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The second issue of the MUHAI newsletter is out and available on the project website!

In this issue of the newsletter, MUHAI introduces its micro-projects, which are an additional subdivision of the project's work packages. Their aim is to overcome larger issues towards the fulfilment of major project objectives, as well as to foster project partners' cooperation. 

Throughout the past 9 months of research, the main areas of meaning and understating that are being tackled within the project - i.e. society, inequality, and everyday activities - have therefore been futher divided into four micro-projects, focused on the following topics:

- Constructional Language Processing
- Italian Frame Extractor
- Data Ecosystem
- Building Narratives

Do not miss the chance to subscribe to the newsletter here:  www.muhai.org/newsletter

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Last July 8,  VIU organized a Zoom call to present the internship and mobility opportunities for Globalization Program students enrolled for the 1st semester 2021-2022.

Find here below the link to the presentation used during the Zoom call (click on the image).

During the Zoom meeting on July 7, information was given about the Globalization Program, about course registration, housing, and VIU covid-19 protocols.

You can find here below the ppt presentation used during the call (link on the image).

New intermodal services for sustainable mobility
between Italy and Croatia

Joint Online Communication Event 
23rd September 10:00-12:30 CET- online

Registration link: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEkdOCtqzsuGtEEf44ZrGhoQ0cGFPEd8VLX

July 1, 2-6 pm CEST

Would you like to learn how to communicate your research results effectively to a broader audience? VIU invites you to join today's virtual workshop co-organized by the QUEST Project and GRONEN (Group for Research on Organizations and the Natural Environment)!

The complete agenda is available on the QUEST project website.

July 8, 1pm CEST 

VIU promotes international mobility by providing internship opportunities and scholarships to students of the member universities who attend the Globalization Program. Following the semester of courses at VIU, selected students are offered internships at research centers, universities, cultural organizations and companies in Italy and abroad.

An online info session has been organized to present the internship and mobility opportunities for Globalization Program students enrolled for the 1st semester 2021-2022.

Students who are already pre-registered will receive the link by email on the day of the meeting.

Other interested students can join the info session by signing up via the dedicated form at this link.

Go here for more information on Internship and Worldwide Mobility opportunities supported by scholarships

 

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At this link you can find the presentation and some additional info from the QA session.

The Globalization Program staff is preparing for the beginning of the 1st semester of 2021-2022 and a first appointment for the students will be the Virtual Orientation meeting, scheduled on Wednesday July 7, at 1pm CEST.

The meeting is open to the students who have already pre-registered for the upcoming semester but also to other interested students who can sign up here: 
Virtual Orientation registration form

During the Zoom call, students will have the opportunity to meet the staff and get more information about the Globalization Program, about course registration, housing, and VIU covid-19 protocols. 

 

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Follow this link to find the presentation used during the call and a summary of the answers given in the QA session.

The pilot action coordinated by VIU and partners of the interreg ICARUS project has started. Following a route through the regions of Veneto, Friuli Venezia-Giulia (IT) and Istria (HR) the team will investigate the current status of infrastructure and services related to the cross-border cycling corridor between Italy and Croatia, testing intermodal transfer solutions.

Follow the stages of the tour on VIU social media channels:

I am very glad that "History and Memory" is now one of the specialization tracks of the VIU Globalization Program. We live in forgetful times, with little sense of the past and of the future.

History is more useful than ever to young generations from whatever discipline. It helps to put things in perspective. The essence of things can be spotted by trying to explain where they come from and how they became what they are.

What is the relationship between art and artificial intelligence (AI)? Can AI become a tool for the contemporary artist? Does AI look at a painting the same way we do? 

Professor Luc Steels has conducted research on Flemish painter Luc Tuyman's artworks, which were on show during Tuymans’ prestigious 2019 La Pelle exhibition at Venice’s Palazzo Grassi. Several AI techniques were used to dive into the artist’s creative process, and ultimately support Tuymans and other artists in their visual research or artistic decisions.

A more comprehensive explanation of this process can be read in the article "Luc Tuymans through the Lens of AI" available on the MUHAI project website. Luc Steels is MUHAI project Scientific Coordinator for Venice International University. 

The results of this investigation were presented at the exhibition SECRETS, held at Bozar Brussels from April 3 to May 2, 2021.  

Venice International University and the MUHAI Project were cooperating partners in the workshop on Archives and AI: Coping with Climate Change, held at VIU premises on the San Servolo Campus on May 22-24, 2021.

The event was held in occasion of the launch of the exhibition entitled "Navigating Aqua Granda, a digital community memory", within the framework of "Aqua Granda, a digital community memory" project, launched in November 2020 by the EU H2020 ODYCCEUS project and Science Gallery Venice. 

One of main outputs of this project is a book, available in open access at the following link: https://bit.ly/3bVUJ8n

The QUEST Project proudly announces the launch of the QUEST Podcast, a series of conversations with leading science communication professionals around Europe. The main goal is to learn about the challenges and current trends that impact their work, and hear their advice on how other science communicators can improve the effectiveness of their communication activities. Over the course of the six episodes, a particular focus is given on views from female science researchers and specialist science and technology journalists.

The QUEST project has recently released its toolkits: new resources to support communication about science.

The toolkits were developed to fill in a gap that was identified in the European science communication landscape; the analysis showed that science communicators would benefit from additional resources that support the development of their skill sets.

The Closing Ceremony of the 2nd semester 2021 of the Globalization Program will take place on Thursday, May 27, 2021, at 5.00 pm, in a dual mode ( in presence and on zoom).

At the end of May, more than 100 students of 18 nationalities will conclude their semester of courses at VIU.

As the Covid-19 restrictions start to ease, we can begin to think of travel again and look forward to opportunities next year!

VIU will soon issue a new round of Erasmus+ calls for application for study, teaching, and training opportunities in the member universities in the EU, UK,  Israel, Russia, and Canada. Students, professors, and staff in VIU's Italian member universities are eligible to apply. 

The paper entitled “Experimenting with scenario-building narratives to integrate land use and transport”, published in Transport Policy Journal, followed a methodology inspired by the one used in SPROUT for the construction of the scenarios of the pilot cities. Different narratives of the future were constructed based on some “drivers” of change and through a process of interviews.

These narratives described the future of transport, mobility, and land use in 2050. They were used in several collaborative workshops in which policy-makers, transport and urban planners, and members from the public were involved, in a similar way to the SPROUT Open Innovation Community.

The first edition of the Urbanism Next Europe Conference will take place online June 9 -11, 2021.
The SPROUT project will feature with a dedicated session, involving the members of its stakeholder forum, the Open Innovation Community for Urban Mobility Policy.

Urbanism Next Europe Conference is organized in collaboration with the city of Rotterdam, Netherlands, and it will gather experts from the public and private sectors, transport and economy, urban planning and architecture, retail and real estate, environment, and public health.

The conference sessions will feature: experiments and transition, spatial planning & urban design, new mobility impacts, car-sharing and micromobility, automated driving.

ITL, Lead Partner of the ICARUS Project, has organized "Maas Talks",  three webinars about Mobility as a Service,  on May 13, May 27, and June 9, 2021.

A three-webinar journey will explore the potential of the integration of a range of sustainable transport options into a single mobility service accessible and on-demand, by answering questions such as “what are the main social, environmental, and economic benefits of MaaS?” and “how to select the most effective MaaS model for your territory”.

Project Partners are taking action to reduce the CO2 emission and to enhance the Ports Management.

North-Central Adriatic Sea Port System Authority acquired an electric car in January 2021. The car has already travelled for more than 1.500km and is appreciated by the colleagues that used it for it's prompt reaction during the drive and for the complete absence of noise. It is in preparation a tender for a second car, that will be a hybrid plug-in. The purchase of this cars will allow them to further reduce the C02 emissions and to travel in a more sustainable and comfortable way.

The Central Adriatic Ports Authority developed a TV spot about its participation in PROMARES now on air on a regional TV channel and on the radio. Communicating and disseminating the project's results to the general public is an important aspect of participating in EU-funded projects.

The ad describes the aims of participation in the project is aired on a regional TV channel and on the radio. Check it out on the project's Facebook, Instagram or LinkedIn profile! (in Italian only)