Building capacities and developing innovative ways of connecting science to society is a priority under Horizon 2020. This will help to make science more attractive to young people, increase society’s appetite for innovation, and open up further research and innovation activities.
Making science education and careers attractive for young people is an ambitious goal, since it targets to drastically improve science and technology-literacy in our society.
Innovative formal and informal science education teaching and learning is important in order to raise both young boys’ and girls’ awareness of the different aspects encompassing science and technology in today’s society and to address the challenges faced by young people when pursuing careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
Therefore, a sustainable and cross-cutting interaction between the relevant actors in the field is crucial:
- different levels of the education system,
- universities and other higher education establishments,
- research and innovation funding and performing organizations,
- civil society organizations and NGO’s,
- industry, policy-makers,
- students and pupils,
- Science museums and science centres.
Within the programme, a call was launched with the aim of making science education and careers attractive for young people.
Source: European Commission website https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/node/795