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An Education World Forum Fringe event run by the British Council and the Royal Society

There were three emergent themes from the Education World Forum fringe event:

  • Attracting inspirational STEM teachers
  • Practical science
  • Diversity and role models

Our outcome documents from the meeting are structured according to these themes. The summary document outlines the discussion and the online practical resources document offers a practical tool for teachers and students worldwide, to access the wealth of freely available online resources mentioned within the meeting.

Slides from the event and the full audio recording are also available.

These output documents have been produced in collaboration with our co-organisers, the British Council.

About the event

Most countries worldwide are experiencing a shortage in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skilled graduates in the workforce. To address this, better equipping teachers to educate and inspire their students in STEM subjects seems a sensible approach. Many exciting initiatives already exist worldwide which target teacher training and development and STEM.

This informal discussion meeting presented a few examples of the work being done internationally to address this, before opening up to audience participation.

Delegates then had the opportunity to share their own expertise and examples. As a conclusion, the chair and panel aimed to make some assessment of potential teacher focused initiatives that may prove valuable and translatable to addressing this problem globally.

Introduction by Sir Martyn Poliakoff, the Royal Society’s Foreign Secretary.

Chaired by Professor Dame Julia Higgins.

Panel included:

  • David Jasmin, Director, La main à la pate, France
  • Gill Collinson, Head of the National STEM Centre, UK
  • Joe Brock, Coordinator of the IoP Physics for Development Programme, Africa
  • British Council Representative, UK
  • Prof. Dr. Harrie Eijkelhof, Emeritus Professor, The Freudenthal Institute, University of Utrecht. Director of Eijkelhof Science Education Advice, Netherlands
  • Shaun Reason, Chief Executive of the Association for Science Education (ASE), UK
  • Charlie Stripp, Director, National Centre for Excellent in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM), UK