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Sustainability Field 3.1
Health / Quality of Life

Programmes assigned to this field

ASSIST Achieving Sustainability by using Substitutive Information Society Technologies (IST-1999-29044)
ASSIST addressed an important facet of the contribution of IST to sustainability, that of the potential for the substitution of IST analogs for (...)
ASSIST addressed an important facet of the contribution of IST to sustainability, that of the potential for the substitution of IST analogs for material consumption (virtualisation or immaterialisation). Most consumption is unrelated to basic needs but is to satisfy non-material needs. Consumption substitution by IST thus offers a powerful route to sustainability. However, design of substitution techniques necessitates both a good knowledge of the reasons for consumption and -inter alia- of the sensory and ontological aspects of IST. ASSIST surveyed existing multi-and cross-disciplinary work in the area, making recommendations for future work and proposing new parameters for product and service design.
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CCN2 Consumer Citizenship Network (Socrates – Erasmus 3)
The Consumer Citizenship Network deals with: stimulating and coordinating research about consumer citizenship - identifying common competences for (...)
The Consumer Citizenship Network deals with: stimulating and coordinating research about consumer citizenship - identifying common competences for consumer citizenship -surveying curriculum provision of consumer citizenship education - developing good practice for teaching and accessing consumer citizenship education       The Network focuses on: how can the consumer citizen deal with the ethical challenges of prosperity? -  how can the media and ICT be constructive tools for the consumer citizen? -  what are the consumer citizen’s rights and responsibilities as regards food, transport, housing, energy use and personal finances? - what contributions can the European consumer citizen make towards the eradication of poverty in the world? - how can awareness and social involvement be stimulated in the consumer citizen? - how can sustainable consumption best be taught

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EMUDE Emerging User Demands for Sustainable Solutions (NMP-2002-3.4.3.3-2).
EMUDE (Emerging User Demands for Sustainable Solutions) explored the potential of social innovation as a driver for technological and production (...)
EMUDE (Emerging User Demands for Sustainable Solutions) explored the potential of social innovation as a driver for technological and production innovation, in view of sustainability. To this end it shed light on cases where subjects and communities use existing resources in an original way to bring about system innovation. From there, it pinpointed the demand for products, services and solutions that such cases and communities express, and pointed to research lines that could lead to improved efficiency, accessibility and diffusion

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UPB Environmental Probe Database of the German Federation (Umweltprobenbank des Bundes)
Aufgaben und Ziele Im Rahmen der Umweltprobenbank werden systematisch Umweltproben aus repräsentativen Ökosystemen der Bundesrepublik (...)

Aufgaben und Ziele

Im Rahmen der Umweltprobenbank werden systematisch Umweltproben aus repräsentativen Ökosystemen der Bundesrepublik Deutschland gewonnen, charakterisiert und bei Temperaturen unter minus 150° C so gelagert, dass sich die chemische Zusammensetzung ihrer Inhaltsstoffe über Jahrzehnte nicht verändert.

Zur Gewährleistung des hohen wissenschaftlichen Anspruchs an die Umweltprobenbank wurden während der Aufbauphase vorrangig folgende Aufgaben bearbeitet:

 

Die Belegproben der Umweltprobenbank sollen insbesondere für folgende Aufgaben genutzt werden:

  • Kontinuierliche Überwachung der Konzentration gegenwärtig bereits bekannter Schadstoffe durch systematische Charakterisierung (Monitoring) der gewonnenen Proben vor ihrer Archivierung;
  • Trendaussagen über lokale, regionale und globale Entwicklungen der Schadstoffbelastungen auf der Grundlage authentischen Materials aus der Vergangenheit (Trend- und ökotoxikologische Aussagen);
  • Bestimmung der Konzentration von Stoffen, die zur Zeit der Einlagerung (Sicherung) noch nicht als Schadstoffe erkannt waren oder nicht mit ausreichender Genauigkeit analysiert werden konnten (retrospektives Monitoring);
  • Überprüfung früher ermittelter Monitoring-Ergebnisse;
  • Anwendung standardisierter Methodenbeschreibungen (Standardarbeitsanweisungen) für Probentransport, -aufarbeitung, -charakterisierung und -lagerung als notwendige Voraussetzung zur Gewinnung vergleichbarer Ergebnisse;
  • Verwendung als Referenzproben zur Dokumentation der analytischen Leistungsverbesserung.
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HiCS Highly Customerised Solutions (GRD1-2000-25516)
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  Information System for research, experimental development and innovation (Informačního systému výzkumu, experimentálního vývoje a inovací)
This application is designed for searches of publicly available data, information system research, experimental development and innovation , operated (...)
This application is designed for searches of publicly available data, information system research, experimental development and innovation , operated in accordance with § 30 of Act No. 130/2002 Coll. on the promotion of research, experimental development and innovation, as amended by Act No. 110/2009 Coll . Publication of publicly available data fulfill the Council for Research, Development and Innovation as the operator of the obligation under § 10 of Government Decree 397/2009 Coll. of 19 October 2009 Information system of research, experimental development and innovation from 1.1.2010.
Czech Republic Details
NRP II 2C Information Technology for the Knowledgeable Society (Informační technologie pro znalostní společnost)
Please note that calls for submission of project proposals are closed NRP II is the National programme for the research and development. The (...)

Please note that calls for submission of project proposals are closed

NRP II is the National programme for the research and development.

The main focus of the program is the research and technological development of software tools and applications enabling more efficient, faster and more reliably connect various entities to the level of  individuals. This will be enabled through optimized infrastructure and tools assurance two-way interactive mobile communications, while the use of information resources andwide application of knowledge databases.
It is therefore a technical solution to the intensive information networked society.
Research activities will focus on research on new platforms with a high degree of interoperability (connectivity), capable of massive parallel use (audiovisual
platforms and open platforms for various types application tasks). This will be a successful component interconnect solutions into larger units.
In response to the above infrastructure will be developed intelligent
decision-making, management and other modules based on the knowledge and intensively searching relevant data processing and often massive datasets.

Czech Republic Details
ICING Innovative Cities for the Next Generation
A citizen-focussed approach to city services and information through the use of mobile and online technologies that seek to break down barriers (...)
A citizen-focussed approach to city services and information through the use of mobile and online technologies that seek to break down barriers between citizens and their cities.

Ireland Details
iTACITUS Intelligent Tourism and Cultural Information through Ubiquitous Services (FP6 IST)
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M-ZONES Managed-ZONES
The overall goal of M-Zones is to: Undertake fundamental research into novel management infrastructures to enable collaboration and management, (...)

The overall goal of M-Zones is to:

Undertake fundamental research into novel management infrastructures to enable collaboration and management, between and within Smart Spaces.

 

Within the overall goal of the programme, M-Zones will:

  • Take a holistic view of Smart Space Management by representing them as Managed-Zones ('M-Zones'), which encompass one or more smart spaces and the context of these spaces e.g. participants, information resources, time, IT infrastructure etc. M-Zones represent domains of management in which Smart Spaces can be managed and between which participants/devices roam and dynamic service provisioning can be supported.
  • Provide insight into the infrastructures and technologies to provide dynamic, real-time management within and between M-Zones.
  • Adopt a 'policy-based management approach' to support dynamic monitoring, configuration, control and co-ordination of these management zones. The management systems will be particularly sensitive to unique properties of smart spaces including: large-scale numbers of embedded processors/information appliances, mobility, wireless communication, temporal properties and the potential for 're-programming' of the smart spaces.
  • Develop a Smart Space management framework based on standards and best practice from both the Telecommunications and IT standardisation work such as TeleManagement Forum, Object Management Group, ETSI and ITU telecommunications standards.
  • Foster close collaboration among the research groups, which comprise experts in management & control systems, smart spaces, wireless systems and networks.
  • Enable exchange of researchers between sides and foster external collaboration with international centres of excellence.


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Projects assigned to this field

ALARM Adaptive Solutions in active technical Support of Saving Human Life (ALARM - Adaptive Lösungsplattform zur Aktiven technischen Unterstützung beim Retten von Menschenleben )
To confront the scarcity of personal and material which is characteristic for disaster situations, a comprehensive data acquisition and utilisation (...)
To confront the scarcity of personal and material which is characteristic for disaster situations, a comprehensive data acquisition and utilisation concept will be developed.

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SchoolSenses@Internet children as multisensory geographic information creators through the use of information and communication technologies
Accordingly to primary education pedagogical principles learning experiences should be active, meaningful, integrated and should promote (...)
Accordingly to primary education pedagogical principles learning experiences should be active, meaningful, integrated and should promote socialization (Ministério da Educação, 2004). In Portugal, that is not the case for a considerable number of children, as it is recognized by the Government. The potentialities of information and communication technologies (ICT) in education, in what concerns the access, sharing and construction of knowledge and the promotion of learning with the mentioned characteristics, have long been recognized. Several efforts have been developed: project Enlaces (Chile), project Minerva, program Nónio século XXI, Internet@eb1, European Schoolnet, Netd@ys, eSchola. The evaluation report of the Internet@eb1 program realizes the need to create motivation identitary factors for teachers and students, as well as contexts that ease the harmonious integration of technology in the pedagogical practice (Figueiredo, Afonso e Ferreira, 2004). The main objective of this project is to improve the quality of primary education learning, making meaningful the needed complexity approaches. ICT will be explored to develop inclusion and to (re)discover curricular themes, in real contexts. It will be used transversal and interdisciplinary approaches, searching for an effective ICT curricular integration, that will explore multi-sensory communication to promote educational success (a bridge to concrete experiences, to different learning and expression styles, to complexity and real learning). It will be pursuit in this way the development of fundamental competences to the knowledge society, like cooperation and collaboration. For that purpose, challenges will be launched periodically that should lead to collaboration and collective creation of
identitary contents. A collaborative system will support the production of geo-referenced multi-sensory web contents by primary school children. In the contexts created by the challenges, the primary education community will disseminate and share knowledge, experiences and projects, establishing relations and meetings. Diverse actors will be mobilized to build an identity space of
primary education in Internet. As examples of challenges, it could be mentioned the creation of patrimony itineraries of a region, or the decision-making process relating to environmental risk management. <br>New interfaces, models and tools will be created and used: multi-sensory communication interfaces, as well as modelling and simulation tools, will allow children to explore and create geo-referenced multi-sensory concepts and contexts; inclusive and iterative evaluation methodologies will consider the subjacent complexity of these collaborative learning processes. Evaluation and interfaces guidelines will be produced to contribute to the concrete and abstract learning developed in the creation of geo-referenced multi-sensory web contents by primary school children.
Portugal Details
CEHAPE Children's Environment and Health Action Plan for Europe
This action plan, addressing the environmental risk factors that most affect the health of European children, was adopted by European Ministers (...)

This action plan, addressing the environmental risk factors that most affect the health of European children, was adopted by European Ministers in 2004 at the Fourth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health.

The CEHAPE highlights the main commitments on children's health and environment focusing on four regional priority goals (RPGs) for Europe:

  • RPG I: ensure safe water and adequate sanitation
  • RPG II: ensure protection from injuries and adequate physical activity
  • RPG III: ensure clean outdoor and indoor air
  • RPG IV: aim at chemical-free environments

By addressing environmental risk factors, the CEHAPE covers two of the seven priorities within the comprehensive WHO European strategy on child and adolescent health and development.

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CITEAIR, CITEAIR II Common Information to European Air
The development of Europe´s urban centres is in many ways linked with the development of sustainable mobility options. Changes in behaviour, economic (...)
The development of Europe´s urban centres is in many ways linked with the development of sustainable mobility options. Changes in behaviour, economic growth or recession and structure of the population are factors that have an immediate impact on transport and mobility patterns. Cities and regions are the place where the most complex challenges in transport and environment need to be solved.

Air quality has unquestionably adverse effects on human health. Because the dominant source of environmental impacts in most urban areas is traffic, local and regional authorities must find efficient and integrated solutions for their environmental and traffic problems to increase the quality of life for its citizens. The pressure on European cities and regions to implement the related EU regulations on air quality has led to a multitude of initiatives to develop a concrete sustainability perspective, which compromises between environmental quality and economic growth.

However, the absence of a common approach for the implementation of these regulations has led to isolated solutions which requires an initiative for a) developing better solutions, b) more efficient solutions, c) solutions which go beyond the obligations of the related EU directives, d) creating synergies and e) sharing the know-how, knowledge and experiences.


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Digital Inclusion Digital Inclusion (Inclusão e Participação Digital)
In those societies with access to new media, concern continues to grow about the digital divide, between generations and between majority and (...)
In those societies with access to new media, concern continues to grow about the digital divide, between generations and between majority and minority social groups. In Portuguese society, this challenge presents some specific characteristics, marked by major cultural and educational differences and by the very different levels of digital literacy that distinguish the access and use of these media by adults and children. Children and youth younger than 18 year are ahead of adults in access and use, to the contrary of what happens in the majority of other European countries.

Portugal has passed from being a country of emigrants to becoming a country of immigrants, from its old colonies in Africa and Brazil in the last few decades, and more recently of immigrants from the countries of Eastern Europe. Access and use of the digital media also vary between children that have these media at home and in their room, and those who only get to use them at school and in public access where their use is limited and conditioned by circumstances.

This project thus intends to contribute to knowledge of the critical factors that facilitate or make more difficult the access and use of digital media by social groups that are considered socially disadvantaged. With this research it will be possible to bring together indicators that will contribute to helping digital content industries reach and include segments of the market that are not yet reached by their productions; that may help design public policies for digital inclusion that will be more effective and sustainable; that may strengthen local networks and agencies, including the production of contents by the groups that have been digitally excluded until now.
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EUPHIX EU Public Health Information & Knowledge System
EUPHIX is a web-based knowledge system for health professionals, policy makers and others. It presents structured European public health information, (...)
EUPHIX is a web-based knowledge system for health professionals, policy makers and others. It presents structured European public health information, giving a special insight into similarities and differences between EU Member States.
Netherlands Details
ECHIM European Community Health Indicators Monitoring
The general objective of ECHIM is to consolidate and expand the ECHI Indicator system towards a sustainable health monitoring system in Europe. The (...)
The general objective of ECHIM is to consolidate and expand the ECHI Indicator system towards a sustainable health monitoring system in Europe. The focus will be on collecting and disseminating comparable health data and information based on the ECHI shortlist. The work will be carried out in close collaboration with Member States, the European Commission, Eurostat, WHO, OECD and other international organisations with the aim of supporting the EU Health Strategy.

Specific objectives are to:
1. improve, document and maintain the ECHI Indicators,
2. develop guidelines and MS specific plans for ECHI shortlist indicators implementation at MS, regional and EU-level, as needed,
3. implement ECHI shortlist indicators in MSs and to achieve a good coverage,
4. maintain a network of national health indicator experts for ECHI Indicators and the needed data collection,
5. map, design and test the data flow between MSs and a central capacity for health monitoring,
6. present health data based on the ECHI shortlist, in connection with the EUPHIX system, and
7. produce the first joint analysis and report on data based on ECHI shortlist indicators.

Finland Details
Well Field Optimisation Integration of modelling, monitoring and optimisation technologies for real-time management of groundwater resources (Integration af modelering, overvågning og optimisering teknoligier for real-time styring af grundvandsressourcer)
There is an urgent need for sustainable and efficient exploitation of the groundwater resources of the world in order to ensure high quality drinking (...)
There is an urgent need for sustainable and efficient exploitation of the groundwater resources of the world in order to ensure high quality drinking water in the future.


Well field optimisation puts focus on optimising the operation of well fields to meet the following criteria:

  • High water supply liability
  • High water quality
  • Low energy consumption
  • Low environmental impact
Denmark Details
NEHAPS National environmental health action plans
At the Fourth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health, held in Budapest in June 2004, ministers of health and environment from across (...)

At the Fourth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health, held in Budapest in June 2004, ministers of health and environment from across the European Region committed their countries to updating their NEHAPs in the light of the outcomes of the Conference, which included an agreement to develop by 2007, action plans to protect children's health against environmental hazards.

The development of NEHAPs across Europe was first agreed in Helsinki in 1994, following the publication of the Environmental Health Action Plan for Europe (EHAPE), then in June 1999, environment and health ministers committed themselves to endorsing and strongly supporting the implementation of NEHAPs in the London Declaration, at the Third Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health.

By 2002, 43 countries had developed NEHAPs and were beginning to implement them.  NEHAPs are usually drawn up in cooperation with a wide range of partners, including professional and technical experts, national, regional and local authorities and nongovernmental organizations.

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NIKM The First Stage of the National Inventory of Contaminated Sites (2009-2012) (Národní inventarizace kontaminovaných míst)
A methodology of global survey of contaminated sites and potentially contaminated sites and the categorisation of priorities to be used as a (...)

A methodology of global survey of contaminated sites and potentially contaminated sites and the categorisation of priorities to be used as a supporting material pro subsequent inventory in the Czech Republic.

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