Kick-Off of the Horizon Europe project SERIGO bringing together CUAS and an ATHENA partner

SERIGO Kick-off meeting in Vienna with the scientific project consortium (©Alexandra Yaghil, AIEDL)

Between 13 and 15 February, three colleagues from Carinthia University of Applied Sciences were in Vienna for the kick-off event of the Horizon Europe project “Social Economy for Resilience, Inclusion and Good life in Rural areas” (SERIGO).

In order to cope with the variety of challenges faced by Europe’s rural areas, caused by global changes and crises such as social, demographic, economic and environmental pressures, renewal through social innovation is needed. The research focus of the SERIGO project is on strengthening social inclusion and the resilience of these areas to minimise the negative impact on their socio-economic and environmental sustainability.

SERIGO produces evidence-based theoretical and practicable knowledge on how the Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) can support resilience, social inclusion, and ‘good life’ in European rural areas. Based on the research results produced, the aim is also to provide insights and recommendations on what framework conditions and policy arrangements are necessary to promote this, as well as to trigger constructive debates and collaborations around this issue involving diverse set of stakeholders in Europe.

The SERIGO consortium met in Vienna to initiate the first steps of task implementation and to discuss theoretical assumptions relevant to the project. In addition, a one-day excursion took place to gain insights into practical examples of social innovation and aimed at fostering inclusion and rural resilience. The key objectives of the SERIGO project were addressed in order to obtain an overall picture of the combination of scientific research and practical work with the pilot partners.

The SERIGO project, which started on 1 January 2024 and will run until 31 December 2027, is led by the University of Eastern Finland and gathers partners from 11 European countries (Austria, Belgium, Estonia, Finland, Netherlands, Ireland, Italy, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Turkey).

We are pleased to share that CUAS is working together with our ATHENA partnerUniversidade de Vigo on this joint project. In Vienna, project members from CUAS (Marika Gruber, Birgit Aigner-Walder and Selina Straßer) met with the Uni Vigo members Mario Pansera and Pandey Poonam.

We are looking forward to see the future developments and wish all project partners a successful collaboration!