Istituto per le Tecnologie Didattiche (ITD) - Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche

The Istituto per le Tecnologie Didattiche (ITD) is a research Institute of the National Research Council (CNR) of Italy. The CNR is the largest public research institution in Italy, the only one under the Research Ministry performing multidisciplinary activities. CNR’s mission is to perform research in its own Institutes, to promote innovation and competitiveness of the national industrial system, to promote the internationalization of the national research system, to provide technologies and solutions to emerging public and private needs, to advice Government and other public bodies, and to contribute to the qualification of human resources. CNR is distributed all over Italy through a network of 109 institutes aiming at promoting a wide diffusion of its competences throughout the national territory and at facilitating contacts and cooperation with local firms and organizations. The Istituto per le Tecnologie Didattiche (ITD) is a research Institute of the National Research Council (CNR) of Italy, founded in 1970. It has two branches in Genova and Palermo.


Dataninja is an award-winning company providing innovative data-driven services. Since 2016 core business is to help public institutions, NGOs and SME to make a better sense of data. The company has developed training programmes for spreading data culture and skills among universities, newsrooms and communities. Dataninja is member of Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition promoted by EU Digital Single Market. Dataninja is a strong node of the European digital news ecosystem. In particular, Dataninja is a strategic partner of the Global Editors Network ( and it is active inside the International Fact-Checking Network ( Furthermore, thanks to its innovative projects awarded at European and Global level (e.g., Data Journalism Awards and European Press Prize), Dataninja has developed a series of strategic partnerships with the most important European publishers and newspapers such as Repubblica, Sole24Ore, El Confidencial, Liberation, Stern, Trinity Mirror. Finally, Dataninja has built the most important Italian community focused on the field of data journalism, with thousands of members and activists. Dataninja will activate its community by distributing the projects results by a facebook group of 2000+ members, a newsletter of 1500+ subscribers of selected professionals.

Vilnius University

Vilnius University seeks to provide high level universal education, encourages active international partnership with businesses and fosters coherent and open society. Key activities of VU are research and studies, which are unimaginable without international collaboration not only with other universities but also businesses. Highly acclaimed research work and close cooperation with businesses and other higher education institutions throughout the world have deservedly earned VU the status of high-quality research and studies’ provider. The studies that are offered by VU are based on international-level partnerships. VU ensures that the quality of all forms of studies conforms to modern culture and technologies and pertains to the needs of the state and society by bringing in businesses into decision making process.


In 2005 blinc, the blended learning institutions’ cooperative was founded in Goettingen, Germany as a start-up network based on former EU-funded LIFE and eLearning projects in the health, social and environmental sector. It is consisting of 25 members forming an interdisciplinary team of project managers, trainers, teachers and coaches, programmers, media designers and blended learning creators. Since 2005 the blinc eG has been collaborating as partner organisation in 40 European funded projects, since 2017 it has been also lead partner in two ERASMUS+ projects Since December 2007 blinc eG has been appointed by its members to foster the valorisation of the LEVEL5 approach for Competence Oriented learning and Validation. Starting in 2012 we have been constantly customising and contextualising our approach and the related instruments in various informal learning areas; in Mobility Actions, Volunteering, Intercultural and Entrepreneurial learning programmes, European Project works and various learning on the job settings. We have been piloting LEVEL5 in different sectors in continuing professional developments, for instance in the service sector, in HR development, CSR or in CPD projects for educational professionals. Since 2007 blinc has organised seven REVEAL conferences with more than 600 participants on innovative approaches on competence oriented learning and validation. Since 2016 binc has been focusing on innovative training and learning sectors like entrepreneurship education, design thinking, circular economy, sustainable development. Our vision is to provide innovative, technology supported learning offers to enhance the development in these domains.

Universidad de Alcalá

University of Alcalá (UAH) was founded in 1499 and it is one of the oldest universities in Spain. It is located in Alcalá de Henares, a UNESCO world heritage site only thirty kilometres from the centre of Madrid. Today the University of Alcalá is a modern institution which offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes adapted to the European Higher Education Area and covering all fields of knowledge, from the humanities to engineering, and from the social sciences to experimental and biomedical sciences. UAH provided service to around 28,000 students in 2018: from them, 8400 were enrolled in life-long learning courses and cVET while 12400 are enrolled in official degree studies and 4000 in official postgraduate programs. Each year a large number of cVET courses and long-life learning training programs are organized involving thousands of attendants as well as tens of collaborating entities, trade unions and companies, addressing all disciplines. A specific department of academic Quality Assurance monitors all the activities and follows the internal rules of QA as well as the mandatory procedures of National Authorities. The activities of the University of Alcalá take place across its three different campuses: two in the city of Alcalá de Henares in the region of Madrid and one in Guadalajara, which belongs to another Spanish administrative region, Castilla La Mancha. The university also has 4 associated teaching hospitals, 10 multidisciplinary university institutes, 2 science and technology parks with tens of companies and numerous other installations devoted to experimental and biomedical research. In 2018, UAH run 293 research funded projects and 277 research and development contracts with external organisations and companies. In 2018, the Human Resources of UAH included 1686 university professors, 377 researchers and 803 employees in the areas of administration and services.

University of Novi Sad

The University of Novi Sad (UNS) was founded in 1960. It is the only state university in the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina, comprising 14 faculties and 2 research and developmental institutes. With 5000 staff and more than 50.000 students University of Novi Sad is the second largest University in Republic of Serbia and reputable educational and scientific institutions providing teaching and research. Being the regional stronghold in education and research, UNS naturally attract the best students and the best researchers. University is multidisciplinary, committed to excellence, and produce well-qualified and competent graduates, who find their place in the labour market. UNS showed great success in application of scientific results in practice, which was reflected through FP7 and H2020 grants. UNS is well-networked university, already involved in ERA and EHEA whose researchers publish in leading journals and are part of many international consortia. UNS especially nurtures innovations in science, is experienced in spinning off new businesses, and is the owner of recognized national and international patents. The activities of UNS are realized through fundamental, applied and developmental research and teaching in the field of natural, technical, social, humanistic and medical sciences as well as arts. Faculty of Technical Sciences has started curricula in 2017, and has excessive experience in data science since Novi Sad, Vojvodina is considered as small Silicon Valley.

University of Milan

The mission of the University of Milan, established in 1924, is to contribute to society through the pursuit of teaching/education and research at the highest international levels of excellence. It is the only Italian member among the 23 prestigious Universities of the League of European Research Universities (LERU). With a teaching staff of about 2.200 tenured professors and with almost 60.000 students, the University of Milan is the largest university in Lombardy, one of the most dynamic and internationally-oriented EU regions. The University of Milan offers several study programmes covering three macro- disciplinary areas: i) Humanities, Social Sciences and Law, ii) Medicine and Healthcare, iii) Natural Sciences.

University of Southampton

The University of Southampton is one of the most prestigious in the United Kingdom, with a turnover of £500m, research income of more than £120m, with 23,000 students and 6,000 staff. The university is truly international, drawing students from over 130 different countries and benefiting from a wide and varied culture. It is ranked in the top 10 in the UK and is participating in a high number of collaborative research projects and related initiatives. The academic unit of Electronics and Computer Science (ECS) is the largest school of its kind in the UK. ECS is internationally regarded for its outstanding research, and for its ability to pursue new research directions with broad, transformative impact. In REF 2014, 100% of our computer science research impact was recognised as world-leading or internationally excellent. As part of ECS and the Web Science Institute, the Web and Internet Science (WAIS) research group led by Professor Leslie Carr is renowned for its role in developments in several critical areas of the digital economy: from Web science, semantic technologies, and linked data to crowdsourcing and social machines. WAIS scientists have actively shaped the evolution of these fields from their beginnings, among others through their role in the uptake of linked data by public offices in the UK and worldwide, and through the foundation of the Open Data Institute in 2012.