A meeting of the Marine Science Shop team of the reSEArch EU project ‘Reinforce Sustainable Actions, resilience, cooperation and harmonisation across and by the SEA-EU Alliance’ implemented by the SEA-EU European University consortium and funded by Horizon2020 took place on Monday 27.03 at the Centre for Sustainable Development. The meeting focused on the Innovation Marina of the University of Gdansk.

The meeting was attended by Joanna Morawska, PhD, from the UG’s Office for Cooperation and Development, Bartosz Duraj, MA, CZRUG’s Community Collaboration Coordinator, who acts as a liaison between the University and NGOs in the region as part of the initiative. The following were also invited to participate: Judyta Borchet, PhD, from the Institute of Psychology of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Paulina Stafeńska, MA, from the Faculty of Management.

The next part of the meeting was joined by Łukasz Samborski, Director of the RC Foundation, and Patrycja Surowiec, President of the Zeroban Social Cooperative. Representatives of these institutions will take part in the pilot.

The Innovations Marina of Gdansk University is a cooperation scheme between various units of the Pomerania Region and the University. Its main objective is a search for solutions to the local challenges through a model of the so called Science Shop, which is an action scheme facilitating and ensuring an accomplishment of joint projects directed at the needs of social organizations which usually have a difficult access to scientific research.

In the case of the Innovations Marina, we offer our pilot assistance to non-governmental organizations in the sphere of their cooperation with our students, who supervised by mentors and experts will propose solutions to the selected challenges submitted by organizations or local communities. This will give our students an opportunity to verify their knowledge in practice, and to acquire new competence and skills, especially transferable ones.

Bartosz Duraj