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1.40: Science Popularisation Campaign

Project Cost: €544,310
Beneficiary: Malta Council for Science and Technology
Line Ministry: Ministry for Education and Employment
Start Date: 2008
End Date: 2011

Non Technical Short Summary Of Project

The project consists of a number of initiatives to encourage people to be more interested and knowledgeable about science. Extensive use will be made of the media. An annual science festival and a number of activities with local authorities are also planned as well as a training course for science animators.

Operational Programme: OPII Empowering People for More Jobs and a Better Quality of Life ESF
Fund: European Social Fund
Operational Objective: To increase student participation rates in science, technology and ICT education at a further or higher level of education.
Priority Axis: PA1 Improving Education and Skills
Focus Area Of Intervention: OPIIPA1 Research and innovation

Project Objectives

The project is intended to achieve the following: 1. A workforce which is more technologically prepared; 2. A more scientifically-literate public; 3. A reduction in gender bias in science.

Project Results

Ultimately, this will contribute towards greater science awareness amongst the general public, more students choosing science subjects, and a higher level of female participation in S&T studies and careers. Through the efforts of the campaign, the most notable short-term expected results will be seen in the form of approximately 20,000 visitors attending each S&T Festival. The Science in the Community activity will aim to attract between 200-500 individuals per activity, depending on locality. Together with the other activities of the campaign, long term results are expected in terms of an increase in uptake of science subjects at secondary level. This project also aims at having 10 people trained through the science animation course.

Project Purpose

The project's purpose is to: 1. Entice more students to take up science subjects; 2. Support those who have already taken up science so that they will continue in this field; 3. Raise the knowledge and interest of the general public in S&T; 4. Increase in the number of women in Science and Technology; 5. Have a pool of people trained in delivering science in informal settings.