Background: Over the past decade, the younger generation has been observed to show a diminishing interest for education in applied science and technology. On the labour market, however, the demand for qualified employees is great.

Objective: In this respect, the Flemish Government requires that institutions offering academic education in science and technology display initiatives to attract more students to scientific and technological education programmes.

Methods: The Antwerp Maritime Academy develops, complementary to initiatives by other higher education institutions in Flanders, diverse actions to increase the interest in science and technology. Among these are workshops with 16-18 year-olds during which they get to know the maritime sector better and get the opportunity to e.g. construct and test small hovercrafts. Moreover, in a joint effort with other higher education institutions, larger proposals are being formulated. This is e.g. done for a "science rally", in which at several locations, teenagers accomplish a scientific task or construct a technical device. The industrial sector and local authorities as well are asked to contribute.

Results: Next to initiatives on a regional level, higher education institutions committed themselves towards developing projects on a wider European level. The Antwerp Maritime Academy initiated this cooperation, and will further coordinate it in the near future. In this regard, at the PCST-10 conference, institutions from other European countries will be asked to join in, so that joint initiatives can be developed in favour of science and technology education in various countries.

Conclusions: The international audience to the PCST-10 conference will be able to share our findings and achievements in all initiatives. Their remarks might reflect own good practices and may induce international cooperation among participants. In the near future, it all may result in an international approach to increasing young people’s interest in science and technology education.

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Bridging applied science communication and education
A maritime case study

Ilse Bogaert   Antwerp Maritime Academy

Background: Over the past decade, the younger generation has been observed to show a diminishing interest for education in applied science and technology. On the labour market, however, the demand for qualified employees is great.

Objective: In this respect, the Flemish Government requires that institutions offering academic education in science and technology display initiatives to attract more students to scientific and technological education programmes.

Methods: The Antwerp Maritime Academy develops, complementary to initiatives by other higher education institutions in Flanders, diverse actions to increase the interest in science and technology. Among these are workshops with 16-18 year-olds during which they get to know the maritime sector better and get the opportunity to e.g. construct and test small hovercrafts. Moreover, in a joint effort with other higher education institutions, larger proposals are being formulated. This is e.g. done for a "science rally", in which at several locations, teenagers accomplish a scientific task or construct a technical device. The industrial sector and local authorities as well are asked to contribute.

Results: Next to initiatives on a regional level, higher education institutions committed themselves towards developing projects on a wider European level. The Antwerp Maritime Academy initiated this cooperation, and will further coordinate it in the near future. In this regard, at the PCST-10 conference, institutions from other European countries will be asked to join in, so that joint initiatives can be developed in favour of science and technology education in various countries.

Conclusions: The international audience to the PCST-10 conference will be able to share our findings and achievements in all initiatives. Their remarks might reflect own good practices and may induce international cooperation among participants. In the near future, it all may result in an international approach to increasing young people’s interest in science and technology education.

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