Innovative Ethics and Research Integrity training in the AI era (ΑΙ-ΤΗΟS)

The AI-THOS project aims to facilitate systematic and extensive training on Ethics and Research Integrity with a particular emphasis on the use of Artificial Intelligence technologies. The goal is to promote the principles of Ethics and Research Integrity, engage participants and their social networks in dialogue about the importance of these principles in scientific practices, and ultimately cultivate a culture of Ethics and Research Integrity in Europe. This culture will mitigate ethical implications and enhance trust in science and technology.

To achieve this goal, the project’s specific objectives are:

  1. Investigate successful educational practices and innovative teaching techniques by mapping existing educational practices on Ethics and Research Integrity.
  2. Strengthen the confidence and capacity of educators/trainers in Higher Education Institutions to provide training on these topics.
  3. Support the development of related competencies among students by implementing a pilot program in the participating Higher Education Institutions.

Supportive structures to empower innovation and knowledge-intensive entrepreneurship in the Region of Peloponnese

The aim of the project is the design, creation and operation of an integrated network of structures to highlight and support Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Region of Peloponnese.

Specifically, LIEE will undertake the implementation of three (3) studies: a) “Entrepreneurship governance model study”, b) “Study of Research Utilization Practices (VALORISATION – SPIN OFFS)” and c) “Support Mechanism Operation Evaluation Study”, while also LIEE will operate an Integrated Information System.

Also, LIEE will have the scientific support for all the Phases of the Project and particularly in the staffing of the Evaluation Committees of the innovation competitions and hackathons, in the process of diagnosing the needs of business schemes, as well as the selection of the thematic content of the actions.

European Training For Energy Community Managers (EU-NETS)

EU-NETS addresses the emerging topic of the Energy Communities, with the objective to develop a new training path for managers and professionals that will work to create, develop and manage these new entities, that will play an important role in the energy and climate transition. In order to make the transition to a sustainable economy and to establish a real climate policy, it is crucial to change the energy system into a fully sustainable one. This transition is also a great opportunity to achieve the goal of energy democracy. For example sun and wind, on the contrary of fossil fuels, are available all over the world and this allows for decentralized and connected systems, based on cooperation. Citizens cooperatives and local authorities can play a crucial role here, developing public-civil partnerships.

EU Directives 2018/2001 and 2019/944 introduce the concept of Energy Community. Energy Community is a community of users (private, public, or mixed) located in a specific area, in which end users (citizens, businesses, public administration, etc.), market players (utilities, etc.), designers, planners and politicians actively cooperate to develop high levels of “smart” energy supply, favoring the optimization of the use of renewable sources and technological innovation in distributed generation and enabling the application efficiency measures, in order to obtain benefits on economy, sustainability and energy security.

The creation and the management of these communities will require the development of new professional figures that in the coming years will be responsible for leading the design, development, implementation and management of energy programs for the entire community and leading the Community’s goal of reducing community-wide greenhouse gas emissions.

The objective of EU-NETS project is to outline the characteristics and qualifications necessary to guarantee to the new professional profile the abilities, the skills and the competences to implement its duties and the optimal management of energy communities according to the EQF scheme.

The EU-NETS project will be implemented in Italy, Greece and Spain, three Countries which present a similar scenario in terms of Energy Communities potential development and which has the same needs to support the creation of a professional figure able to manage this new entity.

Externalities of Energy. Extension of Accounting Framework and Policy Applications (ExternE-Pol)

The objective of NewExt is to improve the assessment of externalities by providing new methodological elements for integration into the existing accounting framework of external costs. The external costs accounting framework developed by the ExternE projects has been widely accepted and successfully applied for support decision making in energy and environmental policy. However, there are areas, for which a need for further research was identified. Uncertainties result from lacking empirical data on the monetary valuation of mortality effects, from the omission of impacts on ecosystems due to acidification and eutrofication and from the insufficient knowledge about the impacts of global warming.

In addition, contamination of water and soil and accidents in energy chains other than nuclear has not been taken into account. It is the aim of this project to close these gaps and so improve the quality of external cost estimates. Description of work: The work comprises the following four major work packages: An empirical survey is conducted in the UK, Italy and France on the monetary valuation of the reduction of life expectancy. With this survey, the valuation of chronic, latent and future mortality risks (one of the most important impacts related to energy fuel cycles) will be improved; the questionnaire elicits willingness to pay for avoiding reductions of life expectancy in Europe. The standard-price approach is introduced to complement the welfare-based estimates of externalities by taking into account abatement costs for achieving policy based environmental sustainability targets. This allows deriving external cost estimates for impact categories like impacts on ecosystem, which have not been covered in previous assessments of external costs. Furthermore, marginal avoidance costs for global warming impacts are prepared.

A methodological framework for the modelling of multi-compartment (air/water/soil) impact pathways is developed. Human exposure to heavy metals and organic substances via accumulation in water and soil and the food chain is modelled. In a fourth work package, a methodology for the assessment of externalities from major accidents in non-nuclear fuel chains is developed. For this, a worldwide database on energy related accidents is revised and updated. Results will be compared with those from the nuclear fuel chain. In a last step, the new methodologies will be incorporated into the framework for estimating external costs and the change of external costs due to these new developments will be examined for a number of electricity producing technologies.

Expected Results and Exploitation Plans: This project produces a set of new methodological “building blocks” for integration into the existing accounting framework developed by ExternE. One result is, by testing the new elements and by re-calculating external costs for some reference power plants, the evaluation how new figures may effect the major policy conclusions of previous work. Besides that, dissemination of the new results to current users of the accounting framework, but furthermore to a broader scientific community and policy makers are regarded as essential.

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Tools for sustainability. Development and Application of an Integrated Framework (SusTools)

Using the best elements of life cycle analysis, sustainability indicators, impact pathway analysis, risk analysis, cost-benefit analysis, and multi-criteria analysis (MCA), an integrated approach will be developed that can be applied in a coherent manner to a wide range of policy issues. This approach will be tested with 4 case studies, to provide a quantitative assessment of the environmental and socio-economic consequences of possible policies in the EU:

  • Reducing air quality impacts of transport,
  • Reducing the impacts of nitrate fertilizer,
  • Examining the options for treating waste that remains after source reduction and recycling, and
  • Reducing the impacts of selected hazardous chemicals.

The weighting of the criteria of the MCA will be determined by the stakeholder involvement and dissemination phrase of the project.

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