Enabling practitioners interactions to foster innovative actions on Climate Change

Networking event for practitioner on management of environmental innovations

IMG_1966As coordinator  of Valencian coaching team in the Pioneers into Practice programme 2014 (Climate KIC), I have had the opportunity to explore the introduction of new practices to foster stakeholder collaboration on projects related to Climate Change issues. We got a very good attendance of firms, researchers and local government officers from Valencia region and Portugal.

Flyer networking event

The Pioneers into Practice experience for professionals in Climate Change

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The Pioneers into Practice (PIP) programme  seeks to offer a platform for policy makers and practitioners engaged in studying, designing and promoting day-to-day professional practices in business, government and research. Climate-KIC is one of three Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) created in 2010 by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). This community of European partners from the private, public and academic sectors, engages a broad spectrum of activities to offer new solutions for the realms of innovation, entrepreneurship and training.

I joined PIP in 2010 when it was just a pilot initiative and I discovered as a Pionner new forms of interaction between professional involved in environmental innovation. I became a Regional mentor in 2012 and since that moment I have applied different methodologies to foster group’s dynamics on exploring business and research ideas within a participatory environment. In 2014 as the Coordinator of regional coaches in Valencia, I have the challenge of designing activities, developing materials and guiding a team of professional coaches to encourage pioneers on thinking “out of the box” and applying Transition approach through an intensive and interactive process of professional upgrade.

PIP group 2012
PiP group 2012

PIP group 2013
PiP group 2013

PIP group 2014
PiP group 2014

The key element of the programme is upgrading multidisciplinary professional skills by opportunities and broadening the professional and institutional networks and among different knowledge fields and geographies. Participants explore visions of new low carbon scenarios and opportunities to innovate on diferent knowledge areas sush as transport, buildings, energy networks, water management but they also integrate professional capacities on organizational, technological, natural science, economics and many other fields.

 

The video bellow collects different perspective on the experience of Pioneers into Practice programme. This year we are organizing several activities to enhance the climate change community.

EIT news

Enabling public-private cooperation for innovation in green construction

In recent decades an international building system has emerged through the central cities in both industrialized and developing countries. This system includes materials and components that overlap and work simultaneously with regional and local practices. The interaction between innovations developed at different international and local perspectives on building systems could explain how a variety of sustainable construction techniques have emerged in different locations.

CW 3_picIn that sense, this scientific meeting aimed to bring together companies and researchers from diverse backgrounds working on the problem of the introduction of more sustainable construction methods from different disciplinary perspectives. Through discussion and exchange of ideas is expected to facilitate bridges to future research collaboration as well as enable a diverse set of participants on the seach of  opportunities for funding projects at local, national and European level.

Link to conference program:

http://www.ingenio.upv.es/en/seminar-about-sustainable-construction-and-innovation#.UozkhY0hf9h

Agenda

Brochure

UNFCC and Climate Change mitigation measures in Argentina

Second National Communication of the Argentina to the United Nation Convention for the Climate Change

The project was a mayor advance for Argentina in term of the design and evaluation of technological and non-technological measures to mitigate the effect of climate change. It was funded by the World Bank and supervised by experts of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and delegates of United Nation Convention for the Climate Change (UNFCC).

This project was my first multidisciplinary experience. I joined multidisciplinary teams of architect, engineers, and geographers, GIS experts and sociologist to explore different projects and policy measures in two exiting areas: transport and energy efficiency in building. I have learnt a lot on methodologies for project evaluation and estimation of CO2 emissions but I also got a critical view of the economist in this kind of analysis.
The experience boosted my enthusiasm to learn more on multi-inter-trans and cross disciplinary studies on climate change. It was the seed and then, I started to think in Europe.

UNFCC website – Full document (Spanish)

Study on mitigation measures in Transportation (Spanish)

Study on mitigation measures in energy efficiency (Spanish)

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