Senior lecturer Sabri Pllana at the department of computer science took part in Vinnova's meeting about calls for proposal within Horizon 2020.
On October 24, Sweden's innovation agency Vinnova organised a meeting about calls for proposals 2019-2020 in Science with and for Society (Swafs) and Inclusive societies within Horizon 2020. Vinnova serves as the national contact point for the European Union research program H2020 and the meeting focused on common perspectives, gender, citizen science and ethics.
Representatives for two projects that have been previously funded were invited to the meeting. Sabri Pllana, senior lecturer of computer science at Linnaeus University, presented the SciChallenge project, for which he was the Swedish project leader. The aim of the project was to involve more young people in Europe in various natural sciences using digital technology and social media.
Horizon 2020 is the largest research and innovation programme in the world, with a budget of close to 80 billion euro during the period of 2014-2020. One of the projects funded by Horizon 2020 is SciChallenge, which aimed to get young people interested in education, research and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). SciChallenge used a competition to get young people to selfproduce digital scientific education materials to be used by their peers. The competition attracted more than 700 participants from 28 countries, together creating over 400 projects.