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Be Well and Green when Digital

The goal of the BeWEEN project is to enhance Digital Education Readiness by building capacity in “healthier and more responsible use of digital technology”. When Digital Safety is discussed by policy makers or schools, the conversation is dominated by cybersecurity issues. The notion of “safety in a digital world” however also encompasses our personal health and the health of our planet. Our project aims to help teachers and students realise this and develop Competences in “Protecting health and well-being” and “Protecting the environment” Competences. These are two competences that are included in the EU Digital Competence Framework (DigComp), but are under-addressed in curricula.

BeWEEN will deliver a robust solution to be readily taken up by High School Teachers and Students to develop key digital Competences under area 4 of DigComp “Safety”, and thus address the associated challenges imposed on youth of the COVID-19 era.

Future Needs participates in the project as a partner responsible for the development of the Training programme material which will be piloted among High School Teachers, enhancing their Digital Education Readiness. Future Needs also leads the development of the BeWEEN Mobile Game which will be promoted to and piloted by youth learners aged 13-21 in 4 European countries.

With this project, BeWEEN partners aim to:

  • Improve the level of key digital competences and skills of High School Teachers and students in Europe and beyond;
  • Impact EU policies concerning the safe and responsible use of digital technology;
  • Promote and strengthen the European lifelong learning area, by contributing to the dissemination, multiplication and replication of this new Training material.
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BeWEEN has a bottom-up approach, involving High School Teachers and students in a comprehensive process covering the components of research and analysis, piloting and evaluation and exploitation & policy making.

During the 24 months of the project’s implementation, partners, participants and potential end-users will embark into a challenging journey that will start with the research of the current needs for the development of competences and mindsets along with the collection of relevant good practices from all over Europe. The findings from this procedure will serve BeWEEN as the basis for the development of the relevant training curriculum for the digital competences of the teachers and its development and piloting. Practice-related activities will then be jointly promoted and supported by piloting actions that will enable participating high schools and educational institutions to exploit the full potential of the BeWEEN project’s results and outputs.

Our project’s immediate impact goals are:

  • 50 High School Teachers and 50 youth learners to participate in the field research;
  • At least 30 teaching resources to be developed and translated in English;
  • Over 75 High School Teachers to attend online the BeWEEN Training Programme;
  • The BeWEEN Mobile Game to reach over 750 downloads.

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Be Well and Green when Digital

The goal of the BeWEEN project is to enhance Digital Education Readiness by building capacity in “healthier and more responsible use of digital technology”. When Digital Safety is discussed by policy makers or schools, the conversation is dominated by cybersecurity issues. The notion of “safety in a digital world” however also encompasses our personal health and the health of our planet. Our project aims to help teachers and students realise this and develop Competences in “Protecting health and well-being” and “Protecting the environment” Competences. These are two competences that are included in the EU Digital Competence Framework (DigComp), but are under-addressed in curricula.

BeWEEN will deliver a robust solution to be readily taken up by High School Teachers and Students to develop key digital Competences under area 4 of DigComp “Safety”, and thus address the associated challenges imposed on youth of the COVID-19 era.

Future Needs participates in the project as a partner responsible for the development of the Training programme material which will be piloted among High School Teachers. Future Needs also leads the development of the BeWEEN Mobile Game which will be promoted to and piloted by youth learners aged 13-21 in 4 European countries.

With this project, BeWEEN partners aim to:

  • Improve the level of key digital competences and skills of High School Teachers and students in Europe and beyond;
  • Impact EU policies concerning the safe and responsible use of digital technology;
  • Promote and strengthen the European lifelong learning area, by contributing to the dissemination, multiplication and replication of this new Training material.
Digital Education Readiness

BeWEEN has a bottom-up approach, involving High School Teachers and students in a comprehensive process covering the components of research and analysis, piloting and evaluation and exploitation & policy making.

During the 24 months of the project’s implementation, partners, participants and potential end-users will embark into a challenging journey that will start with the research of the current needs for the development of competences and mindsets along with the collection of relevant good practices from all over Europe. The findings from this procedure will serve BeWEEN as the basis for the development of the relevant training curriculum for the digital competences of the teachers and its development and piloting. Practice-related activities will then be jointly promoted and supported by piloting actions that will enable participating high schools and educational institutions to exploit the full potential of the BeWEEN project’s results and outputs.

Our project’s immediate impact goals are:

  • 50 High School Teachers and 50 youth learners to participate in the field research;
  • At least 30 teaching resources to be developed and translated in English;
  • Over 75 High School Teachers to attend online the BeWEEN Training Programme;
  • The BeWEEN Mobile Game to reach over 750 downloads.

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Safe and flexible integration of advanced U-space services for medical air mobility

SAFIR-Med is a U-space management large-scale innovation project. Drones are emerging as a viable solution for urgent and reliable medical transport. The vision of SAFIR-Med is to demonstrate the use of urban air mobility in service to the EU healthcare system. Furthermore, it aims to ensure democratic access to cure and care for future generations.

What will we learn from SAFIR-Med?

All lessons we will learn from this U-space management project will be documented in a performance assessment and a recommendations report. The report will include:

  • Refinements to the current U-space architecture principles.
  • Proposals for improved operational procedures and mechanisms for an effective interface with Air Traffic Control (ATC) and U-space service providers.
  • Α Human Performance Assessment (led by Future Needs) detailing how controllers performed during the demonstrations.

Another innovative outcome of the project is the creation of a set of Urban Air Mobility indicators which will help cities get acquainted with their role in U-space management and help them include UAM in their Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs).

The role of Future Needs in the project

Future Needs is leading the development of Smart City UAM indicators framework in the SAFIR-Med project. In this task we conduct an impact assessment on the effectiveness and implications of UAM adoption for the urban spatial structure and citizens focusing on the mid-term timeline. We primarily focus on the significance of changes that will be brought about in the city context considering the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Sustainable Urban Mobility Indicators (SUMI) outlined by the European Commission.

Furthermore, Future Needs leads the dissemination, communication and exploitation activities of the project. We have created the website and the newsletter and curating the social media, Twitter and Linkedin of the project. More specifically, the website presents project’s deliverables, news, brochures, flyers, videos, consortium’s expertise in UAM and project’s progress and results from the demonstrations. In our role of social media coordinator we are posting news and updates on the SAFIR-Med activities and the progression of project’s tasks and deliverables, as well as launch novel cross-project campaigns like running the #UAMExplained campaign.

Future Needs also prepares and conducts the Human Performance Assessment during the demonstrations. Our role is to identify the HP requirements and recommendations to support the design and development of the new U-space concept. We ensure that the roles and responsibilities of human actors in the demonstrations are clear and exhaustive and that the refined operating methods are also exhaustive and support human performance, and finally that human actors can achieve their tasks in a timely and accurate way.

Last but not least, Future Needs acts as a Sustainability manager in the project.  We ensure the future exploitation and deployment of the project results and the continuation of the SAFIR-Med research and innovation.

Finally, Future Needs is in charge of the research ethics and data protection of the project. We coordinate the process of keeping records on how, when, where and why data is collected, how it is processed, how it is used, stored and secured, how access is granted to project partners. All that is documented in the Data Management Plan of the Project as well as the Ethics deliverables.

What will be tested during the project?

During the project new U-Space services will be tested to validate their contribution to operational safety. Technologies that will be tested during the demonstrations include detect-and-avoid as a service, dynamic geofencing and air traffic prioritization rules. Five drone platforms will be combined with manned aviation in operational exercises that will validate technology in real urban environment. These platforms are: passenger eVTOL, hydrogen fuel cell VTOL, AED medical drone, X8 medical transport and tiltwing VTOL drone.

What about project demonstrations?

Project demonstrations will take place at the city of Antwerp in Belgium and in Aachen, Germany. Thus they will include trans-border flights in the MAHHL region. A de-risking exercise will take place at the DronePort test-facility in Sint-Truiden in Belgium. Real demonstrations will be enhanced by large-scale simulations in order to test how U-space services respond to maximum airspace capacity. Finally, project recommendations will be further validated by simulating demonstrations in two additional locations in Europe, namely, Athens, Greece and Prague, Czech Republic. These demonstrations will include passenger transport between hospitals and public spaces and transport of life-saving medical goods and equipment to the scene of incidents.

What will EU cities achieve through this project?

Thanks to SAFIR-Med EU cities will be enabled to:

  • Κeep up with relevant regulatory changes.
  • Ιnclude Urban Air Mobility in their urban development agendas.
  • Start using Urban Air Mobility technology for the benefit of their citizens.

Funding

The project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, under Grant Agreement No 101017701 and under the topic “SESAR-VLD2-03-2020: U-space capabilities and services to enable Urban Air Mobility”.

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