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The Polytechnic Institute of Setúbal (IPS) is organizing, until the 15th of June, the first “living laboratories” dedicated to the theme of Citizen Science, within the scope of the³European University E³UDRES² alliance, which brings together five more European partners from Austria, Hungary, Belgium, Romania, and Latvia.
In virtual format, the three work sessions (7, 9, and 15 June) are a privileged opportunity to bring together researchers and students from higher education institutions that make up E³UDRES², regional actors from the six territories involved, such as municipalities, units of health and business, as well as citizens’ associations.
The purpose of the initiative is to create conditions for academic communities and regions to jointly design research projects, with a view to finding innovative solutions to real problems, specifically in the areas of Circular Economy, Active Aging and Well-being, and Contribution Human to Artificial Intelligence.
Among the activities already carried out, and with significant participation, the Partners’ Market and the Researchers’ Market stand out, which, like real fairs, provided free movement between participants, in an informal register, to ask questions, share knowledge and find areas of common interest.
Through the hand of IPS, E³UDRES² thus started the first round of meetings between the needs of the regions and the scientists who will possibly be in a position to study them, sowing the seed of new ideas and projects for the development of smarter and more sustainable regions.
It should be remembered that E³UDRES², the English acronym for European Entrepreneurial and Involved University as an engine for Smart and Sustainable European Regions, is a consortium coordinated by the St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences (Austria), integrating, in addition to the IPS, the Hungarian University of Agriculture and Life Sciences (Hungary), UC Leuven-Limburg (Belgium), Politehnica University Timișoara (Romania), and Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences (Latvia), being one of 41 European universities created by community initiative.