About the ESERO project
The fall in students taking up classical science and engineering subjects presents a real challenge for organizations like ESA. In response to this, ESA’s Education Office created the European Space Education Resource Office (ESERO) project. This project uses European space exploration as a means of exciting young people about Science, Engineering and Technology (SET).
Europe has experienced a dramatic decline in the number of young people taking SET subjects in school and the uptake of careers in the same fields. The recent interest in applied sciences such as Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and Biotechnology has not been enough to offset the fall, especially among European women.
With the current European SET population ageing, a lack of talent to replace them could have wide-ranging and serious consequences. A shortage of young people going to university to read these subjects adversely affects the SET industry and employment markets. If the level of those qualified and literate in SET subjects drops to a critical level, the whole future of the European knowledge-based society and economy could be at stake.
These consequences will hit organisations such as ESA and its contractors hardest, removing the ability to innovate by lowering the quantity of high-calibre scientists and engineers available.
ESA decided to pursue a Member State by Member State approach, which allows this kind of support to be given while effectively dealing each of the difficulties listed above. ESA set up the ESERO offices at premises already known for science and is attractive to student, teachers and the general public.
Each ESERO office is manned by an expert, well integrated into the local education system and networks. This allows ESA Education to support the individual needs of the Member State, while simultaneously having access to those national networks of publishers, museums, teachers associations etc.
The primary function of the ESERO office is to create and grow enthusiasm and excitement for European space exploration among students and inspire the next generation to pursue SET careers.