Month: November 2020

ATRAC: ‘Projectes de Reflexió’ by TransMedia Catalonia wins the call of Fundació la Caixa

ATRAC - Projectes de Reflexió de TransMedia Catalonia

A call to fund proposals is held every year by Fundació la Caixa with the aim of fostering dialogue and reflection on the subject of human development and sustainability. The TransMedia Catalonia research group at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona won the proposal named ‘ATRAC’ based on their H2020 EU funded projects TRACTION and SO-CLOSE. The ATRAC proposal seeks to foster debate between different agents working for the reception of migrants in order to find a shared challenge and evaluate the impact of new technologies on designing and testing new models of interaction. To this end, international experts, people involved in university projects, public administrations, young migrants, entities and companies, NGOs and citizens will participate.

The events began online on October 1st with 2 roundtables. The aim of these roundtables was to identify a common challenge in the process of welcoming migrants into society. The first roundtable was held with representatives from public administrations and members of the city council who shared their experiences with hosting migrants, mainly asylum seekers. The main challenges identified were how to encourage labour inclusion in small municipalities. Learning the new language was a key aspect for improving migrant integration, but participants shared some lessons learnt by the public administration: an intercultural framework should be approached when designing policies. Also, NGOs working with migrants should promote small municipalities as an option as a place to live.

Activity 1 – Roundtable: Public Administrations

The second roundtable hosted members of H2020 European projects TRACTION and SO-CLOSE, which were awarded in the same call for funding. At the heart of both of these projects are many aligning themes, specifically regarding the shared goals of promoting equality in Europe and seeking social inclusivity for groups at risk of exclusion. The common challenge identified in this activity was finding a balance between intention and cultural sensitivity, and the potential for harm that can be caused through the implementation of technology. Members of the roundtable agreed that a possible solution to this challenge would be to create a resilient technological tool based on user-needs, which can later depart from those needs for future application.

Activity 2 – Roundtable: European Projects

The third ATRAC activity took place online on November 19th 2020 in the form of a debate between local entities and migrant youths. From the discussion between migrant youths and local NGOs two main shared challenges were agreed. The first has a relationship with providing a voice to migrants when designing policies or programs and consider their current situation as a particular moment in their migration process. The second challenge highlighted the importance of networking at local level and policymaking taking into account local knowledge. Lack of visibility of small local projects was also highlighted.

Activity 3 – Debate: Local Entities and Young Migrants

In May 2021, ATRAC will host 2 workshops in parallel to one another in the Sala d’actes of Palau Macaya in Barcelona, Spain. They will aim to provide the initial requirements needed to implement a digital content management platform to be used for co-creating with the communities. The first workshop will be a technical activity in the form of a ‘Hackathon’ with neighbouring migrant youths, civil society, NGOs, public administrations, companies and researchers. The second will further expand on the projects created in workshop 1 by offering audiovisual strategies for using new technologies with a co-creation methodology. With the aim of attracting and consolidating the young people’s commitment; it will respond to the challenges identified in the previous activities and will seek to explore new audiovisual formats which may be suitable for replication on a different scale in other proposals. One solution from these workshops will be selected as the winner and will be followed up by three mentoring sessions which will take place between activities 4 and 5.

The final ATRAC activity will play host to an international debate in June 2021, open to all identified entities: NGOs, public administration, private entities, schools and others. This event will serve to present and share the solution that best solves the challenges and opportunities identified during activities 1, 2 and 3, along with the winning solution from activity 4 which will be presented in a pitch format, encouraging comments from the speakers and the presentation of a reward. A debate will be held which will present the results of ATRAC, the challenges faced, the results achieved and the fit of the platform created in different contexts for the projects. A discussion will be opened between the planned speakers, a number of key international experts from the arts, social sector, public administrations and cutting-edge technology institutes.

All of these activities were originally due to be held face-to-face at Palau Macaya in Barcelona, Spain. Due to restrictions brought about by COVID-19, some of these events took place online. For more information and updates please contact JosepOriol.Lopez.Plana@uab.cat or
susannah.fraser@uab.cat.

Consult the full programme

“Ming Grand Strategy and the East Asian War” – Research Webinar

“Ming Grand Strategy and the East Asian War”
Kenneth Swope (Professor of History, University of Southern Mississippi)

Third session of the webinar series 2020-2021 of the European Research Council (ERC), “Aftermath of the East Asian War of 1592-1598”.

– November 18, 2020, 4:00 PM (Barcelona time, CET) via ZOOM.
– After the formal question and answer session has ended, at approximately 5:30 pm CET there will be an informal, open mic discussion time.
– The talk will be recorded, but not the question time.
– If you would like to attend the webinars, please contact sangwoo.han@uab.cat for details.

Research Seminar Program 2020-2021 – PDF

Web  “Aftermath of the East Asian War of 1592-1598”:  https://aftermath.uab.cat/

The new COST ACTION Lead Me is now launched

COST is an EU funding programme that enables researchers to set up their interdisciplinary research networks in Europe and beyond. It provides funds for organising conferences, meetings, training schools, short scientific exchanges or other networking activities in a wide range of scientific topics. The new LEAD ME action will create a collaborative environment where people and ideas can grow around the central issue of Media Accessibility.

LEAD-ME started on October 1st and will run for 4 years. During the Kick Off meeting, representatives from 24 EU countries voted Pilar Orero of Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain) as chair, and Robin Ribback from IPmedia (Germany) as vice chair.

Imatge: Engega la nova COST ACTION Lead Me

LEAD-ME aims to help all stakeholders in the field of Media Accessibility and cross-cutting topics (e.g. AI and Interactive Technologies) in Europe to meet the legal milestones requested by the recently passed European legislation. Researchers, engineers, scholars as well as businesses and policy makers will be empowered by LEAD-ME with a common and unique platform which, during the next 48 months, will collect, create, share, and disseminate innovative technologies and solutions, best practices and guidelines, and promote them. Furthermore, it will contribute towards existing and new standards on Media Accessibility among 28 European or associated countries.

To do so, the LEAD-ME network will make use of the specific tools of the COST Action: meetings and working group meetings; educational institutes, short-term scientific missions; dissemination activities. LEAD-ME will boost a cultural change and the creation of a new mindset when designing tools for professional and private activities for all European citizens of all abilities and disabilities. This COST Action is strongly needed to avoid further fragmentation in the European accessibility scene, challenging the European Single Digital Market idea. The uneven take-up in Europe is the direct result of the complex nature of Media, the background technology involved, the fast-changing technology and business models, and the wealth of EU languages. This counts for both the market, and research.

If you are interested in joining the action please write to pilar.orero@uab.cat

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