Professor Iain Hunter co-chairs new government science strategy

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A leading Strathclyde scientist has been appointed co-chair of a national group to shape Scotland’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) strategy.

Higher Education, Further Education and Science Minister, Shirley-Anne Somerville announced the new specialist group is to be established to shape the Scottish Government’s STEM strategy.

Professor Iain Hunter, Research Professor in Molecular Microbiology, will co-chair the national STEM Reference Group alongside Scotland’s Chief Scientific Adviser Professor Sheila Rowan.

Scottish Government’s STEM strategy seeks to inspire more people to specialise in science, technology, engineering and maths subjects to enable them to maximise their career opportunities.

The strategy also aims to outline how the numerous STEM activities, programmes and initiatives already being carried out in Scotland could be better aligned to maximise their impact.

Professor Iain Hunter, said:

I am pleased to be actively involved in taking the STEM agenda forward. A strong STEM strategy is very important to Scotland's economic development, not only to fill the current skills gap, but continue to support the country’s growing industry sectors.

Higher Education, Further Education and Science Minister, Shirley-Anne Somerville, said: “I want to make STEM education, training and lifelong learning the very best it can be for individuals, educators, employers and the wider economy. STEM is embedded in all aspects of our lives and it will continue to transform and enhance our world.

“Our draft strategy is about helping to raise the levels of STEM skills and capability for everyone. It is also about encouraging and inspiring more people to specialise in STEM, during their education and training - but also to return to or progress their STEM learning as adults – so they can make the most of those job, career and life opportunities.”