ESERO SPACE GOES TO SCHOOL – Engineers Week 2023

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.


The programme is designed to stimulate an interest in Space, and science more generally, while seeking to dispel any bias the students may feel about who can or cannot be a scientist. We want all students to feel from an early age that they can be scientists if they want to AND they can work in the Space sector.


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.


You can see below for the types of speakers we normally have on available for the programme.

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 programmes are announced.

Priority will be given to schools which have not previously booked this  ESERO Space Goes to School programme.


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    Aisling Shannon
    Structural Engineer, European Space Agency Primary This speaker is fully booked

    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 her 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.
    Aisling will talk about her experience as an engineer at ESA and she would love to for students to show her their enthusiasm about space by showing off their own space projects!

    To find out more about Aisling see her profile

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    Eoin Tuohy
    Irish National Trainee at the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne Primary and Secondary This speaker is fully booked

    Eóin grew up in Kilmacanogue in Co. Wicklow. He went to school in St. Brendan’s College, Bray before starting his studies in UCD completing a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering. Following that, he did a two year Masters in Mechanical Engineering with Business. Eóin then spent some time travelling and working in Australia. During this time, he decided to pursue a career in the space sector. He completed a Masters of Space Studies in the International Space University in Strasbourg, France. He is currently working as an Irish National Trainee with both the Spaceship EAC team and the Space Medicine Team. His work involves preparing medical devices for space flight, In-Situ Resource Utilization (IRSU) with lunar regolith simulant as well as working on using machine learning to help diagnose medical conditions acquired in space.

    For more information about Eoin please have a look at his profile on our Career Profiles page

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    Juan Miro
    Head of Ground Systems Engineering Operations at ESA Primary

    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.

    Find our more about Juan in his profile on our Space Career Profiles page

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    Aoife Murphy
    Space Studies Programme Alumni Primary

    Aoife Murphy is graduating this year from Technological University Dublin, formerly Dublin Institute of Technology, with a BE (Hons) focused in Mechanical Engineering. In 2018, she took part in ESA Academy’s Ladybird Guide to Spacecraft Operations Training Course in ESEC-Galaxia in Belgium. This summer, she took part in the first ever online Interactive Space Program (ISP) with the International Space University. She has also been recently accepted onto the Space Studies Program with the International Space University. Aoife would like to share how she became passionate about space, her journey so far, her experience with the ESA course and the International Space University, as well as how she intends to continue pursuing a career in the space sector.