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SETU will partner in this Horizon Europe Widening participation and strengthening the European Research Area (WIDERA) project to promote excellence through innovative eco-systems.

Using innovative methodologies such as the Digital Twin approach, researchers aim to develop sustainable solutions to address the critical challenges impacting coastal environments. Working collaboratively to develop long-term solutions for Smart Urban Coastal Sustainability (SmUCS) challenges based on the Digital Twin approach, the project aims to raise excellence in value creation through deeper and geographically inclusive cooperation and to address the societal based topics and needs coming from our supporting ecosystems of stakeholders. The project will also offer training and capacity-building programmes for researchers, promoting a culture of collaboration, innovation, and continuous improvement. 

Taking the lead on research careers

SETU will take the lead on the Research Careers aspects of the project, focusing on upskilling and reinforcing academic expertise transfer towards 'widening' countries, by providing support and training for early-career researchers, offering opportunities for professional development, networking, and collaboration. The aim is to improve training and skills development of researchers and research management staff; contribute to professionalisation of the continuously evolving, multifaceted role of the research management profession; support networking of research managers and best practice exchange via cross-border networks in the various dimensions of research management. 

Project details

The EU-CONEXUS Enables project leads for SETU are Dr Geraldine Canny, Head of Research; and Eimear Fitzpatrick, HR Business Partner for Research, in collaboration with Dr. Mike Kinsella, Lecturer/Researcher, Department of Science at South East Technological University as well as nine partners from across Europe.

The 60-month project funded by the European Union officially kicked off in Bucharest on March 12th, under the thematic umbrella of SmUCS. Over two days, alliance partners discussed challenges including Enhancing transdisciplinary collaboration; Facilitating knowledge transfer; Engaging students, researchers, and professionals and Identifying sustainable urban development strategies.  

The Enables partnership includes; South East Technological University (SETU); Technical University of Civil Engineering Bucharest (UTCB) Coordinator, Frederick University (FredU); Agricultural University of Athens (AUA); La Rochelle Université (LRUniv); Catholic University of Valencia (UCV); Klaipeda University (KU); University of Zadar (UNIZD); University of Rostock (UROS) and Odesa I.I. Mechnikov National University (ONU). Key stakeholders include the Southern Regional Assembly; Primaria Sectorului 2 Bucuresti; Municipality of Limassol;Smart Agro Hub Anonymi Etairia Leivadia; Communaute D’agglomeration de La Rochelle; Reggie du Port de Plaisance de La Rochelle; City Development Agency Klaipeda ID and Zadar County.


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