How to make science more engaging and sociable?

The Vitautas Magnus University invites academic staff, researchers and PhD students of Transform4Europe universities to participate in the Training & Experiences Sharing Session “How to make science more engaging and sociable?”.

The online training will be held on April 15, 9.00–15.45 CET (MS TEAMS).

The session consists of two parts.

The first part is dedicated to citizen science and will focus on the presentation of its concept and main principles, limitations and problems that could be encountered during citizen sciences projects. The trainers also will share their exemplary experiences in implementing citizen science projects or related activities in different countries and universities.

The second part is dedicated to improving science communication competencies. The program comprises theoretical and practical approaches, covering topics such as the complexity of science communication, ethics in the field, navigating visual misinformation, and utilizing social media tools for effective communication. Led by experts from various institutions, the program aims to enhance participants’ skills in conveying scientific information and navigating the challenges of communication in today’s diverse media landscape.

The reminder about upcoming The Training & Experiences Sharing Session together with login reference will be sent to all registered participants approximately 3–5 days before the event. The Training & Experiences Sharing Session will be recorded.



Moderated by Tomas Berkmanas, Associate Professor Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania

9.00–9.45 CET

Citizen Science in Practice: Ecosystem Approach | Eglė Butkevičienė, Professor Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania

9.45–10.15 CET

Exploring the Role of Private Natural History Collections in Citizen Science: Opportunities and Challenges | Veljo Runnel, Citizen Science Expert | University of Tartu, Estonia

10.15–10.45 CET

Transferable Experiences and Lessons Learnt from Citizen Science Project on Wildlife Conservation | Elena Buzan, Professor University of Primorska, Slovenia

10.45–11.00 CET

Citizen Science Q & A

11.00–12.00 CET

Lunch Break


Moderated by Austė Aleksandravičiūtė-Šviažienė, Science Communication Specialist, Lecturer | Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania

12.00–12.45 CET

The Complexity of Science Communication | Austė Aleksandravičiūtė-Šviažienė, Science Communication Specialist, Lecturer |Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania

This lecture aims to delve into the intricacies of science communication, exploring the multifaceted challenges and nuances inherent in conveying scientific concepts to diverse audiences.

12.45–13.30 CET

Ethics of Science Communication | Tomaž Grušovnik, Associate Professor

University of Primorska, Slovenia

The lecture will introduce the audience to the basics of ethical reflection and explain important virtues in science communication: truthfulness, objectivity, courage, etc.

13.30–13.45 CET


13.45–14.45 CET

Navigating the Landscape of Visual Misinformation (Lecture/Seminar) | Kert Viiart, Associate Professor, Graphic Designer and Visual Artist |Estonian Academy of Arts, Estonia

As images and videos continue to be potent tools for disseminating information, the responsibility to promote accuracy and truth in visual communication becomes imperative in navigating the complex landscape of contemporary media.

14.45–15.45 CET

Social Media Tools for Science Communication (Workshop) | Karin Marinič, Digital Communications Editor & Amy Simmons, Assistant Researcher | University of Primorska, Slovenia

This workshop will discuss practical ways to create engaging and accessible science communication. Lecturers will share tips and tricks for effective & creative communication on social media.

First face-to-face “Common Heritage and Multilingualism” experts meeting in Trieste

The University of Trieste, leader of WP7 on Common Heritage and Multilingualism of the T4EU Alliance, held ita first face-to-face WP7 experts meeting in Trieste on 26th February 2024.

About 30 international guests participated from all 10 partner universities.

The meeting was an occasion to reflect on our common heritage and what we can do to keep our distinctive features, while trying to find a common T4EU identity. Discussions included the definition of commonly used terms like “multilingual” and “intercultural”, and what our Alliance can do to promote them.

Our partners provided a lot of excellent food for thought, inputs, and ideas to develop our partnership stronger and deeper.

Our next step will be the fine-tuning and implementation of what was discussed, with the objective of making cultural heritage and multilingualism two flagship elements of our Alliance!

Beyond Borders T4EU week

It is a great pleasure for us to announce the launch of our 2nd Transform4Europe Week, co-organised with our Slovenian neighbours, the University of Primorska, from 20th to 24th May 2024!

The title of this year’s edition is Beyond Borders, as a tribute to the decade-long collaboration between our two institutions, which are now bound by an even stronger tie: the Transform4Europe Alliance.

The T4EU week will start and take place in Trieste on 20th and 21st May, and will then move to Koper on 22nd, where it will see its conclusion on 24th May.

We will welcome participants from all 10 partner universities with a rich and varied programme, that will be fine-tuned and published over the next weeks.  Stay tuned to get all the updates!

For the time being, we have put together a course offer for students of all study levels (BA, MA, PhD).

Take a look at the course catalogue and make your choice!

Each course description provides details about:

  • max number of students
  • target group/s (BA, MA, PhD)
  • granted ECTSs

Students can only attend one course, but are requested to list three options in order of preference.

Each partner university can send up to 15 students, who will be selected internally based on Erasmus+ criteria and notified accordingly, once the selection procedure is finished.

Courses will be delivered following a BIP hybrid scheme (Blended Intensive Programme), including some online and 20 face-to-face teaching hours each. ECTS credits will be granted by the University of Primorska.

Use our application form and don’t miss out the chance to experience unity and a real sense of belonging beyond borders!

Hurry up: the deadline to apply is 15th March 2024!”

Join the University of Trieste in in the initiative M’illumino di Meno

M’illumino di Meno, a green campaign organized by Rai Radio2 in collaboration with the show Caterpillar, has been a beacon of environmental consciousness since its inception in 2005. This initiative, born on the day the Kyoto Protocol came into effect, symbolizes a collective effort to promote energy conservation and sustainable lifestyles.

Over the past two decades, M’illumino di Meno has evolved into a celebration of environmental stewardship, fostering a spirit of unity and innovation. Its impact has been recognized nationally, with the Italian Parliament designating February 16th as the National Day of Energy Saving and Sustainable Lifestyles.

In light of the urgent global climate crisis, it is imperative that we join forces to drive meaningful change. By participating in M’illumino di Meno, we have the opportunity to showcase our commitment to sustainability and inspire others to take action. Together, we can demonstrate the power of collective action in addressing environmental challenges.

We encourage our esteemed colleagues from the Universities of the Transform4Europe alliance to join us in this endeavor. Let us unite in our efforts to promote environmental awareness, advance sustainable practices, and pave the way for a brighter, greener future.

Turn off as many lights as you can and improve your environmental practices. M’illumino di Meno 2024 : together, with No Borders.


 Beyond Borders with the University of Primorska and University of Trieste

So – get ready to embark on a journey Beyond Borders with the University of Primorska and University of Trieste during the T4EU Week!

📅 Save the Date: 20 – 24 May

🌟 Opening: Trieste

🎉 Closing: Koper

This promises to be an unforgettable experience filled with enriching encounters and collaborative moments. Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more details, coming your way in mid-February.

Roundtable “Borders and migration: (In)Visibility, Then and Now”

Starting from an analysis of the Italian-Slovenian border and of its past and present function, this public roundtable allows for discussion between scholars, local institutions and those who have crossed and experienced the border in their migratory journeys, in order to reflect on the (in)visibility of migrations across borders.

23 November 2023 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Auditorium of the Department of Humanities, University of Trieste – Androna Baciocchi 4

Organised by the University of Trieste in collaboration with the University of Primorska, Koper

Working language(s): Italian. The abstracts will be multilingual (ITA/ ENG/SLO)

The roundtable will focus on the Trieste border and the (in)visibility of migration from both an Italian and Slovenian perspective. Depending on the time period and on the people crossing it, the Trieste border has been part of the Iron Curtain, a space connecting different worlds, an everyday transit space or a European barrier. The border conceals and exposes, constructs identities, routes and patterns of life. But, above all, it builds cross-border territories and identities, it shapes the areas it encompasses and it gives rise to new social meaning.

Starting from an analysis of the border and its past and present function, this public roundtable allows for discussion between scholars, local institutions and those who have crossed and experienced the border in their migratory journeys. UniTS roundtable is the second stop in a European alliance path that began with the Koper roundtable on the theme of Borders & Migrations. It will be an opportunity to present the Border’s Archive (Archivio di Frontiera), an ongoing operative research project of students from the Universities of Trieste and Primorska.

With the participation of:

  • Alessandro Monsutti (Anthropologist, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva)
  • Katja Hrobat Virloget (Anthropologist, University of Primorska)
  • Roberta Altin (Anthropologist, University of Trieste)
  • Tullia Catalan (Historian, University of Trieste)
  • Sandi Klun, (Mayor of the border municipality of- Dolina)
  • Rita Casseler (border witness)
  • Ismail Swati (border witness)
  • Students of the ’Archivio di Frontiera – Border’s archive’ Laboratory


Giuseppe Grimaldi ( Anthropologist, University of Trieste) and Alessandro Carrieri (Historian, University of Trieste).

With the participation of voluntary associations, local stakeholders, students and citizens.


European Student Assembly 2024

Call for applications by students at the Transform4Europe alliance universities

On April 10-12 2024, the third session of the European Student Assembly (ESA) will take place in Strasbourg at the European Parliament. 

The European Student Assembly is a grassroots project that gathers each year more than 200 students from different European University Alliances (EUA) to debate current issues, draft political recommendations for the future of Europe and advocate them among stakeholders and decision makers.

The T4EU students can apply until 5 November.

As students and part of Transform4Europe, you are eligible to apply!

Please note that accommodation costs will be taken care of by ESA, and that selected students will have their travel costs from European countries covered by Transform4Europe.

Please read the #ESA24 handbook before applying.

Celebrating Innovation in Education: T4EU Innovative Teaching Awards

Education is constantly evolving, adapting to the ever-changing needs of students and the world at large.

Two weeks ago, during the international conference “INNO-METHODS for Quality Curricula,” the T4EU Innovative Teaching Awards were presented, showcasing the exceptional efforts of educators who are at the forefront of implementing innovative teaching practices.

Highlights T4EU – “INNO-METHODS for Quality Curricula”

These awards not only recognize these educators’ contributions but also serve as an inspiration for the collective adoption of new teaching methods.

Here’s the awarded professors and their remarkable contributions to the world of education.

1) Dr. Evelina Bendoraitienė – Creation of Life Escape Room

Imagine learning biology not through traditional textbooks and lectures but by immersing yourself in a real-life scenario. Dr. Evelina Bendoraitienė from Vytautas Magnus University did just that by creating a “Life Escape Room.” This innovative teaching method allows students to step into a thrilling adventure, where they solve biology-related puzzles and challenges. By making learning an exciting and interactive experience, Dr. Bendoraitienė’s approach sparks curiosity and enthusiasm, making complex subjects more accessible and engaging.

2) Magdalena Christ – ABC of Visual Thinking and Sketchnoting

Visual thinking and sketchnoting are powerful tools for enhancing learning. Magdalena Christ, from the University of Silesia in Katowice, has taken these concepts to a new level with her “ABC of Visual Thinking and Sketchnoting” course. This innovative approach helps students unlock their creativity and communication skills through drawing, visualization, and note-taking. Magdalena’s method not only makes learning more enjoyable but also equips students with valuable skills for the future.

3) Jun.-Prof. Dr. Benedikt Schnellbächer and Alexander Schöneseiffen – Digital Entrepreneurship

In today’s digital age, entrepreneurship is taking new forms. Jun.-Prof. Dr. Benedikt Schnellbächer and Alexander Schöneseiffen from Saarland University have developed a cutting-edge approach to teaching “Digital-enhanced and International Teaching of Digital Entrepreneurship.” Their method equips students with the knowledge and skills needed to thrive in the digital business landscape. By combining technology and entrepreneurship, they prepare students for the challenges of the modern business world.

4) Assoc. Prof. Giovanni Bacaro – Universal Game Design for Learning

Assoc. Prof. Giovanni Bacaro from the University of Trieste has created an exciting teaching approach called “Universal Game Design for Learning and Game Co-design for Student-centered Learning.” By integrating game design principles into the learning process, students not only acquire knowledge but also develop problem-solving, critical thinking, and teamwork skills. This innovative method redefines traditional education and encourages a student-centered approach to learning.

The T4EU Innovative Teaching Awards have highlighted the exceptional contributions of these educators, each of whom has taken innovative steps to revolutionize the teaching and learning process. These award-winning methods not only make education more engaging but also better prepare students for the challenges of the modern world.

As we celebrate these pioneers in education, we should also take inspiration from their work to further enhance our teaching methods and encourage innovative practices in the field of education.

Saarland @UniTS

Within the Transform4Europe Alliance, a meeting for the research cooperation between Saarland University (Sport Science Institute) and Trieste University (Department of Life Sciences – Psychology Unit) took place this week.

A delegation from Saarland University – Prof. Sabine Schaefer, Dr. Christian Kaczmarek, MA Kai Leisge, and Anna Lina Heggenberger – visited the campus of Trieste and the laboratories of Prof. Tiziano Agostini, Prof. Mauro Murgia, and Prof. Fabrizio Sors.

This meeting was a “follow-up” of the previous visit of the Trieste delegation to Saarbrücken in November 2022.

The research groups took stock of the previously planned experiments on the effects of spectators on motor skills, and discussed about further activities to be conducted jointly in the next months.