DRYvER - Securing biodiversity, functional integrity and ecosystem services in DRYing rivER networks

Securing biodiversity, functional integrity and ecosystem services in DRYing rivER networks

River networks are among Earth’s most threatened hot-spots of biodiversity and provide key ecosystem services (eg. supply drinking water and food, climate regulation) essential to sustaining human well-being. Climate change and increased human water use are causing more rivers and streams to dry, with devastating impacts on biodiversity and ecosystem services. Currently, over half the global river network consist of drying channels and these are expanding dramatically. However, drying river networks (DRNs) have received little attention from scientists and policy makers, and the public is unaware of their importance. Consequently, there is no effective integrated biodiversity conservation or ecoystem management strategy of DRNs facing climate change.
A multidisciplinary team of 25 experts from 11 countries in Europe, South America, China and the USA will build on EU efforts to investigate how climate change, through changes in flow regimes and water use, has cascading impacts on biodiversity, ecosystem functions and ecosystem services of DRNs. DRYvER (DRYing riVER networks) will gather and upscale empirical and modelling data from nine focal DRNs (case studies) in the EU and CELAC to develop a meta-system framework applicable to Europe and worldwide. It will also generate crucial knowledge based strategies, tools and guidelines for cost-effictive adaptive management of DRNs. Working closely with stakeholders and end-users, DRYvER will co-develop strategies to mitigate and adapt to climate change effects in DRNs, integrating hydrological, ecological (including nature-based solutions), socio-economic and policy perspectives. The end results of DRYvER will contribute to reaching the objectives of the Paris Agreement and place Europe at the forefront of research on climate changes.
 

CHP - Culture, heritage and profession – Establishing the professional replenishment of heritage preservation through cultural events

Culture, heritage and profession – Establishing the professional replenishment of heritage preservation through cultural events

There is a constant challenge for higher education institutions to cope with social-economical changes and provide education programs that prepare new professionals for knowledge and skills the society and the labour market both require and can place in their systems. The community organiser (BA), cultural heritage studies (MA) and cultural mediation (MA) education programs run by the Department of Cultural Science, Institute of Human Development and Cultural Sciences, Faculty of Humanities, University of Pécs aim exactly to educate people for this reason. Cultural associations that aim to preserve folk culture by continuous artistic representation, need to recruit committed and competent members who have the desperate desire to do something for maintaining cultural institutions and associations and also are capable for background activities like organisation, fund raising, financial monitoring. The project on Cultural Heritage and Profession enhances and also examines the net of civil organisations which aim to preserve Croatian folk music and folk dance. The project brings together people from both sides of the borderline between Croatia and Hungary. These people are members of Croatian civil organisations with decades long histories as well as Croatians and Hungarians who are fond of traditional music and dance.
The leading partner, the College of Advanced Studies on Social Inclusion is responsible for the design and monitor of inquiry of the professional background of the four traditional Croatian folk music and dance events and also for the preparation of research studies, their evaluation and publication. Project partners VIZIN Culture and Tradition Association, MOHÁCSI SOKACOK OLVASÓKÖRE Association, HKUD VALPOVO 1905, Dance Ensemble and HKUD OSIJEK 1862 Dance Ensemble are responsible for the organisation of four different events during the project where they invite the other three project partners as guest performers and enable the leading partner to get full access to their documentations related to the organisations of their events.

This project has been implemented with the financial assistance of the European Union within the Hungary-Croatia Interreg V-A Co-operation Programme.
 

CABCOS3 - Analysis of the long term efficiency of vaccinations against infectious diseases in the border regions of Croatia and Hungary

Analysis of the long term efficiency of vaccinations against infectious diseases in the border regions of Croatia and Hungary

Our major aim in this joint project between the University of Pécs, Department of Immunology and Biotechnology, and the Department of Public Health Service Baranja County, Osijek – is to earn a clear and evidence based status report of immunity protection of cross-border populations in both countries against vaccine prevented communicable diseases (vpcds). A simple, fast, high throughput and cost effective laboratory method for analysing the individual immunity status against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) has been developed and published by the Hungarian partner. The classical vpcds have been eradicated in both countries according to the well-organized public health, but unfortunately, once eradicated highly infectious diseases, including measles have re-appeared worldwide including Europe recently.

The challenge is most stressful in the common border region of Croatia and Hungary because of the intensified traffic through the border. To prevent residents, it is of principal importance in both border regions to identify groups-at-risk and to define the protocol for re-vaccination. To implement this task our laboratory method for assessing the protection status against MMR– after standardization and ISO accreditation – is applicable. This project is ideal to expand the geographic coverage of survey over the borders and to develop a statistical algorithm to gain accurate knowledge of the immunologically protected status of population groups of different ages in the border region (and beyond, if possible).

This project has been implemented with the financial assistance of the European Union within the Hungary-Croatia Interreg V-A Co-operation Programme.

Digitourism

Digitourism

Many business intelligence surveys demonstrate that Digital Realities (Virtual reality and Augmented reality) are becoming a huge market trend in many sectors, and North America is taking the lead in this emerging domain. Tourism is no exception and the sector in Europe must innovate to get ahead of the curve of this technological revolution, but this innovation needs public support.
In order to provide labs, startups and SMEs willing to take this unique opportunity with the most appropriate support policies, 9 partner organizations from 8 countries (FR, IT, HU, UK, NO, ES, PL, NL) decided to work together: regional and local authorities, development agencies, private non-profit association and universities.
Thanks to their complementary experiences and know-how, they intend to improve policies of the partner regions (structural funds and regional policies), in order to foster a tourist channelled innovation in the Digital Realities sector.
All partners will work together on policy analysis tasks before exchanging their best initiatives and transferring them from one country to another. This strong cooperation will allow them to build the best conditions to foster innovation thanks to more effective structural funds policies and regional policies.
8 policy instruments are addressed, among which 7 relate to structural funds programmes. Basis for exchange of experience: Reciprocal improvement analysis and 8 study trips with peer-review of each partner’s practices. Video reportages for an effective dissemination towards other territories in Europe. At least 16 good practices will be identified by the partners.

SPRING - Strategic Planning for water Resources and Implementation of Novel biotechnical treatment solutions and Good practices

Strategic Planning for water Resources and Implementation of Novel biotechnical treatment solutions and Good practices - SPRING

The overall aim of the SPRING project is to present an integrated water resource management for reliable water supply for all needs that involve; developing innovative simple to operate bio oxidation systems for treatment of polluted water bodies (stagnant and flowing), cost effective real time monitoring tools and finally by implementing good practices in water planning for treatment, supply and usage. SPRING aims at improving and developing technologies for the elimination of pollutants from water using a bioremediation approach.

POLISS - Policies for Smart Specialisation

Policies for Smart Specialisation

Smart specialisation is an essential principle of European regional policies, aimed at increasing efficiency in research and innovation investments. This region-based approach aims to boost growth and jobs by enabling each region to identify and develop its own competitive advantages. Over 120 smart specialisation strategies have been developed. The EU-funded POLISS project will address the gaps between the conceptualisation, design and implementation of smart specialisation strategies. Bringing together 8 leading European academic institutions and 14 partners from local governments, development agencies, international organisations, research institutes and private companies, the project will take a multidisciplinary approach. It will provide new systematic evidence and methodological tools to scholars, policymakers and local practitioners for designing smart specialisation actions.

JARC - Joint Action on Rare Cancers

Joint Action on Rare Cancers

The Joint Action on Rare Cancers (JARC) is aimed to integrate and maximize efforts of the European Union (EU) Commission, EU Member States and all stakeholders to advance quality of care and research on rare cancers.
The public health challenge posed by rare cancers combines both the typical problems of rare diseases (such as the limited professional expertise available in the community, or the difficulties in clinical research) and those of cancer, with the need of a timely and appropriate diagnosis and optimal treatment from the very beginning of the patient’s journey. An accurate clinical, pathologic and biological assessment of the disease of the individual patient is key to survival and cure, as well as an expert clinical decision provided by a multidisciplinary team. To this end, proper referral of patients and effective clinical networking are crucial in rare cancers. This is the main reason why JARC decided to shape its efforts, in essence, around the new European Reference Networks (ERNs). European Reference Networks, three of which are specifically devoted to rare cancers, have been conceived by the EU Commission as a means to provide “highly specialised healthcare for rare or low-prevalence complex diseases”. The formal activation of ERNs is a cornerstone in the EU cooperation on rare cancers, and this Joint Action should be instrumental to make them grow up the best way possible. In fact, JARC aims at optimizing the process of creation of the ERNs, by providing them with operational solutions and professional guidance in the areas of quality of care, epidemiology, research and innovation, education and state of the art definition on prevention, diagnosis and treatment of rare cancers.

ODYSSEUS - Coal-to-liquids supply chain integration in view of operational, economic and environmental risk assessments under complex geological settings

Coal-to-liquids supply chain integration in view of operational, economic and environmental risk assessments under complex geological settings, ODYSSEUS

ODYSSEUS aims at Coal-to-Liquids Supply Chain (CLSC) integration and enhanced assessment of operational, economic and environmental risks during or after mine operation in unfavourable geological settings for potential high coal production areas in European medium- to low-grade coal deposits. For that purpose, technological CLSC integration and optimisation are the main project tasks, supported by experimental activities on upgrading coal-derived liquids and by-product beneficiation, integration of conventional and innovative mine development as well as enhanced techno-economic and environmental risk management. Best-practices guidelines and workshops will support decision makers and stakeholders in increasing EU-wide resources utilization and employment, while reducing import dependency. 

VISGEN - Transcribing the processes of life: Visual Genetics

Transcribing the processes of life: Visual Genetics

The Visual Genetics (VISGEN) consortium brings together eight academic and five commercial scientifically leading teams to address the unique challenge of visualizing nuclear processes in intact brain in real-time. By exchanging knowledge between academic and commercial sectors in Europe, as well as undertaking training secondments at leading Universities in China the team will grow its European and global competitiveness in a world-leading forefront of neuroscience and genetic technology. Visualisation of transcription in living systems has not been witnessed directly, this multidisciplinary and international project will herald a new era where this idea becomes a regular research tool and translates to a clinical and diagnostic technology in the future. The team will use a unique biotagging platform to develop the technology that is required to interrogate transcription. The intersectoral effort requires the amalgamation of knowledge from neuroscientists, synthetic chemists, engineers, physicists, analytical chemists, nanobiologists, behavioural scientists, laser technology and image processing experts. The consortium combines expertise from thirteen organisations from seven countries to build the multidisciplinary team and share the knowledge that addresses and will overcome the task of realising real-time and spatially resolved genetic studies. Once developed, the technology can be utilized for other medical-based research and development projects aimed at early stage disease diagnosis, cancer detection, and toxicity studies. Real-time visual genetics will transform our understanding of the state-of-the-art and herald transformative changes in the field of neuroscience, and in general life science.

FIRES - Financial and Institutional Reforms for the Entrepreneurial Society

Financial and Institutional Reforms for the Entrepreneurial Society

This EU-Horizon2020 project aims to develop Financial and Institutional Reforms to build an Entrepreneurial Society (FIRES) in Europe. The goal of the project is to get Europe back on the road to inclusive, sustainable growth, for which, we believe, it is essential to (re) kindle Europe’s entrepreneurial spirit. Moreover, FIRES intends to formulate practical reform proposals in the realms of finance, labor and knowledge to enable the small scale, experimental and innovative bottom up activity that is needed to revitalize Europe’s economy in the 21st century.