EDUC-SHARE project - the research and innovation part of EDUC - will introduce pilot tools to enhance multidisciplinary collaborative research, working on a long-term roadmap addressing key global challenges. Citizens, and youth specifically, will be engaged in science. We will explore ways to speed up technology transfer in diverse areas, spanning from ICT to social sciences and humanities, and nurture entrepreneurial mindsets among students and researchers.
Common R&I agenda of EDUC will facilitate joint research projects based on shared infrastructures, co-designed with the socio-economic stakeholders and citizens. Thus, EDUC will turn into a fully integrated university meeting all its missions (education, research and innovation at the European scale).
WP1 Long-Term Research and Innovation agenda for tackling key global challenges
- The development of a common research and innovation agenda and a networking platform for EDUC research teams will be tackled in the framework of the WP.
- Finally, in order to guarantee to all researchers a high quality support to their activities, it also aims to reinforce research support services within the EDUC Alliance through dialogue and best practices exchange with the objective to favour joint applications of EDUC members to European calls in synergies with national and local fundings.
D1.1 EDUC long-term research Agenda (M36)
D1.2 EDUC Networking Platform (M18)
D1.3 Report on networking activities (M36)
WP2 Research Infrastructure
- The WP aims at reinforcing the development and implementation of the EDUC research agenda by stocktaking of available research infrastructures within the EDUC consortium and by facilitation of their mutual opening.
- A catalogue of a research infrastructures (RIs) will be produced accessible to all EDUC researchers, and if relevant external users, to increase awareness about EDUC. This catalogue will be also use to enable, promote, and pilot open access to research infrastructures within the EDUC alliance. Also training sessions we will be set up to empower the researchers to make use of the available facilities.
- As our main goal is to mobilize the research infrastructures to tackle the prioritized research challenges of EDUC, the piloting of open access and user training will be particularly focused on the long-term research agenda and research topics.
- Finally, we aim to create tools and conditions to maximize the openness of science in EDUC.
D2.1 Common Open Science Strategy of EDUC (M18)
D2.2 Report on EDUC activities to unlock mutual access to research infrastructures (M36)
WP3 Citizen engagement
- The aim is to find effective ways to engage citizens in science and thereby raise public awareness on the role of science, researchers and the general public in political decisions. It will look into the development of needed structures in politics, administration and science.
- Youth has been identified as the main target group of our activities. Through different formats of events, we will look at good practices throughout the EDUC member universities. In the piloting phase, we will focus on the two research themes “cybersecurity + culture and heritage”. The events will address the expectations and fears of citizens towards digitalization and will enrich our down-to-earth exchanges with vulnerable groups and the general public on an emotional/sensory level.
D3.1 Action Plan for EDUC events to raise awareness for science among citizens (M18)
D3.2 Report on citizen science strategic concept (M36)
WP4 Knowledge and technology transfer
- The WP aims at strengthening the relations of the member HEIs with the socio-economic stakeholders (in particular for topics related to the RIS3) within the regions of the EDUC-SHARE members.
- It fosters the interconnectivity of all relevant university stakeholders to inspire and catalyze innovative and entrepreneurial collaborations, building on the ‘university-centered entrepreneurial ecosystem model’ and the state-of-the-art IoT platform solution (https://educ.openup.education/welcome).
- EDUC-SHARE will deploy two pilots regarding the cooperation on innovation and technology transfer ecosystems: one in the ”Cybersecurity and AI” area and one on “Culture and Heritage”.
- This WP will also develop resources to increase the entrepreneurial spirit and competencies of researchers by guiding and supporting entrepreneurial venture creation. It strives for a complex platform solution catering for the need of modern higher education institutions with special attention to innovation and entrepreneurship.
D4.1 Inventory of TT ecosystem (M18)
D4.2 Report on the outcomes of the entrepreneurship courses and related workshops (M36)
WP5 HRS4R Process
- The aim is that all the EDUC institutions receive the “HR Excellence in Research'' label by the end of the project. It also aims at strengthening the action plans of EDUC members already labelled or involved in the labelling process and favouring their success in the assessment phases.
- Three universities of the Alliance are awarded:
University of Rennes 1: https://international.univ-rennes1.fr/fr/node/422
University of Masaryk: https://www.muni.cz/en/about-us/careers/why-work-at-mu
- Finally, it aims at defining common principles on Ethics, Equality, and parity and improving young researchers’ environments (training offers, supervision, working conditions, and professional integration). In particular, on gender equality in research and academia, it will share the best practices inside and outside the partnership taking advantage of the results of several projects funded in this field by the EU.
D5.1 Report on methodologies implemented for the labeling process (M18)
D5.2 Common recommendations of EDUC members on ethics and parity/equality principles (M36)
D5.3 Roadmap for the creation of a network of doctoral schools at the EDUC scale (M36)
WP6 Soft skills training offer
- The digital transition, automation, and artificial intelligence are all increasing the need for upskilling in the 21st century, notably in soft skills.
- In 2021, EDUC universities carried out a survey among research and administrative staff to identify key interpersonal and transversal skills they would like to develop. Following on from this, in 2022-2023 EDUC universities will experiment with bringing together expertise from across the alliance to offer a training programme in 21st-century skills.
D6.1 Report on the needs in soft skills training based on the survey "EDUC researchers &staff and their soft skills" and on the inventory of existing training programmes (M18)
D6.2 Roadmap: creating soft skills training programmes that are valorizable for both employees (researchers and staff) and for HR services (M36).
WP7 Project Management
- Ensuring efficient and flexible technical and administrative management of the project
- Project reporting and interface with the European Commission
Policy Feedback (M18)
Policy Feedback (M36)
WP8 Dissemination and Communication
- Development and implementation of activities and results of the project through the PEDR - Plan of Exploitation and Dissemination of Results
- Sharing information inside and outside the partnership to raise awareness of the EDUC-SHARE activities and goals
- Internship for student journalists, of the 6 Universities of the Alliance, in the scientific environment to develop soft skills and the engagement of young citizens in research.
D8.1 Dissemination, Communication and Exploitation Plan (M18)
D8.2 PR materials on 7 EDUC Research Topics