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Year of Science 2016-17

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.

Get involved!

Plastic Pirates

There's now another chance to get involved in the 'Plastic Pirates' initiative, which provides a framework for UK and German partner schools to work together on research into the problem of plastic waste in Germany's rivers. For the first ten schools to apply, funding is available through the German Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) for pupils (aged 10-16) from the UK travel to Germany any time between 1 May and 30 June 2017. During their visit, pupils will work together with their German partners to collect plastic from rivers and make a real contribution to marine research.

Why not get in touch with your German partner school and plan a project week together? German partner schools should apply to the BMBF on behalf of both partner schools.

For further details about the 'Plastic Pirates', please see:

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.

Youth seminar 2017

A seminar on the themes surrounding the Year of Science is planned to take place in autumn 2017. Further details will follow shortly.

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