2nd SHIINE Training School

Date & Location: Novi Sad, Serbia, 3-5 July 2023 (3 working days)

Local host: Faculty of Sport and Physical Education, University of Novi Sad

Venue: Lovcenska 16, Serbia 21000 Novi Sad

The training school takes the form of an education hackathon where the participants will be required to form teams and hack the following challenge: to teach at HEI how to solve societal problems in 3 days.

In an increasingly complex and rapidly changing world, traditional disciplinary approaches to the framing and resolution of social and economic problems deliver ever diminishing returns. Discussions abound, therefore, about how best to educate and prepare graduates for the fresh challenges of the 21st century.

Knowledge Alliances between Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and enterprises which aim to foster innovation, entrepreneurship, creativity, employability, knowledge exchange and/or multidisciplinary teaching and learning are therefore becoming increasingly necessary and relevant. The challenge is to determine what we should teach in the future and how it should be taught. The changing nature of contemporary society highlights that social issues are often highly complex and multifaceted. 

SHIINE aims to demonstrate, through the adoption of Multi-Disciplinary Innovation (MDI) methods, how we can respond to social problems with a design-led approach which has a problem-oriented ethos, supporting positive social change and the development of international public policy discourse. It will be achieved through the establishment of a Pan-European Public Sector Innovation (ePSI) lab. It will prepare students for roles in employment by integrating education programmes into the lab’s operations and it will support agencies that have a role in responding to and developing public policy.

 About this training school

The training school brings together PhD students and young career researchers working on the importance of public sector innovation, because innovation is essential to address new and complex challenges (OECD, 2016), from different disciplinary angles and research questions. The training school covers conceptual distinctions, different types social innovations and their implications for community development. The school is being delivered by leading scholars of this COST Action from across Europe. 

How to teach at HEI about solving societal problems is one of the main subjects of this training school. Participants will be invited to hack it during the training school which will be held in the form of an education hackathon. The hackathon itself will address the issue from various stages: what type of problems (scope, scale, etc.) could be solved at HEI, what kind of tools to use, which stakeholders to involve, the process and channels  of involvement of external stakeholders.

Participants will be engaged in discussion of issues and practical exercises of co-creation of social innovations. In order to apply to this training school, they are invited to prepare and present in the application form a collection of 5 tools, one for each stage: idea generation, design of solutions, testing of solutions, dissemination/ scaling of solutions.

The groups could finalize the work in different formats: short video tutorials, short online written materials, recommendations for different level of intervention (local, national, European).

Learning outcomes 

By the end of the training school, trainees should be able to know how to analyse design-led tools and design teaching in higher education institution for solving societal problems.

All trainees will receive a certificate of participation. 

Practical details 

  • The duration of this training school is three working days.
  • Grants will be provided for up to 20 accepted participants.
  • Travel costs, as well as accommodation and subsistence costs (daily allowance of 191€) for 4 days/nights will be reimbursed.
  • Expenses are reimbursed within 60 days after the reimbursement claim is correctly submitted.
  • There are no registration fees.

 Who should apply? 

Eligible to apply to the training school are: 

  • graduates and PhD students;
  • postdoctoral researchers who study at and/or are affiliated with a legal entity (university or research institution);
  • COST Full/Cooperating Member country;
  • COST Near Neighbour country, COST International Partner country, or International Organisations and European RTD. 
    Young researchers from any branch of social sciences, law and the humanities are welcome to apply, provided they are interested in the theories and practices of social innovations.

Applicants to the training school should:  

  • Have an e-cost profile;
  • Apply to join one of the WGs of the action;
  • Submit a motivation letter, not exceeding 300-500 words, which must include a clear indication of experience relevant to the topic of the training school; provide a rationale of why you are interested in the training school and how you envisage the training school to contribute to your learning and research objectives; an indication of whether you would like to be considered for funding;
  • Submit a short CV (2 pages maximum);
  • Submit the application form.

 Please send your application form, CV and motivation letter to SHIINE Communications Coordinator Dr. Audrone Urmanaviciene 

 Closing date for applications: May 15, 2023

The applicants will be informed about the result of their application via e-mail by May 25, 2023. Applicants who will not receive a grant, but do receive an invitation can participate with their own or their institution’s funding.
Accepted trainees will be invited to prepare a short presentation of their homework. Accepted participants (trainees) will be required to provide the following documents along with their grant reimbursement claim: scanned copies of invoices and tickets as proofs of payments for costs.