Engineers, programmers and scientists of the future

How do we inspire and support young people to choose a path towards science and technology? With a specific focus on girls and programming, we present and discuss Nordic initiatives to boost young people's interest in science and technology.

Linda Liukas, Ghita Wolf Andreasen, Karolina Lisslö, Ulrika Dellby, Helena Sjöström, Binette Seck, Maja Neiman, Martin Wikström, Ulrika Lindstrand and Tuula Teeri.

Photo: Jenny Unnergård, Jann Lipka, Elin Vinger Elliot
IVA Konferenscenter, Grev Turegatan 16, Stockholm
Monday, 24 June, 2019 17:00 - 19:00 CET

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Just over 10 years ago Linda Liukas was part of an initiative to launch Rail Girls. The idea was to teach girls computer programming. It started in Finland and today Rail Girls is a worldwide success with workshops in more than 160 countries. The participants get a chance to build their own part of the Web – from idea to an app or website ready for launch. At the seminar Linda Liukas will talk about One Hundred Languages.

Engineering the Future: Yes we can is the theme from Ghita Wolf Andreasen. She is in charge of the Danish initiative Engineering the Future which is aimed at securing more space for engineering science in school science curriculums. More than 50 Danish schools, educators, companies and organisations support the initiative.

In Sweden there are numerous exciting initiatives under way that are making a real and significant difference:

  • Mattecentrum offers free maths homework help to students in years 7–9 and at the upper secondary level. Karolina Lisslö is the Secretary General.
  • Hello World fires up young digital stars at camps and weekend meetups. It gives youngsters, who would never otherwise have had the chance, an opportunity to discover all that can be achieved using digital tools. Ulrika Dellby is Chairman.
  • Nox Academy arranges camps to teach young people more about engineering and programming. Through a concept known as GoTech, NOX gathers and educates corporations, teachers and politicians about technology and IT. Helena Sjöström is Vicee President and Head of Sales.
  • IVA’s Tekniksprånget gives upper secondary students an opportunity to test an engineering career for four months. Binette Seck is Client Relationship Manager.
  • The Junior Academy invites students age 13 to 18 to compete online in international teams to solve major challenges in society. The programme is a collaboration between IVA and the New York Academy of Sciences. Maja Neiman is Project Manager.

Increasing young people’s interest in studying science and technology is essential if Nordic countries are to maintain their strong competitive position. Which combination of private and public initiatives aimed at young people is yielding the best results? Ulrika Lindstrand, Chair of the Swedish Association of Graduate Engineers will join Linda Liukas, Ghita Wolf Andreasen and IVA’s Present Tuula Teeri for the concluding discussion.

The moderator will be Martin Wikström, Head of Research and Education Policy at IVA.

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