Lunch Session LS2  26 June 2019

Fostering a young, creative and inclusive European space community

Aims and scope

This session will be organised by three projects - spaceEDU, Schools Tune Into Mars, and Scientix and will bring together teachers, researchers and project managers experienced in Space education.

Participants of the session will get familiar with exciting Space Outreach and Education programmes. Scientix - the community for Science Education in Europe, promotes and supports a Europe-wide collaboration among STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) teachers, education researchers, policymakers and other STEM education professionals. In order to capture the interest of students towards education paths in the space-related fields, Scientix collects and promotes resources from Space projects existing at the European level. SpaceEDU and Schools Tune Into Mars (STIM) are two examples of projects focusing on Space education and published on the Scientix gallery of projects.

In spaceEDU, the perspective of space and the Universe is used to inspire and broaden young people's minds, develop a sense of European and global citizenship and build long-term partnerships between people from different cultural backgrounds and countries inside and outside Europe. The goal is to motivate young people and encourage them to choose space-related careers.

The STIM project aims to provide adequate guidance for STEM teachers underpinning innovative activities related to current Mars mission to be developed in a co-constructive process between researchers and teachers. The STIM project also aims to build a network of schools and organisations interested in Space education and in Mars related studies.

This session will encompass presentations of these projects including the pedagogical resources developed and also observations related to current research on Space education and the development of a community for Space education at the European level. In this session, the audience will learn about what these three projects can offer in terms of education resources for various target groups.


  • Evita Tasiopoulou - Scientix: The Community for science education in Europe
  • Dr. Sandra Benitez Herrera - CosmoLAB: building an Astronomy educational community in the island of Tenerife
  • Evita Tasiopoulou - SpaceEdu
  • Lucie Leboulleux - Twelve iconic women in Astronomy
  • Mattia Gentile - STIM (Schools Tune Into Mars)

Invited speakers

Speakers to be confirmed.

  • Evita Tasiopoulou, Project Manager, European Schoolnet, Belgium
  • Mattia Gentile, Communications Officer, European Schoolnet, Belgium
  • Lucie Leboulleux, Post Doctorate, Observatoire de Paris, France
  • Dr. Sandra Benitez Herrera, Science Communicator and Educator, Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, Spain

Scientific organisers

  • Evita Tasiopoulou, Project Manager, European Schoolnet, Belgium
  • Dr. Agueda Gras-Velazquez, Science Programme Manager, European Schoolnet, Belgium


Updated on Wed May 08 10:34:31 CEST 2019