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Our involvement in Siemens’ Curiosity Project

Our involvement in Siemens’ Curiosity Project

By Imran Khan, Chief Executive of the British Science Association

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The Curiosity Project, Siemen’s new three-year programme of extra investment into bringing science, technology, engineering, and maths to life in the UK, was formally launched this morning – and I’m personally delighted that they chose to do it at the press launch for the British Science Festival 2014.

Headline sponsorship of our Festival, taking place next week at the University of Birmingham, marks the beginning of a four-year partnership between Siemens and the British Science Association.

The Curiosity Project will also support four other major science and related festivals throughout the UK over the next three years. Each of these initiatives has a clear ambition to reach out to parents, teachers, and students to promote the fun and engaging side of science.

The Curiosity Project also supports The Prince’s Teaching Institute Residential for Mathematics and Science. This will enable Heads of Departments from state secondary schools across the country to benefit from up-to-date knowledge, resources and ideas to deliver truly inspiring lessons.

It also incorporates a sponsorship of the ‘International Images for Science’ photography competition and touring exhibition run by the Royal Photographic Society. This will showcase in an immersive, visual, manner the fascinating detail and scale of science and engineering in application. For us at the Association, making these sorts of links between science and art is an important step and one we hope to do more of ourselves.

Through the Curiosity Project more than five million people will benefit from a greater knowledge of the opportunities created by science subjects and the exciting career prospects engineering delivers.

Sir Paul Nurse, the incoming President of the British Science Association, commented today: “It is very good to see big corporations, such as Siemens, becoming engaged with the public over science and supporting organisations like the British Science Association and other initiatives in the sector. Through such public engagement, Siemens will enable the BSA to celebrate the role of - and strengthen its own links with – industry; raise the profile of the range of careers available to young people; and hopefully inspire a new generation of innovators, researchers and engineers. I am looking forward to seeing the impact that Siemens’ new sponsorship programme has on the UK’s future economy and workforce.”

We are really looking forward to our new partnership with Siemens. We want to inspire a generation to enjoy science, whether they are scientists or not.  Working with Siemens will help us to challenge stereotypes of people working in science, allowing us to highlight inspiring mentors, exciting careers and fascinating research and technology.

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