TRANSFORMING ADVANCED WATER SKILLING THROUGH THE CREATION OF A NETWORK OF EXTENDED REALITY WATER EMULATIVE CENTRES


Gül A. (Executive), Onuşluel Gül G., Çetinkaya C. P., Barbaros F., Günaçtı M. C., Özgenç Aksoy A., et al.

Horizon Europe Project, 2022 - 2025

  • Project Type: Horizon Europe Project
  • Begin Date: October 2022
  • End Date: September 2025

Project Abstract

WATERLINE aims to create a European Digital Water Higher Education Institution (HEI) Alliance, based on the quadruple helix model

of innovation, leading to the development of the Alliance’s research, educational and entrepreneurship capacities. This shall leverage

the individual, institutional and regional resources required for a transformative structural and sustainable learning and innovation

environment. To achieve this, WATERLINE has five specific objectives: (1) support consolidation of the Alliance by co-creating a

common governance framework, and a Research & Innovation (R&I) capacity building plan; (2) co-create a portfolio of water

components for Master level and transform emulative laboratories in partner Widening HEIs into assisted and virtual reality. These

structural changes will lead to transformed and more competitive R&I HEIs; (3) strengthen WATERLINE researchers’ R&I capacity

excellence by implementing activities, such as summer schools to enhance education and R&I skills, and proposal writing workshop;

(4) build a European network of academics/researchers who, together with quadruple helix actors, will allow knowledge flow in water

domains and extended reality technologies. This allows greater involvement of regional actors in the R&I process and enhances one

of the major societal challenges: water-related education. Moreover, it will strengthen academic and business links through

academia-to-business meetings and a hackathon to mainstream entrepreneurship mindsets. WATERLINE will, finally, (5) sustain the

alliance by, (i) establishing ambassador networks, (ii) identifying the R&I funding landscape, thus increasing participation in HE and

the mobilisation of resources in the water sphere, and (iii) creating synergies with EU initiatives, institutions, other projects and

networks.