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Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan inaugurates Think Science fair in Dubai

United Arab Emirates: Monday, April 22 - 2013 @ 14:14

The “Think Science” Fair run by the Emirates Foundation for Youth Development under the patronage of HH Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emirates Foundation Chairman and HE Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, the Foundation’s Managing Director, is being held at the Dubai World Trade Center (DWTC) from April 21 to April 23, 2013.
A total of 160 projects representing the work of 400 young Emiratis are on display.

The inauguration ceremony was witnessed by H.E. Humaid Al Qutami, Minister of Education; H.E. Dr. Mugheer Al Khaili, Director General of Abu Dhabi Education Council; and Kay Zwingenberger, CEO of Siemens UAE; along with Clare Woodcraft, CEO of Emirates Foundation and science academics and professionals from across the region.

“Through this Fair, Emirates Foundation seeks to motivate UAE youth to innovate and develop their scientific interests, which will affect their future preferences and career aspirations,” Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan said during the ceremony.

“This initiative can be a driving force for all authorities and institutions to perform in the same framework, answering to the local market needs; and to set mechanisms that manage to attract youth and qualified national talents to their cadres.”

Thousands of Emirati scientists are needed to fill positions in the UAE workplace, particularly the private sector, in diverse sectors such as nuclear engineering, aeronautical engineering, energy, IT.

Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan called on all authorities and institutions, both public and private, and the nation’s media to “contribute to the journey of early discovery of scientific Emirati talents, and to develop and equip them with necessary knowledge and skills, to become thinkers and scientists in their fields, serving their country.”

He praised the corporate entities and universities participating in the “Think Science” Fair particularly the 18 corporate entities and universities involved with “Connect”; an exhibition at the fair producing events and scientific activities to motivate and encourage youth to study and value science.

The “Think Science” competition was launched in October 2012 by the Emirates Foundation as part of its “Think Science” programme aimed at motivating, encouraging, empowering and inspiring Emirati youth between the age of 15 and 24 to choose science as a career.

The 2013 judging committee – made up of 42 scientific experts from universities and private corporate entities – will review and evaluate the 160 projects to determine the winners, to be announced in June.

The competition has attracted students and universities from across the UAE, including the western region and northern emirates.
In organising the competition, the Emirates Foundation, in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and the Abu Dhabi Educational Council, held workshops in Abu Dhabi and Dubai for tutors and laboratory technicians assisting entries.

The Foundation also helped organize workshops on social entrepreneurship looking at ways to develop youth’s innovative science thinking and transform these ideas into social sustainable projects. One of the major goals of these workshops was to train a number of university students and fresh graduates to innovate and carry out social enterprises that fulfill society needs.

The Emirates Foundation’s “Think Science” programme includes three projects:

* “Think Science” Competition

* “Think Science” ambassadors, which aims to develop Emirati youths’ scientific and analytical skills giving them the tools face technical challenges locally and internationally.

* “Think Science” Forum, providing an interactive platform connecting youth interested in science with representatives from science-related industries, creating a database of “Emirati science talents” accessible to relevant key stakeholders.

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