Joint Research Institutes’ Seminars

General information about the seminars

The EU-CONEXUS Joint Research Institutes Seminars offer the opportunity to EU-CONEXUS researchers and beyond to exchange their research ideas and enter into dialogue about common research objectives in the area of Smart Urban Coastal Sustainability (SmUCS). SmUCS means understanding and addressing societal challenges that are experienced by communities from urban and semi-urbanised coastal regions (rivers, seas, and oceans). Coastal environments are interfaces between inland areas and marine offshore parts where social and economic activities interact with highly valuable and unique coastal ecosystems. The functioning and evolution of urban coastal societies and environments in the context of climate change and increasing anthropogenic pressure are major challenges that are addressed in the framework of SmUCS.

Seminar Duration: 1 h maximum (20-30 min. presentation, Q+A, discussion)

Seminar Topics

  • Project results / outcomes
  • Research activities scheduled within the frame of a funded proposal
  • PhD or Master thesis results
  • A recently accepted publication (the presenter must be among the authors of the paper)
  • Introduction of a specific technology / technique, etc.

Seminar Abstract: Up to 400 words.

In case of acceptance, the presenter will be asked to:

  • Provide a short version of the abstract (up to 100 words)
  • Select presentation date/time from a list
  • Provide presentation segments that will be made available to EU-CONEXUS members after the presentation.

Evaluation of seminar abstracts

Each abstract will be evaluated by a representative from the relevant Joint Research Institute.

Criteria for Evaluation

  1. Relevance to respective JRI research activities
  2. Presentation of innovative knowledge
  3. Use of new technologies
  4. Opportunities for collaboration

Following the evaluation, the applicant will be informed of the outcome via email.

Platform for seminar presentations: MS-Teams

Research objectives of the 4 Joint Research Institutes (JRIs) and related sciences

Life Sciences and Biotechnology Institute (LSBI)

Indicative Objectives could include:

  • Study of living organisms – Biology of organisms and microorganisms.
  • Study of life processes ranging from the molecular and cellular level to whole organisms and ecosystems.
  • Studies on Nutrition, Pharmacology, Medicine and Results of Clinical Research or Gene Therapy.
  • Development of Bioproducts and their applications.
  • Development of biotechnological applications towards sustainability.
  • Applications of Synthetic Biology towards sustainability.
  • Development of Bioinformatics’ tools and their applications.

Indicative disciplines (the list is not exhaustive):

Agriculture,   Aquaculture,   Forestry,   Zoology,   Animal and Plant Biology,   Microbiology,   Entomology,   Parasitology,    Marine Biology,   Biotechnology,   Molecular Biology,   Cell Biology,   Genetics,   Immunology,   Physiology,   Biochemistry,   Biophysics,   Synthetic Biology,   Biopolymers,   MedicineVeterinary Medicine,   Pharmacology,   Biomedical and Clinical Research,   Gene Therapy,   Nutrition Sciences,   Bioinformatics,   etc

Environmental Sciences and Biodiversity Institute (ESBI)

Indicative Objectives could include:

  • Challenges raised by environmental changes (climate-related, environmental, or anthropogenic) and sustainable exploitation of resources.
  • Approaches to protect and restore coastal ecosystems including riverine and estuarine continuums based on socio-ecological systems and biophysical interactions.
  • Environmental quality, biodiversity, and provision of societal goods and benefits derived from ecosystem services.
  • Monitoring the evolution of natural resources within coastal areas, riverine and estuarine continuums.

Indicative disciplines (the list is not exhaustive):

Ecology,   Biology,   Zoology,   Taxonomy,   Atmospheric sciences,   Oceanography,   Limnology,   Environmental Chemistry,   Environmental Physics,   Environmental Mathematics,   GeosciencesEvolution,   Environmental  Management,   Ecosystem Services,   Geography,   Behavioral sciencesetc

Coastal Engineering Institute (CEI)

Indicative Objectives could include:

  • Engineering fields and their role in coastal development.

Indicative disciplines (the list is not exhaustive):

Civil  Engineering  (Structural  and  Materials),   Energy  and  Mechanical  EngineeringInformatics  and  Computer  Science,   Maritime  and  Marine  Engineering,   Environmental  Engineering,   Coastal  Geomorphology,   Coastal  Planning  and  Infrastructure,   Maritime  Engineering,   Environmental  Engineering  (Indoor  Environmental  Quality,   Marine  Environmental  EngineeringEnvironmental  Geotechnics),   Water  Resources  and  Management,   Natural  Hazards  (EarthquakeStormsFloodsLandslidesFires  etc.),   Building  Materials,   Heritage  buildings  and  constructions,   Energy,   Applied  Thermodynamics,   Heat  and  Mass  Transfer,   Mechanical  and  Industrial  Engineering,   Electrical  engineering  and  Lighting,   Smart  Buildings  and  BMS,   Computer  Vision  and  Robotics,   etc

Social, Culture and Human Sciences Institute (SCHSI)

Indicative Objectives could include:

  • The place of man and society in coastal areas.
  • Ways of inhabiting the coast and carrying out various activities (e.g. tourism).
  • Historical approach to coastal areas, resulting cultural stakes, international and multicultural aspects of these transitional spaces.
  • Issues of territorial governance and the norms and rules that regulate man-made coastal areas.

Indicative disciplines (the list is not exhaustive):

Social SciencesLaw SciencesPolitical SciencesEconomy and EnterpriseEducational SciencesExperimental/Social/Basic PsychologyPhilosophySocial and Cultural AnthropologyHistoryBibliometryPhilologyLiteratureLinguisticsVisual and  Scenic ArtsEthicBioLawBioethicsetc

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Research InstituteContact Person
LIFE SCIENCES AND BIOTECHNOLOGY INSTITUTEAikaterini Kalliampakou
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES AND BIODIVERSITY INSTITUTEViktorija Vaitkeviciene
COASTAL ENGINEERING INSTITUTEDragos Gaitanaru
SOCIAL, CULTURE AND HUMAN SCIENCES INSTITUTEZvjezdan Penezic