to handle.

Discussion by Prof. Dr. Frans van Lunteren
Prof. dr. Frans van Lunteren is professor of History of Natural Sciences at our Faculty of Science. His research focuses on the Dutch natural sciences between 1815 and 1940, particularly in physics. It involves not only developing the content, but also the interaction between science and society in practical and cultural sense. Prof. dr. Frans van Lunteren is one of the lecturers of the BSc course On Being a Scientist, in which this film is used to make dilemmas like scientific integrity and social responsibilities more palpable. After watching the film, we will have time for an interesting discussion about the differences in how we deal with these topics here in the Netherlands and how about in your home countries.