Finding Joy in Science


  • Werner Rickhaus
  • Michel Rickhaus Dept. Chemistry, University of Geneva, CH-1205 Geneva



Education, Exploration, Joy, Next generation, Scientific mindset, Sustainable development goals


This piece discusses the importance of sustainable education within the framework of the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. We emphasize the need to foster a lifelong love for learning by instilling curiosity, emotional bonds, and joy in students. We suggest simplifying teaching methods to maximize depth of understanding, integrating wonder and emotion into scientific education, promoting vertical exploration rather than just covering knowledge horizontally, and fostering resilience and independence through experiential learning. We also advocate for collaborative learning environments and incorporating real-world projects into education. Ultimately, the goal is to create spaces where students can explore, experience joy, and develop a lasting passion for learning.

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How to Cite

W. Rickhaus, M. Rickhaus, Chimia 2024, 78, 423, DOI: 10.2533/chimia.2024.423.