July 25, 2016 3:45 - 5:00 pm
The relative decline in the number of young people studying and pursuing careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) is an issue of increasing concern in Europe. The empowerment and engagement of under-represented groups would help create a wider base of scientists and engineers to foster Europe’s productivity, creativity and competitiveness. Moreover, engaging under-represented groups, specifically those from diverse ethnic backgrounds, would also contribute to social and political stability.
Informal science education significantly contributes to increasing public science literacy, sparking the interest to study STEM disciplines and pursue careers in science. We will share views on the importance of informal science education in inspiring the next generation of scientists and researchers and provide examples of best practice in science communication initiatives that have been used as an effective tool for promoting inclusiveness and social cohesion. We will also address the key opportunities and challenges for engaging young people from diverse ethnic backgrounds.