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D.3.1Over the past 20 years, there has been growing interest in science education in most European countries, as well as around the world. Such policies usually have a dual purpose: to promote science literacy among all young people (and even adults) and attract young people to science and the disciplines of technology in secondary and higher education, with the aim of encouraging them to move to science and technology professions and/or research–scientific careers. At the same time, increased attention was paid to science education for girls and young people with vulnerable socioeconomic backgrounds. According to the European Schoolnet (EUN), skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) are becoming an increasingly important part for basic literacy in today’s knowledge economy. There is a need for one million additional researchers by 2020 in order to keep the Europe growing 

D.3.1 Report on desk research