Outreach and Partnerships

Collaborating for achieving more

Global

SDSN Greece

University of Crete is a member of SDSN Greece, the national network of the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) which promotes practical problem solving for sustainable development. 

RCE Crete

RCE Crete, officially acknowledged by the United Nations University in 2009, is a member of  the Global RCE Network on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) 

EuNet-INNOCHRON

EuNet-INNOCHRON: European Network for Innovative Diagnosis and Treatment of Chronic Neutropenias is a COST Action Of European Cooperation in Science and Technology with partners from 31 countries. The Director of the University’s Haemopoiesis Research LabProfessor Eleni Papadaki, is the Action Chair and Scientific Representative of the Network. 

European Network for Environmental Citizenship

European Network for Environmental Citizenship is a COST Action Of European Cooperation in Science and Technology with partners from 39 countries involving 88 universities and institutions.  UoC is participating through the Environmental Education unit  of the Department of Primary Education  Sciences Teaching Lab (ΕΔΘΕ 

UNESCO Global Geoparks

The University’s Natural History Museum of Crete provides scientific support on conservation of the natural and cultural heritage of the island’s Geoparks, as well as on environmentally sustainable tourist development The Geoparks of Psiloritis and Sitia in Crete are part of the European Geoparks Network and are officially recognized as UNESCO Geoparks since November 2015. 

ACTRIS

The Aerosol, Clouds and Trace Gases Research Infrastructure (ACTRIS) is a pan-European research infrastructure producing long-term atmospheric data. To date, 22 countries have shown their commitment at organizational or state level. The UoC participates in the National ACTRIS Consortium in Greece through the PANhellenic infrastructure for Atmospheric Composition and climatE chAnge (PANACEA), coordinated by the UoC Environmental and Chemical Processes Laboratory (ECPL). 

Innovative Partnership for Action Against Cancer (iPAAC)

The Innovative Partnership for Action Against Cancer (iPAAC) Joint Action brings together 44 partners across Europe whose main objectives are to build upon deliverables of the Joint Action on Cancer Control (CanCon) and to implement innovative approaches to cancer control. 

International Primary Care Respiratory Group (IPCRG)

The International Primary Care Respiratory Group (IPCRG) is a clinically-led charitable organisation dedicated to research and education to improve prevention, diagnosis and care of respiratory diseases in global community and primary care settings. Assistant Professor of the University’s Social Medicine Department, Ioanna Tsiligianni and is on the Board of Directors.

National Flagship Initiatives

Hellenic Precision Medicine Network on Cancer

The University of Crete Medical School is a partner in the Hellenic Precision Medicine Network on CancerThe network was founded on 17/05/2018 at the initiative of the Research and Innovation Department of the Ministry of Education, Research and Religion in close collaboration with the Ministry of Health. Its  mission is to  

  • Connect the Network with the National Health System 
  • Provide high-quality healthcare to Greek citizens 
  • Enrich diagnosis knowledge and prediction outcome 
  • Improve the targeted therapeutic treatment of cancer patients. 

Hellenic Network for Climate Change Mitigation (CLIMPACT)

The University’s Environmental Chemical Processes Laboratory (ECPL) is a member of the Hellenic Network for Climate Change Mitigation (CLIMPACT), a flagship initiative launched in 2018 by the Research & Innovation Department of the Ministry of Education. The targets of CLIMPACT are 

  • integration, harmonization, and optimization of existing climate services and early warning systems for climate change-related natural disasters in Greece, including supportive observations from relevant national infrastructures; 
  • creating a scientific core of research excellence to generate new knowledge on climate change; 
  • establishment of an interdisciplinary consortium to  act as an advisory body for the State and civil society on  issues of climate change and its related effects. 

Greek National Network of Precision Medicine in Cardiology

The University Hospital and Cardiology Division are part of the  Greek National Network of Precision Medicine in Cardiology and the Prevention of Sudden Death in the Young. This flagship initiative, established in 2019, is a partnership of Greek public and university hospitals and research institutions. The network aims at the core of sudden death in the young using the latest developments in genetics, management, and treatment of inherited cardiovascular diseases 

Regional Initiatives

Mediterranean Agrofood Competence Center (MACC)

Mediterranean Agrofood Competence Center (MACC) is a partnership of 10 public bodies and 30 private companies comprising an agro-food network that is unique not only regionally but also nationally The proposal was coordinated by the University and public financing (EC and national) for the hub was approved in July 2021. The goal is the creation of agro-food products of high added value and competitiveness.  

Regional Observatory for Social Inclusion: Crete

UoC supports the Regional Observatory for Social Inclusion: Crete through a partnership with the
Social Analysis and Applied Social Research Lab.  Based on the logic of social impact, the UoC and the
observatory teams collaborate in the formulation of Crete’s Social Inclusion Strategy. The university
team provides annual reports on Income & Living Conditions of Households in Crete, monitors and
evaluates policies for vulnerable groups, maps areas of poverty, and involves deprived communities and
underrepresented groups in the improvements of local policies.

Market and Entrepreneurship Research Unit

The UoC, through its Market and Entrepreneurship Research Unit, collaborates with the Region of Crete on an innovative programme that includes the Regional Labor Market Monitoring Mechanism.  The focus is on tackling unemployment in Crete, recording labour needs by economic sector, and the formulation of employment and vocational training policies. 

Regional Action Plan for Gender Equality

The University’s Gender Research Centre is a partner in the Programme Agreement with the Region of Crete for implementing the Regional Action Plan for Gender Equality (2018-22). Programme partners engage in education, information, and communication actions involving a range of target groups and areas of development, such as entrepreneurship, health, education, employment, and civil rights.