Viruskenner is a project for primary and high school students to gain knowledge on (exotic) viruses. How do viral infections spread, what is their effect on the human and animal body, how do people get infected, and foremost: how to cure people or prevent them from falling ill?

Schools in The Netherlands, Italy, Suriname, Indonesia, Senegal are participating and join the Viruskenner community.

Like viruses, knowledge and awareness are not limited to borders. Students get to work in teams with the knowledge they gain during the project. The question is ‘How do I want to spread this knowledge’. They are supported by their mentors and Viruskenner coaches, who assist them wherever they can. On the national final days the teams from all participating schools pitch the best ideas together for a professional jury. The day is closed with the Viruskenner quiz: who is the Viruskenner of the year?

Viruses exist globally, but the Viruskenner team operates globally as well! Our reporter Valéry has been busy answering the questions below with the help of researchers and doctors from all over the world. Watch this video and go through the Learning tools to learn more about viruses and transmission routes. Will you help us fighting infectious diseases?


Virussen komen wereldwijd voor. Het Viruskenner-team is ook wereldwijd actief. Onze reporter Valéry is bezig geweest om belangrijke vragen over virussen te beantwoorden met behulp van onderzoekers en dokters van over de hele wereld. Help jij ons met het bestrijden van infectieziekten? Bekijk dan eerst het leermateriaal!

Kick-off primary school ‘De Triangel’ in The Netherlands!

Today Viruskenner kicked off at primary school ‘De Triangel’ in the Netherlands! The participants got SOA-classes and all the ins and outs about viruses and transmission routes. A special note: ‘De Triangel’ was the very first school that participated in…

Viruskenner coach Rory de Vries (virologist) wins prize

Viruskenner is very proud of Viruskenner coach Rory de Vries! He was awarded the Dutch Beijerinck prize for virology: “The Beijerinck prize promotes virology-oriented science. This prize is given out in commemoration of Martinus Willem Beijerinck, the “father of virology”,…

Kick-offs in Suriname!

A flying start for Viruskenner at primary and secondary schools in Suriname this week! During the kick-off the participants got all the ins and outs about the project, viruses and transmission routes and existing communication tools. Now they are going…
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