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of the Sofia Municipal Council to work for the sustainable development of the capital.

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IN-EDU student camp – Conceptualize, Engage and Act for Social/Civic Cause!

Do you want to work on a social cause and upgrade your knowledge of media and information literacy? Are you interested in topics such as “Greenwashing”, “Media literacy and the new way of journalism to fight against fake news”, “Equality” and “Animal rights”? Do you want to find solutions to real cases of international companies and organizations working in these fields?

The IN-EDU project gives the participants, who took part in the IN-EDU civic hackathons on media and information literacy, conducted in Bulgaria, Italy, Croatia and Slovenia, the opportunity to do all that by joining the student camp in an international team with peers from the 4 European countries. You will get acquainted with foreign cultures, work together on tasks and last but not least - have fun! Additionally, you will have the chance to meet Public Policy and Government Affairs at Google Italia - Diego Ciulli, as well as to get knowledge and practical tools, which will help you produce your own ‘viral video’.

The camp will take place online on 14th and 15th of May and will give you an overview and answers to questions such as “What are the consequences of green-washing and how to make sure if a company is truly environmentally friendly?”, “What is the new way of journalism to fight against fake news?”, “How to protect the rights of animals with the aim of encouraging the development of compassion, solidarity and active participation in society?” and “How to fight digital addiction and the “fear of missing out”?”

In addition to the experience of working in a real environment and the certificate for working on a social cause, the IN-EDU team has prepared for you prizes and surprises! Participate to find out what are they. 

*Please, bear in mind that the number of participants is limited. No more than 10 participants per country could take part.*

You may find the IN-EDU student camp programme at https://in-eduproject.eu/student-camp.html.

The student camp is organized in the framework of Media Inclusion and Critical Thinking EDUcation (IN-EDU) project, co-financed by the EU Erasmus + Programme.

ART AS AN INCENTIVE FOR ACTIVE TRANSPORT

Is a ticket for a concert of opera stars a good incentive to promote active transport in Sofia? The INNOAIR team proves that the answer is “Yes!”.

INNOAIR supports the citizens in the transition to alternative ways of moving around Sofia, resulting in cleaner air and healthier lifestyles. At this year's edition of the traditional bike event "Bike Parade 2021 - Sofia cycles and runs for cleaner air" the INNOAIR project partners provided an unusual and prestigious prize - two free tickets to the Gala of the opera prima Sonya Yoncheva and legend Placido Domingo!

“Be brave, live actively and always be together and in shape! My way to thank you is through music!”, says Sonya Yoncheva, with whose support the award was provided.

The event took place on April 18, 2021 and gathered more than 500 cyclists and more than 120 runners, who enthusiastically waited for the start of the parade and despite the cold weather were determined to show their support for cycling and walking in the city. The award aroused great interest. “Such a prestigious award is very motivating!” shared the participants. “Awards like this build an excellent reputation for cyclists! Well done!” they greeted. The winners expressed their gratitude and admitted that they are looking forward to the gala, which will be held in the heart of Sofia on August 31 this year.

An active, fruitful day with a sequel - an unforgettable experience in touch with the work of world-class stars - INNOAIR made this possible.

INNOAIR project is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the Urban Innovative Actions Initiative.

OPERA AND ACTIVE LIFE: 2 IN 1

In order to support healthy lifestyle and moving around Sofia by bike or on foot, the INNOAIR project partners - Sofia Municipality, Sofia Development Association and Sofia Urban Mobility Centre, with the special support of the opera prima Sonya Yoncheva will provide a special prize: two tickets to the Opera Gala of Sonya Yoncheva and Placido Domingo on August 31, 2021 in front of the cathedral temple "St. Alexander Nevski” for the oldest married couple, which takes part in the cycling and athletic cross of Sofia on April 18.

“Be brave, live actively and always be in shape and together! My way of thanking you is through music!” Says Sonya Yoncheva.

Do you want to support cycling and walking in Sofia? Contribute to cleaner air and healthier life in the city? And in the heart of Sofia to enjoy opera, music and world-class stars? Get inspired by Sonya Yoncheva! Join the Cycling and Athletic Cross with the motto "For cleaner air" on April 18, 2021 and register on the spot!

The meeting point is after 10:00 am, and the colorful procession starts exactly at 11:00 am from Narodno Sabranie Sq. on the route to South Park.

The award will be presented during the official opening of the event.

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INNOAIR project is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the Urban Innovative Actions Initiative.

CICERONE PROJECT ENDS SUCCESSFULLY. ACHIEVEMENTS AND WAY AHEAD


The final project event took place on March 30. Over the past three years, more than twenty organizations – key stakeholders, programme owners, researchers and businesses – came together to build a platform for joint circular economy funding and programming. The project’s legacy involves a new Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda, which provides an efficient and inclusive mechanism to jointly define and prioritize circular economy research and innovation at European scale. In addition, a new digital platform was built, which will provide a lasting mechanism for programme owners to co-create, co-fund and work together towards systemic circular economy. Stay informed of new developments in circular economy and learn how to benefit from the project’s achievements at http://cicerone-h2020.eu

 

   

FIRST EDITION OF THE INNOAIR PROJECT NEWSLETTER


In the first edition of the INNOAIR project newsletter, you will find not only information about the key developments in mobility in recent months, but also:

- Results and analysis of a survey on citizens' attitudes towards the transition to active transport.
- Information on the introduction of low-emission zones in the capital.
- Opportunities for involvement in the creation of solutions for innovative urban mobility.

See more at: http://bit.ly/INNOAIRnewsletter

THE INNOAIR PROJECT AS AN EXAMPLE OF INNOVATION IN URBAN MOBILITY AT THE URBAN INFRASTRUCTURE & MOBILITY FORUM 2021

Building a more accessible urban area and integrating smart mobility solutions are among the main goals of any large city striving for sustainable development. Changes in the field of mobility require coordinated efforts and exchange of experience and on this occasion in Sofia was held Urban Infrastructure & Mobility Forum 2021. Among the partners of the event are some of the partners of INNOAIR project - Sofia Development Association and National Association of Municipalities in the Republic of Bulgaria.

Furthermore, the project coordinator on behalf of the INNOAIR leading partner and director of the Transport Directorate at Sofia Municipality - Ivan Nikolov was among the speakers of the event. He introduced the audience to the INNOAIR project as a good example of introducing innovative solutions to urban challenges in terms of mobility. The audience learned about the main activities of the project, namely the introduction of green transport on demand, testing of low-emission zones and green corridors, as well as improving the public transport scheme in certain districts of the capital. An interesting approach in the implementation of project activities is the active involvement of citizens in the process of designing possible solutions.
Along with the services for shared mobility and micro-mobility, the implementation of the ecological transport on demand, which will be tested in the framework of INNOAIR, was presented by Elitsa Panayotova - coordinator of the Sofia Green project of Sofia Development Association. This innovation is one of the steps for a mass transition to fully integrated transport.

Detailed information about the event can be found HERE.

INNOAIR project is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the Urban Innovative Actions Initiative.

     

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