Prof. Nicolas PETER was recently invited to attend and provide expert advice to the European Commission on identifying potential future priorities on space education for a thriving EU space ecosystem. The European Commission gathered European experts from Academia, Industry, Space Agencies, Trade Associations and other space-related organisations to exchange on the future of space education in Europe and identifying possible opportunities and ways forward to expand the EU space sector’s talent pool.
Prof. Peter presented the programs and activities of ISU and highlighted that ISU is a 35-year success story with 5600 alumni shaping the international space ecosystem in 112 countries, with about 1900 alumni in the EU-27, and alumni in all EU 27 counties. He underlined the need to cover both space education and workforce training as two complementary pillars, as well as the need to have both disciplinary expertise and interdisciplinary agility for the benefit of the space sector.
Prof Peter gave also some insights into the work done by ISU in the context of the ASTRAIOS (Analysis of Skills, Training, Research, And Innovation Opportunities in Space) Horizon Europe project. The EU-funded ASTRAIOS project aims to provide a comprehensive view and understanding of existing and future offers of space curricula and courses in the EU and that aim to create Europe-wide space competencies and skills taxonomy for space and non-space.