Jucivol is a multidisciplinary team from five European institutions with a large research background in the main issues addressed by the project.
The University of Burgos
The University of Burgos (UBU) was founded in 1994 and has assumed its role in the local and regional economy and in the larger scientific development responding to market demands (e.g. new grades in accordance to the needs of the labour market) and developing wide research networks (e.g. integrated research between the university, the private sector, public institutions, and civil society organizations). According to the ranking of normalized impact on research production elaborated by the CyD (Foundation for Knowledge and Development, 2011), the University of Burgos holds the 13th position among Spanish Universities with a 1,22 impact index. Likewise, according to SCImago Institutions Ranking (SIR 2012), the University of Burgos holds the ES.R 105 with a Q1 of 55,8 and Excellence Rate of 13.7, being leader among regional universities. Besides, UBU has been enrolled in a regional Transfer University-Enterprise Strategy (2008–2013) aiming at 7 strategic objectives: Strengthen knowledge transfer structures, Generate and strengthen technological supply oriented towards business demand, Promote joint R&D, Promote exploitation of Knowledge, Generate and consolidate technology-based Business activities, Promote innovative culture, Strengthen university–Business convergence.
Iriv Conseil: Institute for Research and Information on Volunteering
The Institute of Research and Information on Volunteering Conseil (iriv conseil, www.iriv.net ) is a free private institution, nonprofit, independent of public administrations and economic interests, with the aim to improve knowledge and practice within the nonprofit sector. Focused on volunteering between 1997 and 2003, it has enriched its field of research since 2003 to migration. It has created iriv Conseil in 2000 in order to carry on the studies and trainings both an a national and a European level.The pilot project Leonardo da Vinci, the iriv initiated and directed between 2003 and 2006- VAEB (Assessing a Voluntary experience) was awarded in Helsinki, in 2006, for “excellent practice in addressing the priorities of the Copenhagen process and promoting an enhanced European cooperation in vocational education and training”. The results of iriv’s projects are available on : www.iriv-vaeb.net for Volunteering and www.iriv-migrations.net for Migration issues. Furthermore, to improve knowledge on Volunteering and Migration issues among the general public, the iriv has publishes a Newsletter since September 2004, les rives de l’iriv (www.benevolat.net). It has also designed a portal open to the general public: www.iriv-publications.net in order to share all its publications. It has organized or co-organized several conferences since 1998 both on national and European levels. The last one in Paris for the Vintage project in October 2013 ; the former one as co-organiser with the University of Inholland in Rotterdam in April 2014, the first Biennale on VPL.
Ente per la RIcerca e FOrmazione- ERIFO
ERIFO (Ente per la Ricerca e Formazione) is a no profit organization with a strong experience in LLP and Erasmus+ Programmes; it has also carried on mobility programmes for staff, for both VET and Youth Entrepreneurship.
In particular, ERIFO had 10 LLP Multilateral projects approved, 4 as coordinator ( in subprograms Grundtving – Comenius and Leonardo da Vinci – Transfer of innovation) and 6 as partner (in subprograms Grundtving – Comenius and Leonardo da Vinci – Transfer of innovation and pilot projects). In the new Erasmus+ programme, ERIFO is beneficiary/coordinator of a Sector Skill Alliance (554341-EPP-1-2014-1-IT-EPPKA2-SSA) and of a Strategic Partnerships for Higher Education 2015-1-IT02-KA203-015203). Moreover, it has 6 ongoing Strategic partnerships approved in Europe. These experiences enables ERIFO to be involved in structured projects, establishing stable networks with over 50 organizations based all over Europe and on its borders.
ERIFO is also an accredited VET provider and it offers, among others, educational and social services. In the framework of Youth Guarantee, Erifo has been providing training, apprenticeship, job counselling and job placement to migrants and refugees, who account for 50% of the service users.
Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts
ZRC SAZU’s competences include a scientific, analytical, and synthetic multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary approach, extensive knowledge and experience connected with compiling databases, designing thematic maps and graphic material, and preparing various publications. Research teams of the ZRC SAZU consist of researchers and technical and specialist advisers with a high level of responsibility that maintain strong and diverse contacts with the international research community.
ZRC SAZU has worked on the Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh Framework Programmes, the Interreg IIIB Programme, the European Territorial Cooperation Programme (transnational and interregional cooperation), Cross-Border Cooperation, the Life+ Programme, the COST Programme, the Lifelong Learning Programme, the eContentPlus Programme, and the Culture 2007–2013 Programme. ZRC SAZU also carries out a series of applied projects that exceed the narrow orientation of individual specialized areas and make possible valuable links between various institutes and disciplines.
Research teams at these institutes consist of researchers and technical and specialist advisers with a high level of responsibility that maintain strong and diverse contacts with the international research community. ZRC SAZU has its own publishing house, bookstore, and audio-visual laboratory; it houses the Geographical Museum, and boasts numerous collections. Among its rich publishing activity, five research journals listed in the Thomson Reuters indices are especially noteworthy. Aproximately 20 % of its funding is fixed institutional source and the rest is competitive funding gained through calls. Among these the most important source is national funding. However EU funding is getting more and more important.
Together with the University of Nova Gorica ZRC SAZU offers several undergraduate and graduate academic programmes: The Comparative Study of Ideas and Cultures, Karst Studies, the EU Master’s Programme in Migration and Intercultural Relations (Erasmus Mundus status), and Cultural History. An independent graduate school is also being prepared.