Printemps des sciences will take place from 20 to 26 March in about twenty higher education institutions of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation. The goal is to arouse the interest of future students in scientific and technological professions that are often in short supply. Especially with girls who are still very much a minority in this sector. This was announced by Minister of Higher Education Valerie Gallatini (MR) on Saturday in a press release.
For this 22nd edition, the budget of the event has practically doubled, rising to €431,000 with the aim of offering more activities and generating greater interest among young people in science and subjects known as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). The aim is also to allow teachers to enrich their knowledge and teach it in schools.
Workshops, laboratories, experiments, public performances, performances, performances, conferences … Many activities are offered and run free of charge by teachers, researchers and students from universities and colleges, as well as by their partners (museums, associations, companies, etc.).
The theme of this Spring of Science is diversity in this edition: diversity of study subjects, disciplines, professions, methods, and approaches, but also diversity of genres.
“Very few young people, especially young girls, currently choose (sciences), while these sectors constitute a real added value to society and a gateway to employment,” Valerie Galatini states, quoted in this article.