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Design of learning interventions that promote innovation skills

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the University of Thessaly, and specifically the Creative Technologies Learning Lab (http://ctll.e-ce.uth.gr), collaborates with universities in Asia and Europe towards the design of learning interventions that promote innovation skills among computer science and engineering students. The activity takes place in the context of project ICT-INOV (http://ictinov-project.eu) and is funded by the Erasmus+ Capacity Building in Higher Education program of the European Commission, which aims at know-how transfer from European universities to educational organizations in emerging economies. The ICT-INOV consortium includes, in addition to the University of Thessaly, universities from Portugal, Estonia, Italy, Nepal, Pakistan, Vietnam, and Malaysia.
Project ICT-INOV aims at the modernization of learning through the development of digital infrastructures at participating universities in Asia, the implementation of a digital collaboration platform for promoting innovation, instructor training on emerging design methodologies, and community building for the sharing of good practices on innovation skill development.
Towards this end, an instructor training event took place from January 31 to February 4, 2022 in Porto, Portugal on fundamental principles and practical application of design thinking, an emerging design approach that facilitates the introduction of solutions to complex industry and societal challenges. The event was attended by higher education instructors from Porto Polytechnic (Portugal), EU-Track (Italy), Tallinn University (Estonia), University of Malaya (Malaysia), University Tenaga Nasional (Malaysia), and National University of Future and Emerging Sciences (Pakistan), who will transfer the new knowledge to their organizations for capacity building on innovation. In the future, the training will be repeated with the participation of educators from Kathmandu University (Nepal), Tribhuvan University (Nepal), ISRA University (Pakistan), Hanoi University (Vietnam), και John Von Neumann Institute (Vietnam).


Event «Design Thinking in Learning» organized by the Creative Technologies Learning Lab and Secondary Education Authorities of Sterea Ellada

On Thursday, December 9, 2021, an event on Design Thinking and Learning was co-organized by the Educational Authorities of Sterea Ellada (PEKES) and the Creative Technologies Learning Lab (http://ctll.e-ce.uth.gr) research group of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (DECE). The event took place at the 5th General Lyceum of Lamia with the participation of secondary school teachers. The audience participated in experiential design thinking learning activities that can be transferred to the classroom for developing innovative thinking among students, who will be the problem solvers of tomorrow addressing complex 21st century challenges on sustainable development. The event was welcomed by Mr. Christos Markantonis, Organizational Coordinator of PEKES Sterea Ellada and Ms. Eleni Eleni Papantoniou, Educational Consultant of PEKES Sterea Ellada. The event is a multiplier action of research project High5: Transdisciplinary Methodology for Integrated Design in Higher Education (http://high5project.eu) funded by the Erasmus+ programme. The project develops a methodology for promoting innovative thinking that combines design thinking and problem-based learning.


Virtual Presence in Higher Education Hybrid Learning Delivery

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the University of Thessaly, and specifically the research group of Creative Technologies Learning Lab (http://ctll.e-ce.uth.gr), designs digital services for hybrid learning, that may take place both in the classroom and remotely, in higher education. The services are developed within the framework of project VIE: Virtual Presence in Higher Education Hybrid Learning Delivery (http://projectvie.eu) that is funded by the Erasmus+ program of the European Commission in the context of a special call for the design of digital solutions that effectively support the seamless continuation of learning in pandemic era. The digital service under development aims to support the flexible transfer of learning from the classroom to a distance setting and the opposite, or hybrid solutions that combine the two delivery methods, minimizing adverse effects on the participants. Although higher education students are familiar with digital technology and feel comfortable with the use of digital solutions to access educational content and activities, they can benefit from tools that enable remote collaboration in a way that simulates classroom communication. The service is highly interactive. It supports problem-based learning in groups. It allows students to recognize team members in a digital environment through avatars, to share ideas in a common digital workplace, to review, edit, and combine contributions of team members for designing solutions, and to effectively manage and prioritize tasks in a visual and attractive manner. The service is designed to allow the continuation of collaborative practices beyond the classroom, for example from home or on the road.

The project is implemented from 2021 to 2023 by Tallinn University (Estonia), the University of Thessaly (Greece), the University of Vigo (Spain), ATS (Romania), Virtual Campus (Portugal), and the University of Tampere (Finland).


14th International Olympiad on Astronomy - Astrophysics

On Sunday, November 21, 2021, the 14th International Olympiad on Astronomy - Astrophysics was completed, while it started on 11/14/2021. This year's Olympiad were hosted in the city of Bogota, Colombia, but unfortunately due to the pandemic the national missions of all countries remained in their homelands and took part online, with very difficult conditions of communication and time difference!



New HORIZON 2020 project aims to build an ecosystem for innovative climate change adaptation solutions

A brand-new Horizon 2020 project entitled Climate Resilient Regions Through Systemic Solutions and Innovations—ARSINOE, kicks off on October 1, 2021. ARSINOE is financed by the European Commission with a total budget of 15 million euros and is coordinated by the University of Thessaly. It brings together 41 partners from 15 countries and intends to be a game-changer for shaping pathways to resilience by delivering regional innovation packages that build an ecosystem to develop and implement innovative climate change adaptation measures and solutions across Europe.
Acknowledging that climate change is complex and strongly connected to other global challenges, such as food security, water scarcity, biodiversity depletion and environmental degradation, it is insufficient to use traditional approaches to innovation that focus on one aspect of the problem.
Systems Innovation Approach (SIA) addresses the developing complexity, interdependencies and interconnectedness of contemporary societies and economies, covering the functions of the cross-sectoral system as a whole and the respective variety of stakeholders. The Climate Innovation Window (CIW) refers to the European Union’s innovations marketplace for climate adaptation technologies.
Towards this direction, the ARSINOE project, starting from 1 October 2021 and for the next four years will develop a methodological framework for the combination of SIA with the CIW to create an ecosystem under a three-tier approach: (a) integration of multi-faceted technological, digital, business, governance and environmental aspects with social innovation for the development of adaptation pathways to climate change, so as to meet EU Green Deal targets for specific regions; (b) linkage with CIW to form innovation packages by matching innovators with end-users/regions; (c) fostering the ecosystem sustainability and growth with cross-fertilization and replication across scales, at European level and beyond, using appropriate business models and exploitation-outreach actions.
Nine widely varied regions across Europe will demonstrate the ARSINOE three-tier approach as a proof-of-concept with regards to its applicability, replicability, potential and efficacy. These are: (i) Athens metropolitan area (EL), (ii) Mediterranean ports including Port of Piraeus (EL), Limassol (CY) and Valencia (ES), (iii) Main river in Germany (DE), (iv) transboundary Ochrid/Prespa lakes (MK, AL, EL), (v) Canary Islands (ES), (vi) transboundary Black Sea including Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey (RO, BG and TR), (vii) Southern Denmark (DK), (viii) Torbay and Devon county (UK) and (ix) the Mediterranean island Sardinia (IT).

Check out the ARSINOE YouTube video to find out more about our concept!
For further information about the project, please contact:
Project Coordinator
Prof. Chrysi Laspidou
Department of Civil Engineering
University of Thessaly
Volos, Greece
Email: laspidou@uth.gr


iGEM Thessaly 2021 and the University of Thessaly win the first place of Falling Walls Lab Greece


Asteria Tsapadikou, representing the iGEM Thessaly 2021 team and the University of Thessaly, with the research project AMALTHEA, managed to break the wall of Microbiome, winning the first place in the Falling Walls Lab Greece competition.

On Thursday, September 23rd, the Falling Walls Lab Greece 2021 Final took place with the support of the National Library of Greece (EBE), at the Book Tower of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center. Of the eight finalists, after evaluation by the jury, Asteria Tsapadikou, an undergraduate student of Biochemistry and Biotechnology at the University of Thessaly and Project Leader of the interdisciplinary team iGEM Thessaly 2021, took first place and will compete in the final at the Falling Wall Lab on November 7th.   

The student of the University of Thessaly, aiming “to break the wall of Microbiome”, presented within 3 minutes the innovative research project of the team, called AMALTHEA. Incorporating the principles of Synthetic Biology, AMALTHEA aims to detect gut dysbiosis by developing a bioelectronic capsule, evaluating the function of the gut microbiome through a mobile application, and alleviating the symptoms of gastrointestinal diseases with a live biotherapeutic supplement. The aim of iGEM Thessaly 2021 is to offer a holistic solution for the prevention and control of diet-related diseases of both humans as well as domestic and livestock animals, by integrating it into sustainable food systems. The work of the team will be officially presented at the International Competition of Synthetic Biology iGEM 2021, which will take place online from 4 - 14 November 2021.

About Falling Walls Lab, this is an international forum for the new generation of innovators, pioneers, creators and visionaries. Its goal is to connect young scientists and entrepreneurs to a world-class platform that helps them drive their innovations, develop their communication skills and build relationships with each other, building a global network and a sustainable community of innovators. In the world final, the 100 finalists from around the globe are invited to convince a high-level jury for the solutions they propose to some of the most pressing challenges of our time, and to claim the title "Breakthrough Winner" in the category "Emerging Talents" , a sum of money but also the opportunity to present their idea again on the stage of the Falling Walls Conference.

Next stop for the iGEM Thessaly 2021 team and Asteria Tsapadikou, the world final of the Falling Walls Lab Finale, which will take place in Berlin on November 7th, 2021 and of course the iGEM 2021 International Competition.

Watch the final of Falling Walls Lab Greece here and discover the team's research project, AMALTHEA, here.

Falling Walls Lab Greece was organized by the educational organization SciCo in collaboration with the ATHENS research center, under the auspices of the Ministry of Development and Investment, with Executive sponsor Novartis Hellas and Sponsor Bayer.

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Nexogenesis Press Release

New HORIZON 2020 project aims to help improve policies related to water, energy, food and ecosystems
Artificial intelligence and machine learning are among tools to be used to assess the water-energy-food-ecosystem (WEFE) nexus in a new project coordinated by IHE Delft.
The NEXOGENESIS project, financed by the European Commission, aims to support the development of policies that manage resources effectively.



Encouraging better global citizenship education in rural areas through engaging online materials

Read the Rural GCE project's first newsletter !


Rural GCE project will encourage people to become active citizens in their local communities , First Press Release

On the 1st of December 2020 a new Erasmus+ project launched with the ambition to motivate people to become active citizens of their communities and to build on the existing teaching practices, improve the related tools and approaches. The Training Material for Global Citizenship Education (GCE) in Rural Areas project will combine the know-how and expertise of organizations from 6 European countries – the UK, Greece, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Spain and the Netherlands.

The project aims to: provide better opportunities and materials to the educators that are implementing activities in this field of education in rural areas; contribute towards an easier approach and reach of the process of citizens participation, specifically in rural areas within Europe.

There are several issues that the project will try to tackle. There are countless teaching materials, but most of them have not been contextualized and updated, and of course not tailored to the rural environment. On the other hand, there is little knowledge of the cultural and rural reality of the migrant populations, their resources and potential, their socioeconomic aspects and the factors that determine them. There is limited access to positive educational materials supporting creativity and critical thinking.

You can follow the progress of the project on our media channels:


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