Meet the Professor! 134 professors gathered on Wednesday, 30 March at Dom Square to visit primary schools in Utrecht and surroundings to speak about their research. Marine scientist Caroline Slomp rode her bicycle to the Groen van Prinsterer School in De Bilt.
Caroline Slomp used the Dutch word ‘monster’, which means sample, to talk about her sea specimens. The pupils of group 7 were completely confused. They had been looking forward to the professor’s visit for five months already and had an idea of what kind of person she would be in their heads. They had understood that the professor researches ‘dead zones’, but now they believed that this friendly woman hunts sea monsters. Caroline was thrown into confusion when told by the teacher that the children didn’t understand her. She laughed. Of course! Although she had tried to avoid using professional terms, she wasn’t aware that ‘monster’ was also one.