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Helping young people engage with sciences

WHEN it comes to Northern Ireland's future economy, it is crucial that we empower the younger generation through STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths).

As an organisation, the British Council is perhaps better known for our work in schools through programmes such as Erasmus+ and Connecting Classrooms, but we are also involved in science work - with a commitment to providing international opportunities in science for both individuals and organisations.

In higher and further education we link scientists globally, promote research collaboration and encourage grassroots discussion and debate. We also work with the public directly to engage them with scientific subjects that affect our society.

One way we engage is through our global science competition, FameLab. FameLab is an exciting competition to find the new faces of science communication and will be held for the first time in conjunction with the Northern Ireland Science Festival and Cheltenham Science Festival.

We want as many scientists and engineers with a passion for public engagement to enter, and through FameLab they will not only engage with the public, but also develop their career and connect with like-minded scientists around the world.

In turn, FameLab can promote our reputation for invention and innovation, as well as encourage a more STEM-literate society and engage young people in international science opportunities.

For more information visit nireland.britishcouncil.org by December 31, 2014.

JONATHAN STEWART

Deputy director, British Council NI

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