Eurostars 2018

Eurostars 2018

If you are a small company in need of public funding for your innovative idea, then Eurostars has been carefully developed to meet your specific needs With its bottom-up approach, it stimulates international collaborative research and innovation projects that will be rapidly commercialized.  It is your ideal first step in international cooperation.

Joining Eurostars will enable your company to:

  • Turn an idea into a product and commercialize it.
  • Combine and share expertise and benefit from working beyond national borders.
  • Grow faster
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Opportunity

Opportunity

A potential opportunity has presented itself to apply for a Grant under the Horizon 2020, EASME and Erasmus+ for a Strategic Partnership in the field of education and training, aiming to support the development, transfer and implementation of innovative practices as well as the implementation of joint initiatives promoting cooperation, peer learning and exchanges of experience at European level.

Our project should be based on the innovative concept of Three pillars Blended Learning, which combines three educational components, namely:

  1. Face-to-face education
  2. Learning-by-doing
  3. Distance/Online learning

For further information and requirements, please contact us.

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La recherche de locataires pour l’ile déserte

La recherche de locataires pour l’ile déserte

L’île de Quéménès est située au coeur de l’archipel de Molène dans le Finistère, à environ 9 km des côtes. Le Conservatoire du Littoral, lors de l’acquisition de l’île en 2003, dresse un bilan qui révèle les richesses naturelles et patrimoniales de l’île. Il décide alors, avec le soutien du programme Européen d’échanges insulaires INTERREG ISLA, et de nombreux partenaires publics et privés de développer un véritable laboratoire du développement durable sur l’île : restauration des bâtiments, installation d’un système de production d’énergies renouvelables (panneaux solaires, éolienne), approvisionnement et traitement de l’eau, réfection de la cale, entretien des écosystèmes, etc.

Suite à un appel à candidature, Soizic et David Cuisnier ont été sélectionnés pour y monter leur exploitation agricole, l’objectif étant que les activités de leur ferme puissent leur permettre de vivre tout en entretenant le site. Culture de pommes de terre, accueil du public en chambres d’hôtes, élevage de moutons et récolte d’algues de rives sont leurs activités principales.

La base du projet est donc de remettre en activité l’exploitation agricole, pour permettre d’entretenir le paysage de l’île, de préserver les bâtiments, de lutter contre les friches (grâce au pâturage et à la culture) et de préserver les espèces et les habitats remarquables.

Après dix ans passés sur l’île, Soizic et David Cuisnier quitteront définitivement Quéménès en janvier 2018. Le Conservatoire du Littoral a lancé un appel à projet mi-juin pour remplacer cette famille. Sur cet espace naturel classé, les nouveaux exploitants devront concilier développement d’un projet économiquement viable (la ferme insulaire s’étend sur 30 hectares et dispose d’une activité maison d’hôtes), préservation de l’environnement (faune, flore, prairie, menhirs, tumulus, fours à goémon,etc.) et l’accueil du public. Dans l’idéal, le Conservatoire espère trouver des locataires prêts à s’engager pour “une dizaine d’années” moyennant le paiement d’une redevance de 7.000 €.

Visite guidée de Quéménès

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ERASMUS +

ERASMUS +

Erasmus+ has opportunities for a wide range of organisations including universities, education and training providers, think thanks, research organisations, and private businesses.

Erasmus+ has opportunities for people of all ages, helping them develop and share knowledge and experience at institutions and organisations in different countries.

The work programme, published on 17/08/2017, outlines the structure and funding of the programme for 2018 and highlights the link between the policies as well as changes from 2017.

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Lifelong learning — key competences

Lifelong learning — key competences

The recommendation identifies 8 key competences that are fundamental for each individual in a knowledge-based society.

KEY POINTS

  • The 8 key competences are the following:
  • Communicating in a mother tongue: ability to express and interpret concepts, thoughts, feelings, facts and opinions both orally and in writing.
  • Communicating in a foreign language: as above, but includes mediation skills (i.e. summarising, paraphrasing, interpreting or translating) and intercultural understanding.
  • Mathematical, scientific and technological competence:sound mastery of numeracy, an understanding of the natural world and an ability to apply knowledge and technology to perceived human needs (such as medicine, transport or communication).
  • Digital competence: confident and critical usage of information and communications technology for work, leisure and communication.
  • Learning to learn: ability to effectively manage one’s own learning, either individually or in groups.
  • Social and civic competences: ability to participate effectively and constructively in one’s social and working life and engage in active and democratic participation, especially in increasingly diverse societies.
  • Sense of initiative and entrepreneurship: ability to turn ideas into action through creativity, innovation and risk taking as well as ability to plan and manage projects.
  • Cultural awareness and expression: ability to appreciate the creative importance of ideas, experiences and emotions in a range of media such as music, literature and visual and performing arts.

Read more about Lifelong Learning

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Innovative Business Lab in the British Virgin Islands

Innovative Business Lab in the British Virgin Islands

BVI pilot project aims to provide the necessary development assistance to persons seeking to develop new innovative ideas or establish innovative businesses thereby creating new niche markets through the establishment of Innovative Business Lab (ILB). Business incubation, as an economic tool, has become increasingly common around the world for stimulating development of the SME sectors. Innovative Business Lab would provide facilities and services to promote innovation driven small-business growth. Small business incubators have proven to be effective economic development tools. In fact, innovation driven businesses having incubation style support have a dramatically higher rate of survival than an average start-up business does.

Propelling innovation in the economic sector and successful economic diversification in the private sector should be principal tasks of the Innovative Business Lab. With this goal partnership of the public sector with the private sector needs to be enhanced around Innovation as key driver for sustainable growth based on permanent consultations and developing the most adequate legislative, financial and fiscal measures to implement systemic innovation in BVI.

The incubation programme will seek relationships within the region and the local economy, as a means of integrating regionally through the establishment of networks. Such networks will be established through the regional virtual incubator, which is now being developed through the COSME programme for connecting Caribbean incubation centers within OCTs.

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