Start of the SMART-ER project for the creation of a virtual research institute

reuniů virtual d'inici del projecte Smart-er / reuniůn virtual de inicio del proyecto Smart-er

The kick-off meeting of the ECIU University SMART-ER project, held on 3 February, marked the starting point of the creation of a virtual research institute focused on smart and sustainable regions.


The United Nations' Sustainable Development Goal Number 11 aims to "make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable". With the aim of finding solutions to the problems posed by this objective, the SMART-ER project was launched, with a kick-off meeting which was held online on 3 and 4 February. The project will implement a new research institute in charge of collecting and evaluating solutions identified through participative processes promoted by the ECIU University.

"Based on the project's kick-off meeting, we are already beginning to prepare an inventory of citizen science conducted by the research groups belonging to all member universities, with the aim of learning about what they are doing and how the research is being conducted, as a starting point with which to promote participation throughout the community", explained scientific coordinator of the project, researcher and also ICTA-UAB director Xavier Gabarrell.

SMART-ER (ECIU University Research Institute for SMART European Regions) has received 2 million euros in funding from the Horizon 2020 programme to establish a new model of obstacle-free research and innovation, and promote dialogue with society, overcoming any limits in disciplines, sectors and countries, and based mainly on a virtual collaborative environment.

This information is related to the following SDG

  • Sustainable cities and communities
  • Partnerships for the goals

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