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UAE foreign minister urges industry stakeholders to support young scientists

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Science fair exhibits young talent and potential for investors

April 21, 2014 4:12 by

The UAE foreign minister has urged all stakeholders to support scientific endeavours amongst the youth and encouraged science as an imperative career choice for the general progress of the region. This was during the inauguration of the Think Science Fair on Sunday, April 20, at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

“I urge all industry partners and stakeholders to interact and connect with these young scientists and provide them with all forms of support to achieve the desired goals of this project and encourage youth to choose scientific fields as a course of study and future career path, which will serve the wider national vision and boost UAE national development in the future,” says HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister and Chairman of the Emirates Foundation for Youth Development.

The fair is an initiative of the Emirates Foundation for Youth Development and organised in partnership with the Ministry of Education and the Abu Dhabi Educational Council. Apart from showcasing scientific innovations, it also provides a platform for schools and university students, parents, academics, investors and private sector representatives to connect and share ideas and career advice.

“The programme aims to inspire, encourage and empower Emirati youth, between the ages of 15 and 24 years, to follow their passion for science with interactive, hands-on activities in the fields of engineering, energy, aviation and other technological industries,” say the event’s organisers.

The fair will exhibit scientific inventions designed and built by young UAE scientists, as part of the ‘Think Science’ competition. More than 550 youth from public and private schools and universities have entered the competition under the guidance of 150 mentors and supervisors from educational institutions across the UAE.

The schools competition focuses on electrical engineering, environmental sciences, industrial and mechanical systems, non-conventional energy, sustainable energy, physics and chemistry, safety systems, smart systems and transportation. The universities competition is centred around three main categories: Energy & Environment, Smart & Safety systems, and Applied Sciences & Engineering.

The Think Science programme was launched in September 2012, as part of the Emirates Foundation for Youth Development’s efforts to inspire and encourage UAE youth to embrace careers in science. The 2014 fair will be open until April 22.

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