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The European Conference "International cooperation. How to start it well?" valorising the key outcomes of the “First-time international projects realisers support network” project took place - paralell in Tyniec (Poland) and online 21st – 22nd of September 2020.
There were participants from Poland, Italy, Hungary, Denmark, Austria, Portugal and Latvia taking part in the event. Thank you for your active participation, sharing ideas, experiences and networking!
We do hope that the tools and solutions presented, as well as the new contacts made, would be useful for your work as the international projects realisers.
The space for adding your ideas concerning the FIRST Network portal, the FIRST Network and international cooperation in general will be opened by October 1st. Please feel free to add more ideas HERE!
Below you will find the conference presentations for downloading.
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The European Conference presentations (PDFs):
Introduction to the project “First-time international project realisers support network”, being realized in the period August 2018 – September 2020 by five civil society organisations from Poland, Italy, Hungary, Denmark and Austria.
Speaker: Agnieszka Dadak, Project manager, Foundation of Alternative Educational Initiatives, Poland.
“Successes and challenges. Report I on international projects management in the civil society sector of adult education”.
Speaker: Aron Weigl, EDUCULT - Institute of Cultural Policy and Cultural Management, Austria.
“Key competences and needs for support. Report II on international projects management in the civil society sector of adult education”.
Speaker: Hans Jørgen Vodsgaard, Interfolk, Institut for Civilsamfund, Denmark.
Introduction: A new International Support Network for the first time international projects realisers.
Speakers: Rafał Dadak and Jerzy Kraus, Foundation of Alternative Educational Initiatives, Poland.
The FIRST Network Portal. The webpage dedicated to first-time international project realisers.
Speaker: Agnieszka Dadak, Foundation of Alternative Educational Initiatives, Poland.
“Guidelines and scenario for implementation mentoring and e-mentoring systems supporting international cooperation initiation and developing in the 3rd sector adult learning organisations”.
Speaker: Lorenza Lupini, Cooperativa Sociale COOSS MARCHE ONLUS scpa, Italy.
The Manual for national trainings & The Manual for European trainings of the first-time project managers and organization leaders involved in international cooperation.
Speaker: Marianna Labbancz, Folk High School Association Surrounding Budapest, Hungary.
It is our pleasure to invite all interested in international cooperation and lifelong learning to the international conference valorising the key outcomes of the “First-time international projects realisers support network” project.
The Conference will take place 21 - 22 of September 2020 at The Guest House of the Tyniec Abbey in Tyniec (next to Kraków). The conference starts at 1 pm September 21st and ends at 3 pm September 22nd.
The aim of the conference is to capitalise the 2 – year long cooperation of five civil society organisations from five European countries: Poland, Italy, Hungary, Austria and Denmark.
During the conference the following main outcomes of the project will be presented and discussed:
- The Multilateral Survey Report on good practices and success stories at supporting international projects managers in the adult education civil society organisations.
- The Multilateral Research Report on key competences of international project managers in the adult education civil society.
- The ‘SUPPORT PORTAL’ for the first time international projects realisers.
- The mentoring and e-mentoring system for the first-time international project realisers.
- The training course curricula and open educational resources for the first time international projects realisers.
Last but not least, during the conference, a network of civil society organizations representing the adult education sector – The FIRST Network - will be presented. The aim of the FIRST Network will be to contribute to strengthening the capacity of these organizations to work internationally, enhancing innovativeness and the ability to adapt to changes in the modern world.
To register to the conference, please fill in the form available here: Register to the conference!
Registrations to the conference will be opened by September 15th, 23:59 CET.
If you would like to participate in the conference, but are unable to join us in Kraków, we offer you the possibility to participate actively online.
To register to the conference online, please fill in the form available here: Register for online participation!
** In case if the epidemic situation caused by Covid-19 in Europe worsens, the conference may take place online only.
The Partnership decided to face the challenge to organise the European pilot courses (that were supposed to take part in Budapest, Hungary, at the turn of March and April 2020) - in an online form.
The European pilot courses "How to plan, develop and realise international projects" will take part 22th - 30th of June 2020.
The courses will be divided into 3 independent sessions and the opening and evaluation sessions:
1) Opening session: Monday, June 22nd, 15.30 – 17.00
2) Course 1: Planning & Designing the project: June 23rd - 24th (Tuesday – Wednesday).
3) Course 2: Coordinating & Running the project: June 25th – 26th (Thursday – Friday).
4) Course 3: Monitoring & Evaluating the project: June 29th (Monday)
5) Summary/Evaluation session: Tuesday, June 30th, 15.30 – 17.00.
We do recommend the participants to take part in all 3 main courses sessions. There will be also the possibility to take part in 1 or 2 chosen course sessions. Each course session includes the morning and the afternoon session. In the morning, there will be online lectures followed by the questions & answers sessions.The trainers would give the participants workshop assignments to complete. In the afternoons, the trainers are available for the courses paticipants for any support: answering additional questions/consult/advise/support at delivering the course assignment. To deliver the course assignments the participants may work individually, still there will be also a possibility to work in an international teams offered - in order to get a glimpse of how the international cooperation may look like in practice.
The European courses participant will be:
Group A: Management bodies members of the civil society organisations, working in the lifelong learning area, interested in initiating international cooperation,
Grupa B: Persons, who would like to work as international projects managers for civil society organisations in the lifelong learning area,
invited by the five partner organisations from Poland, Italy, Austria, Denmark and Hungary.
The courses are dedicated to the first-time international projects realisers (beginners in the field).
The language of the course will be English.
"How to plan, develop and realise international projects" is a closed training course - which means that in order to participate you need to be invited by one of the five organisations realising the project.
1. Info package - practical information package concerning the organisation and course of the training courses.
2. The training programmes::
2a. Group A: "How to plan, develop and realise international projects. The management body member perspective".
2b. Group B: "How to plan, develop and realise international projects. The international project manager perspective".
There were ten organisations representatives from five partner countries invited to take part in testing the mentoring process designed to support the first-time international projects realisers in planning and developing their first international projects.
The mentoring pilots were realised between October 2019 and May 2020, in all the five partner countries: Poland, Italy, Denmark, Austria and Hungary.
The experiences and guidelines for those, who would like to implement mentoring systems in their organisations are described in the report, "Guidelines and scenario for implementation mentoring and e-mentoring systems supporting international cooperation initiation and developing in the 3rd sector adult learning organisations".
The general aim of this report is to deliver ready-to-use mentoring programmes, both for the adult education organisations managers and first-time international project managers.
The Guidelines and mentoring scenarios will be available in English and in 5 national languages of the partnership: Polish, Italian, German, Danish and Hungarian.
The aim of the national pilot training courses was to develop and test courses programmes for the two respective groups:
1. The first-time international project managers active in the 3rd sector adult learning organisations,
2. The managers/management bodies members in adult learning organisations planning to realise international cooperation.
The pilot training courses were realised, for the two abovementioned groups, in all five partner countries:
- The training courses in Italy took place between 5th and 17th of December 2019 in Ancona. The courses were organised by Cooperativa Sociale COOSS MARCHE ONLUS scpa, Italy.
- The training courses in Hungary took part 17th of January 2020 and 31st of January 2020 in Erdőkertes. The courses were organised by Folk High School Association Surrounding Budapest, Hungary.
- The training courses in Poland took part 7th - 8th of February 2020 in Kraków. The courses were organised by Foundation of Alternative Educational Initiatives, Poland.
- The training courses in Austria took part 28th - 29th of February 2020 in Vienna. The courses were organised by EDUCULT - Institute of Cultural Policy and Cultural Management, Austria.
- The training courses in Denmark took part 29th of February – 1st of March in Copenhagen. The courses were organised by Interfolk, Institut for Civilsamfund, Denmark.
At the moment the Partnership is working on the National Courses Curricula Compendium - a handbook, which will describe the process of preparation of the courses, courses programmes, challenges and solutions, lessons learned. The handbook is to be useful for all interested in planning and designing training courses dedicated to the first-time international projects realisers. The handbook will be ready - and presented on this webpage - in September 2020.
The Curricula will be available in English and in 5 national languages of the partnership: Polish, Italian, German, Danish and Hungarian.
One of the most effective and promising methods to find partner organisations for an international project is the project search. Using various online search engines, it is possible to search for EU projects that have already been completed, to narrow down their topics and to find out which organisations are involved. In a further search, the individual organisations can be narrowed down via their websites, EPALE, etc., and then finally contacted and inquired about. In this way, professional and experienced project partners can be found, as they have already completed international cooperation projects.
Plattforms for project search:
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Horizon Europe is an ambitious €100 billion research and innovation programme to succeed Horizon 2020.
Horizon Europe will support European partnerships with EU countries, the private sector, foundations and other stakeholders. The aim is to deliver on global challenges and industrial modernisation through concerted research and innovation efforts.
It is divided into three pillars:
- Excellent Science
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The European Cluster Collaboration Platform (ECCP) is a service facility aiming to provide cluster organisations with modern tools.
The services include:
- a dynamic mapping of over 1000 profiled cluster organisations worldwide
- the largest information hub for clusters offering latest news/events/open calls to a broad community
- matchmaking events supporting the development of cooperation between clusters in Europe and beyond
- a database on regional, national, international and sectoral cluster networks
- detailed information on the European Strategic Cluster Partnerships
- a partner search facility, where cluster organisations can exchange their offers and demands
- dedicated pages supporting international cooperation including profiles of selected countries of strategic interest and related European international support services
- a database of profiled cluster-related projects developed under various European programmes.