WHO WE ARE
La Palma Research Centre S.L. (LPRC) is an independent, internationally active institution headquartered on La Palma, Canary Islands, Spain. LPRC works in the intersection of natural resources and social media based public engagement related to technology and science. With the help of technology foresights, the Centre assesses the long-term future of technologies with the aim to promote emerging innovations that are likely to produce the greatest economic and social benefits. By studying alternative futures we help individuals, decision-makers, communities and business organizations to understand how their decisions in the present could affect their lives in the future. Over the years LPRC has developed a unique skillset in public engagement and Social-Media based communication related to science. LPRC has in-house capacities to carry out programming and digital editing tasks required by this project as well as it has a multi-disciplinary experience of secondary school teaching, development of new pedagogical concepts, social media and digital technologies required for the successful implementation of this project.
LPRC is a member of Climate KIC / EIT a European knowledge and innovation community, working towards a prosperous, inclusive, climate-resilient society founded on a circular, zero-carbon economy (https://www.climate-kic.org).
LPRC is the coordinator of several initiatives covering the island archipelagos of Canarias, Madeira, Azores and Cape Verde. LPRC was the project coordinator of the Volcanoes’ Night project series (three individual contracts funded by the FP7/H2020 Marie Curie Researchers’ Night programme) that was the official MSCA Researchers’ Night of the Canary Islands during a four-year period. Presently LPRC is the project coordinator of the H2020 MacaroNight project (Macaronesia’s Researchers’ Night, www.macaronight.eu ) that is the official MSCA Researchers’ Night of the Canary Islands, Azores Islands, Madeira and Cape Verde. As a result of these projects the Centre has excellent connections with government and research stakeholders of some of the key regions represented in this project. LPRC has a multilingual staff (Spanish, Portuguese, French and English) with a good understanding of the region’s politics, culture and way of life.
The Youth Association of Terceira Island (AJITER) is a non-profitable organization, created in April 2003. Its main objective is to promote the youngsters’ integration and active participation in their own communities. We aim to fight the generalized indifference among our youth.
As a result of the new approach, in 2010, we have been declared a public interest institution by the Portuguese authorities. Since then, AJITER has become an important agent for the development of Youth. In 2016, AJITER joined the international network for the information of young people, Eurodesk, joining the founding group in Portugal. In 2017, a partnership with the Portuguese National Comite of UNESCO resulted in the creation of the UNESCO Center “Jovem Insula”.
About our motivation and our social context, we can say that it is very particular because we are situated in a region composed of 9 islands located right in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. This means that we are in a disadvantaged area, mainly if we consider that the unemployment levels are above the national medium and also considering that we have a very fragile and small economy where poverty and social exclusion risks are at high level.
In order to fill this gap, AJITER has a close relationship with the two City Halls of Terceira Island, the City Hall of Praia da Vitória and the City Hall of Angra do Heroísmo. These organizations are crucial to development and support of AJITER’s activities. AJITER also cooperates with the Azores Government, especially with the Education and Youth Regional Directions, with the local sports clubs, local parishes, Secondary and High schools of Terceira Island, local radio and Television networks.
Since 2003 AJITER, has promoted a large number of youth activities, with local, regional, but also international scope, namely:
- Youth Exchanges and Youth Workers mobility’s;
- Workshops, Training Courses, Partnership Activities;
- European Voluntary Service;
- National and International Conferences, Round Tables, Lectures;
- Structured dialogue activities between youth and politicians/decision makers;
- Seminars and congresses with youth organizations;
- Democratic youth projects;
- Info-sessions in local schools/libraries, promoting Erasmus+ and the European Values.
Ici & Ailleurs is a training organization dedicated to international mobility and language learning. Opened in August 2015, its creation is the result of the experience of its two founders in the fields of international mobility, training and integration. Located on the Reunion Island, in the Indian Ocean, the island is part of an ultra-peripheral region of Europe located more than 10,000 km from mainland France. We specialize in the development and management of international mobility projects and our aim is to further develop our activities in this particular field. The language acquisition profile and experience of Ici & Allieurs will go hand in hand with the fact that FUTOR will be conducted entirely in English, a second language for the vast majority of participating students.
As part of our services we provide language training preparations for international mobility and pilot Erasmus + projects.
Our public is made up of jobseekers aged between 18 and 60, business people, entrepreneurs and persons seeking vocational retraining as well as local secondary schools in La Reunion. Our local partners are: The job centres, Public organizations working in the field of international mobility, Several training centres and some Companies. At the European level we have got several partners and intermediary organizations located in the United Kingdom, in Ireland, Malta, Spain, Italy and Czec Republic.