National Platform Partners
Flanders STEM Platform: The STEM platform is an independent group that advises the STEM Steering Committee and the government of Flanders about the STEM Action Plan. The members of the STEM Platform are appointed by the government based on their expertise and their ability to create a broad support base for STEM. These members share the concerns about the too short amount of youngsters that are interested in STEM studies and are willing to share their knowledge, experience and network in order to meet the set goals of the STEM Platform. They do so by giving advice and suggest priorities for the STEM Steering Committee. www.ond.vlaanderen.be/stem/Stem-platform
Astra: Astra is the national Centre for Learning in Science, Technology and Health in Denmark, established by Law in 2009. Our contribution to society is to strengthen and develop science learning so we train a new generation with strong science competencies. Our vision is that all children and young people achieve science skills that will enable them to express themselves as creative and critical citizens. www.astra.dk
Estonian Research Council: The aim of the Estonian Research Council (ETAg) is to support the development and implementation of the national research, development and innovation policies in an efficient way, and to strengthen the social and economic impact and synergy of research and innovation. Amongst other responsibilities, the Estonian Research Council is the coordinating body of the Reseach and Technology Pact – a cooperation agreement between various partners to allow an increase in the popularity of STEM among the youth and society in general, to raise the quality of the education and the appreciation for work in these areas. ETAg invites stakeholders to participate in the initiative and helps schools of general education and companies to find each other and cooperate. www.etag.ee
LUMA: LUMA Centre Finland is the network for 13 regional LUMA centres within Finnish universities. The network ensures a national and international collaborative ecosystem to develop mathematics, science and technology education by providing activities and accessible resources throughout the country. The current LUMA ecosystem is a social innovation in which universities, schools, teachers, students, guardians, and industry are collaborating to engage all children and young people from age 3 to 19 in math, science, and technology and supporting research-oriented teachers at all levels for life-long learning. The LUMA Centre Finland promotes and fosters both national and international collaboration between educational institutions from kindergarten to universities, the business sector, educational administration, science museums and centers, teachers’ associations, and the media, as well as all other relevant organizations. The aim of the LUMA is mathematics, science and technology for all. The activities of LUMA Centre Finland reach altogether 400 000 persons (children, youth, guardians and teachers) each year.
Óbuda University: Óbuda University is the second largest technical university in Hungary with 13000 students, 6 faculties, 3 doctoral schools and 3 campuses. Óbuda University, the legal successor of Budapest Tech – or rather its legal predecessors: Bánki Donát Polytechnic, Kandó Kálmán Polytechnic and the Technical College of Light Industry – was established on January 1, 2010. Óbuda University has the only Engineering Education Centre in Hungary and has a strong relationship with industry for already ten years, which is the foundation of skill oriented learning. In 2014 the university launched the work-based dual education program. Most candidates in this program are from the faculty of IT engineering. It is a mission of the University to make higher-education more accessible in regions without higher education institutions, therefore a “higher education centre for community based studies” is established in the city of Salgótarján.
Óbuda University is the founder of the Hungarian STEM platform and is member of the EU STEM Coalition. Having long term experience with education-industry collaboration and the organisation of a variation of science competitions and activities, Óbuda University is well suited to boost a national pilot programme in Hungary.
Platform Bèta Techniek: The National Platform Science & Technology has been commissioned by the Dutch government, the education and the business sectors to ensure sufficient availability of people who have a background in scientific or technical education. This approach has been formulated in the Deltaplan Science & Technology, a policy document on how to prevent shortages in the technology sector. The aims: (1) to achieve a structural increase of pupils and students in scientific and technical education, and (2) to use existing talent more effectively in businesses and research institutes. The goal is not only making careers in science more appealing, but also to introduce educational innovations that will inspire and challenge young people. www.platformbetatechniek.nl/extra/english
The Government of Catalonia: The Government of Catalonia (Generalitat de Catalunya) is the regional government of Catalonia. It consists of ministries and other bodies such as public companies and autonomous organisations that employ more than 200.000 people. It has responsibilities, among other areas, in: education, employment, universities and economic development. Secretariat for Telecommunications, Cibersecurity and Digital Society is responsible for boosting the deployment and integration of digital technologies in each area of Catalan society.
The Catalan economy boasts a significant level of industrial activity in sectors such as automobiles and accessories, chemicals, and state-of-the-art computer and office IT equipment. The publishing industry and construction are also of crucial economic importance.
The lack of students choosing studies in the STEM-related subjects, high rates of youth unemployment and sustained labour demand growth in some STEM-related sectors such as IT, robotics, automobile and mechanics industry, have driven the Government of Catalonia to aprove in February 2017 an Agreement to develop the STEMcat plan (national STEM strategy).This plan promotes vocations in STEM among youth, and has to be deployed in the Catalan schools during the next school year (2017-18). The plan is currently being developed by the Government of Catalonia and will cover four main focus areas:
- enhance teacher training in science, technology and mathematics;
- enhance STEM skills among students and develop strategies to globally assess them;
- encourage participation in school of companies in STEM sectors;
- promote science, technology, engineering and maths in society
CSR Ukraine: Founded in 2008, the Centre for CSR Development Ukraine is a non-profit expert organisation in corporate social responsibility. CSR Ukraine has 4 priority areas: CSR in conflict times, business-universities-schools cooperation, social responsibility of municipalities and state-owned companies.Within the priority area of "business-universities schools cooperation" CSR Ukraine works on STEM projects. In 2015 CSR established a National STEM Coalition with 20 member organisations (Universities, schools, companies and research institutes). www.csr-ukraine.org/en
STEM Learning: STEM Learning operates the National STEM Learning Network - the largest provider of STEM education and careers support to schools, colleges and other groups working with young people across the UK. Supported by a unique partnership of government, charitable trusts and employers, the Network is dedicated to raising young people’s engagement and achievement in STEM, and increasing the numbers of young people progressing in STEM studies and into STEM-related careers post-16. We provide teachers, school technicians and others working with young people with STEM-specific, career-long professional development; access to free of charge, curriculum linked resources, STEM Ambassadors and STEM Clubs support; and a wide range of engaging activities with proven impact on outcomes for young people. We also work with employers of all sizes to help them maximize the return they get from their investment in working with young people, teachers and schools.