ESERO Space Goes To School

The ESERO Space Goes To School program brings real Space Industry professionals to your classroom via videoconference, for FREE! Your students will have a chance to learn from these experts and to engage with them. We’ve had amazing speakers over the years, including BCO’s Astronaut Patron Dan Tani.

*Our program for Tech Week is now complete. Our next offering will be during Space Week 2021. For an example of previous speakers, see the program for Tech Week below.*

We’ll contact you to perform a test on your videoconference connection ahead of your session. Please ensure that speakers are suited to your student level (Primary/Secondary), and time availability as we will have to cancel incompatible bookings.

These talks are designed to show students how varied the paths that lead to a STEM career in Space can be, and to assure them that they too can have an amazing career in this industry.

Speakers are available to book for 30 minute online slots allowing for student Q&A time.  Please note – as these hook-ups will take place online  you will need a strong WiFi connection.

This programme is extremely popular and spaces fill up fast. To avoid disappointment and to be in with the best possible chance of securing a speaker for your class, we highly recommend you book early when programs are announced.


Aidan Duggan

PhD Student

Suited to: Secondary

Aidan's Research is on using Artificial Intelligence to process data on board a Satellite. Currently images captured by a satellite are transferred to ground and handled there, but because of the sheer number of satellites, and the the amount of information gathered, there is too much data to transfer. Aidan is hoping to design software to be run on a satellite that will extract what we need from the images and transfer this directly to who needs it. During the talk he will give a little bit of information on what satellites currently do, and could do in the future, and also what he is hoping to achieve in his PhD.

Danielle Wilcox

Resident Astronomer and Telescope Operator

Suited to: Primary and Secondary

Available: *Fully booked*

Danielle works as a Resident Astronomer and Telescope Operator at Blackrock Castle Observatory in Cork, Ireland,
and Coordinator of Space Week Ireland.

Danielle didn't originally go to school for astronomy or science; she actually has a degree in Spanish and studied several languages. Danielle found astronomy later in life.

Danielle is passionate about space and one of the main goals of her work is to communicate space, science, and astronomy to students and the public. She organizes many outreach programs throughout the year to make space accessible to as many people as possible.

Her favorite part of her job, however, is getting to use the telescope at the observatory. It's a 16" Schmidt Cassegrain Meade LX200R. Danielle works alongside the on-site Astrophysicist gathering images. The research that's done is mainly on blackholes and exoplanets but they also image other target in space to use as educational resources for schools.

Aoife Murphy

SSP Alumni

Suited to: Primary and Secondary

Available: *Fully booked*

Aoife Murphy is a recent graduate from Technological University Dublin, formerly Dublin Institute of Technology, with a BE (Hons) focused in Mechanical Engineering. In 2018, she took part in ESA Academy’s Ladybird Guide to Spacecraft Operations Training Course in ESEC-Galaxia in Belgium. Last summer, she took part in the first ever online Interactive Space Program (ISP) with the International Space University. She has also been recently accepted onto the Space Studies Program with the International Space University to be held next year in Granada, Spain. Aoife would like to share how she became passionate about space, her journey so far, her experience with the ESA course and the International Space University, as well as how she intends to continue pursuing a career in the space sector.

Caoimhín de Bhailís

Science Facilitator, Science Writer, and Planetarium Operator

Suited to: Primary/Secondary

Available: *Fully booked*

Caoimhín de Bhailís has worked as an Explainer at Blackrock Castle Observatory for 6+ years and has been staring into space with unbridled interest and enthusiasm since childhood. He has appeared on RTÉ Nuacht, TG4's Spéis sa Spás and RnG to explain astronomy in Irish as well as English.
He facilitates the Transition Year Placement program at The Observatory and leads workshops designed to give students hands-on experience with STEM education and its uses in the real world.
He is also the author of the Observatory's Monthly Newsletter Sky Matters and the principal script-writer for the Observatory's planetarium shows.

Nitish Swami

PhD Student at WIT

Suited to: Secondary

Available: *Fully booked*

Nitish is in his first year of a PhD at WIT, working on the optical system of CubeSats, for satellite-based quantum networks. His main work is on the miniaturization of system components, as well as choosing appropriate protocol to establish a secure communication link between the satellite and optical ground station. The talk is going to focus briefly on quantum cryptography, satellite-based links to bring about a global quantum internet, and other quantum application of these networks in other fields of physics (Such as the detection of gravitational waves)