March 20th 2019 | Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh


Co-headline Sponsors


The SCHOLAR Forum is a not-for-profit partnership between Heriot-Watt University and The Association of Directors of Education in Scotland (ADES).  The partnership was established in 2000 to provide high quality interactive online materials for Scottish schools, enhance classroom practice and manage a national CPD programme in e-learning and educational technology for teachers.

More than 30 online highly interactive SQA courses at National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher levels are available in a range of STEM, business and language subjects including Mathematics and English

Since its inception, SCHOLAR allows Scottish students a unique opportunity to study anytime and anywhere and supports learners and teachers to fulfil the aims of Curriculum for Excellence. 

All 32 Local Authorities, 32 independent schools and 5 Regional colleges in Scotland subscribe to SCHOLAR.  It currently registers over 130,000 students and 10,000 teachers making it one of the world’s largest e-learning programmes for schools.

Professor Phillip John, SCHOLAR Executive Chair

T: 0131 451 3247




Cirrus Logic

As the global leader in audio and voice ICs for smartphones, wearables, digital headsets and smart home applications, Cirrus Logic relies on top-flight engineering talent to drive innovation in consumer products. Cirrus Logic supports the STEM curriculum as it is critical to developing the Engineers of the Future. Learn more about Cirrus Logic and our award-winning corporate culture at




Academy9 is an exciting educational initiative from Transport Scotland, linked to the A9 Dualling Programme. It provides STEM education and employment opportunities for future generations, recognising the power of partnerships between industry and education, and a desire to leave a legacy of STEM learning and achievement for all. The programme is built on a series of progressive activities for pupils and is firmly based in challenge learning, thereby providing pupils the opportunity to learn from those in STEM related careers. Academy9 hopes to expand to colleges and universities in the near future.

British Council

The IAESTE programme, the International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience, comprises over 1000 universities, private and public sector employers exchanging internships across a 90-country network aimed at internationalising future leaders in science and technology. In Scotland the programme is funded by the Scottish Government, and delivered by the British Council.

The reciprocal nature of the programme means that by providing a placement to an international trainee, not only are you filling skills gaps within a specific project or team, but also providing a paid international internship for a student from Scotland. All you need to do is identify a project, pay the intern’s salary, and we’ll take care of the rest.


Fife College

Fife College recognises the importance of STEM to ensure our future as a knowledge intensive economy and is working to develop robust yet dynamic partnerships that provide strong pathways from secondary education through college and into employment.

As part of the Fife Economic Partnership, we are developing a coherent strategic approach to STEM which is driven by industry, to ensure that the education and skills delivered within Fife are able to drive forward growth and success within science, technology and engineering related industries.

Fife College drives high quality STEM learning opportunities to ensure relevant skills and education for Fife people and the Fife economy. By working in partnership with industry we can support the long-term economic growth of Fife and beyond, and give our young people the skills and education to compete for courses wherever they choose.


Food and Drink Federation (FDF) Scotland

Food and Drink Federation (FDF) Scotland is an independent, industry funded trade association - representing food and drink manufacturers of all sizes with a base in Scotland. The food and drink industry is facing a skills shortage - around 27,000 new job opportunities are forecast over the next 10 years - the majority of these will require highly skilled individuals with STEM skills. Many people are unaware of the wide range of exciting and rewarding careers that food and drink has to offer. Through their schools work – A future in Food - FDF Scotland promotes the variety of careers available and the routes to access them. 


Glasgow Caledonian University

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) is a vibrant, innovative and multi-award winning University for the Common Good. We contribute to society in a manner that embraces and goes beyond the traditional role of a university. Our commitment to the Common Good is brought to life and delivered by students and staff across all our academic schools and departments. Our aim is for all our learners, regardless of background, to have the aspiration, knowledge and skills to be successful. GCU takes pride in the STEM-related skills our education provides for learners and employers; building on strong industry partnerships to co-create education pathways that nurture talent and build Human Capital throughout UK and internationally.



HYPED is the award-winning student hyperloop team in that originated at the University of Edinburgh. Alongside building its second subscale prototype of the 750mph transport system originally proposed by Elon Musk, HYPED has now created a STEM outreach programme contextualized in Hyperloop. Aiming to bring more gender diversity into the field, HYPED has created a two-step programme that aims at encouraging more pupils to chose STEM subjects at Standard Grades/GCSEs. Through in-class workshops showcasing the three stages of implementing a new transport link (Design Build Operate) and a national design competition (asking pupils to design the most inclusive passenger experience) HYPED aims to show how a STEM-oriented career can have a profound impact not only on the local environment but also on the wider society. At the event, HYPED will present its outreach programme, aiming for a rollout in September 2018. More information on the team can be found at

Lecki & Leckie

Leckie & Leckie is Scotland’s leading education publisher and part of HarperCollins UK. We aim to provide support & guidance for Scottish secondary students & teachers alike. We create market-leading classroom & revision resources for S1-3, National 4, National 5, Higher & Advanced Higher. Leckie & Leckie are approved suppliers on the Scotland Excel Framework. Leckie & Leckie are approved suppliers on the Scotland Excel Framework.


At QA we draw upon our 35 year heritage in IT training to craft apprenticeships that combine SQA Qualifications and on the job learning, with sector specific training. We were the first IT apprenticeship business to be rated Ofsted Outstanding and are Microsoft’s Global training  partner. We pride ourselves on offering industry relevant qualifications to support our apprentices in their journey to a career in the IT and tech industry.



SmartSTEMs is the glue between Tertiary Education, Industry and Schools. We exist to provide equity of opportunity to young people into STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) with particular focus on the gender gap.

Our model is scalable and replicable and delivered through our intertwined initiatives of hub events and outreach:

  • Hub Events are held in tertiary education establishments, by territory, where we convene industry and schools to apply the SmartSTEMs glue and get the good people of Scotland connected and collaborating to best effect.
  • Outreach is delivered in Schools & Clubs

affording STEM activities locally & ongoing.