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Scotland needs scientists

A conference aimed at enticing more Scottish youngsters into a career in science is to be held at the University of St Andrews later this week (Friday 16 May 2003).

“Scotland Needs Scientists” will feature addresses from a number of speakers including Alex Neil MSP, Convener of the Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee and Professor Wilson Sibbett FRS, Chair of the Scottish Science Advisory Committee.

The event, aimed at careers guidance teachers and other careers professionals throughout Scotland, will argue the political and economic case for maintaining a strong science base in Scotland. It will highlight the opportunities which exist for scientists and the diversity of careers which science graduates can pursue.

Organiser Professor David O’Hagan of the University’s School of Chemistry said:

“All indicators over the last decade suggest that the number of school pupils studying the hard sciences is steadily reducing and that there is a steady decline in the uptake of degrees in the key sciences at university. There will be serious implications if this trend continues. Not only will Scotland’s skills base diminish but our technological competitiveness will be substantially diluted.

“As an increasingly important national debate and political priority, St Andrews is eager to take the discussion forward with the schools and professionals who advise youngsters on their career prospects and who, ultimately, can contribute to reversing this potentially damaging trend,” he said.

The event will be held in the University of St Andrews’ School of Chemistry – Lecture Theatre C, Purdie Building, North Haugh, St Andrews.

Further information available from Professor O’Hagan – telephone 01334 463800 or email do1@st- andrews.ac.uk.

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NOTE TO EDITORS

You are invited to send a reporter/photographer to any section of the event: for information: Alex Neil MSP will address the conference between 10.55 and 11.35am – Professor Sibbett will address the conference between 2.30 and 3pm.

Copy of full programme / directions available from Gayle Cook – contact details below.

Issued by Beattie Media on behalf of the University of St Andrews For more information please contact: Gayle Cook – 01334 462529, 07900 050 103 or email gec3@st- andrews.ac.uk View University press releases on- line at http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk Ref: scotland- science/standrews/chg/may2003

 

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