Become a part of SySTEM 2020.

We invite STEAM learning initiatives that operate outside the classroom to put themselves on the SySTEM 2020 map by filling in our questionnaire. Showcase your organisation and activities, connect with partners, contribute and gain access to scientific research.

Our mission

Learning is becoming less institutionalized. It takes place at many places, inside and outside the school classroom. SySTEM 2020 is on a mission to identify and better understand the impact of informal and nonformal science learning practices across Europe.


Little is known about science learning initiatives outside the classroom while it is crucial in educating and forming Europe’s next generation of citizens, researchers and innovators. By gaining insight in initiatives all around Europe, SySTEM 2020 wants to gain a better understanding of the types and kinds of programmes in operation, learn from each other, and collaborate to be able to respond to challenges ahead.

Contribute and connect

You will gain access to the data gathered and visualised on the map, become part of a network of peers and gain visibility in this Europe-wide network. The information gathered will be used in scientific research to ultimately advise and influence policy on both a regional and European level.

Put your science learning activity on the SySTEM 2020 map

Add your organisation and activities!

You can put your organisation and your activities on the SySTEM 2020 map by filling in the questionnaire, which takes 20 minutes. First you fill in this Organisation form so we can put your organisation on the map. After this you continue in the Activity form where you can submit information about the activities conducted by your organisation. Based on the Activity form we can visualise your activities on the map while comparing and connecting them with other organisations. All submitted activities will become part of the data visualisation of STEAM activity in Europe. The more activities you add, the more your organisation, it’s activities and network will appear on the map.


We are looking for organisations that offer science learning outside the classroom, such as after school programmes, summer camps, libraries, musea, makerspaces, festivals, popular magazine’s, vloggers, blogs or other initiatives that offer STEAM activities. Your activity should offer some form of participation and should not be part of regular school curriculum.

The scope of this project includes initiatives from the following countries/regions:

Austria, Balkans, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Israel and the Palestinian Territories, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom


STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, (Art) and Mathematics. Not all STEM initiatives include Art. SYSTEM 2020 welcomes all STEAM learning initiatives outside the classroom to put themselves on the map.

The scope of SYSTEM 2020 includes initiatives from these countries and regions because the project partners   are located in these countries. These project partners play an active role in gathering information for the visualisation on the map. We apologise if your country is not part of the research. Nevertheless, the information gathered can be interesting for you so be sure to have a look at the SYSTEM 2020 map.

Bevan (2016) notes, “A learning ecology is the physical, social, and cultural context in which learning takes place”. Through the learning ecology approach SySTEM 2020 aims to gain a better understanding into the complex interactions of these different ‘learning spaces’.

After you fill in the questionnaire one of our local partners will publish your data on the map within a week.