© 2017 Sjoerd Groeskamp

Above is an example of an Arts and Science Outreach collaboration; a stop motion animation that explains how scientists measure the ocean using ARGO floats. 

Arts: Malou Zuidema

Science: Esmee van Wijk (CSIRO)

Sjoerd Groeskamp Running

Running through the dunes on Texel (the Netherlands). Photo by John Cluderay (website).



Sjoerd Groeskamp does not like to write about himself in third person, so I will not. I have lived on islands almost all my life. The sea was never far away. My natural curiosity for how things work, was satisfied by studying physics. The Introduction to Physical Oceanography course I took in my first year at University, perfectly combined physics with my need for the sea.


After finishing my Bachelor of Physics and a Master in Meteorology, Physical Oceanography and Climate, I worked at the Royal NIOZ (Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research). I started a Ph.D. in physical oceanography in Hobart, Australia in 2011 and finished in 2014. After that I was awarded a 2 year Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at Columbia University (New York City). From 2017 until 2019 I was employed at the School of Mathematics and Statistics of the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. Since the 1st of November 2019 I started a Tenure Track at the NIOZ.




                    Texel                               Sint Maarten                            Tasmania                                 Manhattan

Arts and Science Outreach

Public outreach can be an important tool to create awareness of for example climate related issues, and lead to larger public support for the related science that is required. Because public outreach can be fun and usefull and is often required as a component for a scientific research proposal, public outreach is becoming a bigger part of scientists their jobs.


Arts and science collaborations provide one way to achieve public outreach. If you require a public outreach component in a proposal or want to have an alternative way to explain your scientific research to a more general crowd, my wife Malou Zuidema can help. She is an illustrator/teacher/artist who has a lot of experience collaborating with scientist to help translate their science into stop-motion animations or other forms of art. Check out her website for more information: www.malouzuidema.com


I like to take on the challenge to explain my science to an audience other than scientists. I've enjoyed doing this during 'open days' and my public Ph.D. presentation. This is something I enjoy doing, so please feel free to contact about science outreach opportunities. 


Sports and Science

I'm convinced that sports is beneficial for us in more ways than we currently understand.


I personally use sports for all the usual benefits such as staying fit, sharp, relaxed, healthy and energetic, but on top of that I also use it to be more productive at work. I strongly believe that physical activity makes me generally more efficient in my work. In particular when I do my exercise when my ability to focus and concentrate reduces (usually about halfway throughout the working day). A light intensity, 40-60 minute, physical activity (jog, swim, cycling, soccer) will recharge my body and mind. I then have a far more productive second halve of the day, than when I would not exercise.


I'm convinced that our society will thrive if the general concesus would change such that breakes for exercise are a rule rather than an exception.