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AMICI - Anti-Microbial Coating Innovations to prevent infectious disease

AMICI - Anti-Microbial Coating Innovations to prevent infectious disease

Financier
EU

EU financing programme
Horizon 2020/COST

Project manager / coordinator
Minna Keinänen-Toivola
+358 44 710 3063

Duration
2016–2020

Abstract

Infections and infectious diseases are a continuous threat to human health. According to the European Centre for Disease prevention and Control (ECDC), over 4 million people are estimated to acquire yearly a HealthCare Associated Infection (HCAI). AMiCI brings together stakeholders from different countries and disciplines, including knowledge institutes, producers and processors of antimicrobial coatings, and organizations involved in the compliance with international standards on hygiene. The central aim is to evaluate the impact of (introducing) AMC in healthcare on the spread of infections and on the efficacy in fighting HCAI and bacterial resistance to current antibiotics.

The AMICI consortium has members from 26 countries all over Europe http://www.cost.eu/COST_Actions/ca/CA15114.  AMiCI is led by Zued University of Applied strategic partner of SAMK. The chair of the action is Dr., Francy Crijns from Zues UAS and Vice Chair of the Action Dr. Minna Keinänen-Toivola from SAMK.  In SAMK experts participating are from Faculty of Technology and Faculty of Health and Welfare.

COST is a unique means for European researchers, engineers and scholars to jointly develop their own ideas and new initiatives across all fields of science and technology through trans-European networking of nationally funded research activities.

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BaltSe@nioR, Innovative solutions to support BSR enterprises in product development aimed at raising comfort and safety of seniors home living

Financier

Interreg Baltic Sea Region

Project Manager

Sari Merilampi

+358 44 710 3171

firstname.lastname@samk.fi

Duration

1.5.2016–30.4.2019

Coordinator

Poznan University of Life Sciences (Poland)

Participants

Lifestyle & Design Cluster (Denmark), Art Academy of Latvia, Ukmerge District Municipality Administration (Lithuania), Architect Office Juha Lehto, Tallinn University of Technology, University Hospital of North Norway, Technische Universitaet Muenchen (Germany), University of Skövde (Sweden), Hanseatic Parliament (Germany)

Abstract

The problem of aging societies went unnoticed and neglected for many years. The market offer of products adapted to seniors’ needs is fragmented or almost non-existent. Now is the time to change that. In order to tackle this demographic challenge the BSR needs to be strong in transnational cooperation and cross-sectorial specialisation.

Experts from different BSR countries and various disciplines must be united and work together to transform this challenge into fascinating business opportunity for enterprises in the region. Knowing the strength of creativity that exists in the BSR is empowering. There is a unique opportunity to raise seniors’ comfort and level of safety and at the same time enhance capacity of innovation. With broad competencies of leading BSR actors in the field of furniture, design, technology, ICT and robotics, economy and social sciences we will develop state of the art solutions making the BSR stronger.

Aspirations to improve the quality of life of older citizens in the BSR can actually empower SMEs in the furniture industry. Therefore, the project will provide companies with ICT based tools, applications and databases, which are innovative and have been developed in a translational environment. Cross-sectorial specialisation is the foundation for creative working methods for product design and development in furniture safety, reliability, specific needs and preferences of seniors and the problems they face while using furniture. The project will create synergies between the traditional furniture industry and innovative ICT solutions in the process of cross-sectorial specialisation.

The project will give BSR furniture companies inspiration and a common identity, it will enhance their knowledge and competences, and increase their capability to work in a transnational environment. Consequently it will enhance their capacity of innovation to create smart products adapted to senior needs, making the companies more innovative and competitive.

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BOOSTED - Boosting tourism business growth through higher vocational education

BOOSTED - Boosting tourism business growth through higher vocational education

Financier
Interreg Central Baltic, funding approx. 571 000 euros

Project manager
Sanna-Mari Renfors
sanna-mari.renfors(a)samk.fi

Duration
11/2016 – 10/2019

Coordinator
Satakunta University of Applied Sciences, Pori, Finland

Partners
Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences, Valmiera, Latvia
Tallinn University of Technology, Kuressaare College, Kuressaare, Estonia 
University of Latvia, Riga, Latvia

Associated partners
University of Tartu, Pärnu College, Pärnu, Estonia
Saimaa University of Applied Sciences, Lappeenranta, Finland

Project summary
The project BOOSTED aims at providing an aligned and relevant skillset for the CB region tourism industry to grow as a coherent tourism destination. As pointed out in the EUSBR the region should be developed as a common tourism destination: it has joint markets and challenges. Skills and competencies of the tourism industry should also be aligned in the region in order the industry to grow and to be competitive. However, the business skills needed to attract and to receive more international tourists are lacking.

In practice, the project aligns higher vocational tourism education with the needs of tourism industry and labour market in Finland, Estonia and Latvia into a new, joint curriculum and a study programme (32 ects). In the project relevant and mutual skillset is identified and aligned by research, it is translated into a VET curriculum and implemented as an online study programme. The study programme is created in close co-operation with the tourism industry and around real-life business cases in order to support the industry development. Teaching material is also produced and experience is exchanged during an innovation camp. In addition, a teacher's guide is produced and future teachers are coached.

As a result, the project enhances quality of higher vocational tourism education in the CB region through internalization and digitalization. The project supports joint curriculum development, increases physical and virtual mobility and attracts more students outside the region to study. By matching the education with the skills needed in the industry the project boosts the growth of tourism businesses and contributes to creating new partnerships. 

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Designing and implementing a dual Bachelor’s degree study course with integral attainment of Bachelor’s and Master’s degree (Bachelor & Meister)

Designing and implementing a dual Bachelor’s degree study course with integral attainment of Bachelor’s and Master’s degree (Bachelor & Meister)

Financing
Erasmus+

Project Manager, tel., e-mail
Sirpa Sandelin, +358 44 710 3227, sirpa.sandelin@samk.fi

Duration
1.9.2017 – 31.8.2020

Participants
Lead partner: Hanse-Parlament, Germany

Partners:
Hochschule 21 gemeinnützige GmbH (HS21), Germany
Satakunnan ammattikorkeakoulu Oy (SAMK), Finland
Uniwesytet Przyrodniczy w Poznaniu (PULS), Poland
Wielkopolska Izba Rzemieslnicza w Poznaniu (WIR), Poland
Vilnius Gediminas Technical University (VGTU), Lithuania

Abstract

In SMEs, practical experience and professional knowledge are essential to manage a company. Since many university graduates lack these competences, SMEs can attract only a small number of future leaders from this group of graduates. Therefore, relevant competences in professional practice and theory as well as professional knowledge should be an object of study courses.

To improve the current situation the project develops dual bachelor’s study courses that combine two degrees: the academic bachelor's and the Master craftsman qualification, and thus the project goals are to:
1. increase relevance and quality as well as improving competencies and knowledge in the parts of the master craftsman training program and in the parts of the Bachelor's degree;
2. transfer relevant professional skills and practical experience through the dual study approach;
3. contribute to the overcoming of shortage of entrepreneurs in SMEs;
4. ensure Bologna-compliant study courses with full international recognition;
5. contribute to the EU agenda for the modernization of Europe's higher education systems;
6. increase the attractiveness of vocational education and training;
7. promote permeability by reducing recognition problems.

The expected outcomes of the project include Blueprint models and concepts for integral, dual study courses, Modules’ manual for the study course in construction, Modules’ manual for study course in electrical engineering, Integral examination regulations for master craftsman training qualification and bachelor's degree and Handbook of all project results.

Satakunta University of Applied Sciences (SAMK) will co-create content for several work packages.

Further information: Sirpa Sandelin, Project Manager, tel. +358 44 7103227, email: sirpa.sandelin@samk.fi

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HEALINT

HEALINT

Hankkeen rahoittaja
Erasmus +

Projektipäällikkö
Minna Markkanen, minna.markkanen@samk.fi, 0447103558

Toteutusaika
1.9.2017 - 31.8.2020

Hankkeen osatoteuttajat

THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM, coordinator

MIDDLESEX UNIVERSITY HIGHER EDUCATION CORPORATION

UNIVERSIDAD DE ALICANTE

PANSTWOWA WYZSZA SZKOLA ZAWODOWA W TARNOWIE

KNOWLEDGE INNOVATION CENTRE (MALTA) LTD

PORIN KAUPUNKI

Kuvaus:

In healthcare studies which include professional regulation, student learning in clinical practice is an essential part of the curriculum. Curricula are designed with close input from the national health services, and on graduation, students are expected to have sufficient experience to practice independently within their profession.
Simultaneously, a shortage of healthcare professionals in certain countries (e.g. in 2012, WHO estimated that the UK alone required an influx of around 40,000 nurses) is stimulating mobility. In these cases, healthcare professionals who trained within the system they intend to work in, are able to immediately integrate to deliver care, unlike other professionals coming from abroad, who require extra time and resources to integrate them with national specificities of the health system.

HYPE – Multidisciplinary serious game education

HYPE - Multidisciplinary serious game education

 

Financier: European Social Fund (ESR)

Duration: 1.1.2017 -31.12.2019

Project Manager: Sari Merilampi

sari.merilampi@samk.fi
+358447103171

 

Participants:

Sataedu (Harri Sarri, harri.sarri@sataedu.fi), TUT, Pori (Pauliina Tuomi, pauliina.tuomi@tut.fi)
SeGaBu project (Heli Tolonen, heli.tolonen@kamk.fi)

Abstract:

The project generates new patterns and models for cross-sectoral collaboration between various educational levels, industries and organisations in order to create and tailor-make new educational opportunities on serious game technology utilizing opportunities created by digitalisation like time and place independent operation.

The principles of  life-long learning and accumulation of human capital are in the centre when developing this cross-sectoral education programme. The goal is to increase industrial deployment of game technology and gamification in general by means of

1) generating and deploying new need-based innovations

2) improving employment of professionals in creative industries

3) promoting new business opportunities and by

4) promoting the quality of life and wellbeing in the region.

Although the potential of serious games is well acknowledged, the educational and training possibilities in the field are scarce. This project constructs ways to combine, complement and rationalise serious games education supply nationwide. In order to avoid overly education in the sector, this project focuses on utilising and complementing currently prevailing facilities and networks on education supply in the country by establishing a regional joint programme that combines various educational levels, industries and organisations.

 

 

 

HYVÄKSI (Common Weal) – Innovation network on Welfare Technology – Well-being enhancement by personalized and service designed client technology in Satakunta

HYVÄKSI (Common Weal) – Innovation network on Welfare Technology – Well-being enhancement by personalized and service designed client technology in Satakunta

Financier
ERDF, The Regional Council of Satakunta

Project Manager
Mirka Leino
+ 358 44 710 3182
mirka.leino@samk.fi

Duration
1.11.2014-30.9.2017

Participants
Prizztech Oy

Abstract

HYVÄKSI (Common Weal) – Innovation network on Welfare Technology – Well-being enhancement by personalized and service designed client technology in Satakunta –project focuses on constructing a regional welfare technology network that focuses on generating new patterns of collaboration connecting various agencies and interest groups in the fields of care and technology.

A vision of regional Innovation Hub that interconnects strengths beyond traditional sectoral borders – like Satakunta University of Applied Sciences (SAMK), Prizztech Ltd (Regional Development Agency), public and third sector agencies - is the starting point in this project. The project tends to widen the Innovation Hub by means of systematic expertise identification, canalisation of expertise to meet the genuine client needs, diversification of business and service activities, and attainment of excellence in business development.

Innovation Hub actions will be piloted through various case studies. The cases are used to search technology or service design solutions to real life client situations or to search new, yet untapped possibilities and technology solutions. Cases will always fully engage both client/ end-users/ beneficiary parties (client need) and technology experts (technology solution). Putting a person itself as an active party in the centre of health promotion is the clue in developing new person-centred and individual-based methods and patterns of working within the sectors concerned.

Main methods used are inclusive development processes, partnership, service design, planting piloting culture into the partner organisations, and generating instrumentation to evaluate and support decision-making regarding effectivity of technology solutions in care and health promotion. Technology solutions generated will be exhibited and utilised in welfare technology learning environment that during this project will be established at Satakunta University of Applied Sciences (SAMK).

 

IHMEC – Opening Indoor hygiene SME’s exports to Middle East construction markets

IHMEC Opening Indoor hygiene SME’s exports to Middle East construction markets

Financing
Interreg Central Baltic

Project Manager / Coordinator, tel., e-mail
Riika Mäkinen, Project Manager, 044 710 3064, riika.makinen@samk.fi

Duration
1.3.2018 – 28.2.2021

Participants
Turku School of Economics, Pori Unit (lead partner) (FIN), Satakunta University of Applied Sciences (FIN), Royal Institute of Technology (SWE), Uppsala University (SWE), Foundation Viljandi County Development Centre (EST), Estonian Woodhouse Association (EST)

Abstract
Novel solutions are desperately needed to prevent the global spreading of serious infections. IHMEC-project combines offerings to tailored indoor hygiene (IH) solutions and export them to the Middle-East (ME) markets.

The ME climate forces people to remain indoors and hence, large crowds meeting daily at e.g. shopping malls, airports, schools, and hospitals are at risk of catching infections. Although ME market holds lucrative business opportunities, they cannot be utilized by a single company or cluster. All actors involved in planning, designing, building, and furnishing indoor spaces are needed to reach effective IH results. However, most of the business actors in IH field are small or middle sized (SMEs) and lack the necessary knowledge and resources to export to host markets of considerable cultural and physical distance. IHMEC has the needed combination of local, indoor hygiene, and marketing capability.

IHMEC creates and exports joint IH solution of Central Baltic (CB) area SMEs into Middle-East construction markets using indoor hygiene as a competitive edge. IHMEC integrates relevant clusters from Sweden, Estonia and Finland into a meta-cluster; compiles a data base on IH research, technology, and the target markets; develops, tests & tailors IH solutions; designs viable networked business models, market entry strategies & sales operations; as well as involves experts from the host markets for CB companies to enter the markets and close sales. The aim is to target customer segments with which long-term business relationships can be developed.

IHMEC novelty highlights: 1) Integrated CB region meta-cluster on indoor hygiene (IH), 2) Up-to-date knowledge data-base on IH technology and reliable test results, 3) Novel and tailored IH guidelines and IH solutions that fit the target markets, 4) Networked business models that support the export of the IH solutions, 5) Tailored market entry process to ME markets resulting in export sales.

Innovative Business Transfer Models for SMEs in the BSR (INBETS)

Innovative Business Transfer Models for SMEs in the BSR (INBETS)

Financing

Interreg Baltic Sea Region

Project Manager, tel., e-mail

Sirpa Sandelin, +358 44 710 3227, sirpa.sandelin@samk.fi

Duration

25.5.2017-30.11.2020

Participants

Lead partner: Baltic Sea Academy, Germany

Partners:
Small Business Chamber Warsaw, Poland
Vilnius Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Crafts, Lithuania
Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Latvia
Estonian Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Crafts, Estonia
St. Petersburg Foundation of SME Development, Russia
Association of SME Support Centers Kaliningrad Region, Russia
Foundation Drivhuset Skaraborg, Sweden
International Business Academy, Denmark
Vocational Academy Hamburg, Germany
Gdansk University of Technology, Faculty of Economics, Poland
Lithuanian University of Educational Sciences, Lithuania
Satakunta University of Applied Sciences, Finland
University of Skövde, Sweden

The partnership will be supported and completed
Associated partners:
a) local business support organisations that will transfer and implemen results
- Mesterbrev, Norway
- Business Aabenraa, Denmark
- Vaeksthus Syddanmark, Denmark
- Arbejdsgiverne Industri + Handvaerk, Denmark
- Satakunnan Yrittäjät, Finland
- Enterprise Lithuania, Lithuania
b) To reach even more business support organisations and SMEs
- Hanse-Parlament (network of 50 BSOs from all BSR countries), Germany
c) To support the project, its dissemination and adopt the developed political strategies
- Ministry of Economy, Estonia
- Ministry of Economy, Lithuania
- Ministry of Economy, Latvia
- Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, Russia
- Office of the Marshall of the Pomorskie Voivodeship, Poland
- Municipality of Skövde, Sweden
- Senate of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, Germany

Abstract

The success of innovative regions depends on sustainable, future oriented enterprises. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), target enterprises of this project, represent 99% of all businesses in the European Union. A large number of initiatives are available for start-ups and business incubators, meanwhile, there is a clear deficiency of actions for facilitating transfers of business. The number of enterprises entering into the ownership transfer process will rise sharply in the near future. This challenge is faced particularly in the Baltic Sea Region (BSR) countries. Thus, new measures and tools should be developed to increase knowledge about business transfers and to prepare enterprises for efficient transfer processes.

The main objectives of the INBETS BSR project are:
- Strengthening institutional capacity of existing SME promotion institutions in terms of sustained promotion of business transfers in 9 BSR countries
- Better endorsement of SME business transfers by policy and administrations and easier financing
- Sustainable skills of entrepreneurship, increase of entrepreneurial qualifications and increasing the number of candidates willing to take over businesses
- Promoting business transfers during project implementation and ensuring sustained continuation of the implemented measures on a broad basis in all BSR countries.

These objectives will be tackled by:
- Best practice models and guidelines for realisation of business transfers
- Best practice financing models and new innovative strategies for financing of the transfers
- In four BSR countries improvement of existing, in five BSR countries building of new institutional capacities, including coaching of staff and three new tools to support transfers
- Creation and permanent operation of regional promotion structures
- Tools and trainings to attract new entrepreneurs, qualification of future entrepreneurs with focus on take over of SMEs
- Political strategy program with action plans for different target groups.

These objectives will be tackled by reviewing the evidence of current practices and developing best practice and financing models for business transfers. Strategy programmes, promotion plan, tools and training packages are essential during business transfers, and possible approaches will be provided as outcomes of the project.

The lead partner of the project is the Germany based Baltic Sea Academy. The consortium of partners consists of vocational and higher education institutions, chambers of commerce, enterprise associations and centers from Finland, Denmark, Germany, Sweden, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Russia. In addition, 14 associate partners representing local business associations, ministries, municipalities and Hansa-Parlament will benefit from the outcomes of the project.

Satakunta University of Applied Sciences (SAMK) will co-create content for several work packages, i.e. Business transfer and financing models, Capacity building and promotion, Next generation entrepreneurs and Political strategies and transfer. SAMK also has representation in the steering committee.

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Integration of newly arrived migrants by means of competency assessment and high-quality further vocational training with an official graduation (INTACT)

Integration of newly arrived migrants by means of competency assessment and high-quality further vocational training with an official graduation (INTACT)

Financing
Erasmus+

Project Manager, tel., e-mail
Sirpa Sandelin, +358 44 710 3227, sirpa.sandelin@samk.fi

Duration
15.1.2018 – 14.1.2021

Participants
Lead partner: Hanse-Parlament, Germany
Partners:
- Berufsakademie Hamburg, Germany
- Chamber of Crafts Schwerin or Rostock, Germany
- Institute of Industrial Research of the Chamber of Commerce in Wien, Austria
- t2i technology transfer and innovation, Italy
- International Business Academy, Denmark
- Satakunta University of Applied Sciences, Finland

Abstract

The integration of newly arrived migrants into their host societies is a task many EU member states governments are currently preoccupied with. Especially, the integration of refugees into work life is a crucial element for successful overall integration.The project aims to quickly integrate newly arrived migrants into work life and counteract the increasing shortage of entrepreneurs, through:

  • Reliable identification of competences, aptitudes, and predispositions with regards to job opportunities through a two-stage assessment procedure,
  • Completion of a high-quality and comprehensive further vocational training program with an officially recognized diploma that corresponds to the results of the competence assessment,
  • Individual coaching and placement into long-term SME jobs. 

These measures are directed towards the target groups newly arrived migrants, SMEs, public administrations and other organizations involved in the assessment and recognition of competences, as well as qualification and integration of migrants, and politics on the local, national, and EU level.

Satakunta University of Applied Sciences (SAMK) will co-create content for several work packages. Regional action alliances and international cooperation, Individual competence assessments and integration planning, Development and Implementation of Qualification program, Individual coaching programs and integration into working life, and Transfer, further implementations and policy recommendations.

Further information: Sirpa Sandelin, Project Manager, tel. +358 44 7103227, email: sirpa.sandelin@samk.fi

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I-SPAD Innovative – Simulation Pedagogy for Academic Development

I-SPAD Innovative – Simulation Pedagogy for Academic Development

Rahoittaja: EU, Erasmus+

Toteutusaika: 2017-2019

Projektipäällikkö: Mirja Ojala 

Tiivistelmä: The use of simulation in teaching and learning in nurse education is gaining momentum, as a result of a growing body of evidence which notes its efficiency and effectiveness. Simulation resources for nurse education are continually being developed in different countries across the globe. These resources are largely for local use in a respective entity, context or country. This project seeks to address the prevalent lack of universal simulation resources. In essence, through transnational collaboration, this project seeks to develop a simulation kit - comprising three simulation resources- which has universal relevance. The outcomes of this project will showcase Erasmus+ programme's contribution towards enabling nurse education to embrace the prevailing digital era in which it currently exits.

The project, its results, and intellectual outputs will be widely disseminated through various channels and networks of each and every partner. In addition, the project will develop and provide (deliver) an innovative appropriate and adequate training opportunity to two individuals from each of the ten participating partners, towards becoming "Simulation Champions", at a respective partner institution. The introduction of such training and the development and designation of such champions, is believed to hold the key towards the further development, and increased use of simulation, at the partner institutions. This training course will provide a direct opportunity to extend and develop nurse educators' competence.

Information seminars and a conference meeting will serve the purpose of heightening the awareness and the knowledge of educators, students, and relevant stakeholders regarding the use of simulation in teaching and learning. The result and outputs of the project should enhance students' learning , which may in turn translate into enhanced patent care delivery and thus, improved patients' experience and satisfaction. The planned dissemination processes will hopefully translate into a widespread knowledge regarding the project.

Low carbon solutions for zero energy buildings

Low carbon solutions for zero energy buildings

Project Manager

Meri Olenius

Duration

1.1.2017 - 31.12.2018

Description

Finland is preparing to move towards near zero energy buildings due to the Energy Performance of Buildings -directive. It requires all new buildings to be near zero energy buildins (nZEB). As preparation for the directive, the goal is to modify Land Use and Building Act by the beginning of 2017 and the regulations for energy efficiency to be put into operation for all building permits starting from 2018. Construction industry, as well as citizens building new houses, are facing a major change and it has to happen fast. There is no more time to ponder the criteria of a near zero energy building.

Achieving long term climate goals is impossible without major actions in built environment. Execution of the EU directive is one action towards the goals. In order to reach the goals, practical work in creating examples and open models needs to be done. Current meters and calculators for near zero energy buildings are complex and far from user friendly. Also the effects of living life cycle are difficult to determine. Public examples and open information about performed modifications help people to react to coming changes more positively and courageously.

The aim of this project is to produce different models of energy efficiency and building solutions effect on filling the requirement of zero energy buildings and the carbon footprint. In addition to this the aim is to:

1. add SMEs awareness of low energy solutions carbon footprint

2. create opportunities for new business based on low carbon goals and

3. simplify single-family house residents ability to influence in the carbon footprint of the house

In this project, houses being built in Karjaranta 21 living area are modeled and their carbon footprint is calculated. Based on the calculations and models, requirements for these houses to reach zero energy house definition are researched. Also, the effect of these solutions to the e-value and carbon footprint of the houses are calculated. In addition to this, if near zero energy buildings are modeled, the requirements for more cost efficient solutions are researched. While performing these, the use of renewable energy (and its carbon footprint) and digital solutions in energy consumption optimization is researched. From the results of these actions, a simple and user friendly guide about solutions in the construction phase that effect the carbon footprint, is produced. In addition to this, model examples from the modeled houses will be published.

The project promotes transition to low carbon economy and knowhow of zero energy buildings in Satakunta. Modeled solutions help in every step from regional planning to living in a house. For Satakunta region, this project provides boost to new business opportunities in low carbon business.

MariEMS - Maritime Energy Management Training Strategic Partnership

Maritime Energy Management Training Strategic Partnership (MariEMS)

Financier
EU

EU financing programme
Erasmus +

Project manager/coordinator
Heikki Koivisto
+ 358 44 710 3674

Duration
2015–2018

 

Material and product innovation through knowledge based standardization in drinking water sector (MaiD)

Material and product innovation through knowledge based standardization in drinking water sector (MaiD)

Financier
Nordic Innovation

Project coordinator
Tuija Kaunisto
+358 44 710 3062
tuija.kaunisto@vesi-instituutti.fi

Duration
1.5.2014-30.4.2017

Project co-implementer
SINTEF, Swerea KIMAB, Danish Technological Institute

Abstract
Despite the long preparation, the CE mark will not be used for building products that are in contact with drinking water in the next few years. In Finland there is an optional approval for the properties water installation products, which is based on the co-Nordic product approval guide. These old international approval procedures should be updated. The situation is the same in Sweden and Norway, where the updating of the Nordic approval procedures has started in cooperation. In the project, the drinking water systems materials and products are assessed along with the products current approval procedures effectiveness and what needs to be changed. Additionally, we research the applicability of new European testing procedure standards as well as the 4MS acceptance procedure to the Nordic countries. The chemical and microbiological quality in the Nordic countries differs from the Central European water quality. It is the water institutes responsibility in the current work package to gather information about the quality of drinking water in the Nordic countries ja find out the particular characteristics of Nordic countries drinking water in EN standards compliant material and product testing and the testing waters used in them by the basis of their suitability. In the end we hopefully have recommendations for the Nordic approval procedure for drinking water systems pipes and other components.

Multifunctional enviroment for Well-being enhancing technology – MeWeT

Multifunctional enviroment for Well-being enhancing technology – MeWeT

Project Manager
Sari Merilampi

Project secretary
Päivi Tammela

During
1.1.2016 - 31.12.2018

NAMURBAN – Urban Resource Efficiency in Developing Countries – pilot study of Walvis Bay, Namibia

NAMURBAN – Urban Resource Efficiency in Developing Countries – pilot study of Walvis Bay, Namibia

Financier
TEKES - the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Project Manager / coordinator
Minna Keinänen-Toivola, +358 44 710 3063, minna.keinanen-toivola(a)samk.fi

Duration
2015–2017

Abstract

The two-year project NAMURBAN – Urban Resource Efficiency in Developing Countries – pilot study of Walvis Bay, Namibia is research work of Satakunta University of Applied Sciences (SAMK) from Finland and Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST), Namibia. The research is aimed at developing a framework for urban resource efficiency utilization in developing countries using Namibia as a pilot country.   The specific solutions of NAMURBAN are based on the analysis of the current situation and needs for urban technology and systems in Namibia. This research studies and developes  a sustainable technological concept on urban environments in developing counties using a pilot site, coastal town of Walvis Bay in Namibia. In the future, Walvis Bay will be part of the megahub for transport in Africa.The expected results include proposals for solutions on affordable housing, increase in renewable energy and clean water in Namibia. The results are scalable and transformable to other African countries. NAMURBAN, is part of BEAM - Business with Impact – programme and financed by Tekes – the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland, SAMK and seven Finnish companies. The Finnish companies (Fimuskraft Ltd., GA90 Recycling Ltd., Naps Solar Systems Inc., Rannan Teollisuuskone Ltd., Riffid Ltd., Sansox Ltd. Oy, SWOcean Ltd.) are actively participating and presenting high know-how and technology on housing, renewable energy, water and sanitation as well as ICT and IoT applications.

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NatureBizz - Business and Wellness from Green Economy Growth

NatureBizz - Business and Wellness from Green Economy Growth

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The programme
Interreg/Central Baltic

Project manager
Sanna-Mari Renfors, sanna-mari.renfors@samk.fi, 0447103821

Duration 1.3.2016 - 31.10.2020

Budget 399.933,15 €, ERFD 311.250,66 €

Project partners
Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences, Latvia
University of Tartu, Pärnu College, Estonia 
Södertörn University, Sweden

The summary

The project: Green movement and the demand for natural, healthy and ecological products and services offer opportunities for green micro entrepreneurship. The entrepreneurs need sector-specific business skills to develop local natural resources into sustainable green business. This project supports the growth of green micro business by proving a joint training programme. During the training, the entrepreneurs will work with their own practical business development cases. The core aim is the development of natural resources into sustainable green business.

Target Group: Green micro entrepreneurs, business developers, and higher education institutions in the Central Baltic Area.

Activities (WP’s)
• Identifying and aligning the relevant skillset in the Central Baltic Area
• Developing the curriculum and the training programme
• Conducting the pilot training

Green micro entrepreneurship: In the project NatureBizz green entrepreneurship and green business are defined as development of sustainable, small-scale products and services based on local natural resources. They also contribute to human wellbeing. Green business sectors include for example nature-based wellbeing services, super/biofood, biocosmetics, eco-friendly handicraft, nature-based experiences.

PortMate

Port Mate

 

 

Financier: EU

Programme: Central Baltic

Duration: 1.11.2016–31.12.2019

Project manager:

Minna Keinänen-Toivola
+358 44 710 3063

Partners:

  • SAMK
  • City of Rauma
  • Municipality of Sottunga
  • Kökar Havspaviljong Ltd.
  • Municipality of Gävle
  • Municipality of Söderhamn

Abstract:

Currently common challenges for small ports especially in archipelago and islands are

1) limitations in safe access arrival, stay and departure the port due to less experienced seafarers as well as nature factors such as shallow and rocky routes,

2) lack of sustainable resource efficient services in ports, and

3) insufficient marketing activities separately in each port.

In our project, these challenges are solved by mating the pilot small ports with the sailing triangle from Rauma, FI through Sottunga and Kökar, ÅX to Gävle-Söderhamn region, SE. Rauma and Gävle are also official sister cities. These areas have huge potential for visitors to the area both by the nature values and urban services. However, these small ports need practical co-operative actions to improve local and regional mobility and contribute to tourism development.

Our pilot small ports are owned and operated by the cities or private company in Rauma, FI, Sottunga and Kökar (ÅX) and Gävle and Söderhamn (SE).  The practical activities in pilot small ports are

1) formation of interactive step-by-step guidance by using ICT solutions, compatible with those existing used by the operators, for seafarers on safe arrival, stay and departure to/from the ports,

2) investments to sustainable and resource efficient infrastructure on land (e.g. solar energy, water, sanitation  and WIFI availability),

3) mating the small port operators with each other and with seafarers (local people and visitors) in the small ports to meet the needs for services and their availability as well as co-operation activities i.e. marketing.

The PortMate will enhance safe access, suitable "green services" and joint marketing in small ports. The best practices on share of pilot small ports with good services will be expanded to other Central Baltic areas by an open access web-based ICT solution as well as in face-to-face events. The result will be 19 Central Baltic small ports with improved services.

SOLARLEAP Satakunta: With systematic process into solar energy business

SOLARLEAP Satakunta:
With systematic process into solar energy business

Duration
1.1.2015 – 30.6.2017

More information: Solarforum.fi

 

Svebinar

Svebinar

Hankkeen rahoittaja
Nordplus

Projektipäällikkö
Mari Linna, mari.linna@samk.fi, 0447103472

Toteutusaika
1.10.2017 - 28.2.2020

Hankkeen osatoteuttajat

Oulu University of Applied Sciences

Latvian Academy of Culture

University of Dalarna

Kuvaus

I Nordplusprojektet Svebinar ingår fem institutioner i tre olika länder. Huvudsyftena för projektet är att

öka studenternas muntliga kunskaper och färdigheter i svenska, att utveckla ett undervisningsmaterial
lämpligt att använda i onlineundervisning men även i traditionell klassrumsundervisning samt att utveckla
nätbaserad undervisning och alternativa arbetssätt som ger mer ansvar åt den enskilde språkinläraren
och större frihet i fråga om val av studieplats och studietid.

WATERCHAIN – Pilot watersheds as a practical tool to reduce the harmful inflows into the Baltic Sea

Pilot watersheds as a practical tool to reduce the harmful inflows into the Baltic Sea, WATERCHAIN

Financier
Interreg Central Baltic

Project Manager
Merja Ahonen
+358 44 710 3061

Duration
10/2015 – 9/2018

Lead partner
Satakunta University of Applied Sciences, Pori, Finland

Project partners

Pyhäjärvi Institute, Kauttua, Finland
Turku University of Applied Sciences, Turku, Finland
KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden
Tallinn University of Technology, Tallinn, Estonia
Estonian Environmental Research Centre, Tallinn, Estonia
Riga Technical University, Riga, Latvia
Foundation "Institute for Environmental Solutions", Priekuļu county, Latvia
Åland Waterwork Ltd., Jomala, Åland

Abstract

The project WATERCHAIN helps to reduce inflows of nutrients and hazardous substances to the Baltic Sea from all types of land-based sources by using pilot watersheds and environmental technology. The project tackles both highly developed intensely populated cities as well as less developed peripheral, sparsely populated rural and island regions in pilot watersheds.

The main actions are carried out in the pilot watersheds in each partner country with the practical actions targeted to sustainable impact. The sustainable use of common resources is based both on prevention of nutrients and hazardous substances inflow, as well as on water treatment of these harmful substances already entered the water bodies. During the project period, one to two sources of nutrients or hazardous substances recognized by river basin water management plans are identified and activities to reduce the substances in each pilot watershed are also initiated.

As a result of the project best practices with a common approach for sustainable development are launched in other geographical areas within the Central Baltic region and further all countries around the Baltic Sea. By year 2023, the pollution loads of nutrients and hazardous substances from targeted sources are reduced in pilot watersheds flowing into the Baltic Sea. Therefore, project results have a direct impact on the quality of living environment of local people and visitors to the area, especially on pilot watersheds.

waterchain.samk.fi/en

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International strategic partners

Our international partners have a significant role in the internationalization of SAMK and Satakunta Region. They open up channels to new cultures, operational models and cooperation with foreign enterprises.