MED-QUAD in Italy organises its final event on innovation
In a dynamic and forward-thinking initiative, the University of L'Aquila, a proud partner of the MED-QUAD project in Italy in collaboration with Epimorfotiki Kilkis sm LLC (Lead Beneficiary from Greece), is gearing up to host the MED-QUAD Innovation Showcase. The final event titled “MED-QUAD Innovation Showcase: Unleashing the Power of Quadruple Helix Collaboration” is scheduled to take place from the 18th to the 22nd of September 2023 in Human Studies Department (Viale Nizza, 14 - 67100 L'Aquila, Italy). The event promises to be a vibrant and enlightening exploration of the potential of Quadruple Helix Collaboration.
The Quadruple Helix collaboration represents an innovative approach to problem-solving and innovation. It involves the active participation of academia, industry, government, and the wider community, with each segment playing a crucial role in addressing complex challenges. This inclusive approach has gained recognition for its ability to drive innovation, stimulate economic growth, and promote sustainable development. For this reason, seven partners from 6 Mediterranean countries (Greece, Italy, Egypt, Jordan, Palestine and Tunisia) joined forces within the MED-QUAD project. In addition to University of L’ Aquila and Epimorfotiki Kilkis, participates in the project representatives from the universities:
· International Hellenic University (IHU)
· Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport- AASTMT (Alexandria-Egypt)
· Al-Balqa' Applied University – BAU (Salt - Jordan),
· University of Sousse (Sousse-Tunisia)
· Palestine Polytechnic University–PPU (Hebron-Palestine)
With the approval of the MED-QUAD project in the field of Innovation by the Eni CBC MED Programme, the partners implemented essential actions in their countries with the funding of the European Union. At the heart of the MED-QUAD Innovation Showcase lies a commitment to exploring how innovation, driven by the collaborative forces of academia, industry, government, and the community, can pave the way for sustainable development and transformative change. In Italy, as in the other participating countries, two pilot "living laboratories" were created for the "Smart Water Use Applications (SWUAP) Living Lab" and the "Applied Research for the Utilization of Cultural Heritage" (ARCHEO)" through which the research actions at the level of transnational cooperation have already started, as well as innovative efforts to highlight the cultural heritage, with the use of digital imaging and special tools. The laboratories were equipped with modern and specialized technological equipment (e.g. MATTERPORT photogrammetric camera, 3D scanner, special machines for water quality control, etc.). The project partners initiated joint interdisciplinary research between universities and SMEs, trained professionals in entrepreneurship, created innovative services and products and strengthened the "social aware university" role by creating "City Development Groups". One of the project's achievements is to operate the university with a social sensitivity for the citizens and to act not just in the city but for the town, strengthening the cooperation with the local bodies and the society.
The above results of the project will give the opportunity to get to know the members of the educational community, business representatives, decision-makers and representatives of local organizations and all citizens during the local actions.
It's a prime opportunity to delve into the dynamic synergy that occurs when these four sectors come together to create solutions, drive progress, and address the pressing issues of our time.
The MED-QUAD project’ partners invite all those interested in digitalization and the quadruple helix approach to attend this event and engage with others who share similar interests.