A north-east science education centre has been awarded a share of £3.4million to help deepen people’s understanding and knowledge of the field.
Satrosphere Science Centre in Aberdeen will use the money to support a range of new initiatives to support young people’s learning and encourage science careers and skills development.
The life sciences and chemical industries sectors contributed £1.8billion to the Scottish economy in 2012.
Recent export figures also show an increase in science related products, with refined petroleum, chemical and pharmaceutical product sales growing by 4.4% during the second quarter of 2014.
The Scottish Government funding package was announced yesterday by Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon but it is not yet clear how much money each science centre in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow will receive.
“This £3.4million boost will allow our science centres to continue to invest in hands-on exhibits and activities,” she added.
“Scotland and our scientists have played a pivotal role in some of the greatest scientific developments in history and this funding will allow this legacy to continue.
“The funding will also provide a platform to showcase the world-leading research done in our universities and research institutes – inspiring our next generation of scientists.”
Liz Hodge, chief executive of Satrosphere Science Centre, said she was delighted about the funding announcement.
“We are especially pleased that this acknowledges and recognises the significant and crucial impact centres have in science engagement within our community,” she added.
“Satrosphere substantially increased its visitor numbers last year and are working hard to do so again this year.
“We are looking forward to developing new initiatives, exhibitions and partnerships to further enhance promotion of young people’s learning and their understanding of the careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.”