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Public Consultation

Smart Futures is a collaborative government-industry-education programme that provides post-primary school students in Ireland with information about careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

Smart Futures was set up in 2013 to give students access to local people working in STEM careers, which has been facilitated via a volunteer programme for schools and through having a regular presence at career events nationwide.

It is coordinated and managed by Science Foundation Ireland, in partnership with Engineers Ireland, and is now supported by over 200 organisations from research and industry, as well as representative bodies like BioPharma Ireland, the Royal Society of Chemistry, ICT Ireland, the Irish Medical Devices Association (IMDA), the Institute of Physics, the American Chamber of Commerce, IDA Ireland and other stakeholder groups. 

The website provides an online portal of STEM career resources for post-primary school students and their influencers, such as parents, guidance counsellors and subject teachers.

A full evaluation of performance to date can be accessed here. A number of recommendations arose from this initial evaluation. This public consultation seeks views and input from the public and stakeholders on the next phase of the Smart Futures programme. This input will be used to shape and inform the next 3-year strategy which will create awareness and improve access to STEM career paths. The strategy will be primarily aimed at students , parents and teachers. 

A short paper detailing the proposed 2017-2020 strategy for Smart Futures may be accessed here

To input to this consultation you can:

  1. Complete the online survey. Within the survey you will be asked to comment on the proposed strategy. There is also opportunity to provide feedback on alternatives to the proposed strategy.
    Online Survey
  2. You can email your comments or submission to

Period of Consultation:

The consultation will open on the 25th August and close on the 4th September 2017 at  midday.

Target group

All citizens and organisations are welcome to contribute to this consultation. Contributions are particularly welcome from:

  • Parents
  • Teachers, educators and leaders of educational institutions
  • Pupils and students
  • Industry members
  • Education and training institutions
  • Public authorities at national, regional and local level
  • Youth organisations
  • Social partners

Results of the consultation and next steps:

The results of the public consultation will be used together with other data and evidence collated to inform the 2017-2020 strategy for Smart Futures. The new strategy and a  synopsis of received responses will be published on the Smart Futures website in due course.