Automated solutions for sustainable and circular construction and demolition waste management

The ambition of RECONMATIC Project

RECONMATIC project aims to provide solutions that will be easily adoptable by all stakeholders involved in the processes of Construction & Demolition Waste Μanagement (CDW), in order to reach the expected future EU target of high CDW recovery (to be set by EC in 2024 or beyond) and most importantly the status of zero CDW by 2050. This is exactly the ambition of the RECONMATIC project, entirely in line with EU Waste Framework Directives (European Commission, 2019) and the Circular Economy Action Plan (European Union, 2020).

What does Future Needs lead?

Future Needs leads the dissemination and exploitation activities of the RECONMATIC project for business and education. We have created the project visual identity and applied it to the communication material we designed for it (website, brochure, social media, documents and presentation templates). We also develop the communication strategy of the RECONMATIC  project including one to enable cooperation with other projects and initiatives. Additionally, we will ensure the future exploitation and deployment of the project results and the continuation of the project research and innovation. Finally, we will lead the training activities for the relevant stakeholders and will share the knowledge and outputs of the project to the widest possible target users.

What kind of challenges does RECONMATIC Project face?

The “zero Construction & Demolition Waste Μanagement by 2050” goal faces major challenges that coincide with the ones of RECONMATIC:

  • Fragmentation of the construction sectors and lack of cooperation among the stakeholders.
  • Lack of consideration on how to minimise CDW during the whole life cycle of buildings and infrastructure.
  • Dislike for high-end technologies in the sector and reliance on human- operated machinery or manual work.
  • Slow implementation of digital solutions due to conservatism of both local authorities/investors and construction contractors.
  • Conflicts between legislation requirements and technology readiness of the sector resulting in confusion, and inertia against taking action towards zero waste.

Which are the main aims of the project?

First, the volume of materials entering the CDW stream has to be minimized and, secondly, CDW has to be treated and better controlled to provide materials for reuse of high value products, with traceability and quality assurance. The envisaged methods and tools will reconcile the different demands on technology, cost, health and safety, sustainability, legislation and business needs of all involved stakeholders. Having developed them, RECONMATIC will proactively disseminate the knowledge and best practice to help different stakeholders in different EU countries, the UK and China to take up the developed solutions of this project and reach high impact.

Funding

The funding of the RECONMATIC project comes from Horizon Europe.

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Green skills & practices for postal services to implement the European Green Deal

The GreenPosts objective is to implement a general concept and approach for postal services’ operations to go green by introducing a mindset of sustainability linked to the transition to a circular and greener economy. GreenPosts project’s specific goal is to capacitate local posts’ staff to change engagement, to develop green skills and foster leadership and creativity via socio-educational and professional development and action.

The GreenPosts project aim is to create training material for posts’ staff on how to put the European Green Deal into practice at the local level, and respect the UN Sustainable Development Goal 13 saying “Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts” and SDG 11 saying “Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable”.

The role of Future Needs in the project

In the GreenPosts project Future Needs will support Postal Services from 4 countries in building organisational capacity in Climate Change mitigation and adaptation strategies. Future Needs will also contribute to the improvement and extension of the supply of high-quality learning opportunities for adults, under the perspective of lifelong learning via an Online Training Courses and a virtual Think Tank. In particular Future Needs leads the development of training material on the topic of Green Financial Management and Budgeting.

What is the aim of the training programme?

The training programme will be piloted in 4 countries and will enable posts across Europe and beyond to:

  • Set a clear, long-term direction with flexibility to adapt to new evidence and circumstances.
  • Provide robust and credible reporting, governance and accountability.
  • Put in place strong local leadership and a more integrated delivery framework.
  • Set incentives for and start practicing sustainable financial management.
  • Make sure everyone plays their part in delivering the improved environment we all want.

The project is also meant to involve postal office workers in a variety of environmental problems of their local society related to noise or air pollution, waste disposal, consumer education and protection. Furthermore, the activities of GreenPosts offer the opportunity for inter-regional sharing, sustaining the success of the related internal training workshops developed by the partner organisations. Partners will be sharing best practice and information facilitating continuous improvement and effective carbon management and climate change mitigation and adaptation beyond the consortium.

Both the online training developed and the online community established will help the participants to keep up-to-date with science and policy on EU level, as well as to enhance their competences in various sustainability-relevant sectors.

Funding

The funding of the project comes from  Erasmus+ KA220-VET – Cooperation partnerships in vocational education and training,

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Green skills & practices for postal services to implement the European
Green Deal

The GreenPosts objective is to implement a general concept and approach for postal services’ operations to go green by introducing a mindset of sustainability linked to the transition to a circular and greener economy. GreenPosts project’s specific goal is to capacitate local posts’ staff to change engagement, to develop green skills and foster leadership and creativity via socio-educational and professional development and action.

The GreenPosts project aim is to create training material for posts’ staff on how to put the European Green Deal into practice at the local level, and respect the UN Sustainable Development Goal 13 saying “Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts” and SDG 11 saying “Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable”.

The role of Future Needs in the project

In the GreenPosts project Future Needs will support Postal Services from 4 countries in building organisational capacity in Climate Change mitigation and adaptation strategies. Future Needs will also contribute to the improvement and extension of the supply of high-quality learning opportunities for adults, under the perspective of lifelong learning via an Online Training Courses and a virtual Think Tank. In particular Future Needs leads the development of training material on the topic of Green Financial Management and Budgeting.

What is the aim of the training programme?

The training programme will be piloted in 4 countries and will enable posts across Europe and beyond to:

  • Set a clear, long-term direction with flexibility to adapt to new evidence and circumstances.
  • Provide robust and credible reporting, governance and accountability.
  • Put in place strong local leadership and a more integrated delivery framework.
  • Set incentives for and start practicing sustainable financial management.
  • Make sure everyone plays their part in delivering the improved environment we all want.

The project is also meant to involve postal office workers in a variety of environmental problems of their local society related to noise or air pollution, waste disposal, consumer education and protection. Furthermore, the activities of GreenPosts offer the opportunity for inter-regional sharing, sustaining the success of the related internal training workshops developed by the partner organisations. Partners will be sharing best practice and information facilitating continuous improvement and effective carbon management and climate change mitigation and adaptation beyond the consortium.

Both the online training developed and the online community established will help the participants to keep up-to-date with science and policy on EU level, as well as to enhance their competences in various sustainability-relevant sectors.

Funding

The funding of the project comes from  Erasmus+ KA220-VET – Cooperation partnerships in vocational education and training,

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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 BeWEEN 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 BeWEEN 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.

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.

BeWEEN 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.

Funding

Erasmus+ KA220-SCH – Cooperation partnerships in school education

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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.

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.

Funding

Erasmus+ KA220-SCH – Cooperation partnerships in school education

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Creativity Tools for Green Citizenship

Where does the project aim?

Green Artivism project aims to offer young people innovative digital artistic tools in order to help the environmental cause regain momentum – after a halt due to Covid 19 pandemic – though without physical protesting. Following the climate strikes in 2018 by youngsters led by Greta Thunberg, the European Green Deal in 2019 and the core values of European Commission’s new European Bauhaus initiative (January 2021), this project visions to help people achieve a just, local, green, economically viable transition through the use of toolkits for collaboration, community building, participation in democratic procedures, literacy and advocacy.

How will Future Needs participate?

Future Needs will participate at the development and design (structure and functions) of the “CREATIVITY Web-toolkit” in Green Artivism project. This phase incorporates a number of actions, primarily the development of a tool and tutorial named “Storytelling through social media”. The aim is to inspire action with a story and measure impact. Last but not least, Future Needs will lead the development of the “GREEN CITIZENSHIP Workshop” (structure and material development), under which we will perform a number of actions, such as creating the material for the session “Local relevance of EGD for me” and the design of a Virtual Think Tank.

In which actions will the participants take part?

During Green Artivism project the participants will take part in co-op games, a festival and joint-trainings. Under the dissemination umbrella, short plays will be performed outdoors, posters & comics will be presented in public, short films will be submitted to local festivals. Also, storytelling will be included in local TedX sessions and creative writing posted in local newspapers and EU policy magazines.

Green Artivism addresses to:

  • Youth (aged 16-30 years old).
  • Youth Workers who desire to help the cultural and creative sectors recover from the crisis in terms of green, more digital and resilient recovery.
  • Youth participants, especially those involved with Arts who desire to get informed, trained and well-connected so that they can really make a change.

Which are the outcomes of the project?

After participating in the project Youth Workers will be able to replicate the GREEN CITIZENSHIP Workshop and add further material to the Web-toolkit, while youth participants will become Green Artivists and transfer knowledge acquired to peers while stimulating EGD focused active citizenship initiatives.

The long term impact of the project will be: 

To spark and retain interest on Climate Change via a VIRTUAL THINK TANK where young people, youth leaders, youth workers, policy makers and other key actors from different backgrounds will host a dialogue. Participants from Green Artivism project will be able to host their creations, to network, to find collaborators to implement their project ideas, to foster learning and capacity building between locally rooted organizations and individuals and more mature CSOs and NGOS.

Green Artivism will provide fertile ground for interaction and dialogue even (and especially) under the conditions of social distancing and the travel restrictions that Covid 19 imposed. With the finalisation of this project, it is expected that a cycle of empowerment and advocacy will be established, where more and more youth NGOs and participants will be able to join the Green Artivism network and independently express and fight for their environmental rights and for a better future with a strong, healthy and democratic civil society.

Funding

The funding of the project comes from  Erasmus+ KA220-VET – Cooperation partnerships in vocational education and training,

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Creativity Tools for Green Citizenship

Where does the project aim?

Green Artivism project aims to offer young people innovative digital artistic tools in order to help the environmental cause regain momentum – after a halt due to Covid 19 pandemic – though without physical protesting. Following the climate strikes in 2018 by youngsters led by Greta Thunberg, the European Green Deal in 2019 and the core values of European Commission’s new European Bauhaus initiative (January 2021), this project visions to help people achieve a just, local, green, economically viable transition through the use of toolkits for collaboration, community building, participation in democratic procedures, literacy and advocacy.

How will Future Needs participate?

Future Needs will participate at the development and design (structure and functions) of the “CREATIVITY Web-toolkit” in Green Artivism project. This phase incorporates a number of actions, primarily the development of a tool and tutorial named “Storytelling through social media”. The aim is to inspire action with a story and measure impact. Last but not least, Future Needs will lead the development of the “GREEN CITIZENSHIP Workshop” (structure and material development), under which we will perform a number of actions, such as creating the material for the session “Local relevance of EGD for me” and the design of a Virtual Think Tank.

In which actions will the participants take part?

During Green Artivism project the participants will take part in co-op games, a festival and joint-trainings. Under the dissemination umbrella, short plays will be performed outdoors, posters & comics will be presented in public, short films will be submitted to local festivals. Also, storytelling will be included in local TedX sessions and creative writing posted in local newspapers and EU policy magazines.

Green Artivism addresses to:

  • Youth (aged 16-30 years old).
  • Youth Workers who desire to help the cultural and creative sectors recover from the crisis in terms of green, more digital and resilient recovery.
  • Youth participants, especially those involved with Arts who desire to get informed, trained and well-connected so that they can really make a change.

Which are the outcomes of the project?

After participating in the project Youth Workers will be able to replicate the GREEN CITIZENSHIP Workshop and add further material to the Web-toolkit, while youth participants will become Green Artivists and transfer knowledge acquired to peers while stimulating EGD focused active citizenship initiatives.

The long term impact of the project will be: 

To spark and retain interest on Climate Change via a VIRTUAL THINK TANK where young people, youth leaders, youth workers, policy makers and other key actors from different backgrounds will host a dialogue. Participants from Green Artivism project will be able to host their creations, to network, to find collaborators to implement their project ideas, to foster learning and capacity building between locally rooted organizations and individuals and more mature CSOs and NGOS.

Green Artivism will provide fertile ground for interaction and dialogue even (and especially) under the conditions of social distancing and the travel restrictions that Covid 19 imposed. With the finalisation of this project, it is expected that a cycle of empowerment and advocacy will be established, where more and more youth NGOs and participants will be able to join the Green Artivism network and independently express and fight for their environmental rights and for a better future with a strong, healthy and democratic civil society.

Funding

The funding of the project comes from  Erasmus+ KA220-VET – Cooperation partnerships in vocational education and training,

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Learn, Engage, Act – Digital Tools to Prevent and Counter Hate Speech Online – LEAD-Online

The project LEAD-Online addresses young people, teachers and media professionals and their ability to think critically and be media literate when it comes to dealing with the problem of hate speech online (HSO).

The aim of the project is to empower participants to become agents of change.

Where does the project aim at?

The approach of LEAD-Online will be piloted in 7 countries and aims to:

  • Develop a Training Programme which will teach participants to recognize hateful discourses and underlying forms of intolerance prejudices and discrimination.
  • Provide social actors with innovative digital tools to classify, decode and counter Hate Speech Online.
  • Open up spaces for discussion of Hate Speech Online, promoting attitudes and behaviours that respect human rights and values.

How does Future Needs participate?

Future Needs Management Consulting participates in the development of the Training Programme, of the Digital Tools and of Discussion Spaces in the LEAD-Online project. Moreover, we will pilot these among young people aged 14-19, educators, journalists, social media activists, b/vloggers, civil society organisations and internet service providers in Cyprus.

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Which actions does Future Needs lead?

Future Needs also leads the work package for communication and dissemination in LEAD-Online project. Our ultimate purpose is to ensure that project deliverables are widely distributed, adopted, and used by beneficiaries and stakeholders. To achieve this, we will create a strong online presence, organize in-person events, and leverage multimedia tools to raise awareness around the problem and the solutions it offers.

What will take place during LEAD-Online?

During the project:

  • Over 4000 young people and educators will participate in interactive learning on the topics of human rights and activism against Hate Speech Online.
  • Digital tools and an online game will be developed and over 3500 users will learn to denounce hate messages in an online environment.
  • Over 1400 participants will engage in more than 20 public LEAD-Online Talks and gain new awareness of the wide implications of Hate Speech Online.
  • All project participants will gain access to international networks and resources for countering hate speech beyond the duration of the project.

LEAD-Online‘s latest Updates

June 2022 | 1st Press Release of the LEAD-Online Project 📰
September 2022 | LEAD-Online Leaflet 📰
February 2023 | 2nd Press Release of the LEAD-Online Project 📰
April 2023 | Deliverable: Hate speech Self-assessment Tool and Hate Speech Ontologies 📰

To learn more about hate speech online and gain self awareness on the issue, check the project’s platform and answer the questionnaire:
https://www.lead-online.eu/

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Urban Air Mobility School for Cities – UAMschool4cities

What is the mission of UAMschool4cities?

UAMschool4cities’ mission is to create a learning framework and a training programme for current and future local authority employees which will equip them with the necessary skills to manage the uptake of Urban Air Mobility (UAM) services in their city. In particular, UAMschool4cities project will create a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) for professionals of any background interested in entering the local Public Administration mobility sector.

The MOOC will enable participants to:

  • Get familiar with UAM concepts and key technologies.
  • Keep up with relevant regulatory frameworks.
  • Include UAM in urban development agendas.
  • Develop responsible and socially acceptable UAM services for the benefit of citizens.

The Training programme will be piloted with 70 city employees from 10 cities across Europe. At the end of the course participants will be awarded with the ‘’UAM for Cities Certificate”.

What is the “Occupational Profile” Future Needs will develop?

In UAMschool4cities, Future Needs will develop an initial Occupational Profile based on outcomes of a series of two-day workshops in five countries with a panel of high-performing city staff already working in the area of UAM for their city. During each workshop these skilled employees will identify the duties and tasks that make up their job. Thus the result will be an Occupational Profile which describes a job in terms of specific duties and tasks that competent UAM staff must perform. Finally the description will be complemented by a visually attractive user-friendly chart.

The “Training Platform” as a service

Furthermore, Future Needs Management Consulting will also design the e-learning Training Platform of UAMschool4cities, which will host the online course. The Training programme will be available in 5 languages: English, French , Greek , Portuguese , Slovenian.

At the end of the project partners will release the validated Training Programme as a service to become available for every European city and beyond.

What are the project mid-term objectives?

By the end of the project partners aim to have achieved the following mid-term outcomes:

  • The delivery of a comprehensive Occupational Profile for UAM public domain experts that Human Resources departments across local, national and EU administrations can utilize.
  • The establishment of a coherent learning methodology for training public servants in UAM which cities and Adult Learning professionals may utilize.

What is the long-term impact of UAMschool4cities?

The longer-term impact of the project will be:

  • The establishment of a mechanism that will provide cities with skilled and qualified UAM experts.
  • Enhanced employability of professionals from various domains through acquisition of UAM skills and competences.
  • Acceleration of deployment of innovative transport services in EU cities, as a result of application of newly acquired skills in practice by trained UAM experts.

Funding

The funding of the project comes from  Erasmus+ KA220-VET – Cooperation partnerships in vocational education and training,

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Cooperation for achieving third country nationals’ financial independence through financial literacy tools and entrepreunership bootcamps

What is the aim of the project?

The aim of PLOUTOS is to enhance the financial literacy, business language, and digital abilities of Third Country Nationals (TCNs). The project will provide them with access to financial services and self-employment professional community interpreting skills. Through PLOUTOS activities, participants will gain familiarity with the country’s financial landscape. Also, they will gain insight into the country’s legal and economic context. What’s more, they will be able to manage and monitor their savings, access bank in a safe and timely way and request a microloan among other things. Finally, TCNs will be able to evaluate their personal and professional situation and find a new career path as a result of their new knowledge. 

PLOUTOS will facilitate TCNs’ access to financial services through language and community interpreting courses, entrepreneurship and financial literacy training, and innovative technological tools especially designed for them.

What will Future Needs lead?

Future Needs Management Consulting will lead the “Practice Business” Acceleration Programme. This will be in a form of a simulated company operated by trainees that functions similarly to an actual business. The Acceleration Programme is considered to be the ideal framework to train and evaluate professional skills and the so-called soft skills which learners develop while “working”.

The goal of “Practice Business”

The main goal of “Practice Businesses” is to help learners integrate better into the labour market. The training program will be piloted in Greece, Serbia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Italy and Belgium.

A “Practice Business” is a training ground for entrepreneurial thinking and action”

Which problems will PLOUTOS try to solve?

Finally, PLOUTOS is meant to solve a number of challenges that TCNs experience on a daily basis and affect their working life and career opportunities. These issues include the limited access to financial services, the lack of understanding the financial landscape and the absence of financial literacy. As a result TCNS have low workplace confidence.

PLOUTOS seeks to ensure that TCNs become productive members that contribute to society and thus promote the welfare and growth of the area they live in.”

Funding

The funding of the project comes from AMIF 2021 Programme. This call, AMIF-2020-AG-CALL-02, aims to reduce obstacles and promote access to basic services for third-country nationals.

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Cooperation for achieving third country nationals’ financial independence through financial literacy tools and entrepreunership bootcamps

What is the aim of the project?

The aim of PLOUTOS is to enhance the financial literacy, business language, and digital abilities of Third Country Nationals (TCNs). The project will provide them with access to financial services and self-employment professional community interpreting skills. Through PLOUTOS activities, participants will gain familiarity with the country’s financial landscape. Also, they will gain insight into the country’s legal and economic context. What’s more, they will be able to manage and monitor their savings, access bank in a safe and timely way and request a microloan among other things. Finally, TCNs will be able to evaluate their personal and professional situation and find a new career path as a result of their new knowledge. 

PLOUTOS will facilitate TCNs’ access to financial services through language and community interpreting courses, entrepreneurship and financial literacy training, and innovative technological tools especially designed for them.

What will Future Needs lead?

Future Needs Management Consulting will lead the “Practice Business” Acceleration Programme. This will be in a form of a simulated company operated by trainees that functions similarly to an actual business. The Acceleration Programme is considered to be the ideal framework to train and evaluate professional skills and the so-called soft skills which learners develop while “working”.

The goal of “Practice Business”

The main goal of “Practice Businesses” is to help learners integrate better into the labour market. The training program will be piloted in Greece, Serbia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Italy and Belgium.

A “Practice Business” is a training ground for entrepreneurial thinking and action”

Which problems will PLOUTOS try to solve?

Finally, PLOUTOS is meant to solve a number of challenges that TCNs experience on a daily basis and affect their working life and career opportunities. These issues include the limited access to financial services, the lack of understanding the financial landscape and the absence of financial literacy. As a result TCNS have low workplace confidence.

PLOUTOS seeks to ensure that TCNs become productive members that contribute to society and thus promote the welfare and growth of the area they live in.”

Funding

The funding of the project comes from AMIF 2021 Programme. This call, AMIF-2020-AG-CALL-02, aims to reduce obstacles and promote access to basic services for third-country nationals.

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Enabling sustainable oenological practices through a robotic UAS solution for precision viticulture

What is the aim of Oenobotics?

Oenobotics services will be delivered to customers such as vineyard farmers or associations. It will use a hardware-as-a-service business model, supporting viticulture farmers to avoid significant initial investment costs. The Oenobotics hardware and software will also be available to drone companies and interested farmers as an off-the-shelf product. The solution addresses the needs of wine-producing vineyards located in remote sloppy elevated locations that are hard to reach with any machinery.

In particular, the Oenobotics project deploys a droned platform that will provide viticulture farmers the following innovative and affordable precision viticulture services:

  1. Vine disease diagnostics.
  2. Vine water-stress diagnostics.
  3. Precise spot-spraying for treatment of downy mildew, powdery mildew and grey mould/botrytis.
  4. A wireless and automated drone charging dock.

What will Future Needs coordinate?

Future Needs Management Consulting will coordinate the Minimum Viable Product definition and the service design in the Oenobotics project. Additionally, Future Needs will coordinate the trials, the user-validation and the fine-tuning of the system. Initially Future Needs will provide a description of all the services and the system technical requirements and mockups of the final product and will draw the services. When the system is built, test drone flights over Kontogiannis Family vineyards with known health state will take place. They will diagnose correctly the plants health state (disease and water-stress diagnosis) and they will spray precisely a liquid (water or a specific biological mix approved by the user) in selected areas. Finally they will automatically return to and land on the docking station to recharge.

How will Oenobotics help vineyard owners & workers?

These Oenobotics services will assist vineyards owners in avoiding health impacts of chemicals and heat on vineyard workers. What’s more, Oenobotics will help farmers to react much faster to extreme weather changes caused by climate change. Finally the project aims to assist farmers to be more sustainable and profitable by producing yield of better quality, using less pesticides (in case of conventional farming) and producing less CO2 emissions (in case of organic farming). Project results will be demonstrated in an organic vineyard in Greece.

Which activities will Future Needs lead?

Future Needs is the leader of all the market related activities of the undertaking in the Oenobotics project. These include IPR Management and GDPR, the creation of the product brand and associated promotional material. Also, the organisation of two promotional events in collaboration with DIHs and the marketing campaign for early adoption and ecosystem building. Additionally Future Needs will make a business and financial plan and a preparation for the market entry, to ensure the financial sustainability of the undertaking. Finally, Future Needs will establish an expansion strategy in order to define the means for developing scalable user-centred services and will create organizational plans (structure, processes) for the new venture that will drive the Oenobotics solution into the market.

Funding

Oenobotics is an Innovation project funded under the Open Call of the H2020 agROBOfood project.

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

SAFIR-Med is an awarded 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. and to ensure democratic access to cure and care for future generations. This is why it was selected by SESAR among other demonstration projects as the most successful in showing the benefits of SESAR innovation in live operational contexts, helping to secure stakeholder buy-in and with potential to have long-term positive impact on #ATM performance.

What will we learn from SAFIR-Med?

All lessons learnt from this U-space management project are documented in a performance assessment and a recommendations report. The report includes:

  • 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 led the development of Smart City UAM indicators framework in the SAFIR-Med project. In this task we conducted 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 focused 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 SAFIR-Med project. We have created the project’s website and dissemination material (poster and flyer), prepared the press releases, and we are curating the newsletter and the social media, Twitter and Linkedin, of the project. We have also organised the SAFIR-Med events together with the project partners. The website has been continuously updated and presents the 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. Very early we have reached and finally quadrupled our initial goals receiving congratulations from SESAR3 JU for the best Dissemination and Communication among the SJU projects.

Future Needs also prepared and conducted the Human Performance Assessment during the demonstrations. Our role was to identify the HP requirements and recommendations to support the design and development of the new U-space concept. We ensured 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 acted as a Sustainability manager in the  SAFIR-Med project.  We ensured the future exploitation and deployment of the project results and the continuation of the SAFIR-Med research and innovation.

Finally, Future Needs was in charge of the research ethics and data protection of the project. We coordinated 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 was tested during the project?

During the project new U-Space services were tested to validate their contribution to operational safety. Technologies that were tested during the demonstrations include detect-and-avoid as a service, dynamic geofencing and air traffic prioritization rules. Five drone platforms were 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 took place at the city of Antwerp in Belgium and are soon to be completed in Aachen, Germany  and the trans-border MAHHL region. A de-risking exercise will took place at the DronePort test-facility in Sint-Truiden in Belgium.

Real demonstrations were enhanced by large-scale simulations in order to test how U-space services respond to maximum airspace capacity. Finally, project recommendations were further validated by simulating demonstrations in two additional locations in Europe, namely, Athens, Greece and Prague, Czech Republic. These demonstrations included 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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