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Sci-Tech Challenge 2020

On 28 May 2020 JA Europe and ExxonMobil organised the first ever virtual Sci-Tech Challenge, showcasing a number of innovative solutions in using STEM skills to solve a real-life challenge. Students from Belgium and Romania presented their solutions for an energy-efficient and low-emission mobility system for the city winning bid of the 2040 Olympic Games. An audience including Dr. Walter Goetz, Head of Cabinet of European Commissioner for Transport Adina Valean; Philippe Ducom, President ExxonMobil Europe; Karel Lannoo, Chief Executive of CEPS; as well as students and teachers from across Europe discussed how to upscale STEM education and make it more attractive to young people.

The Covid-19 context has shown that increased focus on STEM-education is more timely than ever, considering the importance of science and innovation in finding solutions to the most pressing global challenges, including health, climate, and energy.