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SA2CC website and social media launch

In the face of escalating climate change challenges, a pioneering initiative emerges, aiming to revolutionize agricultural and forestry practices. The Sustainable Agriculture, Forestry, and Livestock Production Towards Climate Change (SA2CC) project embodies a paradigm shift towards a more integrated and adaptive approach to land management.

Recognizing the intricate interplay of ecosystem dynamics, SA2CC emphasizes the necessity of holistic landscape-scale understanding. Traditional siloed approaches, where forestry and agriculture operate independently, are deemed inadequate in the face of evolving climatic conditions. Hence, SA2CC advocates for a cohesive strategy, bridging the gap between these sectors for enhanced resilience.

At the heart of SA2CC lies a commitment to innovative solutions. Outdated forest policies, which have long hindered progress, are slated for transformation. Embracing an integrated perspective, the project seeks to leverage synergies between forest trees, hedges, and agro-forestry techniques.

Central to SA2CC’s success is collaboration. The project fosters a dynamic partnership between forestry and agriculture specialists, pooling expertise to devise smart climate adaptation strategies. From water management to wildfire prevention, from logistical challenges to ensuring wood availability for rural communities, SA2CC advocates for a comprehensive approach to resilience-building.

In a bid to amplify its impact, SA2CC has launched its website and social media platforms. These channels serve as vital conduits for disseminating project findings, fostering dialogue, and mobilizing support. Through active engagement and knowledge-sharing, SA2CC endeavors to catalyze transformative change on a global scale.

To access the website, please visit https://sa2cc.eu/.

All social media can be accessed through the website as well.

SECOVE WP3: IPP finishes challenge-based module

In a groundbreaking endeavor to bolster vocational education and training (VET) in the realm of renewable and sustainable energy, the SECOVE project is making significant strides. With a vision to establish a cooperation platform for Centres of Vocational Excellence (CoVEs) across Europe, SECOVE aims to revolutionize learning opportunities in this vital sector.

At the core of SECOVE’s mission is the localization of expertise, with a CoVE designated in each partner country. This decentralized approach ensures that tailored solutions are developed to address the unique challenges and opportunities present in diverse European regions.

The primary objective of SECOVE’s platform is to facilitate the uptake of innovative and high-quality lifelong learning opportunities. By focusing on skills development, competencies, and qualifications, SECOVE aims to empower individuals to excel in the rapidly evolving field of sustainable energy. Moreover, the project actively promotes mobility opportunities, encouraging knowledge exchange and collaboration across borders.

The rationale behind SECOVE is firmly rooted in addressing pressing challenges identified at the European, national, and regional levels. Sustainable energy, including areas such as energy efficiency, renewable energy, and smart energy systems, is a cornerstone of European policy agendas. SECOVE aligns with strategic initiatives such as the European Green New Deal and the European Skills Agenda, striving to develop innovative learning programs that meet the demands of sustainable development.

One of the project’s key focuses is promoting work-based learning and engaging the labor market in VET education, in line with trends identified by CEDEFOP. Additionally, SECOVE endeavors to address gender disparities in technical qualifications, promote innovation and entrepreneurship, and establish a culture of excellence, inclusiveness, and sustainability in vocational training.

As part of its ongoing efforts, SECOVE’s Work Package 3 is set to release Challenge-based modules for entrepreneurial mindset and skills in September 2024. Already, significant progress has been made, with the Introduction to Entrepreneurship, Integrating Entrepreneurship into the Curriculum, Identifying and Nurturing Entrepreneurial Talents module completed as part of the Empowering VET Teachers: Fostering Entrepreneurial Mindset in Sustainable Energy Innovators course, under IPP responsibility.

With its innovative approach and commitment to excellence, SECOVE is poised to redefine vocational education in the sustainable energy sector. By fostering collaboration, promoting innovation, and empowering individuals, the project is driving positive change and paving the way for a sustainable future across Europe.

STEAME Teacher Facilitators Academy: Open Invitation to a Workshop in Porto

The STEAME-Academy project is co-funded by the European Union to develop various
innovations supporting STEAME Project-Based Learning Education. One of the key activities
involves organizing workshops and roundtable discussions. The inaugural workshop is
scheduled for April 5, 2024, with limited availability. Teachers or researchers interested
in participating are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Co-funding is available for
participants traveling from at least 100 km away. This funding, based on actual costs, is capped
at a maximum of 150 euro.

In addition to the financial support, the project will provide full-day catering for participants,
including coffee, lunch, and dinner. The 150 euros can be utilized for travel expenses and/or
accommodation, particularly for those who may need to stay overnight at a hotel.

The preliminary programme of the workshop and RT is indicated below:

09:00 Registration
09:30 – 10:20 Introduction to the STEAME-ACADEMY project: STEAME LEARNING SPACES
10:20 – 11:40 Module A, STEAME PROJECT-BASED LEARNING (PBL), two parallel threads
11:40 – 12:00 Coffee Break
12:00 – 13:20 Module B, STEAME LEARNING & CREATIVITY PLANS, two parallel threads
13:20 – 14:30 Lunch
14:30 – 15:50 Module C, STEAME EVALUATION METHODS: emphasis in PBL
15:50 – 16:10 Coffee break
16:10 – 17:10 Round Table on STEAME Education – Discussion
17:10 – 17:30 Reflections and Evaluation
19:00 – 21:00 Dinner

For expression of interest, please APPLY HERE.

Venue: Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto, School of Engineering –
Polytechnic of Porto

Special STEAME-ACADEMY training certificates will be given to all participants.

BioMaps: Best Practice label

BioMaps, an Erasmus project that ended in June 20223, was awarded a Best Practice label by its evaluators. This project exploits digital cartography to raise awareness to the European culture such as literature, addressing it in an innovative way, through the elaboration of biographies of geographical bases.

The project complements the design of the BioMaps – including the BioMaps of the Portuguese authors – with the mobility of students to secondary schools that prepared a literary route through their countries. This project dealt with the collaboration between different educational levels, from school to higher education, improving teachers’ training in digital aspects and spatial representation.

The project involved six partners, including the Polytechnic of Porto, from four countries: Belgium, Hungary, Portugal, Spain.

SA2CC Kick-Off Meeting at USV, Suceava – day 2

On the second day of the SA2CC project kick-off meeting at the University of Suceava, participants discussed and decided on key elements for project success. This included implementing a collaboration tool and designing the project’s website, refining the draft quality plan, adopting equipment specifications, establishing a reporting procedure, and addressing dissemination activities and priorities. The day concluded with participants outlining next steps, demonstrating a shared commitment to the project’s success and its contributions to sustainable agriculture and climate change resilience.

The kick-off meeting has set the tone for collaborative efforts in the SA2CC project. With a clear roadmap established, partners are poised to make significant strides in sustainable agriculture, forestry, and small-scale livestock production to mitigate the impact of climate change.

The project, funded under the ERASMUS-EDU-2023-CBHE program, is anticipated to make a lasting impact on climate resilience and sustainable practices in the agricultural sector. As the teams disperse, they carry with them not only the momentum generated during the kick-off but also a shared commitment to the success of the SA2CC initiative.

SA2CC Kick-Off Meeting at USV, Suceava – day 1

The SA2CC project (Sustainable Agriculture, Forestry, and small-scale Livestock production towards Climate Change) marked a significant milestone with its kick-off meeting held at the University of Suceava (USV) on Thursday, January 25th, extending to Friday, January 26th.

Hosted by USV, the event brought together the project partners for a face-to-face meeting following the initial online session in December. The project is set to address critical issues related to climate change resilience in agriculture and livestock production.

In this first day, the event began with a warm welcome and an introduction to the University of Suceava, allowing participants to familiarize themselves with the host institution and its role in the SA2CC project. A significant focus was placed on the presentation of the draft partnership agreement, with collaborators engaging in thorough deliberations to ensure alignment with the shared vision and project goals. The meeting also finalized members for the Steering Committee and Quality Committee, establishing a foundation for effective governance and quality assurance throughout the project’s lifecycle. Project leaders provided a comprehensive overview, detailing work packages, milestones, and the schedule for deliverable submissions, offering participants a holistic understanding of the project’s scope and objectives.

SECOVE Project Initiates WP6: Innovation Hubs

As part of its ongoing commitment to revolutionize vocational education, the SECOVE project is set to embark on the next phase with the commencement of Work Package 6. This phase includes the establishment of Innovation Hubs across Greece, Slovakia, and Portugal, marking a significant leap towards promoting innovation in Vocational Education and Training (VET).

The primary goal of Work Package 6 is to create dynamic learning spaces, known as Innovation Hubs, dedicated to fostering experiential learning, technological uptake, and innovation in VET. These hubs aim to provide students with hands-on experiences in a controlled environment, equipped with cutting-edge devices, technology, and tools to tackle real-world problems.

Key Functions of Innovation Hubs:

  1. Connectivity: Facilitating seamless communication and collaboration.
  2. Knowledge Management: Ensuring effective organization and dissemination of information.
  3. Activity Management: Coordinating and overseeing various innovation-related initiatives.

Services Offered by Innovation Hubs:

  1. Awareness: Marketing and promotion of innovative practices.
  2. Education and Training: Offering professional training and educational programs.
  3. Research/Transfer: Conducting research and experimental applications.
  4. Entrepreneurship: Identifying business and service opportunities.
  5. Dissemination: Socializing new technologies, systems, and success stories.
  6. Networking: Organizing events to share information and engage with stakeholders.

Under the SECOVE project, these Innovation Hubs will function as a transnational platform, facilitating connectivity and collaboration among partners. Greece, Slovakia, and Portugal will anchor the hubs, while other project partners will leverage existing infrastructure, creating a comprehensive network for the exchange of knowledge and ideas.

The P.Porto VET Innovation Hub is being built from scratch within the framework of the SECOVE project. As a dynamic focal point for advancing innovation in VET, it stands as a testament to cutting-edge technology and forward-thinking methodologies. This hub is dedicated to propelling transformative changes within the VET landscape, with a keen focus on integrating practical learning experiences, technological advancements, and entrepreneurial skills.

Within this Innovation Hub, students will have the opportunity to put theoretical knowledge into practice, utilizing advanced devices, technology, and tools to address real-world problems. The hub’s functions encompass essential aspects such as connectivity, knowledge management, and activity management, ensuring a cohesive and impactful approach to fostering innovation.

As a key partner in the SECOVE project, P.Porto is shouldering the responsibility of developing and advancing the P.Porto VET Innovation Hub. This commitment underscores the institution’s dedication to revolutionizing vocational education, preparing students for the challenges of the future through practical learning, technological integration, and the cultivation of entrepreneurial skills. The Innovation Hub is poised to become a cornerstone in shaping the future of VET, emphasizing innovation, collaboration, and excellence.

SECOVE Observatory Workshop in Košice

In a collaborative effort, the SECOVE project, in partnership with Slovak entities, organized a workshop on November 29, 2023, dedicated to enhancing the inclusiveness and attractiveness of vocational education and training in Slovakia’s renewable and sustainable energy sector.

The workshop convened a diverse group of 29 participants, including university and secondary school students, teachers, education policymakers, and representatives from the industrial sector. The initial session provided insights into the SECOVE project, emphasizing the objectives and outcomes of Work Package 5 – Inclusion and Attractiveness, along with an in-depth report assessing the current state of vocational education in Slovakia.

A moderated discussion followed, delving into crucial aspects such as recommendations to improve the appeal and inclusivity of vocational training in the renewable energy sector. The discourse included perspectives on inclusion and attractiveness at educational institutions, insights from policymakers, and recommendations for necessary improvements.

Concluding the event, the SECOVE project presented forthcoming activities. The views and suggestions gathered during the workshop discussions will be instrumental in shaping the project’s future initiatives.

Evaluation feedback highlighted the workshop’s significance, with all participants acknowledging its value. A remarkable 95% expressed a positive recommendation for similar events to raise awareness of inclusiveness and attractiveness in vocational education. Furthermore, nearly 90% expressed keen interest in continued engagement with the SECOVE project’s activities and outputs, underscoring the success of the workshop in fostering collaboration and awareness in the renewable energy education sector.

Eurospan Facilitates Distribution of “Handbook of Research on Advancing Equity and Inclusion Through Educational Technology” in Spain and Portugal

Eurospan, a prominent distributor operating in Spain and Portugal, has joined forces with Marston Book Services and IGI Global to facilitate the distribution of the “Handbook of Research on Advancing Equity and Inclusion Through Educational Technology”.

In an era where digital technologies shape the future of education, the handbook, edited by Paula Escudeiro, Nuno Escudeiro, and Oscar Bernardes, part of the GILT Research Team, delves into the critical intersections of educational technology, equity, and inclusion. The global surge in digital education materials during the COVID-19 pandemic has heightened the pedagogical significance of technology, making this handbook a timely and essential resource.

The handbook offers a comprehensive exploration of the role of digital technologies in promoting equity and inclusion in education. From sustainable inclusion learning to virtual school programs, each chapter provides invaluable insights for educators, administrators, policymakers, pre-service teachers, and researchers. The contents cover a wide array of topics, including:

  • Assistive Technology Integration for Sustainable Development Goals
  • Computational Cognitive Neuroscience in Co-Designing Virtual Reality Games for Autistic Adults
  • Ethical and Sociological Imperatives of Educational Technology
  • Integrating Electronic Learning for Sustainable Inclusion
  • Technology’s Role in Advancing Health Equity in Medical Education
  • Augmented Reality for Inclusion in Technology Classrooms
  • Creating Assistive Technology-Enabled Cultures in Higher Education
  • Intelligent and Inclusive Education Technologies
  • Remote Learning During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Engineering Students’ Perspectives
  • Interactive Simulation Platforms for Diagnostic Radiography Education

For more detailed information, please see https://www.igi-global.com/book/handbook-research-advancing-equity-inclusion/304432.

TechWhiz Project Nears Completion: Pioneering Inclusive Technical Education for Deaf Students

In a landmark development in the realm of inclusive education, the TechWhiz project is reaching its culmination, ushering in a new era for deaf students in technical fields. The project, co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union, is designed to empower deaf learners by providing access to technical and scientific concepts through their primary language—sign language.At the heart of the project is a commitment to inclusivity, recognizing the challenges faced by deaf learners when technical and scientific concepts are primarily presented in written language. The TechWhiz initiative introduces an innovative online platform featuring a dynamic glossary of technical terms explained in the rich language of signs. This comprehensive platform seamlessly integrates three key components: The Dictionary, serving as the core glossary editable by registered users; The Gloss Loader, empowering technical experts and sign language specialists to contribute explanations; and The Studio, a cutting-edge tool allowing the creation and incorporation of new sign animations. Through TechWhiz, the project aims not only to break down language barriers but also to foster collaborative, inclusive learning environments for deaf students in the diverse field of technical education. As the project approaches completion, the promise of equitable education for all becomes increasingly tangible, marking a significant milestone in the intersection of technology, language, and inclusive pedagogy.

To learn more about the project and its results, click here.

SECOVE Conference in Bilbao

“On Wednesday, November 29, 2023, the GAIA Cluster, in collaboration with Politeknika Txorierri, the company Ondoan, the National Association of Centers with Certificates of Professionalism and the Online National University of Education (UNED), joined forces to organize the conference “Microelectronics, Energy, Women, STEAM, VET and Employability” in the Arriaga Hall of the Bizkaia Aretoa – UPV/EHU in Bilbao.

The conference was a success, bringing together professionals directly linked to the microelectronics and energy sectors to highlight the attractive perspective offered by the STEAM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) and their accessibility through Vocational Education and Training (VET).

The event highlighted the urgent need to address STEAM careers, especially in microelectronics and energy, in vocational education and training, and university classrooms. The importance of gender equity, non-discrimination and social inclusion in these sectors was underlined.”

This information was retrieved from the SECOVE website. Learn more on https://secove-project.eu/conference-in-bilbao/.

VR4ALL Launches Website

In an exciting development, the VR4ALL project has introduced its new website, offering a user-friendly gateway to its mission. As a European Erasmus+ initiative, VR4ALL is dedicated to exploring the inclusive use of Virtual Reality (VR) in design thinking, focusing on making products accessible to everyone.

As VR4ALL is still in its early stages, the website serves as a straightforward introduction to the project’s goals and methodologies. Visit the website for a glimpse into the exciting world of inclusive design and the innovative use of VR in shaping the future of product creation.