Alex Verkade is a science communication practitioner with a dash of theory and policy. He researched and speaks about how to organize science communication in order to generate societal impact. In 2016 and 2017, Alex at the Rathenau Institute developed an instrument to help enable the design and evaluation of public engagement projects by scientists.
Next to such meta science communication work, Alex is never not involved in hands on projects involving science and non scientists. Among other things, he chairs the program committee of the Dutch nationalScience Communication Conference, and he coordinates a local neighborhood project with university astronomers and neighborhood kids around the islamic history of astronomy.
Alex studied biology at the University of Amsterdam. Shortly before graduating in 2000 he co-founded De Praktijk, a project bureau for science communication and education. Among over 200 projects for and with scientists from every field of science and all Dutch universities (and some abroad), he founded and oversaw ten yearly editions of the Discovery Festival, a late night science, art and dance music festival; and he initiated the national Science Communication Conference together with NEMO. In 2016, after sixteen years, Alex terminated De Praktijk.
When not science communicating, Alex spends his time concert going, music listening, drumming, and teaching his son Mika how to sing, dance and play the guitar so they can start a father and son rock band. Since Mika is 6 months old and not yet able to talk or stand (or sit) up, Alex does not expect to be looking for a new hobby any time soon.