Emerging projects - the "E³UDRES² Universe"
The collaboration of higher education institutions in the E³UDRES² Alliance has already led to the creation of many further projects, focusing on topics such as innovation and entrepreneurship or capacity building. Through these projects, E³UDRES² can further focus on specific challenges of its regions and support meaningful development.
How E³UDRES² is organized
Individuals from all E³UDRES² partner universities work together across all disciplines to achieve its missions and fulfill its visions. In line with its core principles, E³UDRES² attaches great importance to co-design and co-create the proposed desired multi-university together with all members, associated partners and other relevant stakeholders. Therefore, all members are involved in all research and administrative actions to a comparable extent. The coordination of the various responsibilities is also equally distributed to almost all members.
1) GENERAL MANAGEMENT & COORDINATION
The team working on General Management and Coordination ensures efficient overall coordination in accordance with the defined project plan, is responsible for the project budget and takes into account all objectives and the proposed long-term mission. It is also responsible for quality assurance.
2) FUTURE UNIVERSITIES
This team prepares, from the regional context, a possible scenario for a future university. It also helps to create local ownership of both the project and the future of the alliance. It is also responsible for offering training on and testing of future-casting, new management approaches and interaction methods and exchange of experience with different stakeholders for E³UDRES members as well as regional stakeholders.
3) LEARNERS & EDUCATORS
The group working on Learners & Educators is responsible for organizing so-called I Living Labs as well as deep-diving into new ways and methods of teaching. In order to do that, they team up with T-shaped innovators as well as educational entrepreneurs.
The researchers collaborating in E³UDRES² are organized in three research networks - Circular Economy, Wellbeing & Active Ageing and Human Contribution to Artificial Intelligence. They are responsible for writing proposals, carrying out Citizen Science projects as well as hosting annual Living Labs (not to be confused with I Living Labs).
5) INNOVATORS & ENTREPRENEURS
This team is responsible for organizing and hosting events like Bootcamps and Hackathons - innovative formats that foster design-thinking methods and make participants come up with creative concepts.
6) DISSEMINATION & SUSTAINABILITY
The task of everyone working on dissemination and sustainability is to make sure E³UDRES² has a wide reach and is sustainably anchored as a long-term commitment. This team also works on everything marketing-related, manages our E³UDRES² social media channels, collaborates with campus media and hosts events like annual E³UDRES² conferences.
Research at E³UDRES²
E³UDRES² has established three research topics, each specializing in a different topic. These research topics are based on cross-disciplinary and cross-sectoral collaboration towards relevant challenges, such as well-being and active ageing, circular economy, and human contribution to Artificial Intelligence (AI). These research subject matters connect experience in diverse scientific core disciplines, which are already well-established on several member-campuses with recognized scientific staff. The research topics include not only researchers, but learners, innovators, entrepreneurs and other stakeholders and (regional) communities that interact with the international scientific communities and innovation ecosystems and provide widely acknowledged scientific results.
The goal of this research topic is to contribute to a transformation of our currently linear (take-make-consume-throw away) economy into a circular one (take-make-consume-remake). The Circular Economy Network has established a number of fields of common interest, which all intend to contribute create circular economic processes to reduce waste to a minimum, save raw materials, and reduce the pressure on the environment:
The Circular Economy research network in E³UDRES² has established the Change cornEr - a co-creation "space" aiming to raise awareness for the topic of Circular Economy in the E³UDRES² regions.
Human Contribution to Artificial Intelligence
This network aims at decreasing the barriers of using Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies in various areas of our life by increasing the interaction between humans and the AI. This involves aspects of explainability and trustworthiness, as well as technical barriers like data availability and quality. The Human Contribution to AI Network has identified the following common areas of interest:
Virtual Reality (VR) and AI in active living and active aging
Challenges in agriculture, with a focus on viticulture
Trustworthy data sharing among companies
Utility, waste, and related challenges in smart cities
Prediction of “moral behaviour”, e.g. in law enforcement
The Human Contribution to AI research network in E³UDRES² has established MULTISENS²E - a Multi-Sensor Farm Monitoring ecosystem able to predict plant diseases.
Wellbeing & Active Ageing
The ultimate goal of this research topic is to close the gap between life expectancy and years lived with disability. The Well-being and Ageing Network has established 4 main lines of common interest. Combined they intend to contribute with innovative solutions to the prevention of functional decline (while promoting functional ability) of the individuals to be as able-bodied as possible throughout their lifespan. These lines are:
The Wellbeing & Active Ageing research network in E³UDRES² has established VirtualGym - a VR platform aiming to increase physical activity levels.