The eight partners of the EDUC European University Alliance create a truly integrated European University with students, researchers, and administrative staff who learn, impart, and work at universities differing in size, age, native languages, and focus. Using modern digital tools and face-to-face collaboration, we form a strong triangle of shared knowledge and academic values between Western, Central, Northern, and Southern Europe, developing strong ties between local environments to tackle the global challenges of the 21st century.More
EDUC offers a wide range of opportunities to everyone from the universities involved, corporate, business and research partners, local communities, alumni, lifelong learners and many more. Find out what EDUC’s key action areas are!More
EDUC-SHARE (European Digital UniverCity - Research and Innovation with and for Society) project - the research and innovation part of EDUC funded by the Horizon 2020 program - aims at introducing pilot tools to enhance multidisciplinary collaborative research, working on a long-term roadmap addressing key global challenges. Thanks to EDUC-SHARE, citizens, and youth specifically, have the chance to be engaged in science exploring 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 developed within EDUC-SHARE facilitates joint research projects based on shared infrastructures, co-designed with the socio-economic stakeholders and citizens. Thus, the EDUC alliance will turn into a fully integrated university meeting all its missions (education, research and innovation at the European scale).
The project “EDUC-SHARE” received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101017526.More
- The development of a common research and innovation agenda has been discussed also with the Vice Rectors/Presidents of the 6 partner universities, to identify other possible cooperation topics (besides the 7 already identified within the EDUC Alliance), also promoting a bottom-up approach from the researchers. As to the networking platform for EDUC research teams OpenUp has been identified as a good option to create connections among the researchers and with the local ecosystems, and some research groups for the discussion have been created.
- 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.
- 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 their mutual opening.
- A catalogue of research infrastructures (RIs) is available to all EDUC researchers, and external parties, to increase awareness about opportunities offered by EDUC. This catalogue will enable, promote, and pilot open access to research infrastructures within the EDUC alliance. Also training sessions will be set up to empower the researchers to make use of the available facilities.
- A pilot call for access to research launched on 1st March 2023, offering the possibility to EDUC researchers and PhD students to use the participating research infrastructures and core facilities for free.
- 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.
- The aim is to find effective ways to engage citizens in science and thereby raise public awareness of 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 the general public on an emotional/sensory level.
- 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 to the needs of modern higher education institutions with special attention to innovation and entrepreneurship.
- The aim is for all the EDUC institutions to 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 labeled or involved in the labeling process and favoring their success in the assessment phases.
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- Finally, it aims at defining common principles on Ethics, Equality and parity and improving young researchers’ environments (training offers, supervision, working conditions, 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 EU.
- 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 in bringing together expertise from across the alliance to offer a training program in 21st-century skills.
- It aims to ensure (i) efficient and flexible technical and administrative management of the project - in line with the EDUC (Erasmus+) management structure; (ii) project reporting and interface with the European Commission and (iii) appropriate management of open research data.
- The aim is to organize in a coherent way the activities leading to maximize impact and visibility of the EDUC-SHARE project. We will make use of communication channels established by the Erasmus+ EDUC project to fortify the alliance’s efforts and complement with research activities and collaboration and mutual awareness of strengths and opportunities in the consortium, in its international networks, and among its local, regional, and national communities.
- Additionally, the EDUC Alliance is being supplemented by the OpenUp network, brought into use via EDUC-SHARE WP4.
- The quality of our communication will be reinforced by involving journalism students in the delivery and production of our promotional activities and materials.
The list of documents connected with the project activities can be found below. It will be updated during the project lifecycle. It is also possible to download it here.
D1.1 EDUC long-term research Agenda (M36)
D1.3 Report on networking activities (M36)
D 2.2 Report on EDUC activities to unlock mutual access to research infrastructures (M36)
D3.2 Report on citizen science strategic concept (M36)
D4.2 Report on the outcomes of the entrepreneurship courses and related workshops (M36)
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)
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)
D8.2 PR Materials on 7 EDUC Research Topics (M36)
Policy feedback (M36)
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A new Sciencepreneurship Series in cooperation with the Universitat Jaume I and the University of Potsdam consists of three workshops in winter 2023 and spring 2024.
- Date: 1 February 2024
- Time: 18:30 - 21:00
- Location: Le Diapason in Rennes, France
- Access: Public, for registered guests
EDUCation meets Research: The EDUC European University adventure
With “EDUCation meets Research: The EDUC European University adventure”, we introduce you to the captivating world of research, in the unique frame of a European University Alliance.
A researcher’s career is incredibly rich and diverse, yet often unknown. We aim to share insights of what being a researcher means, especially in the context of the internationalisation of universities and the stronger connection that is being built between education and research.
EDUC – the European Digital UniverCity, is an alliance of eight European universities, among which the University of Rennes. The EDUC alliance aims at creating a new era of education and research that extends beyond our borders and connects us with the world.
Through this alliance, the University of Rennes creates a dynamic space for learning, imparting knowledge, and collaborative work. The alliance brings together not only students and researchers but also administrative staff, offering new education and career opportunities for its members.
Are you ready to embark on a journey that unveils exciting educational opportunities and introduces you to the diverse paths of a researcher’s career? We invite you to join us for a dynamic evening at “EDUCation meets Research: The EDUC European University adventure”.
THE RESEARCHER’S JOURNEY (from 18:30)
Our stage event is a captivating journey into the world of research, offering insights into the diverse career paths of a researcher. From students taking their first steps toward becoming researchers to seasoned research professionals, we explore the intricacies of each stage. Discover the significance of internationalisation for PhD students, get an inside look at the innovative research platforms that fuel postdocs’ research, and uncover alternative career paths in academia. We’ll also shine a light on career opportunities outside academia, from entrepreneurship to knowledge transfer. Our stage event is a celebration of research, learning, and the boundless opportunities that await.
THE SHOWROOM and RECEPTION (from 19:30)
EDUC offers new forms of international mobility, European collaboration and linguistic
tandems. And more! Step into the world of the EDUC alliance and explore a wealth of opportunities tailored for different audiences – students, doctoral students, researchers, teachers and administrative staff. Our goal is to inform and engage with you, encouraging you to join the alliance and seize the countless opportunities it offers.
The Event in a Nutshell
- Inspiring Future Researchers: This event is designed especially for you! We’re here to show you that research is not just for scientists in white lab coats. It’s a thrilling adventure of exploration and innovation that you can be a part of.
- Building Bridges Across Europe: We’ll introduce you to experts and visionaries from partner universities, making Europe more accessible and relatable. Discover the wealth of educational opportunities beyond your doorstep.
- Discover what a European Alliance can create: from education and research to collaboration and mobility, get onboard and experience your European Campus.
You should attend if you are interested in ….
- … research! What is a researcher? How does a researcher conduct research? How do you become a researcher? What are the different career opportunities of a researcher?
- … leading an international education and career path! What choices of mobility do I have? How can I organise a mobility?
- … pedagogical engineering! What are online and blended courses? How can I reach a wider audience? What collaborative tools are available for me?
If you ask yourself any of these questions, come and meet us!
“EDUCation meets Research” is designed for a diverse audience, including high school students, university students, and anyone with a keen interest in Europe. Whether you’re a young mind eager to explore the world of research, a current university student, or simply someone curious about the intersection of research and Europe, this event is tailor-made for you. Join us on this remarkable journey of discovery and learning.
This event is organised by EDUC-SHARE, the research and innovation part of EDUC. The project “EDUC-SHARE” received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101017526.
This event is open to the public, and all are welcome to join. However, to ensure a seamless experience, we kindly request that you register in advance. Registration is quick and easy, and it guarantees your spot at “EDUCation meets Research.” Please register by 15 January 2024 via the registration form.
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Access to the venue
Address : Le Diapason, 21 Allée Jules Noël, 35700 Rennes Metro: Line B, Beaulieu-Université station Bus: Lines C4 & C6 stop Les Préales / Line C5 stop Vitré Danton / Lines 10 & 14 stop Vitré Foulon Car: recommended access via Avenue du Pr. Charles Foulon. A large car park is accessible in front of the Diapason. For GPS, indicate Allée Jules Noel in Rennes
- Date: 16th and 17th January 2024
- Venue: University of Pécs, Hungary
- Primary contact: Krisztina Csókási, Health Promotion Psychologist, firstname.lastname@example.org
Disabilities and Abilities Framed by Context - EDUC-SHARE Conference
We are excited to invite you for our upcoming two-day conference on the issue of disability, titled "Disabilities and Abilities Framed by Context." The conference will take place on the 16th and 17th of January 2024 at the University of Pécs, Hungary, and is part of the EDUC-SHARE project, a collaborative initiative involving eight universities.
Disabilities and Abilities Framed by Context
In the landscape of disability studies, it is imperative to recognize the dynamic interplay between disabilities and consequently abilities or privileges within specific contexts. Whether viewed through a social lens or within the framework of clinical psychology, these conditions are not static entities but rather intricately shaped by the environments in which they manifest. This conference aims to explore this dynamic relationship, emphasizing the contextual nature of disabilities and abilities and how these conditions are influenced by various factors. While the medical model views disability as a personal deficit or impairment, the social model shifts the focus to societal and environmental factors that contribute to disabling conditions, understanding disability is not solely a result of an individual's physical or mental condition but also socially constructed, seen as a product of societal attitudes, policies, and physical barriers.
We invite researchers from the EDUC network who are engaged in service, work, research, and teaching related to the concept of disability from diverse perspectives. Our goal is to curate a panel of experts presenting their unique insights, fostering dialogue, and identifying common grounds and further possibilities of collaboration.
About the Conference:
The conference, hosted by the University of Pécs, will be held as part of the EDUC-SHARE project's WP 1, focusing on fostering cooperation among researchers interested in the field of disability. The travel costs will be paid by your own EDUC partner university, while hosting, accommodation and catering from the University of Pécs.
As a respected researcher in the field, your expertise and insights are highly valued. We invite you to participate in this conference, offering a platform for the exchange of knowledge, the sharing of research interests, and the exploration of potential collaborations. By bringing together experts from each university involved in the EDUC-SHARE program, we aim to facilitate in-depth discussions that can lead to meaningful collaborations in addressing challenges related to disability.
Confirmation of Participation:
To express your interest in participating, kindly send to one of us an email by the 15th of December, and please provide us with a working title for your presentation. This will enable us to tailor the program.
For more information, contact:
- Krisztina Csókási, Health Promotion Psychologist, email@example.com
- Csaba Magdali, Disability Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sara Bigazzi, Social Psychologist, email@example.com
Let's come together for a transformative exploration of disabilities and abilities – framing the context for a more inclusive tomorrow.
Contact us and meet the EDUC Team!