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Education

ESA ESTEC and the world-class Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Universities (LDE) form the knowledge anchors of NL Space Campus. Together we have many fruitful collaborations that connect students with the space sector.

Our interdisciplinary education programmes, masterclasses and workshops are important for bridging gaps between knowledge and the application of knowledge, for future collaborations and innovations, and for the preparation of the talents who will answer future societal and industrial challenges.


ESA ESTEC

With 100 PHD’s, 100 Young Graduates and several education programmes ESA ESTEC hosts and educates a lot of international bright young minds. ESA ESTEC also has its own education programmes, such as the Young Graduate Traineeship, the CEMS programme and ESERO.

ESA YGT Programme

ESA ESTEC hosts yearly 100 YGT’s in Noordwijk. The ESA YGT Programme offers young graduates with a Master the unique opportunity to work on inspiring space missions at the heart of European space activities.

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CEMS Programme

The CEMS programme is organised by ESA’s Technology Transfer Programme Office in cooperation with ESA Human Spaceflight’s Erasmus Centre, as well as the Rotterdam School of Management Erasmus University (RSM). The Community of European Management Schools (CEMS) seminar gives students the chance to work with space technology and to discover its exploitation potential.

ESA's Technology Transfer Programme Office (TTPO)

ESA's Technology Transfer Programme Office (TTPO) regularly arranges activities that give European students the opportunity to work with ESA in the pursuit of non-space applications based on the agency’s intellectual property portfolio.

The main mission of the TTPO is to facilitate the use of space technology and space systems for non-space applications and to demonstrate the benefit of the European space programme to European citizens. The office is responsible for defining the overall approach and strategy for the transfer of space technologies, including the incubation of start-up companies and their funding. For more information, go to http://www.esa.int/ttp

European Space Education Resource Office (ESERO)

For primary and secondary education, ESERO, which is under the management of Science Museum NEMO on behalf of ESA and NSO, develops and manages a large collection of lesson plans focused on current items and a multitude of subjects related to space flight.

ESERO organises special teacher conferences several times per year. On behalf of the Netherlands Space Office (NSO), ESERO has recently published a certified Physics, Life and Technology module about Earth observation and satellites for more able pupils in the senior classes of secondary school. ESERO also organises the CanSat competition on behalf of NSO, in which pupils make and launch their own soft-drink-can-sized satellite. For primary schools, there is the Mission X project. In 2021 organised by Space Expo in Noordwijk by order of NSO. Mission X is an international school project on the initiative of NASA, ESA and other space organisations from the world. Find out more on their website: https://www.spaceoffice.nl/en/education/

NL Space Campus – LDE Collaboration

Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Universities(LDE) offer the best educational programmes  within Europe and even the world. In space engineering, astronomy and space law, but also in other disciplines the universities offer space-related education programmes.

By combining these different disciplines, LDE aims to offer unique interdisciplinary space education for its students to prepare them for a career in the diverse space sector. From space engineer to space lawyer and from space researcher to space start-up and everything in between. To enrich these programmes the LDE universities are partnering with NL Space Campus for connecting to and involving of the space community.

NL Space Campus and Leiden-Delft-Erasmus universities have partnered up to work together to connect the students from the different universities and the space sector. Together they will work on interdisciplinary educational programmes for the LDE students and further stimulate research collaboration between the universities’ researchers and the space sector from start-up to institute, from downstream to upstream: in the Space for Science and Society programme.

Space for Science and Society
The space market is becoming more diverse and intertwined between upstream and downstream and changes rapidly in how space programmes and industry are run. The future working generation, the students of today, therefore do not only need educational programmes that can make them the best in their field, but also programmes that offer them a diverse and broad background and experience in working on actual challenges in the sector. These challenges can be technical but more often than not also require a business, law, scientific or societal view.

The Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Universities therefore will develop together with NL Space Campus interdisciplinary challenge-based educational programmes for their students:

A Space Minor Programme

For third year bachelor students an orientation on interdisciplinary knowledge exchange and collaboration in projects.

This programme will start with the academic year 2022-2023.

Space Joint Interdisciplinary Projects (Space JIPs)

Master programme projects with teams of students from the different faculties of the LDE universities where they combine their different background to come up with innovative solutions from the sector for:

a. Improving Scientific Research
b. Space Technology Development
c. Downstream applications of space technology
d. Societal challenges
e. International Space Policy
f. And more

The first Space JIP will start in 2021.

An LDE wide Space Master Programme

Where elements from the existing Master programmes are combined to provide students unique interdisciplinary educational experiences. The first new Master programmes are planned to start in 2023.

Student Portal

Are you a student and interested in working in the Space sector, or curious to learn about the different opportunities and directions your career can have? Then you have come to the right place!

Check out our community members to learn more about the various types of companies and institutes in our community to find the right place for yourself. You can also check an overview of all the space companies and instates on the NL Space directory Here you can search what companies are active in the various domains that work on, in and with space.

Last but not least: check the map on this website's homepage to see where you can find Space in your neighbourhood.

Looking for an internship?
Once you find your companies or institutes, you can check on their sites if they have open internship positions or contact them for open application for it if they offer this to you.

Are you a student from the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Universities? Know that you can also check your own university’s internship platforms:

Leiden University
TU Delft
TU Delft Aerospace
Erasmus University Rotterdam School of Management

LDE NL Space Campus Summerschool

This year the first 5-day Summer School has been put together for students from Leiden, Delft and Erasmus Universities, open for students with a Bachelor and Master. 

Regretfully the LDE NL Space Campus Summer School cannot take place due to recent developments in the COVID-19 situation. We are however very much looking forward to welcome you next year to the 2022 edition of the LDE NL Space Campus Summer School!

Do you want to stay informed? Send us an email at info@nlspacecampus.eu and we will provide you more information about next year’s programme and other future student events and activities. 

Visit the LDE NL Space Campus Summerschool webpage »
Contact the LDE Liaison Officer NL Space Campus Peter Batenburg through info@nlspacecampus.eu. 


Other educational initiatives

We gladly work together with other highly regarded colleges such as Den Haag, Leiden, the renowned Leidse Instrumentmakers School (LIS), and other universities in the Netherlands (such as Wageningen University, Nijmegen University, Radiolab Nijmegen and the University of Twente) and in Europe (such as International Space University). They all are important players in the space ecosystem with whom we extend our partnership and collaboration.

The University of Wageningen and Twente are already involved in several activities of NL Space Campus, partly via Groundstation DotSpace and the innovation sessions with the Greenport where we have the aim to stimulate the use of space technology and data in other sectors. Radiolab Nijmegen will join as partner in the AVATAR initiative. Also, other universities such as in Amsterdam and Eindhoven are very welcome to develop together with the partners of NL Space Campus education possibilities for students and to stimulate for instance the use of remote sensing and geodata in their programming.

We very much welcome colleges to get in touch to discuss the possibilities that collaborating with NL Space Campus can bring.

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Webinars and workshops

Our ecosystem and community offer a wide range of webinars and workshops. The space sector is about learning, growing and expanding expertise by sharing knowledge, working together and support new ideas and innovation. The following organisations offer ways to grow your own knowledge and connect to others who are just as excited about space and space-related subjects as we are. Have a look at their websites and grow your knowledge and curiosity about all things space.

SBIC

SBIC offers multiple types of informative challenges and webinars specifically for entrepreneurs and innovative ideas, for example the webinar about the use of Planet & Copernicus data to benefit the European Green Deal.

NSO

Netherlands Space Office (NSO) offers regular (free) webinars and network activities concerning space-related subjects, such as working with satellite data, and being this year’s host for the (virtual) International Geoscience And Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS). https://igarss2021.com/

SpaceNed

SpaceNed is the branch organisation for the Dutch space sector. SpaceNed has around 40 members and aims to strengthen the position of the Dutch space sector (lobby in The Hague and strengthen the international collaboration) and thus contribute to a dynamic and competitive industry. They also offer webinars and workshops to inform and connect their members. https://www.spacened.nl

NVR

A vibrant and modern community that connects space professionals, future space professional and enthusiasts, and promotes space in the Netherlands. Besides publishing a magazine about space, they offer multiple sources through which you can learn about all facets of space. Find more at https://www.ruimtevaart-nvr.nl/en/calendar/

Sat IoT Lab

The Sat IoT value chain is very complex with a lot of options at the sensing, network, service and application layer of the IoT solution. What sensor should I choose, what satellite network, how and where to do my data analytics, and who makes the dashboard? The choices differ per solution and are based on a good understanding of a particular public vertical. And what about the ROI of the IoT application? All these issues are focused on in a series of satellite IoT webinars. Find more on their website http://satiotlab.m2sat.com

Groundstation DotSpace

DotSpace is a not-for-profit foundation publicly funded and helping to accelerate the Space Campus ecosystem of the Netherlands. The foundation is focused on education, exploration & creation by means of remote sensing technologies. https://www.groundstation.spac


Education partners

  • European Space Research & Technology Centre - ESTEC
  • Leiden Delft Erasmus Universities
  • Space Business Innovation Center - SBIC
  • Netherlands Space Office - NSO
  • GroundstationDOT Space
  • Erasmus University Rotterdam – Rotterdam School of Management
  • VSV Leonardo Da Vinci
  • Leidse Instrumentmakers School - LIS
  • Space Expo Noordwijk
  • M2 Sat Iot Lab
  • TNO
  • Radiolab Nijmegen
  • Spacebuzz
  • SRON
  • Universiteit Leiden - Air and Space Law
  • Universiteit Leiden - Archaeology
  • Universiteit Leiden - Astronomy
+31 71 203 2000 info@nlspacecampus.eu