'Think Science' Ambassadors To Showcase Innovative Projects At WFES
ABU DHABI, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News / WAM - 14th Jan, 2019) Aligned with the National Advanced Sciences Agenda 2031 and the 2021 Advanced Science Strategy, to build national scientific capacities and promote youth to take on leadership roles in science and technology, Emirates Foundation's Think Science Ambassadors will showcase their sustainability innovation projects at the World Future Energy Summit, WFES, 2019, taking place between 14th-17th January at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.
The largest of its kind in the middle East and North Africa, the Think Science programme has impacted over 70,000 youth, since its establishment in 2013, to explore and experiment in a variety of STEM categories and subject and develop scientific innovations addressing society’s most pressing challenges. Through Think Science Ambassadors, the programme has provided youth, who had previously participated in the Think Science competition, with a platform to showcase their innovations and network with potential investors through both local and international opportunities.
Think Science’s active engagement programme features speaking opportunities and innovation showcases at the 2019 Youth 4 Sustainability Hub which features the Climate Innovation Exchange (Clix) launched last year, supporting the UAE’s Ministry of Climate Change and Environment strategy to enable the sourcing and funding of climate change solutions and technologies.
In recognition of their contributions to advancing science and innovation, three Think Science projects were shortlisted for the Climate Innovation Exchange (CLIX) global awards, from among 811 submissions from 83 nations across the globe.
The Think Science projects, focused on sustainability in space, future of energy and future of food and agriculture, will be competing with 48 projects, with results to be announced on January 17, 2019.
The Think Science Ambassadors will also take to the stage on 17th January to share their journey to develop projects that support space exploration, address water scarcity and promote innovative emergency response, and advancing science and in-novation advancement in the UAE.
Commenting on the participation of Think Science ambassadors in the World Future Energy Summit, Maytha Al Habsi, CEO of Emirates Foundation, said, "Inspiring youth to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education and careers is one of our mission’s key pillars at Emirates Foundation. Having three Think Science projects shortlisted for this prestigious innovation award, alongside projects from around the world, is an achievement that every youth and educator in the UAE should be proud of. We are very proud of our Think Science Ambassadors who represented the UAE, competing at a global level, and sharing their journey to hopefully encourage many more youth to embrace innovation."
Al Habsi added, "By igniting our youth’s passion for science and innovation, we are striving to build a sustainable pipeline of future leaders ready for the market place’s demands and who are making a meaningful contribution to the socio-economic progress and technology-driven future of our nation."