Emirates Foundation, in partnership with the Ministry of Education and Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge, announced the expansion of its Think Science Platform with the launch of ‘Think Science Fairs’ to take place across the UAE starting with UAE Innovation month.
Held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and Chairman of Emirates Foundation, and aligned with the UAE Innovation strategy.
The Think Science Fairs, in their 7th edition, aims to empower youth between the ages of 15-35 to actively engage with the digital revolution and provides them with the right platform to innovate and deploy technology to pursue STI education and careers.
This year’s Think Science Competition has received an overwhelming 2,000 Project submissions from 4,000 aspiring youth scientists from across the UAE and has further introduced three new scientific categories which are: Food Security, Water Sustainability and Health and Information Technology.
The Fairs will take place starting from Feb 17th in Dubai, and for the first time in Abu Dhabi (Feb 24th), Sharjah (March 3rd), Ras Al Khaimah (March 10th), Fujairah (March 17th) and Ajman and Um Al Quwain on (March 21st).
Maytha Al Habsi, CEO of Emirates Foundation, said, “We are proud of the success of Think Science programme, which is aligned with the UAE Science Strategy 2030. Over 70,000 UAE youth have benefited from the programme over the last seven years.
Around 16,000 youth from schools and universities, have participated in the competition since inception, which attests to the importance of this platform, which has created unprecedented opportunities for youth to innovate and take their science projects from concept to reality.
A very important part of the Fair is the ‘Future Science Entrepreneurs’ platform which was created by Emirates Foundation last year. It enables Think Science participants to showcase their projects and connect with the Foundation private and public sector partners for potential adoption, incubation and funding.
Think Science Fairs 2019 will take place in Dubai on 17th February at the Zayed University Academic City, Abu Dhabi on 24th Februsru at Khalifa University, Sharjah on 3rd March at the Sharjah Astronomy Centre, Ras Al Khaimah on 10th March at the RAK Exhibition Centre, Fujairah on 17th March at the Zayed Sports Complex and Ajman and Um Al Quwain on 21st March at the Ajman University.