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Year of Science 2016-17

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The Year of Science 2016-17 is an initiative led by the German Ministry for Education and Research. With the UK as its partner country, the motto for the Year of Science is Seas and Oceans. As part of the initiative, partner schools from the UK and Germany are invited to take part in joint projects on this theme, for which various funding opportunities are available.

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'Seas and Oceans' youth seminar

Applications are now open for pupils aged 16-19(*) to join young people from Germany to discuss the challenges and issues around the future of our seas and oceans. The seminar is being organised in collaboration with the British Council in Germany.

Activities will include an excursion to the mudflats and expert-led workshops on:

  • ocean litter - why it matters
  • rising sea levels - challenges facing us and our world
  • biodiversity / ocean literacy - looking at the impact on our lives and wildlife

(*)Younger pupils aged 14 or 15 can also apply if accompanied by an older pupil from the same school.

The seminar will take place in Hamburg from 20-22 October 2017.

Funding opportunities

Would you like to get involved in a joint thematic project with your German partner school? During the year of science, schools can apply to UK-German Connection for funding, which has been especially earmarked for activities, which tie in with the 'Sea and Oceans' theme. Several funding opportunities are available, including the Instant Impact, Challenge Fund and Partnerships in Learning programmes. For an overview, and further details on the programme guidelines and application forms, visit our funding pages.

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