UAL hosts and trains CIRCULAR Consortium Members

Between the 23 and 26 April, the University of Almería hosted a four-day face-to-face meeting of the project ‘Circular Economy Living Laboratories supporting Social Innovation in Southeast Asia’. Co-funded by the European Union, CIRCULAR is an Erasmus+ Capacity Building for Higher Education project.

This CBHE project intends to boost the social innovation ecosystem in Malaysia, Cambodia and Laos by reinforcing the links between Teaching, Research, Innovation and Society to collaboratively design and test innovative solutions to mitigate waste management problems, promote circular economy approaches and improve the quality of life of local communities, supported by a socially engaged student body that is committed to environmental sustainability.

The second CIRCULAR Coordination Meeting took place in Almería, followed by the first Blended Bootcamp. The event brought together more than twenty members of six Asian universities in Malaysia, Cambodia and Laos. During the meeting, Consortium members discussed management and financial issues and did a follow-up of the different Work Packages and activities within the Project.

The Blended Bootcamp workshop is a part of the Capacity-Building training activities. The workshop in Almería was the piloting bootcamp for the one that will be implemented at the Southeast Asian partner universities in June and July this year. Bootcamp participants also had the opportunity to visit some greenhouses that form part of the Andalusian Observatory of Circular Economy. Thanks to this visit, participants could get firsthand insights into circular economy research done in the region with largest concentration of greenhouses worldwide.

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