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  1. 1. First Regional Meeting of the UNESCO Science-related Chairs and Centres for South East Europe and the Mediterranean 26-28 October 2022 UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture Palazzo Zorzi, Venice
  2. 2. UNESCO Regional Bureau for science and culture in Europe 1st Regional Meeting of SC-related UNESCO Chairs and Centres in the SEE Region Mandate: • Contribute to the implementation of UNESCO’s Science and Culture programmes with special focus on South- East Europe • Support cooperation with and among countries in the region • Facilitate the integration of science and culture into development programmes/strategies at country and regional levels, in line with Agenda 2030 • Represent UNESCO in the UN country coordination and programming frameworks How we work: • Support regional cooperation and networking at all levels • Foster innovation, capacity-building and knowledge advancement • Specific extrabudgetary projects (on heritage rehabilitation, intercultural dialogue, disaster risk reduction, etc.) Functions: • Laboratory of ideas • Catalyst and motor for international cooperation • Clearing house • Capacity-builder • Standard-setter Palazzo Zorzi
  3. 3. Natural sciences and interdisciplinary with ED and CLT, plus ocean 1st Regional Meeting of SC-related UNESCO Chairs and Centres in the SEE Region Three SC areas of expertise Cross-cutting Interdisciplinary 1. Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) 2. Biosphere reserves and Geoparks as models for sustainable development 3. Integrated water resources management, notably in shared river basins (IHP) Strengthening resilience to disasters and climate change adaptation Education for Sustainable Development, Science Education, STEM, Management of cultural and natural sites, Ocean Literacy
  4. 4. UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe Geographical purview:  Albania  Bosnia and Herzegovina  Bulgaria  Croatia  Cyprus  Greece  Malta  Montenegro  North Macedonia  Republic of Moldova  Romania  Serbia  Slovenia  Turkey  [Kosovo* in line with UNSCR 1244 of 1999]  Italy (host country) 1st Regional Meeting of SC-related UNESCO Chairs and Centres in the SEE Region
  5. 5. UN Issue Based-Coalition on Environment and Climate Change for Europe and Central Asia Led by UNESCO, UNEP and UNECE (18 member agencies in total) since 2020 Consists of a regional platform for UN agencies to: • Promote coordinated support to all Member States in Europe and Central Asia in their implementation of the 2030 Agenda • Support UN Country Teams in the Europe and Central Asia region on environmental and climate change issues 2022 • training for UNCTs on mainstreaming environment and climate change in UN cooperation frameworks • Key messages on climate change for UNCTs • training for UNCTs on green transition 1st Regional Meeting of SC-related UNESCO Chairs and Centres in the SEE Region
  6. 6. UNESCO abrdn PROJECT PROJECT PROMOTING SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT THROUGH UNESCO’S PROGRAMMES AND SITES MARCH 31 PARTNERSHIP ANNOUNCEMENT APRIL 12 CALL FOR APPLICATIONS MAY 9 CLOSING CALL FOR APPLICATIONS MAY 17 ADVISORY BOARD JULY14 COMMUNICATION OF RESULTS JULY-AUGUST BILATERAL MEETINGS SEPTEMBER 20 LAUNCH EVENT OCTOBER INITIATION OF PROJECTS KEY MILESTONES • Ohrid-Prespa Transboundary BR (Albania/North Macedonia) • Asterousia Mountain Range BR (Greece) • Tuscan Islands BR (Italy) • Kozjansko and Obsotelje BR (Slovenia) • Brighton and Lewes Downs BR (UK) 1st Regional Meeting of SC-related UNESCO Chairs and Centres in the SEE Region
  7. 7. MAB HYBRID UNIVERSITY (2012-2022) Amfissa, 2012 Samothrace, 2016 Sardenia, 2017 Parnon, 2018 Bulgaria, 2019 Asterousia, 2021 Cyprus, 2022 1st Regional Meeting of SC-related UNESCO Chairs and Centres in the SEE Region
  8. 8. UNESCO training workshop on building a climate resilient future • The UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe, with the support of Bulgaria, is implementing the project “Building a climate resilient future: capacity development in climate change adaptation and disaster risk management in selected UNESCO designated sites of South-East Europe” • 17-21 October 2022 - Ohrid, North Macedonia • 19 participants selected through a Call for Applications • Site managing authorities of UNESCO designated sites in the region (with special focus on Biosphere Reserves and World Heritage Sites) together with civil protection authorities, researchers and key experts in the field of climate change, disaster risk management, and protection and promotion of cultural and natural heritage. • 5 UNESCO Member states in South-East Europe: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Republic of North Macedonia, and Serbia • Objective: contributing to a more climate-resilient South-East European region, notably more climate resilient UNESCO designated sites by improving the understanding of the impacts of climatic change and natural hazards on natural and cultural sites, and improving capacities for effective emergency preparedness and response within heritage management and site governance frameworks. 1st Regional Meeting of SC-related UNESCO Chairs and Centres in the SEE Region
  9. 9. European funded projects, where UNESCO adopts a participatory approach involving multi- stakeholders and all disciplines for risk management. Projects Geothermal energy applied to Porta degli Angeli, an historic building in Ferrara, UNESCO World Heritage Site. Involvement of experts in the field of water management, civil protection and culture heritage to tackle together the risk of flooding the Sava River basin. 1st Regional Meeting of SC-related UNESCO Chairs and Centres in the SEE Region
  10. 10. UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs Programme UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs Programme Launched in 1992 Through this network, higher education and research institutions all over the globe pool their resources, both human and material, to address pressing challenges and contribute to the development of their societies. 917 Chairs (2022) from 114 countries worldwide of which 205 SC related (2019) from 75 countries Our purview* : 73 Chairs from 13 countries Science related = 29 Chairs from 6 countries • Promotes international inter-university cooperation and networking • Enhance institutional capacities through knowledge sharing Establishment in key priority areas related to UNESCO’s fields of competence *Our coverage includes South-East Europe and part of the Mediterranean region : Albania; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Bulgaria; Croatia; Cyprus; Greece; Malta; Montenegro; Republic of Moldova; Romania; Serbia; Slovenia; North Macedonia; and, Türkiye. Our purview covers Kosovo* (as defined by UNSCR 1244, 1999), plus Italy as host country 1st Regional Meeting of SC-related UNESCO Chairs and Centres in the SEE Region
  11. 11. Source: Internal Oversight Service Audit Section, January 2021 UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs Programme 6 15 2 1 2 3 Science Chairs distribution in our purview* Greece Italy Slovenia Serbia Romania Türkyie 1st Regional Meeting of SC-related UNESCO Chairs and Centres in the SEE Region *Our coverage includes South-East Europe and part of the Mediterranean region : Albania; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Bulgaria; Croatia; Cyprus; Greece; Malta; Montenegro; Republic of Moldova; Romania; Serbia; Slovenia; North Macedonia; and, Türkiye. Our purview covers Kosovo* (as defined by UNSCR 1244, 1999) plus Italy as host country
  12. 12. Category 2 Institutes and Centres Category 2 Institutes and Centres under the auspices of UNESCO Global network of institutions of excellence in the Organization’s domains of competence 73 SC Centres (of which 36 water related) from 48 countries worldwide Our purview* : 7 SC related Centres from 6 countries (1 North Macedonia, 1 Greece, 1 Italy, 2 Serbia, 1 Slovenia and 1 Romania) 1st Regional Meeting of SC-related UNESCO Chairs and Centres in the SEE Region *Our coverage includes South-East Europe and part of the Mediterranean region : Albania; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Bulgaria; Croatia; Cyprus; Greece; Malta; Montenegro; Republic of Moldova; Romania; Serbia; Slovenia; North Macedonia; and, Türkiye. Our purview covers Kosovo* (as defined by UNSCR 1244, 1999), plus Italy as host country 73 3 7 20 8 11 Category II centres distribution worlwide Natural Sciences IOC Social and Human Sciences Culture Communication Education
  13. 13. Towards Paris Conference – 30th anniversary of UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs Programme 1st Regional Meeting of SC-related UNESCO Chairs and Centres in the SEE Region Objectives of the meeting: • Recognize the accomplishments of the UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs Programme over the past thirty years • Invigorate greater interdisciplinary cooperation and catalyze new research collaborations
  14. 14. Objectives of the 1st Regional Meeting of SC-related UNESCO Chairs and Centres in the SEE Region  Connect Chairs and Centres representatives from our purview, fostering networking  Through different roundtables, facilitate collaborative work between attendees and propose some recommendations on how best to work together as a network.  Adopt a Declaration from the Science UNESCO Chairs and Centres of South-East Europe and the Mediterranean to be presented in Paris next week 1st Regional Meeting of SC-related UNESCO Chairs and Centres in the SEE Region
  15. 15. The participants 1st Regional Meeting of SC-related UNESCO Chairs and Centres in the SEE Region Italy; 10 Greece; 6 North Macedonia; 1 Romania; 3 Serbia; 1 Slovenia; 3 Brasil; 1 Netherlands; 1 COUNTRIES OF ORIGIN 23% 23% 23% 31% Action areas MAB IHP DRR STI 19 5 2 PARTICIPANTS UNESCO Networks Category II Centres UNESCO Chairs
  16. 16. Agenda and modalities of the meeting 1st Regional Meeting of SC-related UNESCO Chairs and Centres in the SEE Region Day 2 – 27 October 10.15 Ice breaking meet and greet exercise 11.15 1st Roundtable on the main action areas of your UNESCO Chair or Centre. Plenary, with proposed recommendations 12.00 Lunch 14.00 2nd Roundtable on the interdisciplinary and intersectoral approach. Plenary, with proposed recommendations 16.30 3rd Roundtable on national, regional and international challenges. Plenary, with proposed recommendations 19.30 Dinner at CARPACCIO Restaurant Day 3 – 28 October 09.30 Start of the activites, recap of the 1st day 10.15 4th Roundtable on pathways and opportunities. Plenary, with proposed recommendations 11.30 Draft declaration and adoption 13.00 Lunch. End of the meeting
  17. 17. SURVEY Click to add text Click to add txt
  18. 18. Added value Click to add text 1st Regional Meeting of SC-related UNESCO Chairs and Centres in the SEE Region
  19. 19. Collaboration Click to add text • Network Italian chairs • Economy • Education • Human rights • Business administration 1st Regional Meeting of SC-related UNESCO Chairs and Centres in the SEE Region
  20. 20. Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe Click to add text • Research, capacity building, training programmes and workshops on managing transboundary karst aquifers in the Balkans • Preliminary assessment shared aquifers Balkan region • Peer learning study tour Sava River Basin / Dordrecht on DRR, water management and cultural heritage • Application UNESCO VISUS methodology in Bosnia Herzegovina - Disaster Risk Reduction for sustainable development • Participation as guest lecture to a conference ‘ From the source to the sea” 1st Regional Meeting of SC-related UNESCO Chairs and Centres in the SEE Region
  21. 21. Networks • UNESCO international programmes • Education and research • Aspnet schools • IHP • ISARM • PCCP • HELP • WAMUNET • ASPnet • UNESCO youth forum • SIDS • NATIONAL COMMISSIONS FOR UNESCO 1st Regional Meeting of SC-related UNESCO Chairs and Centres in the SEE Region
  22. 22. Levels 1st Regional Meeting of SC-related UNESCO Chairs and Centres in the SEE Region
  23. 23. Expectations Click to add text • Revitalize cooperation Science/Research and Education • Climate change, DRR, resilience and sites • Intersectoral and transdisciplinary /interdisciplinary perspective • Sense on belonging 1st Regional Meeting of SC-related UNESCO Chairs and Centres in the SEE Region
  24. 24. 1st Regional Meeting of SC-related UNESCO Chairs and Centres in the SEE Region Ice-breaker – “Answer with your feet!” Where? Downstairs in the patio What? A moderator will give you some instructions and ask questions. You will have to “answer with your feet”. How? According to the question or the instruction, you will have to move in the patio and, in some cases, coordinate with other participants.
  25. 25. ROUNDTABLE 1: Main Action Areas UNESCO Regional Bureau for science and culture in Europe 1st Regional Meeting of SC-related UNESCO Chairs and Centres in the SEE Region Disaster risk management, resilience and climate change STI (basic science, open science and open data, artificial intelligence, open education and distance learning) IHP programme (resource management, water education, water security) MAB programme (ecosystems, biodiversity, ecotourism) Room Goldoni Codussi end Codussi front Codussi middle Moderator Fabio Castelli John Shawe-Taylor Jacques Ganoulis Rita Patrizia Aquino Rapporteur Matjaz Mikos Ioana Spanache Chiara Biscarini Kalliopi Kravari Participants George Dikaios Vlatko Sesov Yannis Mylopoulos Stefano Grimaz Mitja Jermol Stefano Barberis Sabin Stoica Amiel Tel Pietro Tundo Sorin Zaharia Elpida Kolokytha Francesco Vallerani Jasna Plavšić Johan Aad van Dijk Vittorio Colizzi Emilio di Maria Beatrice Formenti Michael Scoullos SDGs Guiding questions: • What is the focus and the area of research of your UNESCO Chair/Center? Quickly present your Chair/Center to the other participants. • What is the impact of your Chair/Center in your action area at the national level? Regional? • Is your Chair/Center collaborating with other institutions of the UNESCO networks in your action area? Which ones? Is this collaboration fruitful? • Can you identify other Centres/Chairs for similar collaborations? How do you see the contribution of different chairs/Centres from the region to your action area?
  26. 26. RECOMMENDATIONS ROUNDTABLE 1: Main Action Areas 1st Regional Meeting of SC-related UNESCO Chairs and Centres in the SEE Region Disaster risk management, resilience and climate change STI (basic science, open science and open data, artificial intelligence, open education and distance learning) IHP programme (resource management, water education, water security) MAB programme (ecosystems, biodiversity, ecotourism) Moderator Fabio Castelli John Shawe-Taylor Jacques Ganoulis Rita Patrizia Aquino Rapporteur Matjaz Mikos Ioana Spanache Chiara Biscarini Kalliopi Kravari 1 Regional and national bodies in charge for DRR should recognize UNESCO chairs and centers as key partners. We suggest to establish national platforms on DRR in each country of SEE and include UNESCO Chairs and Centres as full members. OPENESS UNESCO should champion openness as well as its member organizations in light of recent recommendations – e.g. OER, OS. Chairs and Centres as part of the academic system are designing higher education curricula on water education: it must go beyond the teaching of water sciences and be both multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary (Education for SDG learning objective). Capacity building including education, with multiple stakeholders, including the less privileged such as women and young people, chair network knowledge transferring to society, industry, etc. 2 Regional meetings of the UNESCO SC related Chairs and Centers working in the DRR, resilience and climate change, should be regular. This approach can be followed in other Regions, not only in South-East Europe. Enhancing collaboration by: - Promoting regular meetings, funding micro projects between members – Chairs, Centres, Networks e.g. for working on topics related to SDGs; - Creating directory within UNESCO office that knows all Chairs and can answer question, help in finding partners. Water Chairs and Centres should provide scientific knowledge, including geostorical to improve policy and governance. Considering interaction between humans and nature and promote a new water culture by combining technical and social issues. Multidisciplinary approach to support biodiversity, ecosystem, and tackle health inequality, through joint project, keep the network active, have both horizontal and vertical activity. 3 Promoting much more a multi-risk approach within the DRR framework. UNESCO should have a key role on upgrading from disciplinary hazards centered networks, towards impact and adaptation and multi-risk initiatives for security and safety for sustainable development. Produce excellent science. Infuse youth with the vision of UNESCO. - Summer schools; - Online learning; - UNESCO Chair and Centers day as annual event. Water related Chairs and Centres to contribute to IHP 9 and the SDGs (notably 6) and help connect different scales (and knowledge / disciplines) from local to global. Sustainable and specific horizontal cooperation of the UNESCO chairs, and building a platform that will let UNESCO chairs to exchange best practices, resources, knowledge, cooperation.
  27. 27. UNESCO Regional Bureau for science and culture in Europe 1st Regional Meeting of SC-related UNESCO Chairs and Centres in the SEE Region ROUNDTABLE 2: Interdisciplinary and intersectoral approach Guiding questions: • Is your Chair/Center already involved in interdisciplinary activities in this specific area? If yes, provide examples of projects and strategies your Chair/Center has adopted. • Have you collaborated with other Chairs/Centres from another discipline on this topic? If not, do you see the potential for doing so? • Why do you think it is important to work in an interdisciplinary way, notably in this area? Culture and Science for Sustainable Societies Education for Sustainable Development Digital Innovation and its Ethical dimensions Room Codussi front Zorzi Codussi end Moderator Francesco Vallerani Michael Scoullos Vittorio Colizzi Rapporteur Jasna Plavšić Tel Amiel Beatrice Formenti Participants Elpida Kolokytha Vlatko Sesov Rita Patriza Aquino Fabio Castelli Sabin Stoica Ioana Spanache Jacques Ganoulis Mitja Jermol Emilio di Maria Chiara Biscarini Stefano Grimaz Matjaz Mikos Kalliopi Kravari Yannis Mylopoulos John Shawe-Taylor Pietro Tundo Stefano Barberis George Dikaios Johan Aad van Dijk Sorin Zaharia SDGs
  28. 28. 1st Regional Meeting of SC-related UNESCO Chairs and Centres in the SEE Region Culture and Science for Sustainable Societies Education for Sustainable Development Digital Innovation and its Ethical dimensions Moderator Francesco Vallerani Michael Scoullos Vittorio Colizzi Rapporteur Jasna Plavsic Tel Amiel Beatrice Formenti 1 UNESCO Centers and Chairs should work on promoting interdisciplinarity notable between culture and science at city level and UNESCO site level and on protecting cultural and natural heritage. Recognizing that Chairs are engaged in significant formal, nonformal, informal, LLL, and GLAM educational efforts, there is a need to better map these initiatives, in multiple languages, to promote reuse and avoid duplication by using existing networks and tools. Big data management and AI in the context of multi- levels responsibility need to be addressed by a working group of several UNESCO Chairs and Center experts at the interdisciplinary level: responsibility, jurisdictions, ethics, i.e. implement a UNESCO network dedicated to address this cross-cutting topic 2 UNESCO Centers and Chairs should promote participatory approaches and bring science closer to the people. The wider public should know more about the Centres and Chairs networks and how this work contributes to wider societal challenges. UNESCO Chairs can help institutions to expand notions of science education, to be more horizontal and focus on ESD and promote sustainability through university charters, that include demonstrations of impact through indicators (with a minimum threshold). Enhance the development of responsible digital innovation for distance-learning higher education (i.e. virtual labs), aware of non-increase the digital gap. 3 UNESCO Centers and Chairs should maintain strong sectoral specialized approaches and build on that collaborations with specialists/Centres to achieve interdisciplinarity. Foster cross-sectional, integrated, and interdisciplinary engagement and literacy beyond multidisciplinary approaches. UNESCO chairs and centers should act as a bridge to fill the gap between big data to useful knowledge by responsible digital innovation. RECOMMENDATIONS ROUNDTABLE 2: Interdisciplinary and intersectoral approach
  29. 29. UNESCO Regional Bureau for science and culture in Europe 1st Regional Meeting of SC-related UNESCO Chairs and Centres in the SEE Region ROUNDTABLE 3: National, regional and international challenges Guiding questions: First group • What are the main challenges your UNESCO Chair/Center faces at the national level? • What role do UNESCO Chairs/Centres have within the national level context? Second group • What are the common challenges for Centres and Chairs, as part of a regional (Southeast Europe and Mediterranean) network? • What are the main challenges you face to interact with other UNESCO Chairs/Centres at the regional level? • How can working at the regional level help address multidimensional crises such as climate change and the Covid-19 pandemic (social, environmental and economic)? Group 1 - National Group 2 - Regional Group 3 - International Room Codussi middle Codussi end Goldoni Moderator Sorin Zaharia Stefano Barberis Pietro Tundo Rapporteur Emilio di Maria Vlatko Sesov Johan Aad van Dijk Participants Jacques Ganoulis Francesco Vallerani Stefano Grimaz Kalliopi Kravari Michael Scoullos John Shawe-Taylor Chiara Biscarini Rita Patrizia Aquino Fabio Castelli Yannis Mylopoulos Mitja Jermol Sabin Stoica Jasna Plavsic Beatrice Formenti Vittorio Colizzi George Dikaios Elpida Kolokytha Matjaz Mijos Amiel Tel Ioana Spanache
  30. 30. UNESCO Regional Bureau for science and culture in Europe 1st Regional Meeting of SC-related UNESCO Chairs and Centres in the SEE Region ROUNDTABLE 3: National, regional and international challenges Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 Room Codussi middle Codussi end Goldoni Moderator Sorin Zaharia Stefano Barberis Pietro Tundo Rapporteur Emilio di Maria Vlatko Sesov Johan Aad van Dijk Participants Jacques Ganoulis Francesco Vallerani Stefano Grimaz Kalliopi Kravari Michael Scoullos John Shawe-Taylor Chiara Biscarini Rita Patrizia Aquino Fabio Castelli Yannis Mylopoulos Mitja Jermol Sabin Stoica Jasna Plavsic Beatrice Formenti Vittorio Colizzi George Dikaios Elpida Kolokytha Matjaz Mijos Amiel Tel Ioana Spanache Third group • Do you face the same kind of challenges at the national and at the international level? • What is the added value of being part of an international interdisciplinary network of Chairs/Centres? • Do you feel part of an international and global network of UNESCO Chairs/Centres? If not, what do you think are the obstacles and the main difficulties in being more integrated?
  31. 31. RECOMMENDATIONS ROUNDTABLE 3: national, regional and international challenges Group 1 – National challenges Group 2 – Regional challenges Group 3 – International challenges Moderator Sorin Zaharia Stefano Barberis Pietro Tundo Rapporteur Emilio di Maria Vlatko Sesov Johan Aad Van Dijk 1 Promote sensibilization at both local (universities, municipalities, regional authorities...) and national level and involvement of all stakeholders, by facilitating dialogue between UNESCO Chairs and Centers and stakeholders. Regional networking of UNESCO Chairs/Centres (including establishing new Chairs and Centres) and put together joint proposal, easier to access funding. Increase visibility of UNESCO network of Chairs and Centers at global level on the web highlighting diversity and inclusion (online. i.e. tutorials, stories, summer schools). Cross- mapping of UNESCO designated sites. 2 National commission should be committed to improve communication processes and catalyze communication among UNESCO Centers and Chairs. Regional Bureau to promote the database/repository of competency and topics to work together, access to info, for the Chairs and Centres to better collaborate. UNESCO should better promote its UNESCO chairs and Centers with UN agencies and as key actors for implementation of SDGs. 3 National commission should valorize, facilitate and support UNESCO Centers and Chairs. Take advantage of existing UNESCO Chairs and Centres networks at Regional level and strengthen this work by organizing more thematic regional meetings to seek the demands at the regional level. UNESCO should support working groups/task forces/ dynamic coalitions / platforms on specific themes or specific challenges. 1st Regional Meeting of SC-related UNESCO Chairs and Centres in the SEE Region
  32. 32. UNESCO Regional Bureau for science and culture in Europe 1st Regional Meeting of SC-related UNESCO Chairs and Centres in the SEE Region Tonight’s dinner is at CARPACCIO Restaurant, at 7:30pm
  33. 33. First Regional Meeting of the UNESCO Science-related Chairs and Centres for South East Europe and the Mediterranean 28 October 2022 UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture Palazzo Zorzi, Venice
  34. 34. RECAP - RECOMMENDATIONS ROUNDTABLE 1: Main Action Areas 1st Regional Meeting of SC-related UNESCO Chairs and Centres in the SEE Region Disaster risk management, resilience and climate change STI (basic science, open science and open data, artificial intelligence, open education and distance learning) IHP programme (resource management, water education, water security) MAB programme (ecosystems, biodiversity, ecotourism) Regional and national bodies in charge for DRR should recognize UNESCO chairs and centers as key partners. We suggest to establish national platforms on DRR in each country of SEE and include UNESCO Chairs and Centres as full members. UNESCO should champion openness as well as its member organizations in light of recent recommendations – e.g. OER,OS Chairs and Centres as part of the academic system are designing higher education curricula on water education: it must go beyond the teaching of water sciences and be both multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary (Education for SDG learning objective). Capacity building including education, with multiple stakeholders, including the less privileged such as women and young people, chair network knowledge transferring to society, industry, etc. Regional meetings of the UNESCO SC related Chairs and Centers working in the DRR, resilience and climate change, should be regular. This approach can be followed in other Regions, not only in South-East Europe. Enhancing collaboration by: - Promoting regular meetings, funding micro projects between members – Chairs, Centers, Networks e.g. for working on topics related to SDGs. - Creating directory within UNESCO office that knows all Chairs and can answer question, help in finding partners. Water Chairs and centres should provide scientific knowledge, including geostorical to improve policy and governance. Considering interaction between humans and nature and promote a new water culture by combining technical and social issues. Multiplidisciplinary approach to support biodiversity, ecosystem, and tackle health inequality, through joint project, keep the network active, have both horizontal and vertical activity. Promoting much more a multi-risk approach within the DRR framework. UNESCO should have a key role on upgrading from disciplinary hazards centered networks toward impact and adaptation and multi-risk initiatives for security and safety for sustainable development. Produce excellent science Infuse youth with the vision of UNESCO. - Summer schools - Online learning - UNESCO Chair and Centers day as annual event Water related Chairs and centers to contribute to IHP 9 and the SDGs (notably 6) and help connect different scales (and knowledge/disciplines) from local to global. Sustainable and specific horizontal cooperation of the UNESCO chairs, and building a platform that will let UNESCO chairs to exchange best practices, resources, knowledge, cooperation.
  35. 35. 1st Regional Meeting of SC-related UNESCO Chairs and Centres in the SEE Region Culture and Science for Sustainable Societies Education for Sustainable Development Digital Innovation and its Ethical dimensions UNESCO Centers and Chairs should work on promoting interdisciplinarity notable between culture and science at city level and UNESCO site level and on protecting cultural and natural heritage Recognizing that Chairs are engaged in significant formal, nonformal, informal, LLL, and GLAM educational efforts, there is a need to better map these initiatives, in multiple languages, to promote reuse and avoid duplication by using existing networks and tools. Big data management and AI in the context of multi-levels responsibility need to be addressed by a working group of several UNESCO Chairs and Center experts at the interdisciplinary level: responsibility, jurisdictions, ethics, i.e. implement a UNESCO network dedicated to address this cross-cutting topic. UNESCO Centers and Chairs should promote participatory approaches and bring science closer to the people the wider public should know more about the centers and chairs and networks and how this work contributes to wider societal challenges. UNESCO Chairs can help institutions expand notions of science education to be more horizontal and focus on ESD and promote sustainability through university charters that include demonstrations of impact through indicators (with a minimum threshold). Enhance the development of responsible digital innovation for distance-learning higher education (i.e. virtual labs), aware of non-increase the digital gap. UNESCO Centers and Chairs should maintain strong sectoral specialized approaches and build on that collaborate with specialists/Centers to achieve interdisciplinarity. Foster cross-sectional, integrated, and interdisciplinary engagement and literacy beyond multidisciplinary approaches. UNESCO chairs and centers should act as a bridge to fill the gap between big data to useful knowledge by responsible digital innovation. RECAP - RECOMMENDATIONS ROUNDTABLE 2: Interdisciplinary and intersectoral approach
  36. 36. RECAP RECOMMENDATIONS ROUNDTABLE 3: national, regional and international challenges National Regional International Promote sensibilization at both local (universities, municipalities, regional authorities...) and national level and involvement of all stakeholders, by facilitating dialogue between UNESCO Chairs and Centers and stakeholders. Regional networking of UNESCO Chairs/Centers (including establishing new Chairs and Centers) and put together joint proposal, easier to access funding. Increase visibility of UNESCO network of Chairs and Centers at global level on the web highlighting diversity and inclusion (online. i.e. tutorials, stories, summer schools). Cross- mapping of UNESCO designated sites. National commission should be committed to improve communication processes and catalyze communication among UNESCO Centers and Chairs. Regional Bureau to promote the database/repository of competency and topics to work together, access to info, for the Chairs and Centers to better collaborate. UNESCO should better promote its UNESCO chairs and Centers with UN agencies and as key actors for implementation of SDGs. National commission should valorize, facilitate and support UNESCO Centers and Chairs. Take advantage of existing UNESCO Chairs and Centers networks at Regional level and strengthen this work by organizing more thematic regional meetings to seek the demands at the regional level. UNESCO should support working groups/task forces/ dynamic coalitions / platforms on specific themes or specific challenges. 1st Regional Meeting of SC-related UNESCO Chairs and Centres in the SEE Region
  37. 37. RECOMMENDATIONS ROLE OF UNESCO CENTERS AND CHAIRS VISIBILITY • SC related Chairs and centers have a key role to provide scientific knowledge, build capacity and transfer this knowledge to society, leaving no one behind • SC related Chairs and Centers should help connect different scales (and knowledge/disciplines) from local to global. • Network of chairs and centers should be key agents and promoters of open science and open access and play a role in enhancing the development of responsible digital innovation for distance-learning higher education (i.e. virtual labs), also aiming to reduce the digital gap. • UNESCO Centers and Chairs should promote participatory approaches and bring science closer to the people so that the wider public sees how centers and chairs and networks contributes to wider societal challenges • UNESCO Chairs and centers can help promote sustainability through university charters and foster cross-sectional, integrated, and interdisciplinary engagement and literacy • UNESCO Chairs and Centers should continue to contribute to science education in all levels and forms of education and better map and promote the existing networks, impact indicators and tools. • Underlined the importance of partners including UN system recognizing the important role of UNESCO chairs and centers as key partners, notably for the implementation of Agenda 2030 and the SDGs • Needs to be a better online visibility (notably with youth) of chairs and centers at all levels, highlighting their diversity, stories of their work, tutorials, summer schools • Chairs and centers to work with national commissions to promote more visibility of the network at the national level and a better coordination notably through the constitution of national networks FUNCTIONING OF NETWORKS EXPERTISE AND MULTIDISCIPLINARITY • To strengthen or constitute thematic groups of SC related chairs and centers (eg on DRR, on water, big data and AI) at the regional and international levels based on demands of member states • UNESCO to assist networks of SC chair and centers to build online platforms at regional and international scales including mapping of initiatives, best practices and the promotion of joint projects and accessing joint funding • UNESCO Centers and Chairs should maintain strong sectoral specialized expertise, only then will working in an interdisciplinary manner have real value • That chairs and centers can promote a more multidisciplinary and holistic approach to challenges such as climate change, biodiversity and water management, notably at city and UNESCO site scales 1st Regional Meeting of SC-related UNESCO Chairs and Centres in the SEE Region
  38. 38. UNESCO Regional Bureau for science and culture in Europe 1st Regional Meeting of SC-related UNESCO Chairs and Centres in the SEE Region Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 Room Codussi front Zorzi Goldoni/Codussi end Moderator George Dikaios Yannis Mylopoulos Stefano Barberis Rapporteur Stefano Grimaz Mitja Jermol Elpida Kolokytha Participants Rita Patrizia Aquino Emilio di Maria Jacques Ganoulis Jasna Plavšić Vittorio Colizzi Johan Aad van Dijk Chiara Biscarini Tel Amiel Fabio Castelli Pietro Tundo John Shawe-Taylor Ioana Spanache Sorin Zaharia Michael Scoullos Sabin Stoica Beatrice Formenti Francesco Vallerani Vlatko Sesov Matjaz Mikos Kalliopi Kravari ROUNDTABLE 4: Pathways and opportunities Guiding questions: What does it mean to be part of a Southeast European Regional network? • Can you think of examples of previous fruitful collaborations (notably research, training) with other Chairs and Centres of the Southeast European region? • Based on the difficulties and challenges analyzed the day before, how do you think we, as Centres and Chairs, could address them effectively? • What role does your UNESCO Chair/Center have within the region?
  39. 39. UNESCO Regional Bureau for science and culture in Europe 1st Regional Meeting of SC-related UNESCO Chairs and Centres in the SEE Region Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 Room Codussi middle Codussi end Goldoni Moderator George Dikaios Yannis Mylopoulos Stefano Barberis Rapporteur Stefano Grimaz Mitja Jermol Elpida Kolokytha Participants Rita Patrizia Aquino Emilio di Maria Jacques Ganoulis Jasna Plavšić Vittorio Colizzi Johan Aad van Dijk Chiara Biscarini Tel Amiel Fabio Castelli Pietro Tundo John Shawe-Taylor Ioana Spanache Sorin Zaharia Michael Scoullos Sabin Stoica Beatrice Formenti Francesco Vallerani Vlatko Sesov Matjaz Mikos Kalliopi Kravari ROUNDTABLE 4: Pathways and opportunities Guiding questions: How can we promote coordination among networks, and at the regional and at the global levels? • How can Chairs and Centres work together? What are the tools and conditions needed for this to happen? • How can best practices from the Chairs/Centres from the region be brought to the global level? • How can the UNESCO Regional Bureau facilitate this common work? Looking to the future • What are the emerging themes and issues that should be addressed at the UNITWIN/UNESCO Chair and Centres network levels? • Looking to the future, how can a regional Chairs/Centres network best contribute to UNESCO’s priorities, notably those of an interdisciplinary nature, and provide added value?
  40. 40. RECOMMENDATIONS ROUNDTABLE 4: pathways and opportunities 1st Regional Meeting of SC-related UNESCO Chairs and Centres in the SEE Region Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 Moderator George Dikaios Yannis Mylopoulos Elpida Kolokytha Rapporteur Stefano Grimaz Mitja Jermol Elpida Kolokytha 1 We promote the establishment of a regional network of UNESCO Chairs/Centers, in a more stable and permanent way, under the umbrella of the UNESCO Venice Office, with at least one meeting per year. Common emerging theme, climate change and consequences of climate change for the region, including risk management, water management and its cultural aspects. Green technology but also open access to science. UNESCO Chairs and Centers in SEE could support the development of thematic observatories and/or SDGs related issues by using existing web tools produced by the different Chairs and Centers according to their expertise ( i.e. example of collaboration between 3 Chairs on DRR and governance). 2 Big data management in thematic areas is an emerging theme, that could be addressed through Joint Virtual Labs. Themes could be responsible digital innovation, climate change and uncertainty. Improve a better networking between chairs and Centers, in particular cross-sectoral, that will include themes, challenges and methods and mechanisms for networking. Adopting participatory approaching and open access to education. Another method is a common website, preferably updated by the regional office. UNESCO Chairs and Centers in SEE region should work on further advancement of interdisciplinarity including different target groups ( i.e. WEFE security approach). 3 UNESCO Chairs and Centers should act as strategic think-tank, as tool for the future, taking advantage of EU calls for funds, in Science, Culture and Education, with the facilitation of UNESCO Venice Office. Common vision, common set of objectives foresight. Presenting ourselves to our stakeholders, including UNESCO to gain their recognition and support, both regional office and HQ. seek for funding through collaborative approaches, including Erasmus program and cross-border collaboration. UNESCO Chairs and Centers should support synergies between them and make their contribution understood and shared with different stakeholders (public, policy makers, politicians, practitioners and professionals). Youth and Education are central to address those challenges in the SEE region.

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