12 November 2002 Education and Skills Secretary Estelle Morris has announced that Science Year, the Government initiative to increase young people’s interest and engagement in science, will be extended until July 2003.

In making the announcement in July, Ms Morris said ‘Extending Science Year until July 2003 will allow us to create a lasting legacy of resources and sustainable projects. There is a tremendous desire among schools, the science community, business and key partners to build on its success. ‘

Science Year is a national follow-up activity to the World Conference on Science. Launched in September 2001, Science Year has already given more than £4 million in new science resources to schools, including digital microscopes, electronic whiteboards and biotechnology kits. It has also improved links with industry through the Science and Engineering Ambassadors scheme.

The Year aims to raise awareness of science among young people aged 10–19 years and their key influences: parents and teachers.

Working with teachers, industry and the Government, Science Year is the launchpad for a wide range of activities, initiatives and programmes delivered by local and national organisations.

Science Year seeks to highlight the many creative opportunities that exist in the workplace today for young people with a science qualification and the importance and impact that science has on our everyday lives.

The Year is managed by the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) on behalf of the Department for Education and Skills, and involving their key partners the Association for Science Education (ASE) and the British Association for the Advancement of Science (BA).

‘The Year will continue to improve the profile and perception of science,’ Ms Morris added, ‘involve communities in science and strengthen and demonstrate links between schools, higher education and industry. It will also continue to support work being done to improve science teaching and learning in the early years of secondary education and the aim to increase the uptake of science in higher education and careers particularly for under-represented groups, such as girls and minority ethnic groups.’

Mike Tomlinson, Director of Science Year said ‘Strategic partnerships with organisations including the BA (British Association for the Advancement of Science), ASE (Association for Science Education) and Science Year ‘Friends’, have been a contributing factor to the success of Science Year. These relationships have enabled us to provide innovative equipment and resources to both primary and secondary schools and we will continue to build new relationships in the future.

Therefore, I am delighted to announce that, following their sponsorship of the Tomorrow’s World Roadshow Live, which is touring in celebration of Science Year, we have made British Gas a Friend of Science Year.’

Responding to the honour, Simon Waugh, Deputy Managing Director, British Gas said, ‘We're absolutely delighted that British Gas are being awarded 'Friend
of Science Year' status. I believe it firmly underlines our commitment to
energy efficiency and in particular, our Think Energy programme for schools,
which we are continuing into the forthcoming school year.’


Further information about Science Year is available at