INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH PROJECTS

ZRS Koper regularly participates in international research projects of various types. Long-term international co-operations with a range of institutions and researchers reflect a wide partnership network.

ONGOING PROJECTS

The Role of North Adriatic Ports

The Role of North Adriatic Ports

KIC 2018

 

Project duration: 1. 2. 2019 – 31. 7. 2019

Project holder: ZRS Koper, Slovenia

Project leader at ZRS Koper: Helena Motoh, PhD, Senior Research Fellow

Participating institute ZRS Koper: Institute for Philosophical Studies

Keep me safe

Keep me safe: supporting youth peer development tackling sexual abuse

Erasmus+ Youth

National Agency of the project holder: UK British Council, in partnership with Ecorys

Partner organisations:

Project start: 01. 04. 2019

Project holder: RINOVA LIMITED

Project leader at ZRS Koper: Blaž Lenarčič, PhD, Research Fellow

Participating institute ZRS KoperInstitute for Social Studies

Merlin CV – Multisensorial Experiences Linked to Castles and Villas for Excellence in Tourism in Crossborder Region

Merlin CV – Multisensorial Experiences Linked to Castles and Villas for Excellence in Tourism in Crossborder Region

Interreg V-A Italija-Slovenija 2014-2020

 

Project duration: 1. 1. 2019 – 31. 12. 2021

Project leader at ZRS Koper: Dragica Čeč, PhD, Senior Research Fellow

Participating institute ZRS Koper: Institute for Historical Studies

Partner organisations:

  • Universita Ca’Foscari di Venezia (Italia),
  • Tourism and Hospitality Chamber of Slovenia,
  • Commune di Salzano (Italia),
  • ARIES Trieste (Italia),
  • Comunita’ Collinare del Friuli (Italia),
  • Municipality of Pivka (Slovenia),
  • Municipality of Tolmin (Slovenia).

MiCREATE - Migrant Children and Communities in a Transforming Europe

MiCREATE – Migrant Children and Communities in a Transforming Europe

European Commission: HORIZON 2020. SC6-CHANGING WORLD. Europe in a changing world – Inclusive, innovative and reflective societies.

Grant Agreement number: 822664

The overall objective of the project is to stimulate the inclusion of diverse groups of migrant children by adopting a child-centred approach to their integration at the educational and policy level. Stemming from the need to revisit the integration policies on the one hand and consistent with the specific focus of the call on the other hand, the research project aims at comprehensive examination of contemporary integration processes of migrant children in order to empower them. The project starts from the fact that European countries and their education systems encounter manifold challenges due to growing ethnic, cultural, linguistic diversity and thereby aims at:

1) Identifying existing measures for the integration of migrant children at the regional and local level through secondary data analysis;
2) Analysis of the social impacts of these integration programmes through case studies in ten countries applying qualitative and quantitative child-centred research;
3) Development of integration measures and identification of social investment particularly in educational policies and school systems that aim to empower children.

The project is problem-driven and exploratory at the same time. Its exploratory part mainly concerns a child-centred approach to understanding integration challenges, migrants’ needs and their well-being. However, the findings of the open-ended exploratory research will be used in an explicitly problem-driven way – with an aim to stimulate migrant inclusion, to empower migrant children and build their skills already within the (participatory) research. This will be done through the activities of the Integration Lab and Policy Lab, where children’s voices, fieldwork and desk research findings will be translated into practices and measures for educational professionals and practitioners as well as into a child-centred migrant integration policy framework to stimulate social inclusion and successful management of cultural diversity.

Partner organisations:

Project duration: 1. 1. 2019 – 31. 12. 2021

Project holder: ZRS Koper, Slovenia

Project leader at ZRS Koper: Mateja Sedmak, PhD, Principal Research Fellow

Participating institute ZRS KoperInstitute for Social Studies

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BASE - Migrant and refugee child-friendly support services in cases of sexual-based violence

BASE – Migrant and refugee child-friendly support services in cases of sexual-based violence

European Commission: “Rights, Equality & Citizenship” (RDAP-GBV-AG-2017)

Migrant and refugee child-friendly support services in cases of sexual and gender-based violence (BASE) addresses the need to counteract gender-based-violence (GBV) against refugee/migrant girls through the development and sustainability of strategies to nurture inclusive communication and a culture of trust between support service professionals, victims, families and communities, thus preventing victim re-traumatization and encouraging reporting of GBV. The project contributes to the development and sustainability of inclusive support services in cases of GBV against girls by Empowering migrant/refugee women as cultural advisors; builds the capacity of professionals to communicate and address their needs and their families’; supports & promotes intersectional cooperation; raises awareness on the problem, its consequences and on the provision of support

Partner organisations:

  • Znanstveno-raziskovalno središče Koper (Slovenia)
  • Hope for Children UNCR Policy Centre (Cyprus)
  • ABIF (Austria)
  • KMOP (Greece)
  • Rinova (United Kingdom)
  • CESIE (Italy)
  • APODA (Portugal)
  • GAF (Bulgaria)

 

Project start: 1. 1. 2019

Project holder: Hope for Children, CRC Policy Center, Cyprus

Project leader at ZRS Koper: Blaž Lenarčič, PhD, Research Fellow

Participating institute ZRS KoperInstitute for Social Studies

REMix - The university as an advocate for responsible education about migration in Europe

REMix – The university as an advocate for responsible education about migration in Europe

Erasmus+

REMix focuses on the social, educational and intellectual role of the European university as an agent advocating for inclusion, equality and social justice in matters relating to migration. The engagement of universities in public contemporary debates plays an important role in shaping student‘s understanding of societal matters and democratic and civic engagement. The main objectives of the project are:

  1. To strengthen the role played by the university in advocating for constructive, responsible and inclusive education about migration in Europe.
  2. To facilitate and improve the possibilities for immigrants and refugees to have access to higher education.
  3. To encourage European universities to provide a rational vehicle for contributions to the knowledge and the informed debate around migration.

The project addresses the specific need to engage university students in reflection on the important societal issues of migration and inclusion. It proposes to create an innovative interactive course for university students in several European universities; the format of the course allows students at the transnational level to interact and work with each other and stimulate cross-cultural discussions and experiences. Project targets and involves three groups of individuals within the project: (1) students and future researchers and practitioners who get to develop cross-cultural skills and a sensitivity to diversity by taking the course; (2) migrants in European countries who will profit from the exchange of ideas about best practices to welcome them at the university and (3) university teachers learning to collaborate across Europe in order to develop a common course on migration.

Partner organisations:

  • Háskólinn á Akureyri (Iceland)
  • Znanstveno-raziskovalno središče Koper (Slovenia)
  • Aristotelio Panepistimio Thessalonikis (Greece)
  • Universidade da Madeira (Portugal)
  • ARMES progetti (Italy)
  • Università degli Studi di Firenze (Italy)

 

Project start: 1. 10. 2018

Project holder: Haskolinn a Akureyri, Iceland

Project leader at ZRS Koper: Barbara Gornik, PhD, Assistant with Doctorate

Participating institute ZRS KoperInstitute for Social Studies

MiR - Sea and river, "mlinščice" and Rižana river

Sea and river, “mlinščice” and Rižana river

Project start: 1. 4. 2018

Project duration: 32 months

Project leader at ZRS Koper: Vesna Mikolič, PhD

Participating institute ZRS KoperInstitute for Linguistic Studies

The project is indirectly financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

REALMed - Pursuing authenticity and valorization of Mediterranean traditional products

Pursuing authenticity and valorization of Mediterranean traditional products REALMed

ARIMNet2 call 2016

 

Project start: 1. 1. 2018

Project duration: 24 months

Project leader at ZRS Koper: Maja Podgornik

Participating institute ZRS KoperInstitute for Oliveculture

MEMORI-net - Mental and Motor Rehabilition of Ictus-Network

Mental and Motor Rehabilition of Ictus-Network

Interreg V-A Italija-Slovenija 2014-2020

MEMORI-net is a joint effort to improve strategies in management of rehabilitation following the stroke, and for defining common diagnostic and therapeutic protocols, based on the most advanced scientific knowledge and the best international practices. With more than 4000 new cases a year appearing on the program area, the stroke represents one of the best is washed by the causes of intellectual and motors and disabilities. Affected people in productive years can blow a deep impact in health system, families and the whole local community economy. Although the stroke is acute vascular damage to the brain can cause damage to the entire body. Patients require interdisciplinary rehabilitation practices, but those are not fully available in all centers of the program area.

Rehabilitation after a stroke requires the involvement of a variety of people institutions and their good coordination, which are hampered by shortages common protocols, limited use of rehabilitation on home and ICT technologies, lack of linguistic tools minorities, legal restrictions on the transfer of personal health information. In order to solve these territorial problems MEMORI-net strives to create an excellent interregional network that will include various entities for stroke units and university centers specializing in diagnostics and ICT, rehabilitation centers, thermae and patient associations it has affected by stroke. Through an effective program communication and education of medical teams and patient families MEMORI-net will promote mutual knowledge exchange and improving rehabilitation practices. MEMORI-net will contribute to EUSALP and EUSAIR strategies by offering a network. It will confirm the confirmation of innovative rehabilitation products and will be also interesting for patients from other regions. MEMORI-net will be also continued after the expiry of the project, as it will also open new perspectives of rehabilitation, following other neurological diseases.

 

Project start: 1. 10. 2017

Project duration: 18 months

Project leader at ZRS Koper: Rado Pišot, PhD, Principal Research Fellow

Participating institute ZRS KoperInstitute for Kinesiology Research

JeŠT - Languages Matter

Languages Matter

Project start: 1. 4. 2017

Project duration: 62 months

Project leader at ZRS Koper: Lucija Čok, PhD, Principal Research Fellow

Participating institute ZRS KoperInstitute for Linguistic Studies

Structural Funds of the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport: Development and implementation of innovative learning environments and flexible forms of learning to raise general competencies. 1.3 Plurilingualism

The project is indirectly financed by the European Social Fund (ESF).

The applied project ESS MIZŠ JEZIKI ŠTEJEJO – LANGUAGES MATTER strives to promote learning environments in which children in kindergartens, pupils of primary schools and students will acquire a multilingual competence, that is new knowledge, points of view and skills, and at the same time accelerate the democratic processes in a multicultural society. The project includes 35 partners: kindergartens, primary and secondary schools, universities and research institutes from all regions of Slovenia. All the languages of schools in Slovenia, other languages, foreign and classical languages are included, conceiving also all immigrant children’s first languages included in the school system. The design and vision of the six-year project is so broad and worthwile that hopefully it will also include possible new languages and all communities that are located in Slovenia and other contexts that promote and support multilingualism and interculturalism.

With its modern and innovative web portal, the project’s long-term goal is to overcome the distinction between linguistic and non-linguistic subjects by promoting plurilingualism and developing digital competences to connect different subject areas with all the languages present in the Slovenian environment. Furthermore, the project aims to reach beyond the educational context into local communities and thus give meaning to both subject content and competence development.

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https://jezikistejejo.splet.arnes.si/

OLEUM - Novel science based, ready to use, harmonised solutions to enforce Olive oil quality and purity Authentication in the global market

Novel science based, ready to use, harmonised solutions to enforce Olive oil quality and purity Authentication in the global market

H2020 – SFS-14-2014/2015: Authentication of food products A.[2014] Authentication of olive oil

The OLEUM project will generate innovative, more effective and harmonized analytical solutions to detect and fight the most common and emerging frauds and to verify the overall quality of olive oils (OOs). By a core group of 20 partners from 15 countries OLEUM will undertake RESEARCH ACTIVITIES based on the development of IMPROVED and NEW ANALYTICAL METHODS by targeted and omics approaches with the aim: i) to detect new markers of the soft deodorization process; ii) to discover illegal blends between OOs and other vegetable oils; iii) to control OO quality (e.g. freshness); iv) to improve the organoleptic assessment with a Quantitative Panel Test, based on current official methods, and supported by tailored reference materials for better calibration of the sensory panels coupled with rapid screening tools to facilitate the work of the panelists. The most promising OLEUM solutions will be subjected to VALIDATION in conformity with internationally agreed standards by peer laboratories. OLEUM will recreate a realistic “deodorization scenario” by producing tailored, soft deodorized OOs by lab-scale and up-scaled pilot plants to apply analytical solutions to known samples. Substantial KNOWLEDGE and TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER activities will be envisaged to aid in implementation of: a) a web-based easily-accessible, scalable and constantly updated OLEUM DATABANK, containing all the information from OLEUM research and other reliable international sources, will be available for download data and spectra and to help achieve satisfactory harmonization of analytical approaches among control laboratories; b) the OLEUM NETWORK of relevant OOs stakeholders to maximize the impact of proposed analytical solutions. Finally, a robust dissemination strategy by the OLEUM project aimed at effectively sharing results with all stakeholders in the OO supply chain has the potential to improve consumer and market confidence, and preserve the image of OOs on a global scale.

 

Project start: 1. 10. 2016

Duration of the project: 48 months

Project leader at ZRS KoperMilena Bučar Miklavčič

Participating institute ZRS KoperInstitute for Oliveculture

FINISHED RESEARCH PROJECTS

INTEGRA - Cross-border network for migrant women: social integration, sexual and reproductive health

Cross-border network for migrant women: social integration, sexual and reproductive health

Interreg V-A Italija-Slovenija 2014-2020

Due to the proximity of the “Balkan Paths” the research area (FVG & Slovenian Coastal area and Inner Carniola) faces the growth in the number of immigrants from the Middle East and Africa. The presence of women from very different cultures brings new challenges related to integration at all institutional levels. The project addresses the less research topic of protecting the sexual and reproductive health of migrant women coming from cultures with strong patriarchal patterns. Firstly, the assessment of the phenomenon will be done by using interdisciplinary approach (medicine, anthropology, sociology, demography etc.). This will be followed by the development of guidelines for health and social workers. In addition, training for social and health professionals is foreseen to address the problems of intercultural communication and, in particular, medical training of health professionals on the treatment of migrants, even in difficult cases such as female genital mutilation. The project will be carried out in the cross-border area for two reasons: migration is a phenomenon affecting the border areas and another reason being the exchange of good practices and the formulation of common guidelines. Italian healthcare institutions have many experiences with the care of immigrants from countries of Asia and Africa, while such patients in Slovenia are a new phenomenon, as Slovenian health structures have so far faced problems mostly with the sexual and reproductive health of women, especially from the countries of the former Yugoslavia.

Partner organisations:

  • Znanstveno-raziskovalno središče Koper (Slovenia)
  • Department of Political and Social Sciences of the University of Trieste (Italy)

 

Project start: 14. 2. 2018

Project holder: Dipartimento di Scienze Politiche e Sociali, Italy

Project leader at ZRS Koper: Mateja Sedmak, PhD, Principal Research Fellow

Participating institute ZRS KoperInstitute for Social Studies

SCH YA - Efficient recommended MVPA obtainement for school children and teenagers

Over the last half century, we have simply stopped moving. Health organisations report that EU faces an epidemic of physical inactivity (PI), over 2/3 of population don’t meet daily guidelines for physical activity (PA). Even smaller percentage of children and youth reach the guideline levels. As a consequence, the WHO reports that PI is becoming killer No 1. Engaging children and youth in moderate to vigorous PA (MVPA) prepares them to lead physically active lives and improve health and academic outcomes. Schools play a central role in providing opportunities for children and youth to engage in PA. Physical education class (PE) is the one time during the day when all children and youth can be active. The other way is to offer them organized physical activities within existing sport clubs. Along those line, the School YA project aims to develop a model for raising daily level of the MVPA and decreasing PI in the target group of youngsters aged 12 to 15. Recent Slovenian, Dutch, and USA studies reports that 45 minutes PE classes last no more than 36, with only 9-13 min of MVPA and 16 min of PI, so youngsters do not reach more than 25% of recommended MVPA (EU Physical Activity Guidelines recommend 60 minutes daily). The project partnership (5 grass root athletic clubs and University of Primorska) plan to develop curricula for 15 PE hours that meets >50% MVPA. PE content will be selected from the lists of all motor abilities and adjusted for gender and age (12-15 years). The curricula will be developed in cooperation of athletic coaches working in sport clubs with PE teachers from elementary schools under the supervision of researchers and scientists. Developed and adjusted curricula will be presented at 10 minutes long video clips and freely distributed to PE professionals. In order to cover all basis, the clubs will organize local campaigns to encourage youngsters to join existing sport clubs in order to raise their MVPA to minimal recommended levels.

Project start: 1. 1. 2017

Duration of the project: 24 months

Project leader at ZRS KoperBoštjan Šimunič, PhD, Principal Research Fellow

Participating instituteInstitute for Kinesiology Research

JudEx+: Towards a child-friendly justice in cases of sexual violence against children

JudEx+: Towards a child-friendly justice in cases of sexual violence against children

Programme: EC – “Rights, Equality & Citizenship” (JUST/2014/RCHI/AG/PROF/7036)

Duration: 1. 10. 2015 – 30. 9. 2017

Project holder: Hope for Children, UNCRC Policy Center, Cyprus

Head of the project at ZRS KoperTjaša Žakelj, PhD

Participating institute ZRS KoperInstitute for Social Studies

JudEx+ was a project focused on supporting a positive judicial experience for children victims of sexual violence. The project aimed to improve the child’s experience when entering the judicial system in cases of sexual violence against children by improving the skills of professionals involved in representing children in judicial proceedings through trainings which take into consideration children’s rights, their developmental needs, and social background in countries where the Lanzarote Convention has been ratified.

Partner organisations:

  • Univerza na Primorskem, Znanstveno-raziskovalno središče (Slovenia)
  • Hope for Children UNCR Policy Centre (Cyprus)
  • Frederick University (Cyprus)
  • RINOVA (United Kingdom)
  • CESIE (Italy)
  • Know and Can (Bulgaria)
  • Folkuniversitetet (Sweden)

Burnt in memories

Burnt in memories

Programme: Evropa za državljane (sklop: Evropski spomin)

Duration: 1. 8. 2015 – 31. 1. 2017

Project holder: Univerza na Primorskem, Znanstveno-raziskovalno središče

Head of the project: dr. Gašper Mithans

Participating institute ZRS KoperInštitut za zgodovinske študije

 

Mednarodni projekt Burnt in memories, ki ga sofinancira Evropska komisija, inovativno pristopa k skoraj prezrti tematiki požigov vasi v Julijski krajini, v sicer v zadnjem času precej nasičenih izvajanjih o 2. svetovni vojni. V raznolikem partnerstvu iz Italije (Associazione Quarantasettezeroquattro, Občina Dolina, Kinoatelje), Hrvaške (Istarsko povijesno društvo, Udruga »Žejane«) in Slovenije (Kulturno izobraževalno društvo Pina, UP ZRS), ki ga vodi UP ZRS, je fokus na družbeno angažiranih aktivnostih, stiku z lokalnim in čezmejnim okoljem ter medgeneracijskemu dialogu. V izbranih »požganih vaseh« se bo o uničenju domov, preživetju in povojni obnovi postavila potujoča fotografska razstava (vodja: Istarsko povijesno društvo), posnel krajši dokumentarni film (vodja: Kinoatelje), da bi ti dogodki ne prešli v pozabo, pa se bo postavilo tudi obeležja (vodja: Associazione Quarantasettezeroquattro). Sodelavci Inštituta za zgodovinske študije UP ZRS bodo z organizacijo usposabljanja iz ustne zgodovine ter okrogle mize v obliki webinarja nagovorili študente in raziskovalce ter druge zainteresirane v sodelujočih državah in v »virtualnem svetu«.

A-Qu-A - Active and Qality Ageing in Home Environment

A-Qu-A – Active and Qality Ageing in Home Environment

Programme: The Norvegian Financial Mechanism 2009–2014 Programme

Period: 9. 4. 2015 – 31. 12. 2016

Project holder: Zavod za oskrbo na domu Ljubljana

Head of the project at ZRS Koper: PhD Rado Pišot

Participating institute ZRS Koper: Institute for Kinesiology Research

 

More info: A-Qu-A

MinAs - In Whose Best Interest? Exploring Unaccompanied Minors’ Rights Through the Lens of Migration and Asylum Procedures

In Whose Best Interest? Exploring Unaccompanied Minors’ Rights Through the Lens of Migration and Asylum Procedures

Programme: European Commission: (DG HOME/2013/CFP/PPUAM Unacompanied Minors)

Duration: 15. 6. 2014 – 15. 12. 2015

Project holder: University of Primorska, Science and Research Centre

Project leader: Mateja Sedmak, PhD, Principal Research Fellow

Participating institute ZRS Koper: Institute for Social Studies

 

The project »In whose best interests? Exploring unaccompanied minors’ rights through the lens of migration and asylum processes (MinAs)« was a research project carried out in four European Countries (Slovenia, Austria, France and United Kingdom) in the period from June 2014 to December 2015. The project was financed by European Commission and its main aim was to locate and suggest better solution regarding procedures and protection measures of unaccompanied minors (UAM).

The project examined UAM’s reception, protection, asylum and return procedures and focuses on: 1) The concept of best interest of the child (BIC) and 2) The formal processes of best interest determination (BID).

Partner organisations:

  • Univerza na Primorskem, Znanstveno-raziskovalno središče (Slovenia)
  • University of Vienna (Austria)
  • University of Brighton (United Kingdom)
  • Centre national de la recherche scientifique (France)
  • Slovenska Filantropija (Slovenia)
  • Inštitut Republike Slovenije za socialno varstvo (Slovenia)

OSSIPPIT - Organization of Direct Sales of Agricultural Products with the Help of the Internet

OSSIPPIT – Organization of Direct Sales of Agricultural Products with the Help of the Internet

Programme: Slovenia – Croatia 2007-2013 Cross Border Cooperation Programme

Duration: 1. 1. 2014 – 15. 3. 2015

Project holder: Institut za poljoprivredu i turizam, Poreč, Croatia

Head of the project at ZRS Koper: Milena Bučar Miklavčič

Participating institute ZRS KoperInstitute for Oliveculture

 

Partner organisations:

  • Institut za poljoprivredu i turizam, Poreč (Croatia)
  • Univerza na Primorskem, Znanstveno-raziskovalno središče (Slovenia)
  • City of Vodnjan (Croatia)
  • University Maribor, Faculty of Agriculture and Life Sciences (Slovenia)

ISTRIA’S GROWTH - Natural Heritage Conservation - the Revitalization of Fruit Species Characteristic of Istria

ISTRIA’S GROWTH – Natural Heritage Conservation – the Revitalization of Fruit Species Characteristic of Istria

Programme: Slovenia – Croatia 2007-2013 Cross Border Cooperation Programme

Duration: 1. 1. 2014 – 15. 3. 2015

Project holder: University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical faculty

Head of the project at ZRS Koper: Milena Bučar Miklavčič

Participating institute ZRS KoperInstitute for Oliveculture

 

Partner organisations:

  • University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical faculty (Slovenia)
  • Univerza na Primorskem, Znanstveno-raziskovalno središče (Slovenia)
  • Občina Vižinada (Croatia)
  • Udruga “Triada” (Croatia)

WELLFOOD - Promoting Food Innovation for Wellness in the Adriatic

WELLFOOD – Promoting Food Innovation for Wellness in the Adriatic

Programme: IPA – Adriatic Cross-Border Cooperation Programme 2007-2013

Duration: 1. 10. 2012 – 31. 5. 2015

Project holder: Province of Forlì-Cesena (Italy)

Head of the project at ZRS Koper: Maja Podgornik, PhD, Research Fellow

Participating institute ZRS KoperInstitute for Oliveculture

 

Partner organisations:

  • University of Primorska, Science and Research Centre, Koper (Slovenia)
  • Chamber of Commerce of Macerata (Marche Region, Italy)
  • Marche Region – Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (Italy)
  • LIR Local Development Initiative (Bosnia – Herzegovina)
  • Agency for extension services in agriculture (Bosnia – Herzegovina)
  • Chamber of Economy of Montenegro (Montenegro)
  • Regional Chamber of Commerce of Uzice (Serbia)
  • Innopolis (Greece)
  • Agriculture University of Tirana (Albania)

PANGeA - Physical Activity and Nutrition for Quality Ageing

PANGeA – Physical Activity and Nutrition for Quality Ageing

Programme: Cross-border Cooperation Programme Slovenia – Italy 2007-2013

Duration: 1. 10. 2011 – 31. 12. 2014

Project holder: University of Primorska, Science and Research Centre

Project leader at ZRS Koper: Rado Pišot, PhD, Principal Research Fellow

Participating institute ZRS Koper: Institute for Kinesiology Research

 

European population is ageing (Lutz et al, Nature 2008). The population older than 65 years in the border regions between Slovenia and Italy is relatively high (18-20%). This is a diverse population including many motor/sports active persons, so that a 75-year-old person of today can be compared with a 55-year-old 30 years ago, on the other hand, there are also many individuals suffering from chronic diseases and weak muscular and skeletal system, for which we could also say that have aged too soon. Research has many times proved a strong impact of lifestyle on the process and consequences of ageing, whereas, the criteria of healthy ageing have not been defined yet. The global problem of ageing and the challenges of searching for healthy ageing criteria, which will enable individuals to lead quality life and be independent in their old age, have become one of the most significant problems of the modern society. Thus, the European Commission has proclaimed the year 2012 as the Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations.

A few years before the EU had decided to dedicate such an extent of attention to this issue, the Institute of Kinesiology Research of the Science and Research Centre of the University of Primorska decided to explore and study the ageing criteria together with local and foreign partners and offer the society all levers in order to be able to cope with this issue based on specific findings and knowledge. Numerous scientific findings prove the exceptional efficiency of motor activities and healthy nutrition in reducing health risks and enhancing the independence of living of the older population. Appropriate information and notifying the public, which involves the cooperation of different organisations, can positively influence the quality of life of the older population. The Cross-border Cooperation Slovenia – Italy 2007-2013 Programme – PANGeA unites public institutions from participating regions that are active in the field of assuring the quality of living of the older population, institutes, universities, hospitals, municipalities and the Health Protection Institute of the Republic of Slovenia. Promotion, education programmes and direct physical activities will enable us to apply the knowledge on lifestyle that improves the quality of living, in practice for target groups of older citizens. We shall use the network of existing health care (hospitals), social (elderly homes) and private (fitness centres) entities, which are mainly operating in the fields of activities, which are the subject of this project. Fitness programmes for the elderly and healthy nutrition measures, which we will apply, will contribute to improved general health condition, reduce the risks of acute injuries and chronic diseases. On the other hand, we shall study the effects of permanent inactivity and develop programmes for a more efficient/faster regeneration of motor functions, and the independence after hip surgeries, which have become one of the most occurring problems that the elderly are coping with.

Project activities strive to exceed the low coordination level between health care and other public institutions. Prior to providing information to the public, project partners study the situation of the older population in the project area, and by interpreting the characteristics of healthy and active elderly people they try to define the criteria of healthy ageing. The activities involving the accumulation of normative values and the implementation of intervention programmes, which are implemented within the scope of the project, bases on organisational, promotional, science-research and subject-related integration of all project partners and other stakeholders. In this way we are establishing a permanent organisation network (universities-hospitals, universities-municipalities-elderly homes, universities-private persons-pensioners’ organisations etc.), which will enable further development of the health and quality of living of the population, living in the cross-border area.

General objectives of the project

  • Defining healthy ageing factors;
  • Setting up content-related and HR bases of the international excellence centre (SLO-ITA) in the field of health of elderly citizens;
  • Raising awareness on the significance of healthy ageing, social inclusion and mobility of less privileged populations (the elderly);
  • Reducing the costs of health care;
  • Connecting the existing health care, social and private entities and improving their mutual coordination.

The programme area includes institutes and universities that have achieved excellent results on an international level, namely in the field of medicine, space physiology, kinesiology, nutrition studies and health in general. It is well known that numerous fields of work can supplement each other when they are discussed jointly. Our work bases on merging border sciences, translating knowledge and technologies, which presents an efficient instrument, thus being the priority of numerous European programmes. We are well aware of the fact that health models, exercise and nutrition programmes are outdated, and, as the results of modern lifestyle studies show, also inefficient. Many experiences in research, the simulation of ageing (bed rest studies) and healthy ageing simulation (sportsmen – the elderly) have enabled us to acquire many findings that can be applied in health care centres, rehabilitation centres, elderly homes, fitness and wellness centres, sports clubs, and last but not least, for every individual. Despite this, the PANGeA project will need to answer some other scientific questions that refer to the impact of motor inactivity on the elderly and consequently on their health. Applications that will be guaranteed by the general objectives, are as follows:

  • Programmes for minimum and optimum motor/sports activity of the elderly;
  • Defined efficient procedures of data collection on the health of different target population or populations with different pathological conditions;
  • Renewed rehabilitation plans for faster recuperation after surgeries of acute and chronic injuries of the hip joint;
  • Food programmes for hindering catabolic processes that occur with motor inactivity;
  • Establishment of motor health parks for the elderly.

Operative objectives of the project

  • Setup of a mobile health laboratory with measuring equipment and qualified measurers;
  • Setup of a web portal (graphic interface, database, reporting and informing portal) about the health of inhabitants (in Slovene, Italian and English language);
  • 1000 measurements of health factors of people from the entire programme area including simultaneous promotion campaigns;
  • Adjustment and redefinition of health factors transferred from youngsters to the elderly by considering environmental factors;
  • Organisation of 20 free training seminars for training fitness trainers for the elderly, 12 free demonstration meetings for fitness programmes for the elderly, performed at their homes, both equally distributed in all six regions;
  • Organisation of six scientific meetings, intended for strengthening the project consortium.

 

Operative objectives are defined in accordance with achieving general project objectives. We work in order to enhance the quality of living of inhabitants from the programme area, as well as on a more global level. Promoting and encouraging health, health monitoring, health care measures and preventive measures are the key mechanisms that will enable the programme region a coordinated development of health and social life. Less privileged groups present a large part of the entire population, which is increasing every year. Our preliminary local projects have resulted in many findings that will acquire a new dimension, when we will be able to connect these findings via a consortium.

The project has been drafted in the sense of setting up healthy ageing criteria, based on connecting interdisciplinary knowledge and the implementation of mass measurements on the elderly, thus enabling the basis for constructing a permanent network of institutions that will offer health care and rehabilitation services in order to stimulate the recovery period. Everything mentioned above can be transferred to the level of national policies, which could enable the increase of the quality of life of the elderly by synergising permanent networks (connections between hospitals and joint functional centres) on the entire programme area.

The project also has a research focus, since joint criteria for healthy ageing will be set up by connecting universities and other public research institutions (University of Primorska, University of Trieste, University of Udine and the Ferrari University, as well as the Health Protection Institute of the Republic of Slovenia, Izola General Hospital and Valdoltra Orthopaedic Hospital) based on interdisciplinary and international knowledge. Furthermore, by introducing intervention programmes, we shall contribute to enhancing the quality of life of the elderly, whereas physical activity is the core mean of social integration.

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Bridges of Expertise to Fight Gender Based Violence

Bridges of Expertise to Fight Gender Based Violence

Programme: EuropeAid – IPA

Duration: 1. 2. 2014 – 1. 11. 2015

Project holder: Kapadokya Kadın Dayanışma Derneği, Turkey

Project leader at ZRS Koper: Mateja Sedmak, PhD, Principal Research Fellow

Participating institute ZRS KoperInstitute for Social Studies

 

Activities of the project envisage capacity building, research and data collection on needs assessment of the local public and civil society stakeholders , exchange of best practice with EU based counterparts, actions in support to widening the scope of services in area of prevention and assistance to victims in combating the violence against women as well as a series of local and EU wide awareness raising events on issues related with gender based violence. Entire action promotes inter-sectoral partnership based initiatives for improving the situation in local communities so as to develop sustainable services to victims, help encourage women to participate in social, economic and political life of respective local communities in Turkey.

Partner organisations:

  • Kapadokya Kadın Dayanışma Derneği (Turkey)
  • Nevşehir Belediyesi (Turkey)
  • Kırşehir Belediyesi (Turkey)
  • Karadeniz Ereğli Belediyesi (Turčija)
  • Zonguldak Belediyesi – Zonguldak Municipality (Turkey)
  • Nevşehir Üniversitesi/NÜKÇAM (Turkey)
  • C.M.C. HOPE – ONLUS (Italy)
  • Provincia di Gorizia (Italy)
  • Comune di Monfalcone (Italy)
  • Comune di Sacile (Italy)
  • Društvo za razvijanje prostovoljnega dela Novo Mesto (Slovenia)
  • Center za socialno delo Koper (Slovenia)
  • Association of Local Democracy Agencies (France)

Organised Labour and Migrant Workers - In Search of Comparative Practices

Organised Labour and Migrant Workers – In Search of Comparative Practices. A Comparative Analysis of Trade Union Responses to Migrant Labour in Slovenia, Austria, Italy, Croatia, Serbia and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

Programme: European Commission

Duration: 1. 12. 2012 – 30. 10. 2013

Project holder: University of Primorska, Science and Research Centre, Slovenia

Project leader at ZRS Koper: Mateja Sedmak, PhD, Principal Research Fellow

Participating institute ZRS KoperInstitute for Social Studies

 

The purpose of the international project is to examine the situation of migrant workers and the role of trade unions in representing and enforcing the rights of migrant workers in the six partner countries – in four EU countries (Slovenia , Austria, Italy and Croatia ) and these two third countries (Serbia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia). At at the same time the project aims to inform the general public about the situation of migrant workers. The specific objective of the project is to identify the trade union organizations representing migrant workers, to promote transnational co-operation of trade unions in the region and through a set of best practices to share information and experience, which would lead to more effective representation and protection of the rights of migrant workers.

Partner organisations:

  • University of Primorska, Science and Research Centre (Slovenia)
  • Splitsko sveučilište, Filozofski fakultet (Croatia)
  • Univerzitet u Beogradu, Filozofski fakultet, Odeljenje za etnologiju i antropologiju (Serbia)
  • Wien Universität, Fakultät für Sozialwissenschaften, Institut für Politikwissenschaft (Austria)
  • Istituto di Sociologia Internazionale di Gorizia (Italy)
  • Univerzitet “Sv. Kiril i Metodij”, Institutot za etnologija i antropologija (FYRO Macedonia)

Towards safer bicycling through optimisation of bicycle helmets and usage

Towards safer bicycling through optimisation of bicycle helmets and usage

Programme: COST – European cooperation in science and technology

Period: 1. 1. 2012 – 1. 6. 2012

Project holder: University of Primorska, Science and Research Centre

Head of the project at ZRS Koper: Cornelis Peter Bogerd, PhD

Participating institute ZRS Koper: Institute for Kinesiology Research

 

Cycling is an excellent sustainable alternative to driving. Cyclists have few safety options, of which a helmet is one. However, there are strong indications that law-mediated increases of helmet usage for cyclists cause confounding factors which temper the positive effect of these helmets on head and brain injury. Furthermore, current helmet design is suboptimal. Since several fields are important to bicycle helmet optimization, a combined effort involving all of these is necessary; so that a given parameter is not optimized at the cost of another. Finally, the attitudes of cyclist towards helmets will be focused upon; providing tools for improving helmet usage. The multidisciplinary approach respects the complex nature of the issue, it is unique in Europe, and will provide more complete information to legislators, manufacturers, end-users, and scientists, ultimately leading to increased safety for cyclists.

Children's Voices : Exploring Interethnic Violence and Children's Rights in the School Environment

Children’s Voices : Exploring Interethnic Violence and Children’s Rights in the School Environment

Programme: European Commission

Duration: 1. 1. 2011 – 31. 12. 2012

Project holder: University of Primorska, Science and Research Centre, Slovenia

Project leader at ZRS Koper: Mateja Sedmak, PhD, Principal Research FellowZorana Medarić, MSc, Researcher with Master’s Degree

Participating institute ZRS KoperInstitute for Social Studies

 

The project “Children’s Voices” is dedicated to an integrated research of violence experienced by children and youth in primary and secondary schools based on their linguistic, religious, cultural and/or racial affiliation. The broad definition of violence adopted in the project includes a variety of forms of violence, including interpersonal or peer violence (physical, psychological, symbolic) as well as institutional violence as reflected in the existing legislation and school regulations, among others.

Partner organisations:

  • University of Primorska, Science and Research Centre (Slovenia)
  • Wien Universität, Fakultät für Sozialwissenschaften, Institut für Politikwissenschaft (Austria)
  • Università degli Studi di Trieste, Dipartimento di Scienze politiche e Sociali (Italy)
  • London South Bank University, Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences (England)
  • European University Cyprus (Cyprus)

Changing identities of Ethnic Minority Groups

Changing identities of Ethnic Minority Groups – the comparative study of autochthonous and immigrate groups in Austria, Croatia, Kosovo, Slovenia and Serbia

Programme: Austrian Science and Research Liaison Office (ASO)

Duration: 1. 5. 2010 – 30. 4. 2011

Project holder: University of Primorska, Science and Research Centre, Slovenia

Project leader at ZRS Koper: Mateja Sedmak, PhD, Principal Research Fellow

Participating institute ZRS KoperInstitute for Social Studies

 

The project primarily aimed to establish international network of research groups dealing with the topic of minorities and immigrant groups in different countries. In the scope of the project an international conference was organized on the topic of minorities and minority identities during which the participants from Austria, Croatia, Slovenia and Serbia presented the results of research work and discussed current issues in this field. The project also envisaged an exchange of lecturers.

Partner organisations:

  • University of Primorska, Science and Research Centre (Slovenia)
  • Wien Universität, Fakultät für Sozialwissenschaften, Institut für Politikwissenschaft (Austria)
  • Splitsko sveučilište, Filozofski fakultet (Croatia)
  • Univerzitet u Beogradu, Filozofski fakultet (Serbia)
  • AAB-RIINVEST – Center for Cultural and Language Research (Kosovo)

 

S.Ho.W. - Experimental Community Watch of the Effect of Current Social Housing Policies on Welfare Strategies

S.Ho.W. – Experimental Community Watch of the Effect of Current Social Housing Policies on Welfare Strategies

Programme: Cross-border Cooperation Programme Italy-Slovenia 2007-2013

Duration: 25. 1. 2010 – 20. 3. 2014

Project holder: ATER TRIESTE

Project leader at ZRS Koper: Mateja Sedmak, PhD, Principal Research Fellow

Participating institute ZRS KoperInstitute for Social Studies

 

ATER Trieste is the project leader of Social Housing Watch (S.HO.W.), an experimental community watch of the effect of current social housing policies on welfare strategies as part of the Italy-Slovenia Cooperative Program 2007-2013.

There are three main objectives:

  • Establish a permanent watch that will improve the effectiveness of welfare policies adopted by the institutions involved;
  • Improve the quality of life, and social and healthcare services inside two micro-areas, Borgo Zindis, Muggia and the historic centre of Koper;
  • Create a model of development that can be ‘exported’ and replicated in other geographical areas.

These main objectives are based on the desire to increase the effectiveness of communication between citizens and institutions by encouraging consistent two-way communication. These two neighbourhoods are acting as pilot programs for innovative forms of dialogue to help stimulate active participation and feedback from citizens.

Partner organisations:

  • ATER Trieste (Italy)
  • Center za socialno delo Koper (Slovenia)
  • Mestna občina Koper (Slovenia)
  • Javni stanovanjski sklad Mestne Občine Koper (Slovenia)
  • Ministrstvo za delo, družino in socialne zadeve (Slovenia)
  • Univerza na Primorskem, Znanstveno-raziskovalno središče (Slovenia)
  • ACER Ferrara (Italy)
  • ATER Treviso (Italy)
  • Comune di Muggia – Trieste (Italy)
  • ASS. 1 – TRIESTINA – Trieste (Italy)

SHARED CULTURE - Strategic Project for the Knowledge and Availability of Shared Cultural Heritage

SHARED CULTURE – Strategic Project for the Knowledge and Availability of Shared Cultural Heritage

Programme: Cross-Border Cooperation Programme Italy-Slovenia 2007-2013

Duration: 1. 10. 2009 – 31. 12. 2014

Project holder: University of Primorska, Science and Research Centre, Slovenia

Project leader at ZRS Koper: Darko Darovec, PhD, Principal Research Fellow

Participating institute ZRS KoperInstitute for Historical Studies

 

The strategic project SHARED CULTURE, financed in the framework of the Cross Border Cooperation Programme Italy-Slovenia 2007-2013, by the European Regional Development Fund and national funds, is an answer to the multi-year long need of a better recognition, valorisation and promotion of the shared cultural heritage of the Italy – Slovenia cross-border area, which has origins from the common historical influences of the Venetian Republic and it constitutes also an important element of the Slovenian national identity. With the participation of the University Ca ‘Foscari of Venice, the Veneto Region, the University of Udine, the Institute for Cultural Heritage of Slovenia, the Municipality of Koper and the Self-Governing Italian Community of Koper/Capodistria, in the framework of the project SHARED CULTURE there will study the building Bassegio – Borilnica in the historic centre of Koper/Capodistria, which will be professionally restored and presented to the public. The project also includes researches in the Veneto Region, particularly in the archaeological sites of Altino and Concordia Sagittaria and in Friuli Venezia Giulia. One of the project main goals is the establishment of the Inter-University Centre for the Venetian historical and cultural heritage, which will be located in the renovated building Baseggio – Borilnica. It will represent a centre of the studies and documentation of Venetian history and cultural heritage within the eligible area with the modern technology which will contribute to its protection. Colleagues at the University of Udine and Venice with the colleagues of the University of Primorska will select and digitize the historical materials for the needs of the Inter-University Centre. All the scientific results will be presented to the public through scientific and popular events carried out during the project.

Heritage Live - Living, Lived, Revived Cultural Heritage

Heritage Live – Living, Lived, Revived Cultural Heritage: Project of Training in the Field of Recognition, Preservation and Presentation of Cultural Heritage of the Slovenian-Croatian Cross-Border Area

Programme: Cross-Border Cooperation Programme Slovenia – Croatia 2007-2013

Duration: 1. 10. 2009 – 31. 3. 2012

Project holder: University of Primorska, Faculty of Humanities, Slovenia

Project leader at ZRS Koper:

Participating institute ZRS KoperInstitute for Historical Studies

 

SIGMA 2 - Cross-Border Network for Conatural Environment Management and Biodiversity

SIGMA 2 – Cross-Border Network for Conatural Environment Management and Biodiversity

Programme: Cross-Border Cooperation Programme Italy-Slovenia 2007-2013

Duration: 1. 10. 2009 – 31. 12. 2014

Project holder: University of Primorska, Science and Research Centre, Slovenia

Project leader at ZRS Koper: Dunja Bandelj, PhD

Participating institute ZRS Koper: Institute for Oliveculture

 

The project aims to contribute to the Cross-border biodiversity conservation and to the improvement of the environmental conditions. The aim of the project activities is the biodiversity protection on one side and the initiatives dedicated to reduce the impact of agriculture in particular on the other side. The planned activities include the study and analysis initiatives to improve the knowledge of the area, the development of environmental models, and the creation of protected biodiversity areas, such as Mediterranean gardens and conservation fields. The project also envisages the establishment of the Mediterranean Crop Centre (MCC), which would represent a permanent structure dedicated to the protection of the program.

    

The project includes the following activities:

  • Meetings between the project partners for the coordination and monitoring of its activities, the sharing of results and resolution of any critical element,
  • Conducting of studies and researches (survey of the cross-border natural areas, guidelines for the management of protected areas and models for the prediction of the development of the olive fruit fly, and the verification of the presence of pollutants). These studies would be conducted through literature researches and field surveys, with the support of experts, and would pursue the objective of consolidating the knowledge base of the cross-border environment and biodiversity,
  • Creation of the Cross-border Mediterranean Crop Centre (MCC), of Mediterranean gardens and fields for the biodiversity conservation,
  • Construction of technological networks, formed in particular by the control units for the environmental parameters monitoring and for the detection of parasites/pathogens populations that would be produced by the agricultural sector through a more rational use of plant products,
  • Predisposition of printed and electronic information materials, information bulletins, newsletters, video and multimedia support,
  • Organisation of events in order to present the project results, with the aim of giving them the maximum visibility and application.

The expected results of the project realisation are made of the slowing of the biodiversity loss on one side (with reference to plant species typical of the Mediterranean and traditional crop varieties) and of the improving reduction of the environmental impact by the industry agriculture on the other side, improving environmental conditions of the program. The project will put the basis of a permanent cross-border cooperation in the biodiversity conservation field and the protection of the environment.

ViTo - Integrated Urban Development of the Vital Historic Towns as Regional Centres in South-East Europe

ViTo – Integrated Urban Development of the Vital Historic Towns as Regional Centres in South-East Europe

Programme: South East Europe programme 2007-2013

Duration: 1. 9. 2009 – 31. 8. 2012

Project holder: Municipality Ptuj (Slovenia)

Project leader at ZRS Koper: Milan Bufon, PhD, Principal Research Fellow

Participating institute ZRS KoperInstitute for Social Studies

 

The project ViTo capitalise on the results of INTERREG IIIB CADSES projects “Hist.Urban“ and “ADHOC”. The experiences of both projects resulted in complementary, to be deepened field of actions to bring forward an integrated development based on the build cultural heritage as location factor and an important part of an integrated revitalisation approach. Small and medium sized historical towns have to make use of their excellent preconditions due to the attractive townscape and the mixed functions to become or sustain a centre for the whole region. They are stabilisers of the settlement structures in SEE, centres of public and private services and places of regional identity. Thus, they are key elements of the implementation of the Lisbon and Gothenburg Agenda goals.
As proclaimed in the Leipzig Charter, it is needed to involve public and private partners, compromise their interests and set up management measures for the implementation of an integrated urban development.

Therefore ViTo focuses on promoting transnational urban governance structures and implementing pilot measures to have visible results that improve the attractiveness of towns to foster their economic development in SEE.

For that purpose the project is structured by the work packages: 1.Start- ups and analysis, 2.Integrated planning process and approaches, 3.Management of revitalisation and 4. Transnational governance approaches.

Partners establishing cross-sectoral management teams to implement local project measures to demonstrate the transnational results of ViTo. Target groups will be identified and transnational strategies developed how to involve them in decision-making and implementation process. Methods to foster private investments in revitalisation will be developed and implemented. Common visions on integrated urban development will lead to concepts and actions plans based on previous transnational results.

Partner organisations:

  • Municipality Ptuj (Slovenia)
  • Univerza na Primorskem, Znanstveno-raziskovalno središče (Slovenia)
  • Municipiul Arad (Romania)
  • City of Banska Stiavnica (Slovakia)
  • Magyar Tudományos Akadémia, Regionális Kutatások Központja (Hungary)
  • Stadt Graz – Stadtplanungsamt (Austria)
  • Municipiul Oradea (Romania)
  • SVIM – Sviluppo Marche S.p.A. (Italy)
  • Comune di Teramo (Italy)
  • Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Xanthi (Greece)
  • Asociatia Obsteasca “Plai Resurse” (Romania)

MERIDIUM - Multilingualism in Europe as a Resource for Immigration

MERIDIUM – Multilingualism in Europe as a Resource for Immigration – Dialogue Initiative among the Universities of the Mediterranean

Programme: Lifelong Learning project: Comenius, Grunding and languages

Duration: 1. 1. 2009 – 31. 12. 2011

Project holder: Universita per stranieri Perugia (Italia)

Project leader at ZRS Koper: Lucija Čok, PhD, Principal Research Fellow

Participating institute ZRS KoperInstitute for Linguistic Studies

 

MERIDIUM – Multilateral international European lifelong learning project combines the knowledge and information technologies of Università per stranieri Perugia (Italy), two Romanian universities: Universitate Babes-Bolyai Cluj-Napoca and Universitate Transilvania din Brasov, Portugal university Universitate Babes-Bolyai Cluj-Napoca, Spanish universities Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas da Universidade Nova de Lisboa and Universidad de Salamanca, the University of Malta and the University of Primorska. The aim of the project was to analyse and evaluate the policies of Mediterranean countries related to emigrants, their inclusion and implementation of language and education rights of individual immigrant groups in new environments and adopting the wider environment of cultural diversity. By researching social phenomena, legislation and the operations of education and culture institutions of individual countries, partner universities have found answers and solutions and promoted them within the Study and Documentation Centre on Multilingualism in Mediterranean Europe that has been established at the project conclusion. The Slovenian research pattern included 5th grade pupils (total: 156) from four primary schools and their parents, all of whom live in the Slovenian Istria. The project results have been published as a monograph: The Slovenian Istria between a Policy of Coexistence and the Immigration Issue (Annales, 2012).