Gaining from volunteering

Author: Nikola Benin


InformaGiovani is looking for 1 volunteer from FRANCE to join our long-term
EVS project “Gaining from volunteering” lasting 1 year, from 06/10/2016 to

The project is already approved by the Italian National Agency.


Volunteer will carry out activity in recreation centre San Giovanni
Apostolo in Palermo, Italy.
San Giovanni Apostolo Onlus is a local Christian church community based in
Palermo, Sicily. With aim to give support to parents, educate, motivate and
encourage children and young adults from disadvantage area. Main objectives
of the community for every children and young adult is to raise individual
development of self-esteem and growth, social awareness and inclusion in
the group by actively encouraging them (and yourself) to be involved in all
The community was founded in 2000 in Palermo by local parents and teachers
from San Giovanni Apostolo Parish, where the main beneficiaries are
children and young adults aged between 6 and 24 years, divided into three
age groups, parents, local schools and community. The main reason of
founding the Association was and still is to fight against high school
drop–off rate, risk of delinquency and / or with multi-problem situation
which could lead to young adult crime.



Conference. What should be in your Digital Toolbox?

Author: Nikola Benin

Wikipedia: Wolpertinger – Rainer Zenz

10 October 2016, London, United Kingdom

This one-day event will showcase how innovative technology is being applied to the humanities and natural sciences.

The conference speakers will demonstrate how researchers, curators and enthusiasts can use digital tools to explore historical and scientific material in new ways.

An example is the EU-funded READ project, which seeks to unlock complex handwritten material in archival collections, to automatically index digital images of text, and to teach computers how to transcribe handwritten text. Cutting-edge transcription technology developed as part of the READ project will be demonstrated and discussed.

We are also delighted to welcome Melissa Terras, Professor of Digital Humanities at University College London as keynote speaker.


9:30 – 10:00 Optional tour of Linnaean Collections 10:00 – 10:30 Registration & Tea 10:30 – 10:40 Welcome Elaine Charwat (Linnean Society) and Dr Louise Seaward (University College London) 10:40 – 12:30 Session 1 (Chair: Professor Philip Schofield, University College London) Professor Melissa Terras (University College London) If you teach a computer to READ: Transcribe Bentham, Transkribus, and Handwriting Technology Recognition Dr Günter Mühlberger (University of Innsbruck) Transkribus as a toolkit for text recognition, transcription and information extraction Professor Roger Labahn (University of Rostock) Key concepts of Handwritten Text Recognition 12:30 – 13:30 Lunch 13:30-15:00 Session 2 (Chair: Dr Louise Seaward, University College London) Dr Ulrich Tiedau (University College London) Asymmetrical Encounters: A digital quantitative approach to the history of mentalities in Europe, 1800–2000 Dr Mia Ridge (The British Library) The Art of Work in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction Professor James Loxley (University of Edinburgh) Lines of Enquiry: Reordering Edinburgh’s Literary History 15:00-15:30 Tea break 15:30-17:00 Session 3 (Chair: Elaine Charwat, Linnean Society) Dr Elspeth Haston (Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh) Automating label data capture from natural history specimens Jane Smith (Natural History Museum/Biodiversity Heritage Library) Unlocking biodiversity data @ the Biodiversity Heritage Library Dr Victoria Van Hyning (University of Oxford/Zooniverse) Metadata Extraction and Full Text Transcription on the Zooniverse Platform 17:00-17:10 Comfort break 17:10-17:30 Closing words 17:30-18:30 Reception



Information about Submission of Horizon 2020 Proposals by Researchers in Switzerland

Author: Nikola Benin


The first EU Framework Programme (FP) started in 1984. The eighth programme generation was launched at the beginning of 2014 – under the name of Horizon 2020. An overview of the structure and various programme areas of Horizon 2020 can be found on the SERI website or the website of theEuropean Commission.

Swiss research entities have been participating in the FPs since 1988. From 1992 until 2003, Swiss project participations were directly funded by the Confederation. In 2004, Switzerland became an associated country to the FPs. From then on, Switzerland contributed to the EU’s global FP budget at a fixed rate (relative to its GDP), while Swiss researchers gained the same rights in terms of submitting project proposals and receiving funding from Brussels as their colleagues from EU member states.

Please note that this platform is intended solely for the submission of requests for the funding of Swiss partners in Horizon 2020 collaborative projects, which have been approved by the EU and in which Swiss partners are participating under third country status.

It is not possible to submit project proposals for EU calls or apply for funding for projects in which Switzerland is considered an associated country. Moreover, complementary national funding for the following activities is still available but not operated via this site either:

  • participation in Euratom- or ITER-related activities (including Fusion for Energy);
  • participation in European initiatives AAL, Eurostars and EDCTP
    (according to Art. 185 of the TFEU);
  • participation in COST Actions;
  • preparation of Horizon 2020 project proposals for SMEs or project coordinators.

For questions concerning the SNSF’s ERC temporary backup scheme:SNSF Communications, T +41 31 308 23 87


Partners requested. PREDICT ME A JOB?

Author: Nikola Benin

The Danube region itself and the EU generally are needed to sustainable economic growth and jobs in order to be better place for living of their citizens. An important precondition they to be achieved is the provision of competent and capable work force.

Innovative character of the project idea

1. Instrument for forecasting needed by business jobs in line with its demands on work force’s qualification, competences and knowledge in short and midterms.
2. Mechanism for transforming forecasted jobs into vocational training and guidance programmes.

CONTACT PERSON: Georgi Iliev –

Partner request. Together We Improve New Entrepreneurial Skills

Author: Nikola Benin

About our project:

Entrepreneurship refers to an individual’s ability to turn a idea into action. Also, this concept includes creativity, innovation and risk taking, as well as the ability to plan and manage projects in order to achieve objectives. Entrepreneurship education is thus about life-wide as well as lifelong competence development. As well as contributing to European competitiveness, entrepreneurship education also helps to ensure a number of positive social benefits. They key words in our project are: Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes.


Creative Europe – Cooperation projects

Author: Nikola Benin


What is it for ?

To support the capacity of the European cultural and creative sectors to operate transnationallyand internationally. To promote the circulation of cultural and creative works and themobility of cultural and creative players, in particular of artists, transnationally.

It also aims to improve access to European cultural and creative works and extend their reach to new and larger audiences.

In addition, it contributes to innovation and creativity in the field of culture.

Calls for proposals postponed for:

Cooperation projects
European platforms
European networks

All applications are evaluated on the basis of eligibility, exclusion, selection and award criteria.

The award criteria concern:

  • Relevance of the project to the objectives and priorities of the scheme
  • Quality of the content and activities
  • Communication and dissemination of the activities and results of the project
  • Quality of the partnership.

For technical problems, please contact the Helpdesk by email (

ZurichEduExpo 2017

Author: Nikola Benin


The venue of the Exhibition will be in Zurich, Switzerland where Exhibitors will have the opportunity to engage with diverse, highly responsive and financially sound Swiss audience and boost awareness of their educational programms within relevant target groups. Due to a high level of interest of Swiss students to study overseas, Switzerland is an ideal destination for those Exhibitors who aim to attract the intended audience with their interesting and promising study abroad programs and opportunities.

Participation is limited to 60 potential Exhibitors from all over the world. Due to the limited amount of available places, the first payments will secure the candidate’s participation in priority over late payments.

Deadline for sending the application form and the payment of the participation fee (after receiving the IPD Invoice) is the 27th of January 2017. Selected Exhibitors will receive invitation letter and further documents on participation when the participation fee is transferred successfully to the bank account of the event organizer.

If you wish to partcipate in Zurich Edu Expo and have any questions in this regard, please feel free to contact us via or per phone +41764316170.