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This report explores the long term potential that makerspaces and making activities can bring to education and training in Europe. Through developing four scenarios with an outlook to 2034, the report supports anticipatory thinking and helps policymakers, makers and educators to better envision and debate the added value that makerspaces and making activities can offer for education and training in Europe. The report outlines three unique aspects of makerspaces which make them appealing to education and training. Firstly, making activities naturally combine disciplines that are traditionally taught separately; secondly, while exploring real world problems individuals acquire new knowledge and create meaning from the experience; and thirdly, due to informal ways of social interaction in makerspaces, a diversity of flexible learning arrangements are created (e.g. peer learning and mentoring, peer coaching). The report outlines a number of ‘drivers of change’ which are used for developing the scenarios for makerspaces in 2034. A 4-quadrant graph derived from two ‘drivers of changes’ illustrates the possible combinations of developments and their potential impacts. The report offers a number of 'Insights for policy' in the areas of education, training, validation of non-formal and informal learning, and employability to prompt and foster further discussions about the future role of makerspaces and maker programs in Europe.