University of Crete is a research-intensive university characterized by a wide spectrum of research activities and extensive capabilities, as indicated through the University research directory. UoC researchers and their associated networks are well placed to contribute to socially responsible and sustainable solutions to the complex environmental, socio-economic and cultural challenges facing our communities.
Social Impact of Research
A team from the University’s Research Centre for the Humanities, the Social and Education Sciences (UCRC) has recently released a pilot study on ‘Processes and Methods of Evaluating the Social Impact of Research at the University of Crete’ – [pdf]. This study reviews the national institutional and regulatory framework of Greek public HEIs as context of research impact considerations. Using available bibliometric and funding sources, the study then makes a first attempt at mapping the social impact of research and defining the objectives which enhance its strengths and cope with its weaknesses. Emphasis is given to the interaction between research, education, local collaborations and outreach activities which enhance the capacity of research to address key societal and economic challenges. The study concludes with an integrated proposal for the formulation of a research impact strategy at the University of Crete.
These are examples of recent and ongoing research programmes impacting the goals where UoC is coordinator or partner, as well as selected UoC research groups. The overview can be sorted by four main domains:
Radiation risk appraisal for detrimental effects from medical exposure during management of patients with lymphoma or brain tumour.
Multi-agency approach to support victims of intimate partner violence and substance abuse issues.
Neurodevelopmental disorders, risk factors and interventions [Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network.
AQUAculture and Agriculture BIOmass side stream PROteins and bioactives for Feed, FITness and health promoting nutritional supplements.
Consumer Driven Production: Integrating Innovative Approaches for Competitive and Sustainable Performance across the Mediterranean Aquaculture Value Chain.
Development of innovative measures to document, map and mitigate populations of the invasive species silver striped blaasop (Lagocephalus sceleratus) and Lionfish species (Pterois sp.) in the Greek seas.
Pastoral communities of Ida (Psiloritis Geopark): augmented reality and digital repository of the intangible cultural heritage of the mountain.
National Research Infrastructures on Integrated Structural Biology, Drug Screening Efforts & Drug target functional characterization.
Network of Open Eco-Museums for the Promotion and Mild Enhancement of Areas with Environmental History.
Health Alliance for Prudent Prescription and Yield of Antibiotics from a Patient-Centred Perspective.
Revolution of sleep diagnostics and personalized health care based on digital diagnostics and therapeutics with health data integration.