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About this event

The HEIDI project, coordinated by UCL Extreme Citizen Science, is hosting a series of roundtables to learn more about “Digital Action”: citizen science, makeathons and hackathons during the Covid-19 crisis.

If you work in a higher educational institution, you are invited to the two roundtable discussions to share your experience, opinions, and ideas about it. Indicative topics to be discussed, among others, are:

  • How has the Covid-19 crisis affected your work in a Higher Education Institution?
  • Are you familiar with Digital Action (DA), whether as a participant or observer of a DA initiative?
  • Which aspects of your experience of digital participation during the Covid-19 pandemic have been positive, and which are negative?
  • Which barriers and drivers to HE institutions engaging with DA can you identify, and are these institution-led or imposed upon the institution?
  • How can HE institutions raise awareness about DA initiatives and their potential impact on bottom-up action?

Note: the meeting will be recorded for evaluation and research purposes.

About the roundtables

HEIDI project is holding two roundtables with both HEI staff and students to map the barriers and opportunities of digital action within HEIs which exist at different levels. Although UCL actively promotes and supports activities that encourage two-way communication between the academic community and members of the public, the project has still a lot to learn from sharing its experiences and discussing concerns about how the project envisions the future while trying to identify ways that can improve the ways it works with communities. Similar roundtables will also be held in HEIs in France and Malta.

First roundtable: 11th of November, 13:00 – 14:30 CET. 

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Second roundtable: 16th of November, 12:00 – 13:30 CET.

Registration here

You can read more about HEIDI in this blog post, and you can find some more detailed examples of Digital Action here.

About HEIDI project

HEIDI – ‘Digital Actions at HEIs as a catalyst for social change in the COVID-19 crisis’,  is a two-year Erasmus+ project which aims to upskill Higher Education (HE) staff and students towards more resilience, adaptation to change, and agility that could enable HEIs to work together with citizens to shape better societies. The project explores the ways in which these take place at the community level and in HEIs in five European countries (UK, France, Malta, Greece, and Cyprus). The aim of the project is to upskill HE staff and students towards more resilience, adaptation to change, and agility that could enable HEIs to work together with citizens to shape better societies. To do so, the project offers an opportunity for HEIs students and staff to identify and understand drivers and barriers to HEIs adoption of societal values in a crisis situation, while seeking to identify the needs of various community groups, including vulnerable ones.

More about the project here.

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