Space Goes to School

The ESERO Space Goes To School program brings real Space Industry professionals to your classroom via videoconference, for FREE! Your students will have a chance to learn from these experts and to engage with them. We’ve had amazing speakers over the years, including former NASA Astronaut Dan Tani. Our program for Tech Week is now complete. Our next offering will be during Space Week 2021. Bookings will open on September 17th 2021. For an example of previous speakers, see below. These talks are designed to show students how varied the paths that lead to a STEM career in Space can be, and to assure them that they too can have an amazing career in this industry. Speakers are available to book for 30 minute online slots allowing for student Q&A time. Please note – as these connections will take place online you will need a strong WiFi connection. This programme is extremely popular and spaces fill up fast. To avoid disappointment and to be in with the best possible chance of securing a speaker for your class, we highly recommend you book early when programs are announced.


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    Juan Miro

    Juan has worked in space programmes at the European Space Agency (ESA) for 27 years. He has recently retired from ESA but remains passionate about space and likes talking about its contributions to society. He enjoys explaining space and the underlying Physics to young students and interested public. Juan is Spanish, has a Masters in Industrial Engineering by the Polytechnical University of Barcelona and has worked in Germany and The Netherlands. His wife Gabrielle is Irish and they spend now a lot of time in Co. Louth.

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    Heidi Thiemann

    Heidi is a PhD Astronomy student at Open University studying binary stars. Her research is focused in astronomy, astrophysics, stellar formation and evolution. Heidi has access to and works with telescopes like Super WASP, Faulkes Telescope, ASAS-SN, South African Astronomical Observatory.

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    Aisling Shannon

    Aisling’s role at ESA is to ensure that the spacecraft gets to where it needs to go without breaking! "The launch of a spacecraft is very tough from a mechanical perspective, lots of shaking and noise and some loud bangs! These shocks and vibrations are the main drivers for the mechanical design of the spacecraft. It is my responsibility to ensure that every part of the spacecraft is going to be able to survive the launch. A lot of analyses are performed to confirm this before we ever build anything."

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    Stephen Ennis

    Stephen is a Ground Segment Engineer at the European Space Agency's European Astronaut Center. He works on broad range of exciting topics important to the future of human exploration across the solar system. Europe's home to astronauts is a deeply exciting place with tight connection to space agencies around the world and the International Space Station. It's a thrilling time in Human Spaceflight and Stephen is more than happy to share his passion to inspire the next generation of explorers.