The EnviroCitizen consortium, features seven partners across seven European countries. These were selected to maximise the effectiveness of the work. The project partners are:
The University of Stavanger
The University of Stavanger is Norway’s sixth-largest university. It has approximately 12,000 students and some 1,600 faculty, administration, and service staff. The Faculty of Arts and Education, which will host the EnviroCitizen project, is home to Norway’s leading environmental humanities group, The Greenhouse.
UiS team members have extensive experience in research in environment, citizenship, and science. They have wide-ranging international networks and research collaboration. Within The Greenhouse, approximately 15 scholars from a wide variety of academic disciplines research and teach topics in the environmental humanities. Environmental citizenship is a major focus area for The Greenhouse.
Under and Tuglas Literature Centre of the Estonian Academy of Sciences
The Under and Tuglas Literature Centre (UTLC) of the Estonian Academy of Sciences was established in 1993 from the Literature Departments of the former Institute of Language and Literature of the Academy plus the Museum Department with its archival library and art collection. Since 1998, the UTLC has been a unique institution of research and development of the Estonian Academy of Sciences. One of the research focuses in the Museum Department is ecocriticism and environmental history, with the aim of organising regular seminars and conferences on these topics. The purpose of the museum’s educational programs is to introduce the results to the public.
UTLC is interested in research in the environment and science, and has been involved in organising environmental citizen seminars and educational programs on nature and the environment and on history and literature together with the Estonian Bird-life and Estonian Ornithological Society.
Key personnel: Elle-Mari Talivee
Cyprus Center for Environmental Research and Education
The Cyprus Centre for Environmental Research and Education (CYCERE) is one of the most active environmental NGO in Cyprus in the fields of environmental citizenship, environmental education and environmental research. CYCERE is responsible for a series of scientific publications exploring education for environmental citizenship, values, actions and behaviour, decision making, etc. CYCERE coordinates the European Network for Environmental Citizenship. CYCERE has great experience in non-formal and informal education with more than 50,000 participants in one of its 15 environmental citizenship educational programs. It has a wealth of experience in producing innovative environmental learning material and many citizen training sessions have been offered by CYCERE in cooperation with the Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture and other organisations. The Scientific Director of CYCERE is the coordinator of the New Biology Curriculum of the Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture, while team members are co-authors of the Environmental Education Curriculum in Cyprus. Members of CYCERE’s research team are the co-authors of all biology text-books from Grade 7- Grade 10 which are taught in the whole country.
New Europe College
New Europe College (NEC) is an independent research institute that was created in 1994, with the support of leading similar institutions in Europe and North America. In 1998 New Europe College was awarded the prestigious Hannah Arendt Prize for its achievements in setting new standards in research and higher education in Eastern Romania. NEC is officially recognised by the Romanian Ministry of Education and Research as an institutional structure for postgraduate studies in the humanities and social sciences, at the level of advanced studies. Focused primarily on individual research at an advanced level, NEC provides an institutional framework with strong international links to young Romanian scholars and academics in the fields of humanities and social sciences, and to the foreign scholars invited as fellows, acting as a stimulating environment for interdisciplinary dialogue and critical debates. As a research institute, NEC is the first Romanian institution to host ERC projects, both of them focusing on historical topics.
Key personnel: Stefan Dorondel
Radboud University is a broad, internationally oriented student-centred university
that combines excellent education with leading-edge research, focusing strongly on
societal issues and on transferring knowledge to society. Research is carried out in
15 research institutes, while Radboud University provides education to 20,000
students via 36 bachelor and 76 master programmes.
The Faculty of Science conducts high-quality society-driven research. The Institute for Science in Society (ISiS) is positioned within the Faculty of Science and dedicated to interdisciplinary academic research and education. It hosts the Centre Connecting Humans and Nature. Our mission is to analyse, assess and improve the societal embedding of science and technology through research, education and outreach. The main research themes are (a) Social-Ecological Interactions and (b) Responsible research.
ISiS brings together a group of experts from various disciplines and backgrounds (science, social science, science studies and philosophy) to research how society shapes and is shaped by science. Our work is carried out in close collaboration with other researchers in the natural sciences, with peers and colleagues at other universities and with societal stakeholders. We focus on interactive research where scientific and societal stakeholders are not ‘consumers’ of our knowledge, but are sources of inspiration and information, and partners in our work. One of the institutes of the Faculty of Science with which ISiS collaborates is the Institute for Water and Wetland Research (IWWR). The IWWR is active in the field of ‘green’ biology. The Department of Environmental Science (DES) is part of the IWWR and deals, among other things, with nature management issues in the widest sense of the word at the interface between natural sciences and society. Studying the historical relationship between people, nature and nature conservation is one of the research themes of DES.
University of Extremadura
The University of Extremadura (UEx) is the main public research institution in Extremadura (Spain). It has over 24,000 students and 2,405 researchers and professors. The UEx has been recognised as a Campus of International Excellence since 2011, in association with two Portuguese Universities. The College of Philosophy and Letters offers eight degree programmes, six master’s degrees, and three doctoral programmes. Given Extremadura’s rich biodiversity, the UEx has become a leader in the study of sustainable development. In addition, the Junta de Extremadura, the government of this autonomous region, is actively promoting a transition to a green and circular economy through the platform Extremadura 2030, and in 2017 funded the research project A New Alliance: Environmental Humanities led by Dr Diana Villanueva Romero.
Key personnel: Diana Villanueva Romero
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) is the only agricultural (and veterinary) university in Sweden and therefore has an important advisory role and sector responsibility. Although a relatively small university, SLU frequently reaches high positions in world rankings for fields including Agriculture, Forestry and Biodiversity studies, i.e. those relevant to the project proposed. The Department of Ecology, who contributes to those high-ranking fields most strongly, combines research in basic ecology with applied research in nature conservation, wildlife management, forestry and crop protection. Citizen science is an area SLU is currently expanding and investing in; the recent appointment of Professor René van der Wal as Professor of Environmental Citizen Science) is part of this development.
Key personnel: Professor René van der Wal