Current projects

ESFRI's European Long-Term Ecological Research Infrastructure - eLTER RI

The integrated European Long-Term Ecosystem, critical zone and socio-ecological systems Research Infrastructure (eLTER RI) is now in the preparatory phase of formal implementation as a pan-European Research Infrastructure. The eLTER RI will comprise about 250 eLTER Sites and eLTSER Platforms from over 20 participating European countries. It will offer a wide range of European-level Central Services for different users, including access to sites and site data from multiple sources. eLTER RI will enable standard observations and analyses of the environment in a holistic manner, encompassing biological, geological, hydrological and socio-ecological perspectives. To secure the implementation of the eLTER RI, the European Commission has recently approved two major, complementary Horizon2020 projects: eLTER PLUS (Advanced Community) and eLTER PPP (Preparatory Phase). The projects will provide a major boost through exemplary case studies at selected eLTER sites across Europe to test the current capacities (eLTER PLUS) and thereby trigger eLTER RI development (eLTER PPP) according to user needs. Both projects started in February 2020 and will last five years.

MOTION Project

MOTION Project aims at developing and testing a methodology to produce a framework that supports capacity building and technical assistance related services (monitoring, evaluation, learning) for regions and cities facing the challenge of catalysing system change toward a low carbon economy and society. The project brings together the work of EIT Climate-KIC partners and the members and associates of the globally operating Transformative Innovation Policy Consortium (TIPC). The objective of that process is to provide the participating stakeholders and decision makers with practice-based knowledge for designing new interventions on the ground and redefine strategic directions and governance options for catalysing systemic change through innovation. It works across the three Climate-KIC’s main geographies: DACH, Benelux and Mediterranean). In parallel, learning, communication and dissemination is including Central and Eastern Europe, and bringing the global South and North together through TIPC.

The project’s initial aim is to articulate and integrate key concepts from transitions theory (e.g., transformative outcomes, the Multi-Level Perspective), into a methodological framework that can be used for learning, monitoring and formative evaluation. For that purpose, three specific demonstration projects from EIT Climate-KIC’s Innovation Ecosystem program were selected and then matched to MOTION’s three partners in order to perform that conceptual and methodological development through co-design and mutual learning: ACT on NBS with INGENIO, SuSMo with Utrecht University, and SATURN with the Austrian Institute of Technology. Other key outputs from MOTION will be a handbook on how to implement the methodology, integrating all findings of the project, supporting dissemination activities and potential place-based technical assistance, currently under development in close collaboration with the EIT Climate-KIC Transition Hub.