Our good friend and colleague Gerlof van der Veen died on December 11, 2014 at the age of 77. He was one of the founding fathers of our International Association for Media in Science (IAMS) and he was of great importance for the development of the area of media in science and education in The Netherlands.
Gerlof started his career in the media at the Netherlands Institute for Film and Science (SFW), where he was responsible for the subject area of medical sciences. From the very beginning he focused on the development of international contacts and co-operation. He was active in the International Scientific Film Association and he was an active member of the editorial board of the international science film library Encyclopedia Cinematographica.
CAWO around 1989. Gerlof is sitting in the front row, second from the left
After several years he became director of the Institute for Media and Education (OMI) of the University of Utrecht, which was the first university Audiovisual Centre in the Netherlands. As chairman of the Dutch-Belgian Society of Audiovisual Centres for Higher Education (CAWO) he worked in close collaboration with the Netherlands Association for Scientific Film and TV to position the field of scientific and educational media both inside as well as outside the universities.
One of his interests was to enhance the distribution and exchange of scientific and educational films and video’s. Within OMI he started a branch called VIDU (Video University), which was soon followed by the MEMO Marketing Organization, a company owned by all Dutch universities for the exchange and distribution of scientific films and video’s on a national and international scale.
In 1990 he hosted the bi-annual ISFA conference at OMI in Utrecht and in the following years he strongly supported the activities that should make ISFA ready for the emerging new media technologies and the growing importance of video for education. Eventually, this resulted in the transition of ISFA into IAMS, which was effectuated in Zaragoza in 1992. As stated above, Gerlof was one of the founding fathers. Moreover he offered to host the office of the new association at his institution in Utrecht and he was a great help to organize IAMS’activities in its first years.
After his retirement Gerlof moved to the small medieval town Zutphen. Early 2011 he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma. Although he fought long against his illness and could maintain a reasonable quality of life his health declined more rapidly in the last year and he finally had to give up the fight. His last blog ended with the words: If one has learned to discern beauty in every day life, one is able to take pleasure in life until ones last breath! That too is giving life meaning.
In Gerlof we lose not only an inspiring and visionary man who played a significant role in the development of the field of media in science but we also lose a very good colleague and friend.
In order to value, to stand out and to promote with a series of prizes and recognitions of quality, production and diffusion of the current audiovisual scientific and technological, the Spanish Association of Film and Scientific Images (ASECIC) – within the framework of 27th Edition of the Biennial International Scientist Film (BICC) Ronda 2014 – invites all persons and public, private and social organizations in the world and dedicated to the production, diffusion and use of audiovisual content and sound, still and moving images for research, education, communication, outreach and scientific and technological culture, to submit in his international competition all those audiovisual works made from the field of science, technology and innovation
Promote and encourage innovative formats and visual narratives, open to those works or audiovisual contents produced in last three years (January, 2011 – January, 2014), and presented for the first time to the Biennale. They are out of the contest, audiovisual works whose leaders are part of its technical organization, or the sponsorship of the event, and those that have a non-scientific character for advertising or promotional purposes of a product, service or brand. To do so, and outside of the contest, in a complementary manner will be invited and an international section of industrial video and services will be opened to its projection with informative technological or scientific purposes.
Hence, and with a wide dimension, defined work or scientific and technological audiovisual content to all the production of sound, still images and moving, whose intention or aim either the show or to publicize processes and results of research, development and innovation (I+D+i) scientific and technological, as well as multiple educational and informative aspects of knowledge related to science and technology within the society and culture, and that can be included in any of the following categories of research:
- Human Sciences (Humanities), Social, Legal and Economic: Philosophy and Psychology, Modern Languages and Literature, History and Archaeology, Geography, Anthropology, Ethnography and Ethnology, Sociology, Communication and Information, Culture and Arts, Political Science, Law , Economics, Administration, etc.
- Natural, Physical and Chemical Sciences: Physics, Astronomy, Chemistry, Biology (Zoology, Botany, Agriculture, Maritime, Ecology, Environment, Biochemistry and Genetics, Biogeography, Ethology), Meteorology, etc.
- Exact Sciences, Engineering and Technology: Mathematics, Engineering Mechanical, Electrical, Electronics, Computer, Industrial, Aeronautical, Energy, Soils and Geology, Mineralogy and Metallurgy, etc.
- Medicine and Health Sciences: Medicine, Pharmacy, Veterinary, etc.
- Diffusion of Scientific and Technological Knowledge in media and radio and television broadcasts in open terrestrial signal, on cable, satellite and Internet.
In this edition it was also given the IAMS Prize to the best scientific communication presented at the conference.
The IAMS jury composed by Alessandro Griffini (Italy), David Cleverly (UK) and Jan Goldschmeding (Netherlands) awarded the following communication:
New forms of documentary film making within new media by Ersan Ocak
Jan T.Goldschmeding, first president of IAMS
(opening speech at the celebration of the 20th anniversary of IAMS at Zaragoza, Spain on April 20th, 2012)
Please see “Historical Archives” section
Alessandro Griffini and Jan T. Goldschmeding represented IAMS at the festival ImagéSanté (March 12th-17th; Liège, Belgium). They were both members of the Scientific Committee.
Alessandro Griffini was also chairman of the Jury Alimentation & Santé and Jan Goldschmeding was member of the Jury Génie Mécanique & Santé.