Recommendations from SySTEM 2020

For the past three years, SySTEM 2020 has been exploring the extensive range of science education opportunities and experiences that take place outside of the formal schooling system.

Through this work, several trends and divides have come to the fore that require institutional and policy responses in order to turn the tide and begin moving towards a systemic change in science education. We have created a series of adaptable and practical tools for educators that will support and cultivate learners’ interest in science. These tools have been curated to respond to the growing need to ensure that we create pathways to welcome learners from all backgrounds into science learning, and meet them wherever they are. We hope that our work will support the integration of learning ecosystems that link formal and non-formal education, families and wider communities, spanning a range of subject disciplines and supporting multiple ways of knowing and learning.

The possibilities for all should be and can be, within our reach. Our research and tools can frame priorities, agendas and policies that position Europe at the forefront of developing an equitable and diverse science learning landscape. This is why we are honoured to showcase our final report that captures the SySTEM 2020 project in its entirety. This report has been endorsed by two high-level politicians – Simon Harris T.D., Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science in Ireland, and Mariya Gabriel, EU Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth. Alongside this, we also attach the SySTEM 2020 policy recommendations that aim to summarise key actions that can be taken to support equity focussed science learning outside the classroom on the local, national and EU level.

We hope you enjoy the read and most importantly that these reports will act as a catalyst for change.


Mairead Hurley and Maria Zolotonosa


Science Gallery Dublin and Stickydot


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