The project "Towards a European STE(A)M Platform" (Erasmus+ KA3 Forward Looking Cooperation Project) was officially kicked off on February 20, 2020. The project aims to evolve the current EU STEM Coalition network into a full-fledged EU-level support centre for the national and regional STEM platforms as countries, regions and other stakeholders outside the network through a range of new and upscaled support actions, better EU-level (comparative) documentation and a new, more scalable decentralised structure of the network.
The goal of the meeting was to brief the partner organisations directly involved in the project on the overall objectives, key-elements and implementation of the project.
The meeting covered three main parts (see meeting agenda). The full minutes of the meeting can be reviewed by project partners only through the members' dashboard by logging in with your personal user account (see bottom-right of the page).
As a next step, a bilateral Skype meeting was planned with each partner to collect the necessary administrative information and walk each partner through the differen project management tools that were created for the project. The first General Assembly meeting has been scheduled for June 18, 2020 and will be hosted by ZDI (Germany).
Triggered by the shortage of STEM graduates in the Flemish labour market, the Flemih Council for Science and Innovation (VARIO) commissioned this research into trends and developments related to students choosing STEM education. (Dutch title: 'Kiezen voor STEM. De Keuze van Jongeren voor een Technische en Wetenschappelijke Studies').
The study has two main objectives: (1) achieve more insight in the trends and figures related to STEM within the Flemish education system, and (2) identify international best practices related to achieving higher numbers of STEM graduates, and identify their success factors.
The report has been particularly influentials because it developed a definition of 'STEM' applicable to the Flemish education system, that differs from the one used in most international publications. This definition forms the foundation of the objectives in the Flemish STEM strategy (STEM-Actieplan 2012-2020) and related monitoring instrument of the Flemish government (STEM-Monitor) (see page 36-37).