AR 2018/President Statement

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President Statement

Dear friends and colleagues,

2018 has been a successful year for Future Worlds Center, implementing more than ten projects in collaboration with its ever-growing network of partners. Its three units Futures Design Unit, New Media Lab and Global Education Unit continue to run a fare share of competitive of global, EU and national projects (co)funded by the United Nations, European Commission and the Research Promotion Foundation.

More specifically:

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The Futures Design Unit has contributed many SDDPs for the MARINA and the R&I PEERS projects. It moreover, expands on its work for the Manifesto: Democracy in the Digital Era.

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The New Media Lab participates as partner in the MARINA H2020 project focusing on the development of a marine knowledge sharing platform for federating Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) communities. It has also contributed with its first two SDDPs within the R&I PEERS project, which is focusing on implementation and improvement of 7 Gender Equality Plans in R&I and research related organizations. The New Media Labcontinues its work in raising awareness on creating a better Internet for Children. In parallel NML works on creating an active and assisted living for senior people through its coordination of the SENIOR-TV project, while it contributes due to the combating of terrorism through its participation at the RiskTrack project.

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The Global Education Unit completed successfully its work at the Map Your Meal project, and focused on Global Education Goes Local (GEGL), MigratED, Youth of the World II, The Long Way to Europe and Global Education Goes Local.

Furthermore, an important milestone reached at the end of 2018 was that the number of SDDs co-organized by Future Worlds Center reached 100!

I invite you to read our Annual Report and come back to us with your reflections and ideas for possible future collaborations. We are thankful for the support of all our friends and network and remain inspired and enthusiastic in providing even a minor contribution towards the improvement and the strengthening of people and the society.

Yours faithfully,

Larry Fergeson
President of the Board