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Already very successful in Italy, the Cosmos Book Prize initiative has now started in the Netherlands. Secondary school students can read popular science books for free and jointly elect a winner. A professional jury elects a second winner. The project, currently in its pilot phase, is very successful in getting secondary school students – including those who normally do not have easy access to this literature – to read popular science books.

The initiative was brought to the Netherlands by Gianfranco Bertone, the initiator of the Italian version of the project, who is professor of astroparticle physics at the University of Amsterdam. Bertone himself is the author of several popular science books which have been published in Italian, English and recently also in Dutch.

The Dutch “Cosmos Boekenprijs” is part of the National Science Agenda (NWA) and aims to select the best popular science book in physics, mathematics or astronomy each year. Earlier this year, high school students between the ages of 15 and 18 could apply to serve on the student jury, which led to a jury of 37 students. During the following semester, members of the jury, along with a professional jury, read five selected books (which students get for free) and each select a winner. In order to further stimulate students’ interest in reading and popularizing science, some of the authors of the five selected books also visit schools. At a festive book gala on October 28, the authors of the two winning books will then each receive a prize of €2,000.

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