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The Straits Committee announces the winners of its 2nd call for small projects

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The Straits Committee’s second call for projects closed in February 2022, and, on 22nd March, the members of the Executive Committee agreed to support the following projects:

“Straits Climate Connections: Net Zero Research and Impact Database”   

Project partners: University of Kent (UK) Université de Lille (FR); Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (BE); Universiteit Gent (BE)   

Regions involved: Kent (UK); Nord (FR); Oost-Vlaanderen (BE); West-Vlaanderen (BE)   

This project will establish an open access (publicly available) web-based database of net-zero and cross-regional environmental research conducted by the 3i network of universities (University of Lille, Ghent University, KU Leuven and the University of Kent). There will be an emphasis on accessible language and ease of communication to ensure that the tool has wide reach.  

The database will create a ‘one stop shop’ resource for knowledge exchange between regional stakeholders in addressing net-zero challenges:  first, bridging the university sector with public sector; secondly, linking regional students with ongoing research; and thirdly, providing local business with a resource and network for understanding and achieving net-zero targets. It will provide a platform for increasing collaboration and for connecting regional climate ambitions with research expertise. 

“Fallsify”   

Project partners: ROOS health B.V. (Zeeland); HZ University of Applied Sciences (Zeeland); Digital Innovation Centre (Kent); Kent Integrated Care Alliance (Kent); Wit-Gele Kruis West-Vlaanderen (West Flanders); KU Leuven (West Flanders) 

Regions involved: Kent (UK); West-Vlaanderen (BE); Zeeland (NL)   

Falling is a common problem among the elderly. A fall causes a lot of suffering: physically, but also mentally. Not only is the human cost high; it also creates a lot of pressure on our health and care systems. Fallsify aims to resolve some of these pressures through innovation and prevention and aims to create a positive economic and social impact in the health care sector.  

The project will test the innovative method and platform Digirehab developed and used successfully by Danish and Norwegian organizations in home care. Pilot projects on fall prevention will take place in West-Flanders, Kent and Zeeland with care providers from each region. Knowledge exchange is the key element of the project. Partners recognising each other’s challenges and keenness to exchange successful solutions.  

Results, evaluation and benefits will be compared between the regions and together may create additional benefits and reduction in challenges, on the topic fall prevention, for the whole Straits region.

The Straits Committee wishes all applicants every success with their projects and hopes they will inspire many other projects that can benefit the Straits area to come forward. 

Do you have an idea for a project that can help implement the priorities of the Straits Committee’s vision and strategy? If so, please get in touch with your member authority. Contact details can be found on our contact us page.  

The next deadline for submitting projects to the Straits Committee is 7th June 2022, with decisions on applications to be taken in July. 

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