The European Student Think Tank is an International Organization that involves young people in the European policy-making process and promotes the values of the European Union and Human Rights. Run by young people and for young people, we organize events across EU institutions, analyze European affairs and work with a network of Ambassadors to our organization, who represent the EST across Europe.
The EST was founded in 2010 and has been growing over the years. We are now present in the 5 continents, formed by more than 100 members, and count with more than 30 nationalities.
Our approach to building bridges between the EU and youth is based on three pillars:
- A network of ambassadors in 35+ countries, organising activities tailored to their national context and cultivating integration among EU students. They liaise with civil society and institutions to collaborate. Besides presential events, they lately embraced the digital format, prompting wider accessibility.
- The EST publications, enabling youth to express their views and providing a platform for student-led discussions. Every year, the EST publishes the European Policy Review, a peer-reviewed journal containing academic papers on a wide range of topics related to European Union policy.
- The EST Working Groups conduct research on Environment, Security and Defense, Gender Equality, Youth Employment, Migration and Public Policy and Health. By integrating a multinational research team, the EST is positioned to issue a pan-European analysis on the aforementioned areas.
EST Activities and collaboration
Together with our 47 partner organisations our contributors organise physical and virtual events, article exchanges, conferences and workshops.
Over 2016 the EST hosted a series of debates in the European Parliament in Brussels, in which we invited young people to discuss with policy makers, diplomats and politicians on issues ranging from youth engagement in European Politics and EU careers to gender equality and migration. In 2020, the EST co-organised a full day of virtual activities on the Europe Day ranging from European musical shows to roundtables and debates.
A network of Ambassadors in more than 35 countries allows the EST to reach out to all corners of the world and organise debates, conferences and activities for students eager to engage with the EU in their home countries. Our Ambassadors have organised visits to EU Delegations as well as International Organizations, prepared debates and conferences such as on gender stereotypes on women’s professional life in Europe at the Paris-Sorbonne University.