NEX-LABS
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NEXUS-DRIVEN OPEN LABS FOR COMPETITIVE AND INCLUSIVE GROWTH IN THE MEDITERRANEAN

About the project

NEX-LABS targeted territories, characterized by water scarcity and both an irregular rainfall and population distribution, reflect agriculture as largest user of water (70-90%) while future global warming projections (≈2ºC) are expected to cause a decrease in summer precipitation (-10/-30%), threatening water availability (-2/-15%) and agricultural productivity (-12/-40%). The latent conflict between energy efficiency (≈60%) and water production is also increasing energy footprint/m3 of water used to produce food. The predicted shortfalls in Water/Energy/Food (WEF) require a NEXUS approach, which means an integrated management and governance of these natural resources. In this context, the NEX-LABS project aims to support the implementation of clean technologies for sustainable and resilient growth of agri-food sector production based on a more efficient use of energy (renewable/solar solutions) and water (wastewater treatment, water harvesting or reuse solutions) in Mediterranean Partner Countries region thanks to the contribution of ICT such as blockchain technology, Internet or the Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning and Big Data.

Key information

NEX-LABS
NEXUS-DRIVEN OPEN LABS FOR COMPETITIVE AND INCLUSIVE GROWTH IN THE MEDITERRANEAN
A.2 Support to education, research, technological development and innovation
A.2.1 Technological transfer and commercialisation of research results
Spain, Tunisia, Jordan, Lebanon, Italy, Egypt, Cyprus

Financial data

3.4 million
Total budget
3.1 million
EU contribution
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10%
Project co-financing

Highlights

Project in numbers

11
Partners
7
Countries
22
Technical outputs

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Objective

To contribute to the creation of a sustainable and resilient agro-food sector based on NEXUS driven Open Living Labs (NDOLL) approach, thus strengthening technology transfer, cooperation between industry-academia, increasing commercialization opportunities and innovation-driven growth

What will be improved?

SMEs are the backbone of the economy in Mediterranean countries, employing the majority of workforce. However, they are losing competitiveness, leading to a predominance of survivalist companies. NEX-LABS intends to change this trend and generate a mid-term impact through NDOLL approach to test, recommend and implement those integrated NEXUS technologies in the agri-food sector, complemented by products, services and programmes to boost linked businesses. Besides, the project will enhance a job bank repository oriented to younger audiences in Mediterranean Partner Countries to match offer and demand of employment related to the NEXUS technologies.
 

Who will benefit?

  • 21 public institutions such as ministries and national agencies 
  • 35 research centers or universities 
  • 60 SMEs
  • 35 entities of the entrepreneurship ecosystem such as companies/ technology transfer organizations/technological parks/venture capital/business angels
  • 35 entities collaborating to the public debate such as communication multipliers/think tanks, civil society organizations

Expected achievements

  • 2 NEXUS-Driven Open Living Labs established
  • 4 business ideas benefiting from acceleration grants
  • 16 testing and 42 acceleration vouchers allocated
  • A summer school celebrated with the participation of 50 entrepreneurs
  •  6 spin-offs established with 6 co-patents registered
  • A job bank launched
  • 8 joint research contracts signed
     

Contribution to policy-making

Beyond MPC national or regional Water/Energy/Food (WEF) policy development programs, NEX-LABS contributes to the regional policy development of the Mediterranean Strategy for Sustainable Development 2016-2025 and to the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda through innovative integrated WEF + ICT technologies to face United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals 2, 6 and 7 thanks to NDOLLs approach. 

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NEX-LABS Italian partner INNOLABS bridging gaps among NEXUS stakeholders

In this issue of "Behind the scenes" we have interviewed Dr Nicola Tucci from the Italian SME INNOLABS, whose main role in the NEX-LABS project is to identify strate…

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NEX-LABS Project: Identification and Landscape analysis of NEXUS stakeholders' ecosystem

The NEX-LABS project partners have finalized the activity of determining and analyzing the landscape of the stakeholders’ ecosystem to set the basis for the strategic prioriti…

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NEX-LABS landscape analysis depicts challenges and needs to boost innovation in the Mediterranean

NEX-LABS released the landscape analysis in Partner Countries for better planning and supporting the creation of Nexus Driven Open Living La…

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Registrations now open for the joint NEX-LABS and PHEMAC Water, Energy, Food NEXUS Virtual Innovation Week

From 17 to 20 January 2022, the joint NEX-LABS and PHEMAC innovation week will bring together Euro-Mediterranean researchers, policy makers,…

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NEX-LABS Newsletter Issue 2 provides insights about the stakeholders ecosystem mapping and upcoming project events

In this second issue you will have insights about the main achievements after one year of project activities and you will learn more about t…

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Meet the NEX-LABS partner in Jordan: the Jordanian Hashemite Fund for Human Development (JOHUD)

Raghda Qasem Deputy Director for programs and projects at the Jordanian Hashemite Fund for Human Development (JOHUD)/Princess Basma Communit…

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NEX-LABS: training opportunities for the Mediterranean Technology Transfer Offices

Registrations are now open until 30 November 2021 to select 28 Technology Transfer Offices representatives from the Mediterranean Partner Countries to learn more about innovat…

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NEX-LABS training program for SMEs in the Mediterranean in water,energy and food sector

Deadline: 30 November 2021 This third training program will support SMEs in the development and growth of novel solutions and models that address the NEXUS ecosystem in the M…

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NEX-LABS opportunities for innovation at the Cairo Water Week

The NEX-LABS project was presented at the workshop entitled "Strengthening EU-Africa cooperation in water Research, Development and Innovation: opportunities and challenges" organized by the Water Joi…

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Apply now to the NEX-LABS training program for public authorities

The training is designed for Decision Makers, Policy Experts wishing to learn more on how to introduce a Water, Energy and Food NEXUS approach into policies and strategic fram…

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Behind the scenes: Citizens In Power, the NEX-LABS partner in Cyprus

In this 4th issue of "Behind the scenes" series, you will learn more about Citizens In Power (C.I.P.) and its activities, through the words of Ms Constantina Stavrou…

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Apply now to the NEX-LABS coaching program for entrepreneurs

Are you a young researcher or innovator with novel ideas to face the Water, Energy and Food challenges in the Mediterranean? Apply now to be selected for the NEX-LABS training program and discover how to turn y…

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Behind the scenes: meet our Lebanese partner in NEX-LABS

In this third issue you will meet Ms Krystel Khalil, Programs Director at Berytech in Lebanon

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NEX-LABS and LIVINGAGRO together to increase innovation and sustainability in the Mediterranean

The two projects signed a memorandum of understanding to improve their cooperation and get a higher impact of their actions towards innovati…

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Behind the scenes: meet the NEX-LABS partners! Issue #2

Meet Ms Faten Seffen, Head of the International Department and Communication at Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Center (CCIC) in Tunisia.

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What is the scenario for the ideal ecosystem of open innovation? Help the NEX-LABS project to discover it! Survey deadline extended

DEADLINE EXTENDED (31st May) to fill in the survey and support the NEX-LABS project to understand the bes…

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Behind the scenes: meet the NEX-LABs partners! Issue #1

With this series of interviews you will learn more about the team behind the implementation of NEX-LABs project. Issue 1 - Meet Gustavo Pérez Gónzalez, Senior Project Manager at Universidad Autónoma de Barcelo…

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Success stories from the NEX-LABS community: Renewable energy everywhere: a portable solar panel developed in Lebanon

Twenty-six-year-old Rayan Bahchik, living with his mother in North Lebanon, is the best example of an ambitious and positive young man who e…

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Updates from the NEX-LABS community - Register to the 3rd edition of the International Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge!

The 3rd edition of the International Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge is now open for registration - Connecting articifiaI intelligence and f…

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NEX-LABS: Call for auditor for Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona - Spain

The Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, NEX-LABS Lead Beneficiary, is looking for an external auditor. Deadline for submission of tenders is April, 7th

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NEX-LABS: Call for auditor for Centro Servizi Promozionali per le Imprese – Italy

Centro Servizi Promozionali per le Imprese (CSPI), Italy is currently looking to contract External Auditor services for the NEX-LABS project

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NEX-LABS: Call for auditor open by the Italian partner Net7

The NEX-LABS Italian partner Net7 has launched a call to contract External Auditor services for the project. Expiration date 29/03/2021

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NEX-LABS: Call for auditor for INNOLABS srl - Italy

The Italian SME INNOLABS invites to submit a proposal for auditing services under the NEX-LABS project.

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NEX-LABS: Call for auditor for Citizen in Power - Cyprus

Citizens in Power is currently looking to contract External Auditor services for the NEX-LABS project.

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NEX-LABS: Call for auditor for Princess Basma Community Development Center, Aqaba (Jordan)

Princess Basma Community Development Center, Aqaba in Jordan is currently looking to contract External Auditor services for the NEX-LABS project.

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NEX-LABS, a strategic project to support the implementation of clean technologies for agri-food sector production

NEX-LABS will support the implementation of new solutions and policies for sustainable and resilient production in the agri-food sector.

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The capitalization of synergies between NEX-LABS and PHEMAC projects

In order to promote cooperation and the advancement of academic, educational exchanges and technology transfer between NEX-LABS Project and PHEMAC Project, the two consortia h…

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NEX-LABS: the Tunisian partner is launching a call for applications to hire a consultant

The Tunisian partner of NEX-LABS, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Center, is launching a call for applications to hire a consultant. Only applications received no …