User friendly, digital secured personal data and privacy platform

SOTERIA aims to drive a paradigm shift on data protection and enable active participation of citizens to their own security, privacy and personal data protection. SOTERIA will develop and test in 3 large-scale real-world use cases, a citizen-driven and citizen-centric, cost-effective, marketable service to enable citizens to control their private personal data easily and securely. Led by an SME, this project will develop, using a user-driven and user-centric design, a revolutionary tool, uniquely combining, in a user-friendly manner, a high-level identification tool with a decentralised secured data storage platform, to enable all citizens, whatever their gender, age or ICT skills, to fully protect and control their personal data while also gaining enhanced awareness on potential privacy risks. SOTERIA solution will be tested and validated through 3 realworld large-scale use-cases, involving 6,500 European citizens, targeting 3 applications which usefulness has been highlighted during COVID-19 pandemic: e-learning, e-voting and e-health.

This 3-year transdisciplinary project from both SSH and technology angles, will develop an innovative solution based on: a secured access interface relying on high-level identification, a smart platform processing data to transmit only the minimum personal data required, a secured data storage platform (decentralized architecture) under the full control of the citizen, an educational tool to raise awareness of citizens developed using a citizen-driven and citizen-centric approach. The technologies developed will i) empower citizens to monitor and audit their personal data; ii) restore trust on privacy, security and personal data protection of citizens in digital services; iii) be fully compliant to GDPR regulation and apply strictly the data minimization principle; iv) ensure cybersecurity.

Further information about SOTERIA here.


implementation period: 01.10.2021 – 30.09.2024

Austria, Germany, Italy, Spain, France, Switzerland, Belgium, Romania


Transnational knowledge exchange between trainers

The objective of EUpTrain is to create a transnational network between Austria, Hungary, Bulgaria, Italy, Portugal, Greece and Romania in order to share Europe-wide knowledge between organisations specialised in adult education through exchange of experts and the development of a sustainable handbook comprising transnational good practices and methods for trainers working with low-skilled adults. The target group of this project are trainers of low-skilled adults, with at least 2 years of working experience (certified language trainers AND a) trainers in adult education OR b) trainers in cultural integration and orientation OR c) trainers for basic skills).

The results of EUpTrain will be a handbook (translated into 8 languages) containing the results of knowledge-exchange activities, specifically a collection of concrete examples of international best practice examples and methodologies for trainers working with low-skilled adults. This varied collection of best practices and methodologies is making the project results valuable for other European countries as well. The handbook will be accessible online and free of charge for all partners and other organisations. Through the dissemination of the handbook, trainers who work with low-skilled adults in all of Europe who are not participating in this project, will also benefit from the project results and will be able to increase their knowledge and expertise. Additionally, the creation of a transnational network between the partner organisations will ensure the sustainability of the project results. The overall aim of the project is to promote networking and synergy-creation on European level and to increase the knowledge exchange and the collaboration of trainers working with low-skilled adults and of organisations in the field of adult education in Europe.

Further information about EUpTrain here

consortium: ÖJAB (Austria), CEIPES (Italy), Asociatia Centrului de Cercetare di Formare a Universitatii de Nord Baia Mare (Romania), Dayana (Bulgaria), WIFI Hungaria (Hungary), Aproximar (Portugal), AKMI (Greece)

implementation period: 01.09.2020 – 28.02.2022

Austria, Bulgaria, Hungary, Italy, Romania, Portugal, Greece


Trainers for plant protection in organic farming

TOPPlant project is funded under the Erasmus+ KA202 – strategic partnership for vocational education and it is currently in implementation. TOPPlant is dealing with the topic of organic farming which is more than just production without the use of chemicals, it is the cultivation of foods while incorporating the results of present developments in agricultural science.

Producing organically is undoubtfully different from conventional production methods, as it is practiced on a controlled field while applying pre-specified rules as well as documenting all stages of production. To become successful in the field of organic farming professional knowledge and practical experience are of outmost importance.

TOPPlant supports the development of cooperative agricultural production in different regions, especially by means of intensive counselling in biological plant protection, production techniques and quality management. Understanding and exploring the challenges organic farmers face forms the building block of TOPPlant trainings. In turn, various learning techniques are implemented so that suitable and diverse learning opportunities are presented to the farmers. Ultimately, TOPPlant contributes to a better and healthier environment, by encouraging sustainable and clean agriculture.

More information about the TOPPlant here.

consortium: Nemzeti agrarkutatasi es innovacios kozpot (Hungary), Biotehniski center Naklo (Slovenia), biohelp (Austria), Sveuciliste u Zagrebu (Croatia)

implementation period: 01.11.2020 – 31.10.2022

Austria, Croatia, Hungary, Slovenia


Promoting digital literacy of teachers in adult education

In various projects, the Institute for Education and Media has carried out research on the quality of digital educational media with its partners and developed differentiated quality criteria for the evaluation of educational media in connection with the implementation of the European media competition, Comenius-EduMedia-Award. It was found that the exploration, evaluation and dissemination of high-quality educational media is not enough to improve the learning outcomes. Obviously, high-quality educational media will only be fully effective if they are integrated into a didactically designed teaching and learning concept and teachers have acquired the necessary media skills. From a media didactic point of view, educational media have the enormous potential to make teaching and learning processes different, as media-supported teaching and learning arrangements, self-learning in learning, cooperative scenarios and flexible offers to individualize learning offers. This accommodates the diversity of teachers and learners (Kerres 2017). A key role in this process is the DIGITAL COMPETENCE of teachers, lecturers and trainers in the didactically relevant handling of digital media or with the digitization of teaching and learning environments and learning processes. The partnership therefore aims to promote the teaching, development and consolidation of adult educators’ digital literacy through integration (methodological inclusion and practical use) and procedurally selected, exemplary digital educational media into media-based teaching and learning arrangements.

DIGITAL COMPETENCE is the scientific basis (Baacke1980, Bauer 2017, Swertz 2018): the interplay of abilities, skills and certainties with regard to differentiation and decision-making requirements, as well as didactic responsibility on the basis of structural, technical and factual media knowledge, aesthetic and Ethical media awareness, critical media analysis and didactically differentiated built, context-appropriate media design.

The DigiMedia project sees itself in this sense as an enlargement of the knowledge and action contexts, but also as an enrichment of the perspectives and options of the didactic arrangements in the adult education context and thus as a promotion of the methodological and didactic quality of teaching competence in the context of currently increasing digitization of teaching and learning Learning cooperation in adult education (see Baacke 1980, Bauer 2017). The project is currently in implementation and was awarded funding under Erasmus+ KA204 – Strategic Partinerships for adult education

Further information on DigiMedia here.

consortium: Institut für Bildung und Medien der Gesellschaft für Pädagogik (Germany), Institut für Aus- und Weiterbildung (Germany), European Society for Education and Communication (Austria), BITVISER (Netherlands), ERCI (Cyprus), Projactive Consulting (Hungary), University research institute of applied communication (Greece)

implementation period: 01.10.2019 – 31.07.2021

Austria, Cyprus, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Netherlands, Slovenia