meetings, projects

ECVET Step kick-off meeting

Representatives of 8 organizations from 7 countries in Europe (Greece, Belgium, Germany, The Netherlands, Slovenia, Czech Republic and Spain) are this week Monday to Wednesday in Athens for the kick-off meeting of a new LifeLong Learning project called ECVET Step. This project, lead by TEI Athens, aims to produce transparent and comparable descriptions not only of lifelong learners’ achievements (qualifications as well as learning outcomes) but also of their goals, of VET and employment opportunities as well as of recruitment needs in the agriculture and other sectors. It is expected to also build IT tools and services related to the generation of personal profiles, achieved learning outcomes and competences, etc. which is basically the main task of our group in the project.

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As said, the Information Engineering team has a prominent role in Work Package 4, namely “ECVET Step online services”, but will also have some effort and responsibilities in WP2, WP3 and others. IE member Salvador is from last monday in Athens working but also meeting old friends from previous and running projects such as Cleo Sgouropoulou, Nikos Marianos, Christian Stracke or Thasos Koutoumanos, as well as IE member Paulo Gaona who is doing a research stay in Athens under the supervision of Giannis Stoitsis. Above these lines some pictures taken during the sessions and social activities taking place these days.

agINFRA, meetings, projects, review

The second review of the agINFRA project took place in Athens from 10th to 13th of December. As part of the project, IERU members Miguel Angel Sicilia, Jaakko Lappalainen and Babis Thanopoulos were representing the group there. The first two days consist of discussing and rehearsing the final review presentation. On the third day a hands on workshop organized by Babis took place in Demokritos. There Jaakko presented a tutorial about the usage of the agINFRA RESTFul interface and Alberto a tutorial about aggregating data automatically using the VIVO component. The last day Miguel Angel as project coordinator talked about WP1 and future works, Jaakko as work package leader presented the advances in WP4 and also the used of some components developed for agINFRA with Alberto.


Project coordinator prof. Miguel Angel Sicilia presenting WP1



Babis intervention in the review

agInfra 2nd review in Athens


Second Herbal.Mednet meeting in Athens

Last week, IE member Enayat Rajabi attended the second Herbal.Mednet meeting in Athens, Greece (during 30th and 31st of May). The project partners discussed the latest progress of the project and provided each other with updates on the technical and general aspects of their work. Enayat presented UAH’s progress on the Task 3.1 (Platform Design) and Task 5.1 (project website).

Victor Gonzalvez, proect coordinator and Enayat presenting at the meeting

Victor Gonzalvez from SEAE, project coordinator beside Enayat, during Enayat’s presentation

AgriMoodle as the e-learning platform of the project was explained by him and different functionalities of the platform discussed as well. In consequence, partners discussed different issues regarding the remaining parts of each task and agreed on a timeline to catch the deadlines.

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Open Discovery Space project kick-off in Athens

51 organizations from 23 countries gather from monday in Athens, Greece, for the kick off of Open Discovery Space – an innovative European Commission funded project (CIP PSP program) that aims to create a socially-powered, multilingual open learning infrastructure to boost the adaptation of eLearning Resources.

Panoramic view of Athens from the 11th floor of the President Hotel

According to Antonis Ramfos, Project Coordinator, “We are eager to rethink the current model of education […] Open Discovery Space aims to turn the world of learning upside down by creating an entirely new model that will become the most powerful engine of change and innovation that the world of education has ever seen.” Open Discovery Space will achieve its ambitious goals by engaging teachers and pupils in the co-creation of innovative, new educational practices, it will advance the modernization of school education and, ultimately, it will engage stakeholders in the production of new user-generated educational activities in a socially-empowered, multilingual environment and empower them with integrated access to unique eLearning resources from educational repositories around the world.

Information Engineering team has a relevant role in Work Packages 7, 8 and 9 (mostly devoted to software design and development) but also some effort in WP6 and WP10, and this is the reason why Salvador is from last sunday in Athens working but also meeting old friends from previous and running projects such as Mathias Palmer, Hannes Ebner or Juanma Dodero just to name a few.

Plenary session with more than 90 representatives from the more than 50 partners of the consortium

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Organic.Lingua kick-off meeting

From Monday 21st and until this Wednesday IE members Miguel Angel and Salvador attend the kick off meeting for the Organic.Lingua project in Athens. The scope of the project is, generally speaking, the challlenge of transforming an existing portal into a fully multilingual service. To this end, the Organic.Lingua project aims to capitalise on the European and international demand for the Organic.Edunet portal by re-engineering the architecture and enhancing the services of the existing Organic.Edunet portal, in order to fill the existing gaps in multilingual support and cross-language resource organization and search.

Different moments of the kick-off meeting sessions at the Classical Athens Imperial hotel

UAH is coordinating this effort, with a big support from the other major partner Agroknow so three days should be barely enough to bring together all the elements of the project so that all the participants could have a proper overview. In the picture above, a few snapshots taken during the kick-off meeting sessions at the Classical Athens Imperial hotel.

Partner representatives posing at the end of the kick-off meeting sessions

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Third Organic.Mednet project meeting in Athens

This Thursday and Friday Athens hosts the third consortium meeting of the Organic.Mednet project. IE member Salvador Sanchez -the project coordinator who already attended the Organic.Balkanet meeting and the First Joint Workshop of the three Leonardo DaVinci projects on Organic Agriculture- ,  is attending the sessions. The Greek Certification and Inspection Organization (DIO) is hosting the meeting.

Sessions will cover important issues such as the design of the pilot courses our agricultural experts will be giving to farmers in Greece, Spain and Turkey next spring, the agreement on technical decissions related to the MOLE platform, the decission on having a new silent partner on board –TSRI, who will be providing solutions for sustainability issues-, and the organization of the Organic.Mednet european workshop that will take place in Switxerland in June. As in the other meetings in this project, we enjoyed a very nice athmosphere as well as a very good disposition from everyone to do their best in the benefit of our project. In the picture below, a photo with all the attendees, including Alain Sandoz from our silent partner Prodague, who was in one of our project meetings for the first time. Unfortunately, Juan Manuel Dodero from TSRI -the soon to come new silent partner- had to flight back to Spain before we could take this photo.

Representatives of the project partners posing outside DIO offices in Athens

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3rd Balkanet consortium meeting in Athens

Monday and Tuesday this week Athens is hosting the third consortium meeting of the Organic.Balkanet project. IE member Salvador Sanchez is attending the sessions together with TSRI representative Juan Manuel Dodero, who is presenting his association to the consortium to explore the possibility of having TSRI on board as a silent partner. Very important issues need to be decided upon, such as the sustainability strategy, the train the trainers event (which will likely take place in Maribor next June), the way we will use MOLE in the project, the design of the pilot trials, etc. In the picture below, a moment of the Tuesday morning session.

One of the sessions of the project in GRNet premises