The choice of the Glasgow Science Centre reflected two UNESCO themes for 2015:
- Literacy and Sustainable Societies and
- International Year of Light and Light Based Industries
Dr. Alasdair Allan, MSP, Minister for Learning Science and Scotland’s Languages provided the keynote speech and launched the Scots Language resource, biographies of famous Scottish scientists in Scots and English. Of special interest is the Scots Scientist James Clerk Maxwell who predated Einstein and contributed to the understanding of light.
Dr Allan said: “Literacy, has a massive effect on the sustainable development of communities around the world.
“Literacy attainment is a key focus in Scottish education and raising the levels of literacy learning is something we’re aiming to address with the Scottish Attainment Challenge.”
Professor Sue Ellis, University of Strathclyde, co-author of the research Closing the Attainment Gap has highlighted the importance of understanding and teaching different literacy strategies for different subjects.
The benefit of interdisciplinary learning was the theme of the key note address from former BBC presenter scientist Heather Reid OBE. Workshops reflected this interdisciplinary approach.