International research


The main funding source for research and innovation at European level is the Horizon Europe Program 2021-2027.

ADVICE - Advancing Digital Competence in Higher Education

Type of Project: Erasmus K2
Partner: University of Northampton Higher Education Corporation (UK); Agricultural University of Athens (GRE)
Description: The ADVICE project is a joint initiative between institutes of higher education of four countries: Italy, Greece, The United Kingdom, and Poland which acts as a coordinator. Its aim is to offer support to teachers in higher education in terms of digital competencies, giving them a chance to learn by using an open platform that integrates an evaluation tool for their competences and a database composed of tools and free online resources. The project also aims to compose guidelines to support the commitment that institutional stakeholders give in order to make online learning more inclusive.
Scientific coordinator of the project:
Krzysztof Kasianiuk, COLLEGIUM CIVITAS (Poland)
Scientific coordinator for CoRiS: Veronica Lo Presti 

e-BELONG: Sense of Belonging in Online Learning Environments

Type of project: Erasmus K2
Partner: Stockholms Universitet (Sweden); Universidad Autonoma De Madrid (Spain); Universite D'aix Marseille (France); Ethniko Kai Kapodistriako Panepistimio Athinon (Greece); Eberhard Karls Universitaet Tuebingen (Germany)
Description: Forced digitalisation of higher education has brought along many challenges. Innovative pedagogies are needed to foster learning in this new reality; the project focuses on two areas of this challenge/innovation: a) how to upkeep quality and guarantee equity, especially when learning activities concern vulnerable groups; b) how to make and maintain support services for education, which are necessary to ensure the right social and emotional conditions for learning.
Scientific coordinator of the project: Camelia Redulescu, Universitatea din Bucuresti (Romania)
Scientific coordinator for CoRiS: Giovanna Gianturco, Mariella Nocenzi

Commigration. Developing a complete approach for employees who communicate with immigrants and an effective communication strategy

Type of project: Erasmus+
Partner: Antalya Provincial Directorate of Migration Management (APDMM) e l'Akdeniz University (Turchia); Learning for Integration (LFI) (Finlandia); Satu Mare County Intercommunity Development Association, (ADJSM) (Romania)
Description: COMMIGRATION is a two-year European project funded by the European committee within the programme Erasmus+ Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices. The project is based on strategic partnering aimed towards education and professional formation. Its goal is to develop an effective communication strategy forthe relationship between migrants and public administration employees  and European services. This can be implemented by developing and delivering training courses for those who work in the field of immigration. During the first phase of the project CoRiS will  coordinate research that will analyse the needs and the contexts of the different countries involved in the partnership This phase  will be followed by moments of in-person and remote training. Finally, results will be shared and disseminated.
Scientific coordinator of the project: Antalya Provincial Directorate of Migration Management (APDMM)
Scientific coordinator for CoRiS: Marco Binotto

Professionalisation of teachers using digital technologies as support for autonomy and citizenship (PENSA)

Type of project: Erasmus+
Partner: Universidad autonoma de Madrid, Universitatea din Bucuresti, Universite libre de Bruxelles, Fundacio per a la Universitat oberta de Catalunya, Unicollaboration - La asociación internacional de telecolaboración e intercambio virtual, 3 & punt solucions informàtiques sleberhard karls Universitaet Tuebingen.
Description: The project focuses on two main issues within higher education and society. The need for a) training and infrastructure to provide mixed learning, namely remote and/or blended (in person teaching live-streamed to students online) and b)teaching young people the implications of using social network sites (Facebook, YouTube, etc.) in a psychological, sociological, economic and ideological sense. The body of the project is composed by 30 teachers and teacher-trainers from seven universities, mostly part of the European network CIVIS, one academic association and one company. Throughout the project we aim to train these teachers and reach 100 additional teachers through local training events. Moreover, PENSA will involve 400 students throughout Europe in the development of their digital and multi-lingual competences, as well as collaboration abilities and independence.
Scientific coordinator for the project: Marco Cappellini, Universite D’Aix Marseille
Scientific coordinator for CoRiS: Pierluigi Cervelli

Euromedia Ownership Monitor – EurOMo

Type of Project: Connect/2020/7319235
Partner: Paris-Lodron Universität Salzburg (Austria), Ghent University (Belgium), NFNZ - Nadacni fond nezavisle zurnalistiky (Czech Republic), Leibniz-Institut für Medienforschung │ Hans-Bredow-Institut (Germany), Roskilde University (Denmark), Tampereen korkeakoulusaatio sr (Finland), Ethniko Kai Kapodistriako Panepistimio Athinon (Greece), Budapesti Gazdasági Egyetem – Alkalmazott Tudományok Egyeteme (Hungary), Vytauto Didžiojo universitetas (Lithuania), Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium), University of Minho (Portugal), University of Gothenburg (Sweden), Univerza V Ljubljani (Slovenia), Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Spain)
Description: The project aims to create a centralised database for information regarding media ownership in 15 member states of the European Union. Partner countries represent larger and smaller states, eastern and western countries, and include countries with known transparency issues for media ownership. Four groups of indicators (structural, economic, performance, technical) will feed into the centralised database, which will be scalable and accessible online. The theoretic approach will be based on structural ownership and on principal-agent theory.
Scientific coordinator for the project: Josef Trappel, University of Salzburg, Austria
Scientific coordinator for CoRiS: Christian Ruggiero 

FEELING. Training operators for a coherent approach to issues amongst foreign LGBTQI+ minors

Type of project: FAMI
Partner: Giuseppe Di Vittorio Foundation; Aldo Moro, University of Bari – Forsicom Department of Training, Psychology and Communication; National Order of Social Assistants; National Association of Professional Educators; National Observatory on Family Rights; Cgil Inca Patronage
Description: Project FEELING aims to support capacity building processes for professional public and private service operators that work with foreign minors, in particular it looks at how to handle direct or indirect discrimination and/or intersectional violence towards sexual orientation, gender identity and migratory background. There will be training modules aimed towards empowering the operators that will be involved, making it so they develop advanced methodological-operative competences in order to guarantee a pragmatic and coherent approach to the issues of foreign LGBTQI+ minors. Considering that this is an innovative project, the system of training, monitoring and research will lead to the establishment of a permanent national Observatory on themes related to research and services aimed towards foreign LGBTQI+ minors, with the objective of recognising vulnerability factors among them, de-structure stereotypes and prejudices, encourage the removal of discriminatory behaviour.
Scientific coordinator for the project: Fulvio Fammoni, President of the Di Vittorio Foundation
Scientific coordinator for CoRiS: Gaia Peruzzi

Desk Sapienza around the world

Type of project: Two-year research grant using Piano Integrato Sapienza funds 2020-2022
Description: Gathering, analysis, processing and communication of all useful information to promote the Sapienza brand in Turkey and in Turkish-speaking countries.
Scientific coordinator for CoRiS: Alberto Marinelli

CODES – Communication, cultural diversity and solidarity

Type of project: European Program ERASMUS +. Action-Clé2 coopération en matière d’innovation et d’échange de pratiques. KA203 – Partenariats stratégiques de l’ensignement supérieur
Partner: Lyon 2 Lumière University (Leader – France); Sapienza University of Rome (Italy); Flensburg University (Germany); Athens Panteion University (Greece); Coimbra University (Portugal); Bucharest University (Romania); Opens-Dsi (France)
Description: CODES – Communication, cultural diversity and solidarity is the trial phase of an international Advanced training course (both on and off-line) that aims to develop competences within the field of management and communication of diversity within companies and media. The project is characterised by a transdisciplinary approach that invites universities, companies, associations, media, citizens, young students, and researchers to work together.
Scientific coordinator for the project: Ingrid-Dana Popescu-Jourdy – Institut de la communication, Université Lumière Lyon 2
Scientific coordinator for CoRiS: 
Gaia Peruzzi

OLTRE. From the margins to the centre

Type of project: Tor Vergata University of Rome (leader); Sapienza University of Rome; Cagliari University; Palermo University; Witness Journal Association; Arci; Nahuel Association; Officinae.editoria.cultura cooperative; National coordination Italian New Generations; Socialhub Cooperative; Ab Acrea Society
Description: Oltre is a project aimed at the realisation of a communication campaign for the prevention of radicalisation in Islamic second generations in Italy. The actions are all planned following an experimental approach that integrates different methods and practices that will be undertaken by the young second generations, young locals, researchers and other professionals within the field of communication.
Scientific coordinator for the project: Andrea Volterrani, Tor Vergata University of Rome
Scientific coordinator for CoRiS: Gaia Peruzzi

Tipping+ - Enabling Positive Tipping Points towards clean-energy transitions in Coal and Carbon Intensive Regions

Partner: ETH Zurich (ETHZ), Switzerland; La Sapienza, University Of Rome, (UR), Italy;
Institute For Advanced Sustainability Studies e.V. (IASS), Germany; Ecole d'Economie de Paris (EEP PSE), France; Nordland Research Institute (NRI), Norway; University of Graz (UG), Austria; University of Piraeus (UPRC), Greece; Palacky University Olomouc (PUO), Czech Republic; Westport Consulting (WPC), Bosnia & Herzegovina; National University for Political Studies and Public Administration (SNSPA), Romania; Institute for Structural Research (IBS), Poland; Aalborg University (AAU), Denmark; Sustainability and Resilience (, Indonesia; Eco-Union (EcoU), Spain Associated Partners: Innolab Space, Canada; Swinburne University of Technology, Australia; University of Greenland, Greenland/Denmark.
Description: TIPPING+ focuses on the concept of Social-Ecological Tipping Points (SETPs).  Through a deep scientific understanding of socio-economic, psychological, cultural, gender and political processes, the project investigates how SETPs can be used to sustain energy transition in Coal and Carbon Intensive Regions (CCIRS). Based on over 20 regional case studies, TIPPING+ will carry out an innovative analysis of positive and negative tipping points, with the aim to prevent unwanted results during the decarbonisation process (for example the rise of populism and anti-democratic behaviour). The project will focus on evaluating visions and collective narratives, as well as the necessary transformative capabilities that are needed to generate strategies, points of intervention, solutions and socio-technical innovations useful for the systemic transformations in CCIRS aimed towards futures with clean energy and low emissions of carbon.
Scientific coordinator for the project: GCF – Global Climate Forum
Scientific coordinator for CoRiS: Mauro Sarrica
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