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First policy brief of the SENSE. project


This policy brief serves as a comprehensive guide providing evidence-based insights and recommendations for policymakers, stakeholders, and educators. It aims to promote the integration of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) approaches into education policies and practices, and to foster innovation and collaboration across the learning ecosystem. 

The intended readership of the briefing encompasses a wide range of stakeholders who are key to advancing European STEAM education. It is aimed at students aged 13-18 to help them make informed decisions about their academic and career paths. Young adults aged 19-25 are offered insights to guide further study and career choices, while the brief specifically targets girls to challenge gender stereotypes and widen access to science-related studies and careers. 

Parents have an important role to play in supporting their children’s educational journey and choices. Private and public sector employers and businesses are highlighted as key audiences, emphasising the importance of a workforce prepared for the digital and green transitions. Educators, including teachers, schools and science museums, will be equipped with pedagogical tools to seamlessly integrate STEAM into curricula. 

Recognising the potential of cultural and artistic institutions as informal learning spaces, the brief highlights their role in fostering the convergence of science and the arts. Academics in higher education and research are encouraged to integrate STEAM inquiry and research methodologies into their programmes. Policy and decision-makers are a key audience, driving the integration of STEAM across the learning continuum. 

Finally, the general public is engaged as the brief seeks to cultivate a scientifically literate citizenry and foster a society that addresses challenges through lifelong learning practices. 

The structure of the document is as follows: It outlines the key findings and recommendations presented in the first SENSE. policy brief, exploring the transformative power of STEAM education. Its scope and intended readership are detailed, followed by an overview of its structure. 

Then it introduces the focus of the document, setting the stage for an in-depth exploration of the transformative potential of SENSE.STEAM education. 

After, it presents policy recommendations in four areas. Topic 1 addresses skills shortages and promoting STEM careers, while Topic 2 emphasises gender equality and social inclusion through STEAM. Topic 3 explores the use of STEAM in forward-looking policy areas, such as the Green Deal, health, and digitalisation. Topic 4 highlights the role of STEAM in driving educational innovation across the learning continuum, developing adaptable and forward-thinking individuals. 

This policy brief provides actionable insights and recommendations to help advance European STEAM education across a wide range of stakeholders and spheres of influence. 

Find the full version of the brief and the other briefs and recommendations produced by the project (to be continuously updated) at or read it bellow.