News | Education 08.05.2014

Strengthening science and technology – 2nd German STEM Summit

"Education in STEM subjects is vital to social participation". Nathalie von Siemens at the STEM Summit in Berlin.

"Education in STEM subjects is vital to cultural, social, economic and political participation. It is the key to everyone's individual opportunities in life, drives social development and is also far more than an economic necessity," said Dr. Nathalie von Siemens in her welcome address to the “2. Nationaler MINT Gipfel” (2nd National STEM Summit) in Berlin on May 8. Along with 28 other members of the German “MINT Forum”, Siemens Stiftung is committed to strengthening education in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Forum to strengthen STEM education in Germany

Foundations, scientific institutions, associations, university alliances, and other initiatives joined forces in 2012 to create the ”MINT Forum” and so pool their efforts. The members tackle core issues of STEM education in Germany in work groups and present their results to all members and interested persons once a year at the ”MINT Gipfel”. Dialog with representatives from politics, business, science, and academia is a key concern as part of that.

STEM education – an essential part of a general education

"We are involved in the MINT Forum because we believe scientific and technical education to be an essential part of a general education. It makes a major contribution to participation in society," states Nathalie von Siemens. "We work daily with partners from all areas of society to make teaching and learning along the entire educational chain an experience that arouses curiosity among pupils and sparks their fascination of scientific interrelationship. The MINT Forum offers an important platform to expand our network, coordinate the individual initiatives and give a national voice to our common concerns."

A comprehensive approach to science and technology

Dr. Barbara Filtzinger, head of the working area Education at Siemens Stiftung, chairs the "Integrated Education" work group, whose policy paper was published on the day of the event. "The goal is to foster a fundamental familiarity with science and technology. We believe that social and political debates on future technologies can only be conducted on the foundation of a solid basic STEM education," stresses Barbara Filtzinger. "That's why we hope our policy paper will stimulate establishment of STEM education based on a comprehensive approach."

You can find important statements and live reports from the ”MINT Gipfel” on Twitter using the hashtag #MINTGipfel.