In 2013 UNEP appointed the TEN Center of VIU to carry out a research on Climate Change Adaptation in the South-Eastern Europe Region.
The project, carried out between 2011 and 2014 with the support o f the Italian Ministry of the Environment, Land and Sea, aimed at creating a platform for sharing knowledge and experiences on environmental sustainability for Italian firms.
The project was developed in two phases. In 2011-2012 the project started mapping the Italian companies already walking on the path of sustainability, while publishing on a dedicate website news and case studies in order to stimulate other firms to start an innovation process. The second phase of the project, developed in 2014, aimed at providing Italian companies with information and knowledge useful for promoting their green products and activities also abroad, and kept enlarging the mapping and networking of green firms.
Analysing Professional Communities as Distributed Intelligence Systems
The aim of the project was to experiment and test new research tools capable of supporting the study regarding professional communities in the economic organizations.
From a methodological point of view these tools were studied in their descriptive (capability of describing a predetermined context) and prescriptive meaning (capability of suggesting actions in order to modify that context).
On one hand the project intended to contribute to the emergent studies of Knowledge management and specifically to those which consider the communities of practices as an elective social device to produce learning, meaning and identity, at least Knowledge. On the other hand many were the potential applications within and between organizations.
Within the area Green Economy, in 2009-2011 the TEN Center was involved in a research of the Corila – Consortium for Coordination of Research Activities concerning the Venice Lagoon, aimed at studying redevelopment opportunities for the industrial Area of Venice, Porto Marghera, taking into account also the environmental issues.
Leonardo Da Vinci Programme, Community Vocational Training Action Programme
This project, co-financed by the European Commission, was addressed to young graduates (coming from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Ludwig Maximilians Universität of Munich, and Ca' Foscari University of Venice) that had the opportunity to participate in a stage (for a maximum of sixth months). A total of 81 students, coming from the three partner Universities, had access to this training opportunity.
The Europe-China Clean Energy Centre (EC2) was a five-year cooperation project funded by the European Union and founded in April 2010 by the European Commission, the National Energy Administration of China and the Ministry of Commerce of China, with the support of the Italian Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea.
Project financed by the Italian Ministry of Work devoted to experimenting innovative methodologies for continuous training destined to employ waged workers.
The project focused on supporting the growth of professional Knowledge communities, with specific attention to professional operators, activating 4 professional communities that found in the web the main tool of coordination and information exchange. The professional communities’ web site was a place of training, discussion, comparison for professionals already working in Italian SMEs.