Communicating about science with young people is a challenging activity. Young people do not necessarily have an interest in the subject at hand: one needs to draw their attention, make them curious, and address their concerns.
The school competition Imagine... offers secondary school students an interesting way to study concrete ideas in the life sciences for the benefit of developing countries. The project thereby creates awareness with high school students of the ways in which life sciences and technology can address the pressing needs of countries in the South.
The first two rounds of this annual competition have been evaluated very positively by students, teachers, scientists and policy makers. The aim is to use this successful Dutch initiative as the pilot and example for rolling the programme out in other countries.
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