Scientists and Researchers
What we do:
Futurum Careers is a free online resource and magazine aimed at encouraging 14-19-year-olds worldwide to pursue careers in science, tech, engineering, maths, medicine (STEM) and research. We work with academics all over the world and translate their research into free education resources that can be used in the classroom, at home and in STEM and STEAM (science, tech, engineering, arts, social sciences, humanities and maths) clubs.
Why we do it:
We are passionate about STEM and STEAM education and we’re passionate about science communication. Why not combine the two?
Futurum is here because we want to help teachers deliver a high quality, broadened STEAM education that will invigorate their students’ desire to learn. We want to help scientists and researchers communicate their work to a global audience of teenagers, young adults and teachers. We want to offer teenagers and young adults – regardless of their gender, race of background – the knowledge and confidence to study STEAMM subjects – and, in turn, social mobility.
Our ultimate aim is to help students (and teachers help students) connect the subjects they are learning with real-world careers in STEAM. In the UK, Ofsted now ranks schools according to their application of Gatsby Benchmarks. The Gatsby Benchmarks are a framework of eight guidelines that define the best careers provision in schools and colleges. When schools and teachers use our content, we can support them in meeting Gatsby Benchmarks 2, Learning from career and labour market information; 4, Linking curriculum learning to careers; 5 Encounters with employers and employees; and 7 Encounters with further and higher education. The US equivalent is the NGSS – Next Generation Science Standards.
Our mission is to enable researchers to inspire, teachers to motivate, and students to aspire.
How we work with researchers:
As the name Futurum suggests, we are always looking ahead, which is why we feel strongly about the importance of sharing knowledge and innovation, and why we ensure that research is communicated in an accessible and engaging manner, to an audience that is keen to learn.
We get to know our researchers’ work, use our expertise to craft teacher and student-friendly learning resources, and ensure our researchers are proud of the materials we share with the public on their behalf.
Increasing STEM skills is a global priority and Futurum is gratified by connecting experts from all over the world with the next generation of researchers. We ensure real impact is achieved by getting researcher’s work in front of teachers, from a source they trust and in a format they can use easily.
How we support teachers:
Every teacher wants to challenge their students and to pass on the passion for their subject that made them work in education in the first place. In the real world of heavy teaching timetables and minimal planning time, however, we know that teachers can struggle to provide learning experiences that broaden their students’ knowledge and understanding beyond the confines of exam specifications.
Our job is to provide free, stimulating and high-quality resources that enable teachers to stretch their students that little bit more, and take them beyond the classroom and into the innovative world of contemporary research.
The resources we provide for teachers foster engagement, curiosity and independent learning, while showcasing career options available to young people.
Meet the Futurum team
What did you want to be when you were growing up? If you’re a scientist – and you always thought you’d be one –, chances are you had high levels of science capital as a child. This meant that, from an early age, you had access to science-related knowledge and experiences, recognised the relevance of science, and knew scientists or people working in similar professions.
In fact, ASPIRES, a ten-year longitudinal study of young people’s science and career aspirations, has come up with eight dimensions of science capital. And, the researchers on the project have established that the more science capital young people have, the more likely they are to study science in the future.
Worryingly, a survey of 3,658 young people in the UK found that only 5% had high levels of science capital (Archer et al., 2015).
Whether we embrace the idea of science capital or not, we all understand the implications of a society that shuns scientific knowledge: national economic competitiveness is reliant on a strong STEM skills base; science literacy has an impact on citizens’ ability to participate in and understand important societal issues; effective science communication counteracts fake news and the propagation of distrust in experts. These are but a few of the many reasons for increasing and broadening participation in science, research, engineering and technology – occupations that are facing skills shortages in the UK and elsewhere.
The aims of Futurum Careers, then, are manifold. With your contribution, we can:
01 Offer teenagers and young adults – regardless of their gender, race or background – the knowledge and confidence to study science – and, in turn, social mobility
02 Provide educators with appropriate resources to inspire the next generation to pursue science
03 Help scientists and researchers communicate their work to a global, captivated audience of teenagers, young adults and teachers
04 Give universities and institutes an opportunity to showcase their facilities and programmes to the best young minds in the world
All you need to do is get in touch.
Our mission is to inspire the next generation of scientists and thinkers among all teenagers and young people, regardless of their gender, ethnicity or background. To do this, we reach out to young people between the ages of 11-19 through their schools and parents. But mounting financial pressures mean that a large proportion of schools and parents cannot afford to pay subscription fees. We had to explore ways of producing, distributing and disseminating the content for free.
Moreover, our research with focus groups has found that parents, schools and young people are increasingly aware of data privacy issues and are unwilling to subscribe or register to access the information they need. For these reasons, we chose to adopt the ‘Open Access’ academic model.
Our Open Access business model means that invited contributors are asked to sponsor an article. In other words, provide financial support to offset publication expenses, including article writing, creative design, publication production, dissemination, online and physical hosting, and archiving. By charging an Article Processing Charge (APC) to contributors, institutions and funders, we are able to cover the costs of all the deliverables mentioned above.
Funders are increasingly supporting their researchers in this regard by providing some or all of the money for APCs. Your funder may allow such fees to be included as line items in the grant budget or offer specific article processing grants. If you are unsure whether Futurum would qualify as an eligible expense, we recommend that you contact your funder directly for their Open Access funding policies.
Although our costs are fixed, we are committed to supporting researchers on limited budgets. Fee assistance will be considered on an individual basis and is solely at the discretion of the Publication Manager.