New Delhi, 2nd November, 2016: An innovative new initiative to encourage and develop scientific talent in schools across India is being launched by leading academic publishing house and global education leader Macmillan Education, part of Springer Nature. The annual accolade The Springer Nature Upcoming Scientist award, aims to expand scientific literacy in India and promote research and innovation for sustainable development.
The announcement comes after an education conclave organized by Springer Nature in New Delhi in October to discuss strategies and evolve solutions to challenges in science education in the years ahead.
The new award intends to be a first step to encourage students to engage in scientific learning and follows reports which indicate that India could develop into a hub for scientific research and development if concomitant investments in educational infrastructure, resources and pedagogy were made.
Although recent trends in students' performance have been not been encouraging, India is showing improvements in the volume of high quality scientific research published and the Indian Government has recently indicated an increased commitment to both education and research and innovation.
Entries for The Springer Nature Upcoming Scientist award will open on National Science Day (28 February 2017) which is held annually to mark the discovery of the Raman effect by Indian physicist Sir C. V. Raman. The award will be open to all students in India from ages 12 to 16 years.
The award will be given to the student found to best exhibit intense curiosity and the application of scientific thinking in response to a real challenge (health, environment or resources) in the student's own environment, for example finding a solution to discourage junk food consumption by school children, or reducing paper consumption in schools.
The award will carry a certificate along with the opportunity to publish the associated research with Springer Nature. Springer Nature will also honour the contribution of the Head of the institution in fostering scientific talent where the prospective awardee is studying.
To apply for the award, students will need to submit a report which would cover the challenge addressed, research and inquiry methods, results and conclusion, upon which preliminary judging could be based. The awards will be given at regional level to encourage maximum participation from schools and will recognize multiple winners.
Emma Bourne, Managing Director, Schools, Macmillan Education said, "Springer Nature believes real innovation arises out of a passion for science and an innate curiosity, both of which are nurtured at school level, and is committed to supporting this in India. With almost 125 years operating in the country and thriving connections with schools nationwide, Macmillan Education is uniquely placed to evoke this sense of wonder and excitement in millions of children. We hope the Springer Nature award will inspire, encourage and identify the brilliant Indian scientists of the future."
About Macmillan Education:
Macmillan Education India (MEI) has an unrivalled reputation in the school market. MEI produces learning materials for K-12 curriculum in both print and digital form and offer assessments along with teacher training. MEI has been in the school and higher education market in India for over 120 years and is today partnering with over 10,000 schools and reaching over 10 million learners.
It is quite probable that every child from a private school in India would have read Macmillan Education content at one stage of life.
About Springer Nature:
Springer Nature is a leading global research, educational and professional publisher. Springer Nature is the world's largest academic book publisher, publisher of the world's most influential journals and a pioneer in the field of open research. The company numbers almost 13,000 staff in over 50 countries.
Springer Nature was formed in 2015 through the merger of Nature Publishing Group, Palgrave Macmillan, Macmillan Education and Springer Science+Business Media.