Students develop skills to design cutting-edge innovations addressing real-world challenges with LDIS partners
Core courses and labs challenge students in working groups to prototype disruptive solutions for the digital and ecological transition
Students work as professionals in innovation units integrated with partners to develop solutions as part of their courses/labs evaluation, internships and final project
builds on problem-based learning models where students engage in self-directed work scenarios by giving them opportunity to focus on a significant challenge addressed to developing local solutions (Johnson, 2009)
Project-based learning (PBL) will lead to wide variation in the quality of project design and classroom implementation challenging problems or questions with a sustained inquiry (Buck Institute for Education 2015) as "we learn from reflecting on experience” (Dewey, 1933)
Open Science and Citizen Science
Deepening the relationship between science and society and reinforcing public confidence in science, the EU has been favouring an informed engagement of citizens and civil society on research and innovation matters by promoting science education, by making scientific knowledge more accessible, by developing responsible research and innovation agendas that meet citizens' and civil society's concerns and expectations
Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI)
create a research and innovation friendly and open environment to stimulate students to simultaneously and sustainably start to tackle low economic growth, limited job creation and global challenges such as health, well-being, security, food, natural resources, climate and energy (European Commission, 2018). Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) is a term used by the European Union's Framework Programmes to describe scientific research and technological development processes that take into account effects and potential impacts on the environment and society.
knowledge engine of a missions-oriented public innovation unit that will change policies (Mazzucato, 2018) which has inspired a new approach to target social, economic and environmental issues.
Re-creating the innovation ecosystem
Building on the triple helix model of innovation, based on a relationship between university, industry, government and advanced the idea of a quintuple helix or pentahelix model of innovation for governance of the city as a commons (Etzkowitz and Leydesdorff, 2000; Carayannis & Campbell, 2010; Barth, 2011; Iaione, 2016)
Ostrom and the science of sustainability
the design principles of governance of the commons enucleated by Nobel laureate in Economics Elinor Ostrom (1990): cooperation and communities are key elements for long-endurability