FUE-UJI has participated presenting the Erasmus+ Ecoblue Tourism project in the 3rd session of the cycle “European Funds 2021 2027” organised by EuropeDirect Castellón. This 3rd session of the cycle focuses on presenting the European Funding Funds for private entities and companies, as well as success stories financed in different European programmes aimed at these audiences, as is the case of the Ecoblue Tourism project.
The conference held on Thursday 11 March was opened by Pau Ferrando, Deputy for Economic Promotion, Employment and Internationalisation of the Provincial Council of Castelló, who highlighted the importance of going hand in hand with companies that have much to offer the EU in terms of sustainability and digitisation. Angel Adell, CEO of Euradia, then presented the different financing options for private entities and companies through the European Financing Funds: “European funds require an access strategy and knowledge of all the available financing mechanisms”.
Success stories have been presented by the Centro Nacional de Experimentación de Tecnologías de Hidrógeno y Pilas de Combustible (CNH2) with the Interreg SUDOE IMPROVEMENT project, the Fundación Empresa Universidad Galicia (FEUGA) with the H2020 Soil diver agro project, GFM Fotovoltaica with the FEDER Aliena project and Fundación Universitat Jaume I-Empresa de Castelló (FUE-UJI) with the Erasmus+ Ecoblue Tourism project.
The Ecoblue Tourism project on training in entrepreneurship in the blue and sustainable tourism sector presented at the conference the keys for the preparation of proposals in the Erasmus+ call for proposals. The session also presented the consortium that forms the project and the different activities it carries out, its adaptation of contents and training to COVID-19, as well as the expected results of this project that ends next August after two years of implementation.
The first transnational online meeting of the Adult Community Media Lab (ACML) project marks the start of this Erasmus+ project on the digital age and social networks. The main objective of this Erasmus+ project, in which the FUE-UJI is a partner, is the training of adults in social media and digitalisation. ACML brought together all its partners online on February 17th to launch the initial activities of the project. Among the topics addressed at the meeting, the lines of development and implementation of the innovative ACML digital social media training programme were established, which will be based on an intelligent and open learning environment that includes methodologies that accelerate, motivate and improve the learning processes of the participants.
This first meeting between international partners was led by its coordinator, the Yenesehir Public Education Centre (Turkey). In addition to the project coordinator and FUE-UJI, representatives of all members of the ACML project consortium have participated in this meeting, the Ova Information Systems Industry and Trade Limited Company (Turkey), the Yenisehir District MEM (Turkey), the Instytut Badan i Innowacji w Edukacji Foundation (Poland), the Ecoistituto del Friuli Venezia Giulia (Italy) and the Croatian Office of Creativity and Innovation (Croatia).
Once the first steps of the ACML project have been determined, as well as its visual identity and dissemination channels, the consortium will work over the next two years on the development of the training platform and the training programme for adults in social media and adaptation to the digitalisation era, a training that is considered to be of great urgency given the leap towards digitalisation experienced worldwide in the last year and whose trend is expected to continue.
The FUNICE project has started its activity after the first transnational meeting between its partners, which was held online on February 3rd. The main objective of this Erasmus+ project, in which FUE-UJI is a partner, is to reduce the gap between research and farmers with the aim of improving their training in organic agriculture. In order to lay the foundations for the initial development of the training programme, this first meeting has been held between international partners led by its coordinator, Association de Développement Rural International du Bas Segala from France.
All the members of the FUNICE project consortium have participated in the analysis of the project idea, the objectives, the planned activities and the expected results, as well as in the definition of the visual identity of the project. Besides the coordinator (Association de Développement Rural International du Bas Segala from France) and FUE-UJI, representatives of the other entities of the consortium have also participated in the meeting: Growth Coop (Spain), the municipality of Karesi (Turkey), Balikesir University (Turkey), Association ARID (Poland) and the Institute of Plant Breeding and Acclimatization of Grodkowice (Poland).
The FUNICE project, which will be implemented over 2 years, will coordinate its actions to develop in the coming months a first specialised and innovative training programme on the advantages of using mycoryza in agriculture. This training, aimed especially at farmers, will promote organic and more sustainable agriculture, reducing the use of pesticides and fertilisers.
The FUNICE project, in which the FUE-UJI participates as a partner, has been one of the projects approved by the European Commission in the framework of the Erasmus+ programme in the modality “Strategic Partnerships for Vocational and Educational Training”. This project will be coordinated by the Association de Développement Rural International du Bas Segala from France.
FUNICE, which aims to reduce the gap between research and farmers in order to improve their training in organic agriculture, has 6 other international partners in addition to its coordinator. The partner organisations of the project are the Fundación Universitat Jaume I-Empresa (Spain), Growth Coop (Spain), the municipality of Karesi (Turkey), the University of Balikesir (Turkey), Association ARID (Poland) and the Institute of Plant Breeding and Acclimatization of Grodkowice (Poland).
All partners in the consortium will work together over the next two years to train agricultural professionals in sustainability and the use of organic components in production. They will also be trained in reducing the use of fertilisers and pesticides.
The Launch Conference of the Horizon Europe Programme, linked to the acts of celebration of the 30th anniversary of Jaume I University has ended the 4 th of March with a session dedicated to the global challenges and European industrial competitiveness, in which more than 570 participants assisted online. The meeting, organised within the framework of the Strategy of the Generalitat Valenciana for national and regional coordination in R&I, aims to increase and improve the participation of all the agents of the Valencian Community in the Horizon Europe Programme.
This event is an initiative of the Jaume I University and the Valencian Institute of Business Competitiveness (IVACE), together with the Network of Technological Institutes of the Valencian Region (REDIT) and the Enterprise Europe Network for companies in the Valencian Community and the Region of Murcia (EEN-SEIMED). The second session of the Conference was opened by Jordi Sebastià, Director of External Relations of IVACE, and Gonzalo Belenguer, General Director of REDIT.
Sebastià emphasized that “this conference is an example of the commitment of the entities with research and the business community”. The director of external relations of IVACE has highlighted the proactive nature of the territory: “the Valencian network in all its forms -universities, companies, research staff – is innovative, dynamic and seeks the improvements that Horizon Europe can offer”. Belenguer highlighted the opportunities offered by Horizon Europe and the willingness of the technology centres to “continue to support European projects that fit in with their strategic lines”.
This was followed by presentations on Pillar 2 of the Horizon Europe Programme: Global Challenges and European Industrial Competitiveness, by experts from the CDTI and FECYT. Carolina Carrasco, from CDTI, has presented the details of Cluster 1 Health and Nicolás Ojeda, from FECYT, has detailed the topics that correspond to Cluster 2: Culture, Creativity and Inclusive Society. From CDTI, Maite Boyero has advanced some key data and dates regarding Cluster 3: Civil Security for Society. Enrique Pelayo, Nieves González, Carlos Toledo and Andrea Pérez-Carro, from CDTI, provided information on the calls for Cluster 4: Digital, Industry and Space. The new features of Cluster 5: Climate, Energy and Mobility.were presented by Cristina Garrido, Julio Dolado and Juan Carlos García, from CDTI, and they also presented the details of Cluster 6: Food, Bioeconomy, Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment, which will have a budget of €9,000 million.
The presentations were followed by a pitching session for the presentation of 12 ideas or proposals by potential project coordinators from the Valencian Community who are looking for partners for future calls. A total of 12 proposals have been presented, 4 by research groups of the Jaume I University, 2 by PhotonicSENS, 2 by the Polytechnic University of Valencia, as well as ITI, Finnova Foundation, Space Farmers and Ecovending.
The meeting was closed by Jesús Lancis, vice-rector for Research and Transfer of the Jaume I University (UJI), who underlined: “In the Valencian Region we have two great challenges in front of us: to continue with the work of internationalisation and to increase the competitiveness and productivity of our companies, challenges that the Horizon Europe programme addresses and reinforces considerably”.
The Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI); the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT); the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities; and the National Contact Point for Research Infrastructures in Horizon Europe have collaborated in the organisation of this conference, which has been held for two days online on videoconference.
ABOUT THE HORIZON EUROPE PROGRAMME
As part of the European Commission’s budgets for the period 2021-2027, Horizon Europe is the most ambitious Framework Programme for Research and Innovation so far, aiming to keep the European Union at the forefront of global investment and innovation.
With a budget of approximately €100 billion, the main objectives of Horizon Europe are: to strengthen the scientific and technological foundations of the European Union; to stimulate innovation capacity, competitiveness and jobs in Europe; to meet citizens’ priorities; and to support the socio-economic model and values of the European Union. These funds are structured around the three main pillars of the programme, which are Open Science; Global Challenges and Industrial Competitiveness; and Open Innovation.
Horizon Europe is expected to generate new knowledge and technologies and to have a positive impact on growth, trade and investment, as well as a significant impact on society and the environment. Each euro invested by the programme can generate a return of up to eleven euros of GDP over a twenty-five year period. EU investments in R&I are expected to lead to the direct creation of up to 100,000 new jobs in R&I-related activities during the investment phase 2021-2027.