The CS4ESD consortium consists of 8 partners from high schools, universities, SMEs, NGOs and Local Authorities in Greece, the Basque Country (Spain) and Wales (UK). The tabs below displays all of the partners involved in the project and clicking on them with display some information about each partner, as well as links to their websites. The map at the bottom of the page displays the locations of each of the partners.
The University of Patras was founded in the city of Patras in 1964 and it began functioning in the Academic year 1966-67 as a public institution. The University of Patras is the third University of Greece from the point of view of the number of students, of its academic and administrative staff, as well as of the number of Faculties and Schools. It remains one of the best known Universities in Greece with great reputation among the International and European Scientific community that justifies the vision and mission of its establishment. It is one of the largest organizations for research & higher education in Greece. It. consists of 9 Schools & 38 Departments, covering the whole range of scientific disciplines.. The University of Patras is significantly active in research and has a reputation for quality and innovative research. The University’s research activity is supported by its policies for the promotion of excellence and the creation of the appropriate research environment.
The research team participating the project of the Faculty of Biology, Division of Plant Biology is active in the fields of plant diversity and biogeography, conservation biology, vegetation ecology, landscape ecology and spatial analysis. Biodiversity research is focused on the inventory of the flora and the conservation of species and habitat types, by describing and comprehending their spatial patterns and temporal turnover and the mechanisms driving these patterns. To this end we use both fieldwork, statistical analysis, and remote sensing tools. The application of our research is focused on the sustainable management of protected areas and the monitoring of biodiversity.
Our role and responsibilities on CS4ESD
In the framework of the CS4ESD project our team will work collaboratively with the other partners of the project across regions. We will participate in transnational project management meetings and in all aspects of project development. We will work collaboratively with schools and other partners to generate teacher training materials and with school staff and young learners to support the generation of curriculum specific educational materials to accompany the CS4ESD software.
Our research team role is to develop academic research reporting in a a scientific paper concerning Citizen science and Natura 2000 areas. We will research the contribution citizen science can make towards helping educate about and achieve the SDGs and document the pros and cons of using the UNESCO’s World Network of Biosphere Reserves (WNBR) as a vehicle for SDG education related citizen science based research and development. Finally we will use the conclusions from the above to provide guidance to the rest of the consortium with the aim of maximising the usefulness of project outputs.