Free online course “Sustainable Energy for SIDS”

Free online course “Sustainable Energy for SIDS”

The Centre of Excellence for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States, a UNDP initiative based on Aruba, in collaboration with Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, and the Hamburg Open Online University, offer a unique online learning course. The course “Sustainable Energy for SIDS” (5th February to 11th March 2018) addresses energy access, security and efficiency in SIDS.

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OCTA Innovation is currently working on developing several project proposals to apply for a Strategic Partnership Grant under the Horizon 2020, EASME and Erasmus+.  The project is based on the innovative concept of the Three Pillars Blended Learning, which combines face-to-face education, learning-by-doing and distance/online learning, allowing to work on capacity-building, while bringing new, innovative approaches to education. The Strategic Partnership in the field of education and training would be ideal, as it would be highly beneficial for all partners, creating more attractive education and training programs in line with individual needs and expectations, and bringing new and improved practices to better support competitiveness and employment at regional and local level.

It would benefit the project to have a minimum of 5 OCTs, mainly education entities such as colleges and universities, to work together, have combined workshops and exchange of information and best practices, with Europe and among themselves.

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Capacity Building

Capacity Building

The Three Pillars Blended Learning system has been developed by OCTA Innovation as a result of work on capacity building in the OCTs, which has remained a key priority for OCTA Innovation. Education and capacity building are key to achieving progress in propelling innovation in economy, which allows for sustainable growth and increasing prospects for society. The Three Pillars Blended Learning was developed as a system of education which promotes capacity building by using face-to-face, learning-by-doing and distance/ online learning as a new, innovative system to education. This new unique type of education has been developed by OCTA Innovation to maximise and this makes a system of education which takes into account all necessities and limitations of the OCTs, offering education which is a mix of direct contact with professors, with on the daily job training and learning-by-doing, blended with internet learning, which offers huge opportunities, but each is not sufficient alone. So we developed education, which is based on three pillars and is interwoven, depending on the particular subject and level of education.

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Post doc/ doctorate positions on regional energy transitions

Post doc/ doctorate positions on regional energy transitions

The Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg’s Institute of Social Sciences is offering a unique opportunity of three positions in the field of sustainability transitions as doctoral and post-doctoral researchers:

– One post-doctoral position
– Two PhD positions

The positions are part of a research project which will analyse energy transition as a social process from a socio-economic perspective, examining how different regional, national and global actors in the wind energy sector interact, as well as which process of negotiating, norming and learning are triggered by this interaction.

All researchers will be involved both in theory development and in the empirical work. The latter includes preparing, conducting and analysing narrative interviews. Furthermore, the post-doctoral researcher will support the project leader in the scientific coordination of the project and the case studies.

The holders of the positions will have the opportunity to conduct their own research and qualification projects on topics related to the research project. The PhD students are expected to write their theses within the framework of the project.

For further information and requirements, go to this link.


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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 €.

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Alexa Cooper-Grant, one of the signatories of the Declaration

Alexa Cooper-Grant, one of the signatories of the Declaration

Alexa Cooper-Grant, Innovation Manager for the Turks and Caicos Islands actively participated in the OCTA Innovation International Conference and to the formulation and to the signature of the Declaration of the Innovation Managers.


The OCTA Innovation International Conference took place in Ponta Delgada, Azores on 11-14 April 2017. It gathered representatives of the Overseas Countries and Territories of the European Union (OCTs), the government of the Azores, the European Commission and innovation experts to look at how innovation is spurring sustainable development in small islands and to develop cooperation and future initiatives.

The pillars and values that are the basis of a society were considered as well as the capacities and needs of all stakeholders to underpin them. The implementation of different types and different levels of innovation have been under consideration. The vision of an economically prosperous and inclusive society should be based on innovation and entire collaboration between public and private actors. Innovation should support all stakeholders in society, in both economic and social fields and is perceived as crucial for tackling the issues of natural resources, climate change and sustainable development. The governments have to ensure enabling conditions for propelling innovation. Innovation Managers of the Overseas Countries and Territories of European Union, active members of OCTA Innovation, assembled in the Azores, commit themselves to feeding these dynamics.

Governments must take the lead in systemic innovation across all sectors; fostering partnerships between public and private entities and knowledge sharing and capacity-building. The ambition is to grow a number of thematic and regional centres of excellence among OCTs with a focus on those sectors where individual OCTs are already leading the way, and to share expertise among the OCTs and with regions.

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OCTA Innovation Issue 12 / 2017 –  Innovation

OCTA Innovation Issue 12 / 2017 – Innovation

The pilot projects are part of the OCTA support for the implementation of the most promising and innovative ideas, innovative modalities of organization, and implementation of the advanced innovative technologies in the OCTs. The OCTA Innovation pilot projects are immensely important as one of the first actions in the implementation of the OCT innovation strategies. Keeping the innovation momentum, and securing these early steps have been funded by the European Commission.

Five pilot projects are already well progressing in their activities and monthly reports present great collaborative work in propelling innovation in territories. Four more pilot projects have been contracted and kick-offs are ongoing.

Smaller innovation projects (SIP) are currently under development to be contracted in the coming period. We are very proud with the high intensity actions as this period is simultaneously full filled with different innovation initiatives, innovation studies, innovation workshops, events, trainings and missions. Visit our web site for more news, follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

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Sustainable Environmental Management in Saint-Helena

Sustainable Environmental Management in Saint-Helena

Saint-Helena pilot project is a part of the complex set of the activities that St Helena is taking towards its sustainability. It is based on the implementation of the management of household and agricultural waste. The project intends to contribute simultaneously to innovative and sustainable waste management as well as to renewable energy generation in the remote island of St. Helena. The action to develop anaerobic digestion as a means to convert biodegradable waste into biogas and renewable energy as agreed by stakeholders will fit with the solid household and agricultural waste management plan and renewable energy agenda adopted by the Government of St Helena. The project is well-integrated into both the Innovation and Sustainable development strategies of the island.

The digester will take biodegradable domestic waste, agricultural waste, sewage and biodegradable medical waste converting it to biogas and digestate and avoiding the need to put it in landfill or the sea. This will support the biosecurity and environmental protection agenda and reduce the need for the importation of fossil fuels and fertilisers. Choice of the process and choice of the location of the plant will be finalised in consultation with local stakeholders as part of an initial feasibility study, and buy in from the wider population in respect of waste segregation will be sought through a media campaign. Regular public meetings will also be held to ensure continuous update of the project progress.

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