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Sharon Smit / Sustainable Society - ACCOMPLISSH - total project budget 1.898.412,-
The acronym ACCOMPLISSH stands for: Accelerate co-creation by setting up a multi-actor platform for impact from Social Sciences and Humanities. It covers the project in a single word: we will accomplish the challenge of creating an innovative valorisation concept that will strengthen the position and impact generation of SSH research and contribute to innovation for a variety of lead-users and end-users.

Traditional valorisation approaches focus on linear processes: from academia to society. In order to bring valorisation to a higher level, all relevant actors need to cooperate in an equal setting: co-creation. Co-creation transcends boundaries, but it does not happen naturally. Therefore, the ACCOMPLISSH consortium, consisting of 14 universities from 12 countries, will actively involve the other partners from the so called Quadruple Helix (industry, governments and societal partners) within the project. The project has chosen an Open Innovation approach.

The ACCOMPLISSH project will set up a dialogue platform with representatives from academia, industry, governments and societal partners. The ACCOMPLISSH dialogue platform is organised in such a way that academia, industry, governments and societal partners equally contribute in identifying barriers and enablers of co-creation. The results from both practice and the theory of co-creation form the basis of the valorisation concept and will be tested in the project in a quadruple helix setting. This concept will be tested and developed in such a way that it is transferable, scalable and customized for academia, industry, governments and societal partners in the whole of Europe.

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Berfu Ünal - User behavior and mobility patterns - total project budget €121.000,-
As part of the EU’s Horizon2020 programme Mobility for Growth, Berfu Ünal and Linda Steg were awarded €121.000,- to investigate the current trends and needs in mobility within the EU. The official title is “MIND-SETS” which was targeted at the call “User behaviour and mobility patterns in the context of major societal trends”. Since the research project is part of the “coordination and support” action, it is mainly focused at filling in the gaps of knowledge on this topic so that more research can be done in certain fields.

More specifically, the consortium consists of eight partners from seven different countries. Also many stakeholders are involved from all over the EU. The different partners each have their own section to investigate, of which Ü nal does the part regarding to what extent the fulfilment of key psychological needs is accomplished by current mobility services among different social clusters in EU (including the elderly), and what is needed to improve sustainable mobility among vulnerable road users. The proposal of the consortium that Ü nal is a part of was found to be especially good in terms of societal impact, as the outcome of the project is expected to create a shift in understanding and implementation of mobility services towards more sustainable alternatives.

The research will cover existing data and literature identifying different social groups and their mobility expectations. Future research investment decisions can then be made in the right sectors in terms of mobility needs. An important insight that Unal hopes to get from the research is to disentangle those road-user groups with a higher likelihood to engage in or accept sustainable mobility options as well as innovations. The ultimate goal though of the project is to find sustainable and innovative mobility solutions for all but especially vulnerable road-users.

The impact and benefit of the project to society can be expressed in different ways. First is the environmental gains that can be accomplished via spreading sustainable mobility alternatives throughout the EU. Second is the economic gains that is attached to mobility, and keeping citizens mobile. Importantly, the project impacts society in the sense that mobility should include all members of society and adapts to their needs.

The challenges of this research lie within its diversity. By including partners from different parts of the EU, it becomes difficult to portrait a uniform picture of say a specific user group, as these might differ strongly between different EU countries or regions. However, Ü nal finds this as a nice challenge, and does expect to have enough common ground to build upon and at least broaden the knowledge on sustainable mobility.

T he project will take off in January 2015 by identifying different user groups in the EU. The final results should be presented in 2017. Until that time different workshops and symposia will be organised in collaboration with the stakeholders and partners presenting us the route to sustainable mobility.

Han Olff - AfricanBioServices: Linking biodiversity, ecosystem functions and services in the Great Serengeti-Mara Ecosystem (GSME) - drivers of change, causalities and sustainable management strategies - total project budget €1.000.000,-
The direct dependence of humans on ecosystem services is by far strongest in developing regions where poverty restricts access to resources. This dependency also makes people in developing countries more sensitive to climate change than their developed counterparts. Increasing human populations deteriorates natural habitat, biodiversity and ecosystems services which spiral into poverty and low human welfare. This calls for innovative solutions that encompass the entire socioecological- economic system, as recognized on a global scale in the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. However, innovative and practical solutions require downscaling to regional levels for identifying concrete sets of drivers of change. For Africa specifically, the interplay of human population growth, land use change, climate change and human well-being is a major challenge. This project focuses on the Serengeti-Maasai Mara Ecosystem and associated agricultural areas, a region in East Africa that encompasses parts of Kenya and Tanzania. The ecosystem is world-famous for key aspects of its biodiversity, such as the migration of 1.3 million wildebeest. This ‘flagship ecosystem’ role will enhance the international interest in the project.

In this project, internationally leading researchers from Norway, the Netherlands, Scotland, Denmark and Germany are teaming up with strong local partners in Tanzania and Kenya. The research will be organised in seven interlinked work packages: 1) assemble and integrate the so far separate Kenyan and Tanzanian relevant data on the region; 2) quantify the connections between human population growth, land use change, climate change and biodiversity change; 3) test how biodiversity change leads to changes in key ecosystem services; 4) quantify the dependence of human livelihoods on these ecosystem services. We will implement innovative ways for communication and dissemination of the results of ‘continuous engagement’ by local stakeholders.

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