The CARE project team promotes citizen science activities with several schools in the region

The pilot project CARE (Citizen Arenas for improved environmental quality & resources use in SMART-ER cities), financed under the “ECIU University Research Institute for Smart European Regions” project, brings together six partners of the European Consortium of Innovative Universities – ECIU.

Some of the activities in this project, under the responsibility of the University of Aveiro (UA) team, have already started. This team is composed of members from CESAM (Roberto Martins – local coordinator, Daniela Figueiredo and Vera Rodrigues), CICECO (Cláudia Nunes), DIGIMEDIA (Mónica Aresta and Pedro Beça) and LAQV-REQUIMTE (Elisabete Coelho and Manuel Coimbra).

So far, the project has mobilised almost 100 students and teachers from two schools in the Intermunicipal Community of Aveiro, namely Escola Secundária de Vagos and Escola Básica João Afonso de Aveiro. Activities have focused on the biodiversity component and, very soon, on air and water quality, management and reuse of food waste and the creation of digital content, in favour of raising citizens’ awareness of current environmental challenges and raising awareness and active participation in the efficient and intelligent management of resources in SMART-ER cities and regions.

The six partners of the European Consortium of Innovative Universities – ECIU are: Dublin City University (DCU, Ireland; coordinator), University of Aveiro, Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Toulouse (INSA; France), Kaunas University of Technology (KTU, Lithuania), Linköping University (LiU, Sweden) and Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB, Spain).
The SMART-ER project received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement no. 101016888.

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Photo credits: Roberto Martins