RI4C2 – Research & Innovation For Cities & Citizens

The seven universities composing the European Universities Alliance “EC2U” are again joining forces to extend the activities of the EC2U Alliance to the Research and Innovation fields:

  1. University of Coimbra (Portugal)
  2. Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iaşi (Romania)
  3. University of Jena (Germany)
  4. University of Pavia (Italy)
  5. University of Poitiers (France)
  6. University of Salamanca (Spain)
  7. University of Turku (Finland)

The Horizon 2020 project: RI4C2 – “Research & Innovation For Cities & Citizens” is funded under the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 „Science with & for Society” call, Grant Agreement 101035803/04.06.2021.

In this project, the seven partners have the joint overall objective to create a shared Pan-European Knowledge Ecosystem (PEKE). The project will develop a process that involves a gradual and adaptative transformation of all aspects of the Research & Innovation (R&I) missions at the participant universities. This will include developing a research and innovation agenda and platform, offering workshops on the topic of people empowerment, and investigating which factors promote the development of a functioning knowledge ecosystem.

The objectives of the project are the following:

1) Developing a common R&I agenda and action plan
2) Strengthening human capital, enabling balanced brain circulation & gender balance
3) Sharing research infrastructures/resources
4) Reinforcing cooperation with non-academic actors
5) Mainstreaming Open Science
6) Promoting Citizen Science
7) Promoting cooperation among Alliances of European Universities

The project is based on eight work packages that act as “mini-engines” producing all components of the future PEKE and strengthening the local Knowledge ecosystems led by the participating universities:

Work Package 6. Knowledge Ecosystem

Coordinator: „Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University of Iasi

Work package description:

The future Pan-European Knowledge Ecosystem (PEKE) will rely on key instruments, including Local Knowledge Ecosystems in the seven EC2U communities. Understanding how these local ecosystems function is crucial for successfully connecting them into a single Pan-European Knowledge Ecosystem. Moreover, as citizens are key actors among the local ecosystems and as the EC2U Alliance guiding principle is to promote their active engagement in all stages of the R&I process, this WP will also design an action plan for Citizen Science Living Labs.

Objectives:

  • Identify the key Citizen Science actors in each EC2U partner city.
  • Conduct an analysis of the Local Knowledge Ecosystems in each EC2U partner city.
  • Propose instruments to measure civic engagement in Citizen Science projects.
  • Identify relevant topics for Living Labs. (A Living Lab is an approach that involves co-creating, testing, and evaluating solutions in real-world settings with citizens who are not professional researchers.)
  • Create three Living Labs in the existing Virtual Institutes (Virtual Institute for Health and Well-Being, Virtual Institute for Quality and Multilingvism, Virtual Institute for Sustainable Cities and Communities).  These Living Labs are a platform for scientific dialogue between citizens, researchers and innovators.
  • Design Citizen Science projects to be submitted for funding

WP6 Board:

WP Leader: Prof.dr. Ionel Mangalagiu

Local Coordinators: Prof.dr. Daniela Soitu, Elena Felice

GLADE Living Lab is part of the EC2U Virtual Institute for Good Health and Well-being (GLADE), developed to tackle specific approaches in education, research, innovation and service transfer to the community in the long run.

GLADE Virtual Institute will be the headquarters for:

  • EC2U GLADE Literacy LAB and education for all in the area of good health and wellbeing;
  • EC2U GLADE Transformative Research HUB;
  • EC2U GLADE Management Service for a Healthy Campus and Online peer counselling LAB for students.
  • LIFELINE master programme

For more information, check the GLADE Virtual Institute -UAIC web-page!

What is a Living Lab?

A Living Lab is an open innovation ecosystem in real-life environments using iterative feedback processes throughout a lifecycle approach of an innovation to create sustainable impact. (European Network of Living Labs)

Living Laboratories Definitions

To formulate a framework for the creation and development of the three pilot living labs within existing EC2U Virtual Institutes, the Living Labs-Pathways for Open Innovation Ecosystems conference was organized on 26.09.2023.

Conference programme

→ Conference presentations:

Discover Living Labs in the areas of GLADE:

  • “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University of Iaşi – GLADE Living Lab

…. Glade LL is dedicated to preventing of health problems and promoting a healthy and active lifestyle.

…. The QC is a resource center dedicated to promoting health through lifestyle habits. It is also a building located in the Futuroscope area which includes a gymnasium, a teaching kitchen, a fitness room, training/meeting rooms, and innovative equipment.

QE Living Lab is part of the EC2U Virtual Institute for Quality Education (VIQE). The Virtual Institute develops activities that combines education, research and innovation for advanced studies in quality education.

What is a Living Lab?

Living Labs are open innovation ecosystems in real-life environments using iterative feedback processes throughout a lifecycle approach of an innovation to create sustainable impact. (European Network of Living Labs)

 Living Laboratories Definitions

To formulate a framework for the creation and development of the three pilot living labs within existing EC2U Virtual Institutes, the Living Labs-Pathways for Open Innovation Ecosystems conference was organized on 26.09.2023.

→ Conference programme

→ Conference presentation:

Living Labs – University of Salamanca:

Gendered Innovation Living Labs (GILL) builds on the Living Lab methodology by adopting a co-creation and co-design approach to develop mechanisms such as methodologies, services, and tools tested in real-life open ecosystems to increase Gender Responsive Smart Innovation and Entrepreneurship through a series of 15 pilot cases across 8 European countries. Our mechanisms focus on transforming individual, team, and organizational practice.

Fablab USAL is a digital creation and fabrication laboratory focused on the prototyping of objects with digital technologies and open to the entire university community.

Medialab USAL focuses on new ways of learning, fostering creativity and experimenting with digital technologies to promote social innovation.

SCC Living Lab is part of the EC2U Virtual Institute for Sustainable Cities and Communities (VISCC) which aims at bringing together research, education and innovation, and outreaching in the field of the United Nation’s sustainable development goal n°11: “Sustainable Cities and Communities”.

What is a Living Lab?

Living Labs are open innovation ecosystems in real-life environments using iterative feedback processes throughout a lifecycle approach of an innovation to create sustainable impact. (European Network of Living Labs)

 Living Laboratories Definitions

To formulate a framework for the creation and development of the three pilot living labs within existing EC2U Virtual Institutes, the Living Labs-Pathways for Open Innovation Ecosystems conference was organized on 26.09.2023.

→ Conference programme

→ Conference presentation:

Discover Living Lab in the areas of VISCC – University of Coimbra:

• CENTRE FOR INDUSTRIAL ECOLOGY (CIE)CENTRO PARA A ECOLOGIA INDUSTRIAL (CIE)

…. The CIE promotes scientific research, development and innovation to support industry, public authorities, organizations, and consumers towards sustainable production and consumption. The CIE takes a holistic and systematic approach to the analysis of sustainable systems by exploring trade-offs and synergies between economy, environment and society.

UAIC- WP 6 TEAM

Team Members

» Living Labs-Pathways for Open Innovation Ecosystems – RI4C2 Conference – 26.09.2023 

The aim of the conference is to formulate a framework for creating and development of the three Pilot living labs within existing EC2U Virtual Institutes.

Conference programme (.pdf)


» 6th EC2U Forum in Jena, on 22-25 May 2023

→ Research and innovation for cities and citizens (RI4C2) (.pdf)

Work Package 6 Board:

WP6 Leader: Prof.dr. Ionel Mangalagiu, ionelm@uaic.ro

Local Coordinators:

  • Prof.dr. Daniela Soitu , daniela.soitu@uaic.ro
  • Elena Felice, eradu@uaic.ro

Address:

University „Alexandru Ioan Cuza” of Iasi

Boulevard Carol I, No.11, Iaşi, România,