Part C. Organisation and Activities

Partner number
P 1

Organisation name

Universidad de León

C.1 Aims and activities of the organisation

Please provide a short presentation of your organisation (key activities, affiliations, size of the organisation, etc.) relating to the domain covered by the project. 

Please describe also the role of your organisation in the project. Provide information on the operational and financial management of the project within the organisation (limit 4000 characters).

A young and active public HEI which has had an interest in international education since its beginnings in 1979. Its two campuses serve 13.000 students in a varied menu of degrees, which shows a high rate of interdisciplinarity and implication with the surrounding environment of applied research. Enrolled in international collaboration with European, American and Asian HEIs, its international dimension is increasingly underpinned by new and intensive partnerships, as already established with some of this consortium’s partners -including educational, research and cultural activities. Concerning educational exchange, ULE has been taking part in a number of international programmes since its beginnings, sending now about 400 students abroad per year and receiving 500 foreign students. With a strong and centralized international office since 1989, it now has sufficient potential to organize and manage major projects such as the one we are now applying for. This is proved by the on-going coordination of the LLP project for telecollaboration, INTENT (, 2011-2014), as well as the participation in the EU CIP-ICT project for e-Government in EU HEI, myUniversity (, 2010-2013) which coordination at León has been carried out by the applicant. The current proposal aims to establish liaison with these projects.

Regarding the exploitation potentiality for these joint endeavours regarding the underpinning of a good integrated European HEI system: ULE is a founding member of the Santander Group of Universities (, Compostela Group of Universities and the Nice Network. Besides ULE entered the ECTS second extension bid and was one of the first Spanish universities able to show a consistent information package in full accordance to the EU patterns. León has a new state of the art Centre for ICT in Education which is eager to provide technical infrastructure and support for ICT-based projects such as this one.

León will undertake the leading role in WP1 (managing the project) and WP3 (co-developing educational modules), implementing the quality measures developed under HM leadership (WP6). It will engage ULE, HM, UNED and UAE students through the on-going joint programmes and developing new ones with a more systematic focus. It will host trial communities and courses using the developed infrastructure and providing assessment (WP2) and by integrating telecollaborative tools, it will offers the possibility of extending the cooperation in educational tasks (WP3) and research (WP4), as well as to interact regarding general interest issues, therefore rising awareness in the proposed methodologies as a means to foster efficiency in facing local and global challenges (WP8). Research modules will also be co-developed by this party, integrating research carried out by different interdisciplinary groups and institutes (WP3), in particular through the associates who have stated their willingness to partake: the National Institute for Communication Technologies and its related industrial network (; BITrum research Group for the Interdisciplinary Study of Information (founded by the applicant, and the Institute for Environmental Studies, IRENA. Mechanism will be developed as to enable emerging research and education activities as shown in the past –for which decision-making officers have committed support.

León will also contribute to the other horizontal tasks of compiling documentation (WP5) and dissemination (WP6). Though major commitment will represent the hosting of the first consortium meeting and the first summer academy for which activities of different kind are envisaged as well as the facilitation of spontaneous proposals –in coherence with our to open innovation. This commitment will be maintained through the co-organisation of the international academies in Munich and Toledo, as well as contribution to the organisation of special sessions in international meetings envisaged with the respective boards. Together with HEI partners, early steps will be taken to guarantee sustainability through the establishment of an International Centre for Integrative Interdisciplinary Studies linked to educational programmes.


C.2 Operational capacity: Skills and expertise of key staff involved in the project / network

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Name of staff member

Summary of relevant skills and experience, including where relevant a list of recent publications related to the domain of the project.

José María Díaz Nafría

J. M. Díaz Nafría is currently Professor at the University of León, Spain and at the Hochschule München (Germany) where he is lifelong honorary member of its faculty of General and Interdisciplinary Studies. He coordinates efforts in the development of the EU supported e-Government platform myUniversity (, and has initiated an active collaboration in educational programmes between both HEIs.

He is Doctor in Engineering from the Technical University of Madrid and M.S. in Philosophy from the National University for Distance Education, UNED. Since 1996 he has been scholar at different HEIs: Technical University of Vienna, Technical University of Madrid, professor at the University Alfonso X (Spain), and has been invited Professor by several universities in Germany and Austria. Throughout his career, he has coordinated and participated in a number of international interdisciplinary projects, organising a number of international scientific gatherings.

He is co-founder and coordinator of BITrum International Research Group for the Interdisciplinary Study of Information, where the partners have often joined efforts for carrying out relevant activities of interdisciplinary research ( He is board member of several international research institutions as the Science of Information Institute (Washington,, the International Centre for Information Ethics (Germany,, the Unified Theory of Information Research Group (Austria,, and has been granted with honoured affiliations to other members of the consortium. He belongs to the editorial board of several Scientific Journals, being editor in chief of glossariumBITri ( His interdisciplinary research has been substantiated, for instance:

Books or monographs:

·        With COHEN, C., and HOFKIRCHNER, W. (eds.) (2013): News ICTs and Social Media: Revolution, Counter Revolution and Social Change. Monograph of the International Review of Information Ethics, 2013, 17.

·        With SALTO, F.; PÉREZ-MONTORO, M. (2010): GlossariumBITri: Glossary of concepts, metaphors, theories and problems concerning information (bilingual edition in Spanish and English). León: Universidad de León, 2010 (new book edition with doubled content is envisaged for the summer of 2013).

·        With J.M., SALTO ALEMANY, F. (2009). What is really information? An interdisciplinary approach. Special issue of TripleC (Cognition, Communication, Cooperation), 7(2). Available at:

·        With SALTO ALEMANY, F. (2008). ¿Qué es información? / What is information? León: Universidad de León (ISBN: 978-84-9773-451-6), 2008. Available at:

Chapters of books and articles:

·        with ZIMMERMANN, R. (2013). Emergence and evolution of meaning. Triple C, 11(1), 13-35.

·        with ZIMMERMANN, R. (2013, in press). The emergence and evolution of meaning. The GDI revisiting programme. Part 2: regressive perspective. Information, 4.

·        with ZIMMERMANN, R. (2012). The emergence and evolution of meaning. The GDI revisiting programme. Part 1: progressive perspective. In (2012) Information, 3(3), 472-503.

·        (2011). Messages in an open universe. In R. CAPURRO and M. HOLGATE (eds.). Messages and Messengers. Munich: Fink Verlag, 195-228.

·        (2011). Information a multidimensional reality. In E. CURRAS & N. LLORET (eds.) System Science and Collaborative Information System: Theories, Practices and New Research. Hershey, PA, U.S.: IGI Global, pp. 37-80.

·        With SALTO ALEMANY, F. (2011). Towards a Transdisciplinary Frame: Bridging Domains, a Multidimensional Approach to Information. TripleC, 9(2), pp. 286-294.

·        (2011). The need for an Informational Systems Approach to security. TripleC, 9(1), pp. 93-121.

·        (2010). What is information? A multidimensional concern. TripleC, 8(1), 2010.

Enrique Díez Gutiérrez

Dr. Díez Gutiérrez is full Professor at the Faculty of Education. He is Doctor in Education Sciences from the Complutense University of Madrid (Spain), M.S. in Philosophy, B.A. Social Work, B.S. Social Education, B.S. Specialist in educational organization. He carries out teaching and research in the field of the intercultural education and ICTs in education. He has participated in more than 15 R&D projects. He has published 11 books, 79 chapter books, and 121 articles (5 of them in JCR). He has made more than 130 contributions to national and international conferences.

·        (In press for 2014). Intercultural education practice in secondary education. Revista de Educación, 363. DOI: 10.4438/1988-592X-RE-2012-363-168 (

·        (2013). The loss of the right to education. Cuadernos de Pedagogía, 430, 87-89.

·        (2012). Educación intercultural (Intercultural Education). Málaga: Aljibe.

·        (2012). Socio-constructivist and co-operative models in the use of ICT in initial teacher education. Revista de Educación, 358, 175-196. DOI: 10-4438/1988-592X-RE-2010-358-074. (

·        (2012). Public education policies on migration in secondary schools in Spain. Ánfora, 19 (32), 15-30.

·        (2011). The McDonaldization of Higher Education. Revista Interuniversitaria de Formación del Profesorado, 72, 59-76.

·        (2011). Towards a political theory of virtual civic socialization of adolescents. Revista Interuniversitaria de Formación del Profesorado, 71, 73-100.

·        (2010). Another Education Pact is Possible. Le Monde Diplomatique, 176, 3.

·        (2010). Neoliberal globalization and its repercussions on education. REIFOP, Revista Electrónica Interuniversitaria de Formación del Profesorado, 13 (2), 23-38. [].

Leticia Barrionuevo Almuzara

Leticia Barrionuevo Almuzara is M.S. in Information Science from the University Carlos III of Madrid. She completed her doctorate on “Knowledge Management and Transfer in the Organizations” and is currently investigating on open access and evaluation of institutional repositories. She is in charge of the Library of the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters in the University of Leon from 2005, although she has been performing her activity in the field of archives and libraries for ten years. She takes part in the design and implementation of the open and institutional digital archive and she lectures on electronic resources and Open Access initiatives to university teaching staff and coordinates technical and documentary activities for BITrum research group. 

·       with ALVITE, M. L.; RODRÍGUEZ, B. (2012). A Study of Authority Control in Spanish University Repositories. Knowledge Organization, vol. 39, n. 2, pp. 95-103

·       with ALVITE, M. L.. (2010). Libraries for Users: Services in academic libraries. Oxford: Chandos.

·       with DÍAZ, J.M. (2010). BITrum: towards an interdisciplinary concept of information. Ibersid: Journal of Information and Documentation Systems, 4, 177-185.

Rafael De Paz Urueña

Head of the international office of Universidad de León. Responsible for EU exchange programs and international exchanges, bilateral agreements. Institutional representative in International Associations (Santander Group,

Nice Network, EAIE) and forums. Independent external evaluator for EACEA since 2007.


ECTS institutional coordinator at program 1st. extension. Deputy-coordinator of Leonardo major projects with national coverage.

Technical assessor and legal and financial advisor for COBEREN academic Erasmus Network 2009-13.Education:

1990: Bachelor Degree in Law. Universidad de Alcala

1992: Certificate in Advanced Studies of the Law and Policies of European


Roberto Guzmán Martínez

Roberto Guzmán Martínez is qualified as an Industrial Organisation engineer. He has worked at the University of León for the past 15 years in the ICT department designing and setting up ICT facilities for teaching and open access.  He has also worked in the development of the University's online learning platforms and webpages. 

Partner number - P 2

Organisation name

Hochschule München

C.1 Aims and activities of the organisation

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Hochschule Muenchen (HM) is a German University of Applied Sciences mainly dealing with the interdisciplinary networking of the various fields represented in the house. Hochschule Muenchen with about 17000 students is the largest university of this type in Bavaria and the second in Germany. In particular, its faculty of general and interdisciplinary studies (FK 13) deals with around 5000 students per half-year term from all over the other faculties who take selective topics there that are obligatorily prescribed for each of the main course subjects (ranging from architecture through engineering to design and social sciences). Within the range of the project proposed, Hochschule Muenchen is adding its wider range of interdisciplinary competences, as show not only in FK13 but also in a number of degrees granted by other faculties. Regarding its international dimension, HM offers five double international study programs with other HEIs from Europe and abroad in bilateral or multilateral cooperation and 3 international Summer Schools. It also has over 180 exchange partnerships with Universities from all over the world.

Regarding the areas of major interest for the project, it has been found out a high potentiality of synergy among the study areas of the participating HEIs as to promote joint programmes in the long run. According to this, a specific agreement -within a broader cooperation framework signed in 2012- has been recently endorsed to guaranty the continuity of the joint summer courses between HM and ULE initiated in 2011, to broaden its scope and to facilitate cross-recognition. This agreement has been extended to the participation in myUniversity network of e-Government in the EAHE, through specific support of ULE Partner. A musical exchange project developed in 2012 between these two universities, included within the educational offer of FK13 and involving over 250 musicians from both institutions, shows the eager to cooperate. In this activity a program of classical music was cooperatively developed in thematic linkage to a joint summer course in which the methodological approach we wish to develop was taken into practice in an area of major social interest. For both activities the expected impact was well surpassed, and new cooperation willingness was manifested by UNED and other parties.

Munich will take a leading role in WP 6 devoted to Quality assurance. Since FK13 is statutorily focused on interdisciplinary education, the development of new criteria for fostering interdisciplinarity (ID) in large is of major importance. We understand that overcoming the lack in ID assessment criteria and recognition is a part of our own mission. The importance of this task has been indeed recognised and encouraged by several EU recommendations and other international studies in Europe and abroad as a must for facing global challenges. Therefore we are highly keen to find guidelines to improve the quality of ID education and research, to develop mechanism of assessment and to foster recognition at the level of Higher Education and Lifelong Learning.

Munich will also take a major commitment by hosting the second summer academy (W2), where a coordination meeting and other scientific and cultural events will be convened. Nonetheless, HM’s commitment will be preserved in the other summer academies, co-organising, participating and conceiving them as one of our educational programmes. These occasions will also serve to undertake specific measures in order to promote the sustainability of the initiative in the long term (W8). Relying on the recently signed participation in the myUniversity network, raising awareness on the importance of underpinning and promoting ID can be deployed at the local and European level.

Since HM research is highly connected to industry and other fields of social commitment, the contribution to research modules offers an important added value in areas of common interest as ICTs, sustainability, biotechnologies and social innovation (WP4). In WP2, HM will assist in the development of e-Learning and other transversal tasks. Documentation (WP5) and Dissemination activities (WP7) will be undertaken, as crosswise activities for all partners, but in the development of the promotional video, HM will adopt an educative dimension: a team of students of the faculty of design (FK 12) will be trained in the theoretical underpinnings of this project, and they will jointly develop the video as their degree final work.

C.2 Operational capacity: Skills and expertise of key staff involved in the project / network

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Rainer E. Zimmermann

Rainer E. Zimmermann is Professor of Philosophy, PhD & Habilitation Philosophy, PhD Mathematics, DIC (Imperial College London) Mathematical Physics, Diploma of Theoretical Physics. His interdisciplinary profile can be clearly observed in the varied positions he has held in his academic career:

·       In 1998, Habilitation in Natural Philosophy at the University of Kassel;

·       In 1999/2000, Visiting Scholar at the History and Philosophy of Science Department and Visiting Fellow of Clare Hall, both at Cambridge (UK), making research on quantum gravity –since then Life Member of Clare Hall;

·       In 2001, Research Visitor at the University of Bologna, participating in a highly interdisciplinary cooperative research devoted to the "Reconstruction of the Historical City Centre";

·       In 2003, he was Senior Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies, Villa Gandolfi Pallavicini, University of Bologna;

·       In 2006, he was International Visiting Professor at the Information and Communication Technologies and Society program, University of Salzburg; 2010/2011 Visiting Professor, Centre for Metropolitan Studies, TU Berlin.

He has coordinated and participated in a large number of international research projects and serve as board member in several international scientific institutions in the field of systems science, complexity, philosophy, and information studies. Regarding liaison with the consortium, he is founding member of the Institute für Design Science, collaborates regularly with the Bertalanffy Center for Systems Science, and BITrum, and the domusBITae initiatives from which this project emerges. He coordinates as well the cooperation between FK13 and ULE.

He amounts over 400 publications, including a number of books ranging from natural to social sciences, ethics and aesthetics. Among his recent books:

·       with Wiedemann (2013, forthcoming) Nothingness as Ground and Nothing but Ground. Northwestern University Press.

·       (2012) Kreativität und Form. Programm eines Glasperlenspiels zum Experimentieren mit Wissen (Creativity and Form. Program of a Glass Bead Game for experimenting with thinking). Springer Verlag.

·       (2011) New Ethics Proved in Geometrical Order. Emergent Publications

Articles and chapters:

·       (2013). An Integral Perspective of Social Action: Imagining, Assessing, Choosing (Onto-epistemology of Networks). International Review of Information Ethics, 2013, 17. (in press)

·       Coauthored with J.M. Díaz (2013). Emergence and evolution of meaning. Triple C, 11(1), 13-35.

·       Coauthored with J.M. Díaz (2013, in press). The emergence and evolution of meaning. The GDI revisiting programme. Part 2: regressive perspective. Information, 4.

·       Coauthored with J.M. Díaz (2012). The emergence and evolution of meaning. The GDI revisiting programme. Part 1: progressive perspective. Information, 3(3), 472-503.

·       Zimmermann, R. (2012). Transforming Utopian into Metopian Systems. Bloch’s Principle of Hope Revisited. In P. Thomson, S. Zizek (eds.), Ernst Bloch and the Privatisation of Hope. Duke University Press.

Begoña Prieto Peral

Dr. Begona Prieto Peral works in the language department of the Faculty of General and Interdisciplinary Studies (FK13), where she lectures courses of Spanish and Business. She participates as well in the training of postgraduate students in the fields of Intercultural Communication and Cultural Studies Spain and Latin American. Doctor in history from the University of Salamanca, she has focused her research on two main areas: historical issues of inclusiveness and “Blended Learning”, delivering in both areas substantive work. In the former she has recently published: "Hannah Arendt, thinker in motion” (in: Wiecha, Eduard, ed., Undisciplined. With stubbornness of truth - exemplary life images, Ökonon Publisher, 2013), and she has contributed to the preliminary experience of what is here proposed as Summer Academies, convened past summer in León between HM and ULE, on “Social medias and Social Change”.

In the  emergent and growing field of "Blended Learning” –which is a fundamental aspect of the current proposal– she has developed and authored numerous multimedia materials, as in; coordinated or partaken in a number of educational projects, as "Sprachchancen" (where Blended Learning is applied to foreign-language​​ learning, or “Cross-cultural training” with the University of Cuenca, Ecuador. Furthermore, in the field of foreign language learning she has also worked for Digital Langenscheidt Publishing authoring multimedia programs, self-study courses, grammars (e.g. Spanish grammar - short and sweet, Langenscheidt, Munich 2009), etc.

In HM, she has co-developed the E-Learning strategy of the institution, for which she is scientific board of E-Learning. She coordinates the recently signed cooperation with the University of León concerning foreign-language learning in bilateral recognition.

Silvia Mazzini

Silvia Mazzini is lecturer at the Faculty of General and Interdisciplinary Studies (FK13), where she lectures on the applied aspects of her academic research (aesthetics, performative rhetoric, political and utopian thought, community theatre). She studied Philosophy and Theatre Sciences in Milan. MA in Aesthetics and PhD in Phylosphy from the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. She lectures as well at the Institute for cultural sciences of the Humboldt-Universität ( She is co-founder of IF, an experimental theatre project in Italy, and works as dramaturge and theater author for different theatre companies. On her fields of expertise, she has a number of relevant publications, for instance, her most recent books:

·       (2010) Für eine mannigfaltige mögliche Welt. Kunst und Politik bei Ernst Bloch und Gianni Vattimo (For a plural, possible World. Art and Politics from Ernst Bloch and Gianni Vattimo), Frankfurt a.M., 2010.

·       With Giese, N.; Koch, G., eds. (forthcoming 2013): SozialRaumInszenierung (Scenification in the Social Space). Strasburg (Uckermark).

In her chapter: “As IF it would be a (real) community. Ein glokales Theaterexperiment” (included in the latter), she shows paths to the sort of activities of social and artistic engagement she has contributed and co-organised in the past in Germany and Italy, and that might be organized for the planned International Summer Academies. 

 Partner number - P 3

Organisation name

University of the Aegean

C.1 Aims and activities of the organisation

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The University of the Aegean (UAE) is a new state supported higher education establishment founded in 1984 in Greece. Its present departments are located on five islands (Lesvos, Chios, Samos, Rhodes, Syros and Lemnos) and they serve more than 12.500 undergraduate, 1.450 postgraduate and 550 PhD students. Departments include environmental studies, social anthropology, geography, sociology, marine studies, business administration, accounting and actuarial sciences, pre-school education, elementary education, Mediterranean studies, mathematics, systems sciences, information and communication systems, design studies, communication and cultural technology nautical and maritime business studies. In addition, the University runs joint courses with other academic institutions in its extended education programme as well as lifelong learning programs for Greek citizens (based upon the studies and activities carried on by the university a significant potentiality of synergy with the other participant HEIs has been detected as to develop fruitful joint education and research activities as is here intended). UAE constitutes a University-network covering all prefectures of the Aegean Sea and because of this decentralised nature it has a strong tradition in distance learning based on a unique network infrastructure and ICT.  Concerning its solid rooted international dimension and particularly in the areas of interest, UAE is a signatory of the Memorandum of Understanding for Multimedia Access to Education and Training in Europe. The University is a Local Agent for the International Network supporting the Institute for Mathematical Sciences (IMS project).

Academic and Research Expertise: Substantive work has been carried out, or is being carried out in the areas of major interest to the proposed activities and developments: systems design, collaborative design, distance learning and learning technologies, communication studies (including computer mediated communication), decision support systems, design of information systems,  human computer interaction, computer supported collaborative work, knowledge based systems, medical information systems, modelling user intentions, network security, reasoning with uncertainty, simulation, social computing, soft computing, technology assessment, transportation.

Projects: The University has been involved in a range of EU funded projects concerned with distance and online learning, such as: IDEAL (ESPRIT); STARTUP Comnet (Delta); RENAISSANCE (ACTS); and GESTALT (ACTS). Other relevant involvement includes projects concerned: with Human Computing Interaction as AMODEUS 2 (ESPRIT), with information brokerage and intelligent agents as GAIA (ACTS), Bentoweb for providing new software modules and methodologies that satisfy some of the accessibility recommendations of the Web Accessibility Initiative of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). Moreover, a number of nationally funded projects represent a solid basis for the tasks to be undertaken, for instance the Aegean Institute for Continuous Education (ΕPΕΑΚ).

Role in project: Relying on its expertise in networked technologies for collaborative and educational purposes, the UAE will undertake the leading role in WP3-Infrastructure development and integration. To that end it will coordinate the joint efforts of UNED in the developing of e-Learning tools and will work in close cooperation as to provide a reliable integration of the different tools constituting the joint platform, which also include Certification and Assessment tools (WP6), ID-glossaria (WP4), Documentation repositories and e-Portfolio (WP5). In collaboration with the other partner it will provide general and specific guidelines in order to ensure usability and interoperability for all the e-infrastructural developments and content provision provided by all parts. Its previous work in the planning of the domusBITae Infrastructure (which full deployment is planned to be undertaken in subsequent steps, beyond the scope of this project) and early developments in close collaboration with other partners and associates offers a privileged position for the coordination of the overall development, achieving a suitable integration, assessing its result and elaborating future guidelines.

UAE will also be committed to serve in the other transversal activities, regarding education (WP3), research (WP4), Documentation (WP5), Analysis and Assessment (WP6), Dissemination (WP7) and the exploitation of results (WP8). The expertise of the team involved offers solid grounds to achieve best results in these commitments.

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Prof.John Darzentas

Head of the Department of Product and Systems Design Engineering. He is Docent at the Abo Akademi in Finland, and he is visiting professor at the University of Athens, where he lectures to postgraduate students on electronic commerce. His interests include: Systems theory, Information systems design, intelligent systems and decision support systems, human computer interaction, computer supported collaborative work, learning systems, and learning technologies. He is on the editorial board of a number of journals and has authored many papers published in books, journals and conference proceedings. Professor Darzentas is the Greek national representative to IFIP TC 13 (HCI), and a member of the CEN/ISSS Working Group for Learning Technologies. Website:

Dr. Modestos Stavrakis

Lecturer at the Department of Products and Systems Design Engineering of the University of the Aegean. He holds a PhD in Design from the same university, MSc in Computer Aided Graphical Technology Applications and BA(hons), in C.Visualisation from the University of Teesside (UK). He worked as a researcher in the areas of interaction design, distance learning, multimedia design, 3D modeling, virtual reality installations design, collaborative systems design for supporting design processes and the development of assistive technologies (VR and web) related to the support of visually impaired. His research has led to the co-authoring of journals and conference publications and book chapters in the areas of Interaction Design, User Experience Design, HCI, computer aided collaborative design, web information systems, computer assistive technologies, virtual reality, digital media design, digital arts and distance/e-learning. In these areas he lectures to undergraduate and post-graduate students.

He is a member of ACM, ACM SIGCHI (Special Interest Group in Computer-Human Interaction), ACM Greek charter on CHI (Gr-CHI) and a member of the of International Journal of Technology and Human Interaction. He is a reviewer in many scientific journals and conferences in the areas of Computing, HCI and Interaction Design. He has coordinated or participated in many national and international projects in asynchronous e-learning, collaborative systems design and interaction/user experience design.

Regarding already undertaken commitment with the consortium and the broader domusBITae initiative, Modestos worked as system administrator since the early developments of dB-gate for SCII and ISIS and therefore he will be coordinating the development of the infrastructure and the integration of collaborative and educational tools.


Among his recent publications in the area of interest is worth mentioning:

·       With Koutsabasis, P., et al. Spyrou, T., & Darzentas, J. (2010). Perceived impact of asynchronous e-learning after long-term use: implications for design and development. International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction.

·       With Vosinakis, S., Koutsabasis, P., Viorres, N., & Darzentas, J. (2008). Virtual Environments for Collaborative Design: Requirements and Guidelines from a Social Action Perspective. CoDesign, 4(3), 133-150.

·       With Koutsabasis, P., Viorres, N., Darzentas, J., Spyrou, T., & Darzentas, J. (2008). A descriptive reference framework for the personalisation of e-business applications. Electronic Commerce Research, 8(3), 173-192.

·       Verigakis, N., Stavrakis, M., & Darzentas, J. (2010). Educational Interactive Storytelling for Narrative Comprehension and Recall in Dyslexic Children: Employing a Mythic Narrative Structure. In First International Workshop on Interactive Storytelling for Children. Presented at the IDC 2010, Barcelona, Spain: ACM.

Dr. Thomas Spyrou

Assistant Professor in the Department of Product and Systems Design Engineering in the University of the Aegean.  He is Technical Director of Aegean-Net, the network linking the distributed campus of the University of the Aegean, as well as providing internet services to other educational communities of the Aegean, -schools and training centres, -through high speed networks. In addition, he is an executive member of GUnet technical committee; and its special activities on inter -institutional directory services of the GRnet (Greek Research and Technology Network) technical committee; and of the technical committee of the EDUnet, the Greek Secondary Educational Network. He has participated in a number of projects both funded nationally and by the European Union. He has published in scientific journals and participated in national and international conferences, in the areas of information systems, artificial intelligence, decision support systems, intelligent tutoring systems, simulation and security. Website:

Among his recent Publications in the area of interest is worth mentioning:

·       With Panayiotis Koutsabasis, Modestos Stavrakis, John Darzentas (2011), Perceived impact of asynchronous e-learning after long-term use: implications for design and development. International Journal of Human-Computer         Interaction, Taylor & Francis. Vol. 27, Issue 2, Feb. 2011.

·       With Argyris Arnellos, Dimitrios Lekkas, Dimitrios Zissis, John Darzentas (2011). Fair Digital Signing: The Structural Reliability of Signed Documents, Computers & Security, Volume 30, Issue 8, November 2011, Pages 580–596 Elsevier, 2011.

·       With Panayiotis Koutsabasis, Jenny S. Darzentas, Evaluating usability evaluation methods: criteria, method and a case study, 12th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, Beijing, China, 2007, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Vol. 4550, Springer.

·       With Maria Kapsi, Evangelos Vlachogiannis, Jenny Darzentas (2009), The usability of web accessibility guidelines: An approach for evaluation, HCI International.

·       With Kalliopi Peponi, Argyris Arnellos, John Darzentas (2009). A new way of classifying and comparing systemic methodologies. In the 23rd European Conference on Operational Research, EURO XXIII, Bonn, July 5-8, 2009.

Dr.Panayiotis Koutsabasis

Dr. Panayiotis Koutsabasis is lecturer of Human-Computer Interaction at the department of Product and Systems Design Engineering, University of the Aegean. He has been working for several years as a researcher in the area of human-computer interaction with particular interest in intelligent user interfaces, systems personalisation and adaptation, usability evaluation and accessible Web design, in application areas such as e-commerce, distance learning and design support. He has been involved in several research projects and published in international scientific journals and conferences. His research interests are wide ranging, and include: interaction design, design methodology, design and usability, design for all, systemic thinking and practice, evaluation of interactive systems, Web design, personalization and mass customisation, collaborative systems design, artificial intelligence, decision support systems.

He is a member of ACM, ACM SIGCHI (Special Interest Group in Computer-Human Interaction), and ACM Greek charter on CHI (Gr-CHI). He is a reviewer in many scientific journals and conference in the areas of his expertise and a member of the scientific committee of International Journal of Technology and Human Interaction.

He participated in more than 20 national and international projects as technical coordinator and principal researcher, including: 2004-2007: IST BenToWeb (Benchmarking Tools and Methods for the Web, IST-2-004275), 2003-2005: IST IDCnet (Inclusive Design Curriculum Network, IST-2001-38786), 2000-2003: IST IRIS (Incorporating the Requirements of People with Special Needs or Impairments to Internet-based systems and Services), 2000-2002: IST GUARDIANS (Gateway to User Access of Remote and Distributed Information and Network Services). Website:

Among his most relevant publications in the field of interest is worth mentioning:

·       (2011) Human-Computer Interaction: Principles, Methods and Paradigms, Klidarithmos (in Greek).

·       With Vosinakis, S. (accepted for publication) Problem-Based Learning for Design & Engineering Activities in Virtual Worlds, PRESENCE: Teleoperators and Virtual Environments, MIT Press.

·       With Vosinakis, S. (2012) Rethinking HCI Education for Design: Problem-Based Learning and Virtual Worlds at an HCI Design Studio, International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction, Vol. 28, Issue 8, pp. 475-499, Taylor & Francis.

·       With Vosinakis, and P. Zaharias, P. (accepted for publication) Course Lectures as Problem-Based Learning Interventions in Virtual Worlds, LNCS Transactions on Edutainment, Springer.

·       With Istikopoulou, T. (accepted for publication) Perceived Web Site Aesthetics from Users and Designers: Implications for Evaluation Practice, International Journal of Technology & Human Interaction, IGI Global.

·       With P. Vosinakis, S. Malisova, K, Paparounas, N. (2012) On the Value of Virtual Worlds for Collaborative Design, Design Studies, Elsevier Science, Volume 33, Issue 4, July 2012, Pages 357–390.

Dr. Spyros Vosinakis

Assistant Professor in the Department of Product and Systems Design Engineering in the University of the Aegean with subject in “Virtual Reality”. He holds a PhD in Informatics at the University of Piraeus, Greece with subject: “Intelligent Agents in Virtual Environments”. In 2000, he received an MSc in “Computer Graphics and Virtual Environments” at the Department of Computer Science, University of Hull, UK. In 1998 he graduated at the Dept. of Informatics of the University of Piraeus, Greece.  He has worked in two national research projects co-funded by the EU: PENED’99 “Intensional languages and applications in multimedia, hypermedia and virtual reality” (1 year as a junior researcher) and PYTHAGORAS “Spatio-temporal Data and Knowledge Management in Intelligent Virtual Environments” (2.5 years as a post-doctoral researcher). He participated in the organization of the international conference Intelligent Virtual Agents 2005 (IVA05) and of the Hellenic Conference on Artificial Intelligence (with international participation) SETN 2008, for which he was also co-editor of the Proceedings (Springer LNCS volume). He was also member of the scientific committee of several conferences and has participated as a reviewer in distinguished journals. Website:  

Selected Publications (Recent):

·       With I. Papadakis, “Enhancing semantic and social navigation in information-rich virtual worlds”, International Journal of Interactive Worlds, in print.

·       With P. Koutsabasis, “Problem-Based Learning for Design & Engineering Activities in Virtual Worlds", PRESENCE: Teleoperators and Virtual Environments, 21(3), 2012.

·       With P. Koutsabasis, “Rethinking HCI Education for Design: Problem-Based Learning and Virtual Worlds at an HCI Design Studio”, International Journal of Human Computer Interaction, 28:8, pp. 485-499. 2012.

·       With P. Koutsabasis and P. Zaharias, “Course Lectures as Problem-Based Learning Interventions in Virtual Worlds”, LNCS Transactions on Edutainment, in print.

·       With Koutsabasis, S. Malisova and N. Paparounas, “On the Value of Virtual Worlds for Collaborative Design”, Design Studies, 33(4), 357–390, 2012.

·       With S. Vosinakis, "Engaging Students in HCI Design Activities in Virtual Worlds", IEEE Learning Technology Newsletter, special issue on Virtual Worlds for Academic, Organizational and Life-long Learning, October 2011.

Dr. Jenny Darzentas

Lecturer in the Department of Products and Systems Design Engineering at the University of the Aegean. Her main interests as regards this proposal are in the accessibility of informational content, in terms of being usable and ultimately meaningful for information seekers and users. Her research covers information design and structure that are in accord with relevant communication theories. That is, to work to turn static repositories of information into hubs around which can evolve active communities of researchers. She has worked on European funded projects related to information retrieval and organisation and in projects related to accessibility and usability of mainly digital content.


Recent Publications:

·        With Koutsabasis, P. and Vlachogiannis (2010) Beyond Specifications: Towards a Practical Methodology for Evaluating Web Accessibility, Journal of Usability Studies, August 2010, Vol.5, Issue.4, Usability Professionals' Association.

·        With Koutsabasis, P. Stavrakis, M, Viorres, N. Spyrou, T. and Darzentas, J. (2008) A Descriptive Reference Framework for Personalisation of E-business, Electronic Commerce Research, Volume 8 , Issue 3, (September 2008) pp. 173-192, Springer

·        With Darzentas, J.: (2012) Design for All: stimulating students to search and research, to appear in Proceedings of Design Research Society, July.

·        Miesenberger, K., Velleman, E., Crombie, D., Petrie, H.L., Darzentas, J.S., Velasco, C. (2012) The eAccess+ Network: Enhancing the Take-Up of eAccessibility in Europe, to appear in Proceedings of ICCHP, July, LNCS Springer Verlag

·        With Darzentas, J. (2012) Inclusive and accessible information design for self service terminals (SSTs) to appear in Proceedings of Information Design Conference (IDC2012)

George Pyrounakis

George Pyrounakis possesses an MSc in Advanced Information Systems and a BSc degree from the Department of Informatics and Telecommunications on the University of Athens. He is a Phd student in the same Department and his research mainly focuses on Digital Libraries, Databases and Distributed Systems.

He has designed and implemented many software applications (digital libraries, web infrastructures, online shops, workflow applications, etc) using the programming languages Java and PHP. He also develops dynamic websites in the open source platforms Joomla and Drupal.

He is currently working as a programmer and system administrator in the IT Department of the University of the Aegean in Syros island. He participates as a web developer in many University projects (E-learning platform, University Summer Schools, University's Quality Assurance Unit, Greek Schools Network).

Partner number - P 4


Organisation name

Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia

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The National Distance Education University (UNED) has as its mission the public service of higher education through the modality of distance education. At more than 205,000 students, UNED has the largest student population in Spain and is one of the largest universities in Europe. Since 1972, UNED has sought to translate into action the principle of equal opportunity in access to higher education through a methodology based on the principles of distance learning and focused on the needs of the student. UNED is the leader in the implementation of cutting edge technologies applied to learning, with the largest offer of virtual courses in Spain. Its educational programmes ranges: 27 bachelor´s degrees adapted to the European Higher Education Area (EHEA); 45 official university master's degrees adapted to the EHEA; 39 doctoral programs adapted to the EHEA; 110 Ph.D. programs; as well as large variety of Lifelong Learning Programmes and over 900 extension courses, in which a well-known offer of summer courses are included. UNED is established in all the Spanish Autonomous Communities in the form of 61 Associated Centers and more than 100 extensions and classrooms, where tutoring takes place and also the venues for the proctoring of in-person exams. It is present in 13 European, American and African countries. In its headquarters the academic teaching staff amounts to over 1,400 in 9 Faculties and 2 Technical Colleges, but more than 7,000 Professor-Tutors spread across the Associated Centers.

For this project, UNED assumes a leadership in WP8 regarding exploitation of results (WP8), understanding that it is in a privileged position to raise awareness on a proper underpinning of interdisciplinarity throughout the Higher Education community and its key-players. To this end, it will be particularly committed to host the third Summer Academy, under the motto “The integration of cultures in the 3rd Millennium”, which reference to the fruitful integration of sciences and cultures will symbolically represented by selecting -as venue- Toledo, melting-pot of the three cultures. In this event key-players will be invited to participate and get to know the integrative approach developed throughout the summer academies and expanded events. Nevertheless the awareness raising will previously start by taking early steps in the sustainability of the initiative, through the planning of its consolidation (WP3, 4) and the participation in the e-government platform. A plan for extending the latter throughout the Spanish University System and abroad may indirectly facilitate higher impacts for our purpose.

A major role in the development of the infrastructure (WP2) will be undertaken by UNED team in closed collaboration with the University of Aegean, for which sufficient expertise has been shown in the everyday running of our university. The association with the Observatory of the Cybersociety (OCS,, who has expressed its intention to contribute to the project, offers an innovative path for the proposed development. OCS in cooperation with UNED and other partners carried on a successful initiative in 2011 based upon hybrid learning and open innovation methodologies for which specific tools where developed. These will be advanced as to meet our requirements, allowing the organization of our education and research activities as expanded events, which spread on space and time.

But UNED will be also tightly engaged in the co-organisation of the other summer academies; the development of education materials (WP3); the proposal, integration and facilitation of research (WP4); the documentary compilation (WP5); the quality and impact assessment in close collaboration with HM (WP6); the dissemination activities (WP7). 

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José Francisco Álvarez Ávarez

J. Francisco Álvarez is Full Professor of Logic and Philosophy of Science at UNED, where he served as Vice-Rector for International and Institutional Relations from 2006-2009. His areas of research include Philosophy of the Social Sciences, the emergence of scientific attitude –applied to assessment processes, and knowledge transfer and management–; Bounded Rationality; Controversies and social networks; Philosophy of Economics; ICTs and Society. He has been associated researcher at the Darwin College, Cambridge, UK (1992-1993); researcher with heritage chair at CONACYT, México (1994). He has coordinated and participated in a number of research projects, supported by national and international support agencies, and collaborating with many research groups and relevant institutions. He has authored a large number of publications –including more than 50 articles in journals of high international recognition-. Among his recent publications: 

     (2012). Un fantasma recorre la aldea global:  Infotopía, redes sociales y gobierno abierto (A spectre is haunting the global village: infotopia, social networks and open government). Le Monde Diplomatique, 206.

     (2011) “Explicación vs. Argumentación” (explication vs argumentation), “método/metodología” (method/methodology) y “racional/razonable” (rational/reasonable), voices of Compendio de Lógica, Argumentación y Retórica (Compendium of logic, argumentation and retoric), Luis Vega y Paula Olmos (eds.), Madrid: Editorial Trotta.

     (2010) Spanish editor of J. Suart Mill: The logic of the social sciences, and author of the introductory study: “La vigencia intelectual de John Stuart Mill” (the current intellectual validity of John Stuart Mill). CSIC, 2010.

     (2009) Elección racional y racionalidad limitada (rational election and limited rationality) in Garcia-Bermejo, J.C. (ed) Sobre la Economía y sus métodos (On Economy and its methods),  Ed. Trotta y CSIC. Madrid, pp. 177-196.

     Coauthored with J. Echeverría (2008). “Bounded Rationality in Social Sciences”. Poznan Studies in the Philosophy of the Sciences and the Humanities, 96 (1): 173-189.

     Coauthored with J. Echeverría  (2008). Languages in the knowledge society. Arbor, 184(734). pp. 1025-1033.

Luis Vega Reñón

Luis Vega Reñón is professor of Argumentation Theory and History of Logic at UNED, Madrid. He has been visiting professor in several universities abroad such as Cambridge (UK), México (UNAM, UAM, UACM), Xalapa, Bogotá, Santiago de Chile, Córdoba, Montevideo. His main topics of research are cross- and interdisciplinary, namely: some basic (pragmatic, logical, dialectical, rhetorical, socio-institutional) approaches to, and aspects of, the theory of argumentation, as considered in a number of papers and in his book: (2003) Si de argumentar se trata (Barcelona: Montesinos; 2007 2nd, 305 pp).

On this line, he has also authored other works, though in a rather historical vein, e.g. from (1998) “Aristotle’s Endoxa and Plausible Argumentation”, Argumentation, 12/1, 95-113, till (2008) “Sobre paralogismos: ideas para tener en cuenta”, Crítica. Revista Hispanoamericana de Filosofía, 40/119, 45-65, about C. Vaz Ferreira’s ideas on paralogisms.  Currently, he is interested as well in digging up and studying Spanish receptions and traditions in the formal/informal logic and the theory of argumentation, and directs a research project entitled “Arguing in the Public Sphere: Deliberation as a Paradigm”. On the editorial side, he is the director of the new online journal Revista Iberoamericana de Argumentación (RIA), and editor in chief of the collective work (2011) Compendio de Lógica, Argumentación y Retórica (Madrid: Trotta, 2012 2nd, 708 pp).

Eduardo de Bustos Guadaño

Professor of Philosophy of Language at UNED, Madrid. His main lines of research: Philosophy of language, of information and Communications, cognitive sciences, critical analysis of technology, contemporary theory of metaphor. He is author of Introducción a la filosofía del lenguaje (with J.J. Acero and D. Quesada), Madrid: ed. Cátedra, 1982; Pragmática del español: negación, cuantificación y modo, Madrid: UNED, 1986; Filosofía contemporánea del lenguaje, 3 vols., Madrid: UNED, 1987, 1992, La metáfora: ensayos transdisciplinares, Madrid: FCE, 2000 and Pragmática y lingüística: fundamentos y aplicaciones (with F. Aliaga), Madrid: Visor (in press). He has translated  (with E. Pérez) into spanish R. Brandom´s Articulating Reasons (La articulación de las razones), Madrid: Siglo XXI, 2002. He has also lectured in the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, and the Pontificia Universidade Catolica de Sao Paulo, Brasil. At the University of Cambridge, he has been visiting professor (Dpt. of Linguistics) as well as at the Institute of Cognitive Science of the University of California at Berkeley.

Main publications: La metáfora: ensayos transdisciplinares (Metaphor: transdisciplinary essays). Fondo de Cultura Económica, Madrid, 2000. “La metáfora en la ciencia y en el arte (Metaphor in science and art) in   S. Castro y A. Marcos, eds., Arte y ciencia: mundos convergentes, Plaza y Valdés. Madrid, 2010.  “Argumentación y terrorismo”, en L. Vega y G. Bolado, eds., La argumentación en el discurso público, Santander: Parlamento de Cantabria, 2011, 69-95. Together with R. Feltrero: “Internet y el acceso al conocimiento: la articulación de lo epistemológico y lo moral”, en A. R. Pérez Rasanz y A. Velasco, coords. Racionalidad en ciencia y tecnología. Nuevas perspectivas iberoamericanas, México: UNAM, 2011, 393-405. “The Creative Function of Abduction: Constraints on Abductive Inference in Artistic and Scientific Creativity”, en S. Castro y A. Marcos, eds. , The Paths of Creation, Berna: P. Lang AG, 47-61. “Metáfora y terrorismo étnico”, Isegoría, 46, 2012: 105-124. “Literatura y cognición en el contexto de las Nuevas Humanidades” (Literature and Cognition in the New Humanities context)”. Forma y Función, 2012.

Daniel Domínguez Figaredo

Professor and researcher at the Faculty of Education, UNED, Madrid. His research interests focus on the technological mediation and educational theories that support learning in cybersocial environments. In his latest contributions he has deepened the analysis of social learning in open networked spaces, the distributed knowledge management, open educational resources and virtual worlds heuristics, since the focus of lifelong learning. He has participated in numerous conferences and coordinated research projects at national and international level. 

He was Head of Digital Services at UNED (, between 2007 and 2010. He is currently Chairman of the CyberSociety Observatory (, personal page:

Research Projects:

     UNED Project Manager: “E-xcellence” (2010-2012), European Commission, Lifelong Learning Programme.

     UNED Project Manager: “España Virtual” (2008-2011), CDTI financial - Ingenio Programme 2010, Ministry of Industry, Spain.

     UNED Project Manager:  “European Portal for International Courses and Services (EPICS) for Virtual Erasmus” (2008-2010), European Commission, Lifelong Learning Programme.

Recent publications:

     Domínguez, Daniel; Álvarez, José Francisco (2012). Social networks and University Spaces. Knowledge and open Innovation in the Ibero-American Knowledge Space. Revista de Universidad y Sociedad del Conocimiento (RUSC), 9(1), 245-257,

     Domínguez Figaredo, Daniel (2012). Escenarios híbridos, narrativas transmedia, etnografía expandida. Revista de Antropología Social, 21, 197-215.

     Domínguez, D. y Masana, E. (2012). Aprendizaje ubicuo y ecosistemas híbridos. NovATIca, 216, 40-45.

     Gil-Jaurena, Inés y Domínguez Figaredo, Daniel (2012). Open Social Learning y educación superior. Oportunidades y retos. Revista Iberoamericana de Educación, 60, 191-203.

     Domínguez Figaredo, Daniel (2011). Conceptualización y prospectiva de los mundos virtuales como escenarios formativos. Revista Española de Pedagogía, 249, 305-321.

     Álvarez, J.F.; Álvarez, L.; Domínguez, D. y Kiczkowski, A. (2011). Gobierno electrónico y gobernanza en el Sistema Universitario Español. Madrid, Ministerio de Educación de España (Informe final, Programa de Estudios y Análisis, EA-2010-0147).

     Domínguez Figaredo, Daniel y Trillo Miravalles, Paz (2009). Open learning based on social networks: Facebook integration in an OCW course. Proceedings of the Second international on-line conference on “Innovation in Training Practice”, 9-10 November.

     Domínguez Figaredo, Daniel (2009). La organización red en educación a distancia. Revista Iberoamericana de Educación a Distancia (RIED), 12(1), 15-36.

José Luis Fernández Vindel

Bachelor's degree in Physics from the UNED. Master's degree in Theoretical Physics from the UAM (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain), PhD. in Science (Artificial Intelligence: Artificial Vision) from UNED in 1994. Associate Professor in the Dept. of Artificial Intelligence at UNED since 1996. 

Current and past teaching responsabilities include undergraduate and graduate courses on the theory of computation and computational logic (knowledge representation and reasoning, modal logics, descriptions logics, ontologies).

These recent years, mainly involved in executive tasks. First as Vice-Dean, Deputy Head of the School of Computer Engineering [2006-09]. Later, as Vice-Rector, Pro Vice Chancellor of Technology at UNED [2009-10]. More recent and next activities include:

     (April-June 2011) a research stay at the Open University UK as an OLnet fellow.

     (Feb-March 2013) designer and lecturer of a MOOC on Logic in MiriadaX (the first world-wide experience of a MOOC platform for the spanish-speaking community)

     (Feb-April 2013) a research stay at the KMI, Open Universitiy UK, in the context of theLinkedUp project.

Inés Gil Jaurena

She holds a PhD in Education, and works as a professor at the Faculty of Education of UNED in Madrid. She has experience in european (Comenius, Erasmus, Alfa) and national projects related to intercultural education, teacher education and lifelong learning. She is an active member of the INTER Group since 2002 ( She is the editor of the scholarly journal Open Praxis (, published by the International Council for Open and Distance Education and focused on research and innovation in the practice of distance and e-learning. 

Recent publications:

•   Gil-Jaurena, Inés. (2013). Openness in higher education. Open Praxis, 5(1), 3-5.

•   Gil-Jaurena, Inés & Domínguez, Daniel. (2012). Open Social Learning y educación superior. Oportunidades y retos. Revista Iberoamericana de Educación, 60, 191-203. Monográfico Entornos Virtuales de Aprendizaje en Iberoamérica.

•   Gil-Jaurena, Inés. (2012). Evaluación interna y empoderamiento en proyectos y redes de investigación y cooperación transnacional. El valor de la educación. Madrid: Universitas. Pp. 105-113.

•   Domínguez, Daniel & Gil-Jaurena, Inés. (2011). Acreditación de aprendizajes en escenarios formativos abiertos: Aproximación conceptual al modelo de los 'badges'. XII Congreso Internacional de Teoría de la Educación, Barcelona, 20-22 octubre 2011. Publicación electrónica.

•   VV.AA. (2011). Educación de adultos: modalidad a distancia, sectores de intervención, organización y oferta. Madrid: UNED.

•   VV.AA. (2010). Diversidad e igualdad en educación. Madrid: UNED.

•   VV.AA. (2010). Showcases of University Strategies and Business Models for Lifelong Learning. Heerlen, The Netherlands: EADTU.

•   VV.AA. (2010). Organising Lifelong Learning. A Report on University Strategies and Business Models for Lifelong Learning in Higher Education. Heerlen, The Netherlands: EADTU.

•   Gil-Jaurena, Inés. (2010). University strategies for lifelong learning in higher education. The UNED case, en EADTU. (2010). Strategies and business models for Lifelong Learning / Networking Conference Proceedings. Zermatt, 27-29 september 2010. Pp. 144-160.

Paula Olmos Gómez

MS. in Architecture from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid; MS. in Philosophy from UNED 2001, PhD. in Philosophy from UNED. She is researcher at the Department of of Logic, History and Philosophy of Science. She has coordinated and taken part in a number of projects in the areas of history of science, logic, and argumentation, organising scientific gatherings in the field. She has been granted by several Scholarships, being invited scholar in Cambridge, Padua, and Limoges.


     Olmos Gómez, P. (ed.) (2012) Greek Science in the Long Run: Essays on the Greek Scientific Tradition (4th c. BCE – 17th c. CE). Newcastle upon Tyne (RU): Cambridge Scholars Publishing. (ISBN: 978-1-4438-3775-0)

     Vega Reñón, L.  y  P. Olmos Gómez (eds.) (2011) Compendio de Lógica, Argumentación y Retórica. Madrid: Trotta. 712 pp. (ISBN: 978-84-9879-191-4). 2ª ed. revisada y actualizada, 2012 (ISBN: 978-84-9879-251-5) 

     Olmos Gómez, P. (2010) Los negocios y las ciencias. Lógica, argumentación y metodología en la obra filosófica de Pedro Simón Abril (ca. 1540-1595). Madrid: CSIC (Colección: Estudios sobre la ciencia). 489 pp. (ISBN: 978-84-00-09210-8).

She has also articles recently published by important journals like Renaissance Studies, Argumentation, Studies in History and Philosophy of Science and Intellectual History Review. To name a few: 

      Olmos Gómez, P. (2013, in press) “Sciences, Negotia and Familiar Conversations: Pedro Simón Abril’s Wide-ranging Logic in its Renaissance Context”. Intellectual History Review.

      Olmos Gómez, P. (2012) “Two pagan literary encyclopaedias of Late Antiquity”. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science. Part A, 43/2: 284-292.

      Olmos Gómez, P. (2012) “Euge Graeculi nostri! Greek scholars among Latin connoisseurs in Macrobius' Saturnalia”. En: P. Olmos (ed.) Greek Science in the Long Run, (pp. 96-126), Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Partner number - P 5

Organisation name

Bertalanffy Center for the Study of Systems Science

C.1 Aims and activities of the organisation

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Please describe also the role of your organisation in the project. Provide information on the operational and financial management of the project within the organisation (limit 4000 characters).


The Bertalanffy Center for the Study of Systems Science (BCSSS), with headquarters in Vienna, is an non-profit international research organisation in the field of systems sciences, cybernetics, complexity science, network analysis, evolutionary theory and related areas of inter- and transdisciplinary research. It has coordinated and engaged in a number of international projects in these fields, and coordinates a network of highly reputed scientists in the field from Europe and abroad, who chair the scientific council of the Bertalanffy Center. Among other 40 member organisations it belongs to the International Federation for Systems Research (IFSR). The organisation is committed within IFSR to organise the European Meetings on Cybernetics and Systems Research (EMCSR, which take place periodically in Vienna since 1972, and where is planned to host dedicated symposia for the here proposed initiative –since it points to some of the core objectives of the BCSSS, and the IFSR altogether. The Bertalanffy Center has, among its basic missions, the aim of furthering the discussion and exchange among scientists but also between researchers, practitioners, politicians and the civil society in the field of systems thinking as a contribution to a transdisciplinary practice.

Concerning the specific leading role to be undertaken in the project (related to dissemination, WP7) is relevant to highlight that the BCSSS founded and is in charge of the scientific open-access online journal Systems. Connecting matter, life, culture and technology, as well as the book series Exploring Unity through Diversity. Besides other dissemination opportunities, these constitute two solid pillars for ensuring a good dissemination of results, as well as for attaining a high quality of the envisaged research activities (WP4). Furthermore, the “Ludwig von Bertalanffy Young Scientist Award”, sponsored by the Bertalanffy Center, may serve in the motivation of young researchers to deepen in the study of open-system thinking and to make substantive contributions to the approach which is here envisaged, which indeed meets the objectives of the Award.

Besides the coordination of all the dissemination activities (WP7), to which all the member shall contribute, the Bertalanffy Center will: organise dedicated symposia in the act as a clearing house for research proposals in the field of systems sciences (WP3), organise symposia as part of conferences in the field of systems sciences, like the EMCSR-2014 (Task 3.4); monitor, facilitate and assess research in the field of systems sciences (WP4); be responsible for the maintenance of the ID-glossary devoted to system thinking providing substantive entries, which may converge with the mission -entrusted by the IFSR- to develop an Encyclopaedia of Systems Science (Tasks 2.4 and 4.4),  participate in the Summer Academies while focussing on systems thinking (WP3); organise a joint publication planned to be published in the BCSSS book series; contribute to the documentation tasks –for instance, concerning the owned enormous archive from “Ludwig von Bertalanffy”–. Furthermore, relying on the network of researchers and organisations in the field, the Center may significantly serve to the objective of awareness rising and exploitation of results as to constitute the envisaged International Center for Integrative Interdiscicplinary Research.

The team convened to face these challenges is, according to its broad expertise and their international affiliation to a number of academic and research institutions of interest to the objectives of the proposal in a best position to accomplish all these commitments. An appropriate co-working capacity with the other partners is shown by previous collaboration, for instance: with ULE (P1), a 2 Months colloquium on the information concept from a systems perspective (ColloquiumBITae in 2009) was organised as a joint event, during a visiting professorship of Dr. Hofkirchner; with the IDS (P6) a number of publications and congresses has been co-organised along the past years, but also a substantive cooperation has been carried on with ISIS (P7) and AEU (P3).

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Peter Fleissner

Board member of the BCSSS, he has carried out worldwide renowned research in systems science since the mid-1970s, particularly in the area of economics, where his models are worldwide known. He has coordinated relevant international research in the field, publications, scientific gatherings and education programs in the field.  In the past, he was in charge of the area of System Science at the Austrian Academy of Sciences. He is full professor with tenure –retired in 2006– at the Vienna University of Technology, Faculty of Informatics. Among a broad range of research activities, he works in the field of computer simulations, in particular, system dynamics and agent based modelling, focussing on economic topics as well as the environmental context. Besides, he has been concerned for years with alternative methods of knowledge transfer aiming at raising awareness of students and lay people in designing social systems by using systems approaches. In the project he will be concerned with the development of research proposals and the implementation of courses at the planned summer academies, in which preliminary version in 2012 has already participated.

·       With EXNER, A., KRANZL, L., ZITTEL, W. (Eds.) (2013). Land and Resource Scarcity - Capitalism, Struggle and Well-being in a World without Fossil Fuels. Series: Routledge Studies in Environmental Policy. Routledge, Abingdon, Oxon

·       (2011). Mathematical Modelling und Computer Simulation: Pathways to Truth? In: H. Hisaki and J. Niznik (Eds.) What is Truth? In Philosophy and in Different Scientific Disciplines. Vienna: Scientific Center of the Polish Academiy of Sciences, Vienna, pp. 39-58.

·       With Pfeffer, J. (2010). Modellbildung (Model Construction). In: Stegbauer, Ch. and R. Häußling (Eds.) Handbuch Netzwerkforschung. Wiesbaden: VS-Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften | Springer Fachmedien, pp. 485-494.

·       (2008). Information Society: A Second "Great Transformation"? In: H. Htachovec, A. Pichler (Eds.) Philosophy of the Information Society Poceedings of the 30. International Wittgenstein Symposium Kirchberg am Wechsel, Austria 2007, Vol 2, 205-214.

Wolfgang Hofkirchner

Director of the Bertalanffy Center, he is being educated as Political Scientist and Psychologist, and has been working since in the field of Science–Technology–Society. He is associate professor at the Vienna University of Technology in the field of technology assessment. His current focus is on systems philosophy as part of a paradigm shift in weltanschauung, science and everyday thinking for mastering the challenges to the survival of civilisation. He has been appointed an academician of the Leibniz-Sozietät der Wissenschaften zu Berlin and of the International Academy for Systems and Cybernetic Sciences. He is president of the Bertalanffy Center. His task in the project will be to coordinate efforts, provide, and oversee the provision of, content for the education and research modules activities as well as for dissemination from the perspective of systems thinking. Furthermore because of his representation in the international arena of system thinking he will play a key role concerning impact and exploitation.

·       (2013) Emergent Information. A Unified Theory of Information Framework. In: World Scientific Book Series in Information Studies, vol. 3. World Scientific, New Jersey etc., 292

·       (2012) Sustainability and Self-Organisation: Sustainability in the Perspective of Complexity and Systems Science and Ethical Considerations. In: Nishigaki, T., Takenouchi, T. (eds.), Information Ethics: The Future of the Humanities, V2 Solution Publisher, Nagoya City, Japan, 190-217

·       With M. Schafranek (2011). General System Theory. In Hooker C. (ed). Philosophy of Complex Systems. San Diego: North Holland, pp. 177-194.

·       (2010) Twenty Questions About a Unified Theory of Information. A short Exploration into Information from Complex Systems View. Lichfield Park, AZ: Emergent Publications.

·       ed. (2010) Edgar Morin: Die Natur der Natur. Die Methode, Band 1. (Edgar Morin: The nature of nature. Method, volume 1) translated from French and introducted by R. E. Zimmermann) turia+kant, Wien-Berlin, 491p

·       (2010) Sustainable Development and ICTs. Special Issue, Journal of Information, Communication and Society, Vol. 13, Issue 1, February [co-guest editors Bradley, G., Bichler, R.]

Birgit Zehetmayer

Birgit Zehetmayer, board of the BCSSS, is researching on the reconstruction of the ideas of Ludwig von Bertalanffy regarding a general theory of social systems. She has studied ethnology, journalism, political sciences and sociology in Vienna. From 2000-2005 she worked as  scientific assistant at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Contemporary Research on Latin America (LBICRLA) and as scientific co-coordinator of a research project on indigenous communities (cultural systems) in Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Brazil, Bolivia and Ecuador. Since 2006 Birgit Zehetmayer is assistant director of the NGO ‘Institute of Intercultural Research and Cooperation’. Moreover she was involved in the management of a research project about professional further training in Vienna focusing especially on the job market (re)integration of young migrants, educational disadvantaged persons and longtime unemployed persons. She will contribute to the summer academies as well as the provision of content in the project modules in question.

·        Zehetmayer B. 2010: Eine österreichische Version der Biopolitik: Wo der Anspruch alles erklären zu können wissenschaftliches Vorankommen erschwert. Pages 431-446 in: Verdrängter Humanismus, verzögerte Aufklärung. Auf der Suche nach authentischem Philosophieren. Philosophie in Österreich 1951–2000 Band VI, edited by Knoll R, Benedikt M, et al. Vienna: Facultas.

·        Zehetmayer B. 2010: … aber vom Menschen wissen wir nichts. Zur systemischen Anthropologie Ludwig von Bertalanffys. Pages 197-212 in Transformationen der kritischen Anthropologie, edited by Zehetner C, Rauchenschwandtner H, Zehetmayer B. Vienna: Löcker.

Manfred Drack

At the BCSSS, he represents the area of Systems Thinking in Biology and Engineering. He was trained as a mechanical engineer and then studied biology. After performing research at the Center for Biomimetics at the University of Reading, he received a PhD from the University of Vienna with an interdisciplinary thesis on biomimetics and eco-design. He worked in several projects at the Center for Appropriate Technology of the Vienna University of Technology. With a project on the recent developments of General Systems Theory Rupert Riedl brought him back to the University of Vienna. After one year at the University of Rostock (Department of Systems Biology and Bioinformatics) he is now back at the University of Vienna (Department of Theoretical Biology), where he is the project leader of “Systems in Biology”, funded by the FWF, the Austrian Science Fund. He knows how to work interdisciplinary, especially combining the fields of biology, engineering and systemology, and will contribute to the summer academies as well as the provision of content in the project modules in question.

·        With Gebeshuber I C. (2013). Comment on “Innovation through imitation: biomimetic, bioinspired and biokleptic research” by A. E. Rawlings, J. P. Bramble and S. S. Staniland, Soft Matter, 2012, 8, 6675. Soft Matter 9: 2338–2340.

·        With Wolkenhauer O. (2011). System approaches of Weiss and Bertalanffy and their relevance for systems biology today. Seminars in Cancer Biology 21: 150–155.

·        Drack M, Schwarz G. (2010) Recent Developments in General System Theory. System Research and Behavioral Science 27: 601–610.

·        Gebeshuber I C, Gruber P, Drack M. 2009. A gaze into the crystal ball – biomimetics in the year 2059. Proc. IMechE Part C: J. Mech. Eng. Sci. 223:2899–2918.

·        With Apfalter W., Pouvreau D. (2007). On the Making of a System Theory of Life: Paul A Weiss and Ludwig von Bertalanffy’s Conceptual Connection. The Quarterly Review of Biology 82:349–373.

·        With Pouvreau D, Drack M. (2007). On the history of Ludwig von Bertalanffy’s “General Systemology”, and on its relationship to cybernetics – Part I: elements on the origins and genesis of Ludwig von Bertalanffy’s “General Systemology”. International Journal of General Systems 36:281–337. 

Stefan Blachfellner

Stefan Blachfellner is employed as Managing Director of the BCSSS ( He is founder of Stefan Blachfellner Consulting e.U. Since 1999 he works internationally as an entrepreneur in business and communication design from Europe to China. His experiences include consulting with Fortune TOP 500 industries, the service sector, public administration, cultural and educational organizations, and communities.

Graduate at the University of Salzburg he studied Communication, Management- and Social Psychology and Economic- and Social History. He is currently part time university lecturer at the Upper Austria University of Applied Sciences Campus Steyr and Hagenberg, CAMPUS 02 University of Applied Sciences Graz in

Austria, and the Danube University Krems in Austria, teaching over 10 subjects in six different curricula.

He is one of the co-founders of the international Change the Game Initiative, a network of notable individuals united by their interest in innovation, ethics and leadership. Furthermore he is an active member in several international scientific communities dedicated to social and technological innovations and systems science and research. In 2012 he was elected as Vice-President by the IFSR (International Federation for Systems Research). He serves several research journals as supervisory, managing and guest editor, among them “systems. connecting matter, life, culture and technology”, the journal of the BCSSS.

 Partner number - P 6

Organisation name

Institut für Design Science

C.1 Aims and activities of the organisation

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The Institute for Design Science Munich is a non-profit organization devoted to the fostering of and teaching curriculae within the field of the interdisciplinary sciences. Its research is related to appropriate concepts of design in a broad sense, as developed since the 1960s. These theoretical underpinnings –closed related to systems thinking and open innovation– are applicable to the development of a systematic form of designing (including at the sphere of social innovation), and to the scientific study of the artificial. Substantive achievements has been carried out in all these areas as it is shown in the internationals scientific gatherings organised by the Institute and in the book series and other bibliographic productions edited and published by the institute ( Though concerning staff the size of the organisation is small, along the past years the Institute has serve as a hub of researchers in the field through which a number of research projects and activities have been initiated and successfully carried out. The related network of researchers (from Europe and abroad) offers indeed an opportunity to involve a large research community through the academic affiliations of their members throughout Europe.

Regarding the project at stake, the Institute will play a leading role in the documentation activities (WP5), relying on the potentiality of gathering relevant documentation in the broad fields which are targeted, regarding as well scientific contents (T5.2) as the communities who are making advances in the field and exhibit potential synergies as to conform a broader network (T5.3). Since this meets one of the objectives of the institute, it will be particularly engaged in its fulfillment. The capacity of the team in coordinating and monitoring these tasks rely on previous bibliographic and media projects and the good relations established with the parts in previous works. The design skills of the team will be a key for the proper presentation of research work, abilities and collaboration potential of the involved students and researchers as intended in the e-Portfolio (T5.4). The publishing expertise of the institute will be committed in the coordinated elaboration of proceedings and book editions (T5.5).

Of relevance for the impacts of the project will be the video project (Task 7.4) that will be essentially coordinated by the team of the IDS, who has shown sufficient expertise in the past. Thanks to the close relationship with the Hochschule München (P2), this project will gain an educational dimension of particular interest for the project. In the field of media design, the IDS will also undertake the role of assessing layouts and the general appearance of the e-Infrastructure (WP2, WP6), as well as the logo design, included in Task 7.1.

The Institute will be committed as well on the organization of dedicated symposia and workshops during the summer academies in the field of design science covering aspects of high social impact (WP3, WP7). Concerning research (WP4), and education (WP3) it will deliver proposals; monitor, facilitate and asses research projects (T4.3); and provide contributions to the ID-glossaria (T4.4). Other transversal activities will be also assumed by the IDS concerning dissemination (WP7), and assessment (WP6).


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Michael Keller

Michael Keller is executive board member of the IDS, where -as founder Member- he has taken an active role from its beginning co-organising events, managing editions, partaking in conferences, and co-managing the courses of the Institute. He studied Communication Design at the Fachhochschule Darmstadt, and since 1997 he is Professor of Communication Design at the Hochschule München (Department of Design), where he was Dean from 2004 to 2009. He has carried out a number of design projects within a wide range of applications, as Exhibition Design for the Neue Sammlung (Munich), Poster Design for various Museums, Magazin Design, Illustration, Book Design for various Publishing Houses, Trailer Design for Bayerischer Rundfunk, or Childrens Books. Based upon this expertise he will coordinate some design projects involving students through collaborative work which will serve them as final degree work. His engagement in literature production has driven to a substantive expertise in documentation –as it has to be managed from the IDS within the project–.

Within the framework of the consortium, he has been previously involved in some design tasks for the preliminary development of the domusBITae infrastructure, developed in cooperation with León, Aegean and Vienna, which is now in operation and will serve as basis for the deployment here envisaged. The collaborative tools already deployed will be used, until they are updated for the documentation that the Institute will coordinate.

Francesca Vidal

Francesca Vidal is member of the executive board of the institute for design science where she carries out and monitors research in the field of cultural studies and rhetoric. She graduated as Dr. Phil 1992 with magna cum lauda in general rethoric at Eberhart-Karls-Universität Tübingen, habilitated 2010 with the Rhetoric of the Virtual (The Social Imperative of Rhetorical Education in the Culture of Concrete Virtuality, which constitutes a well-known book in the field) and received the Venia Legendi for Cultural Studies at the University Koblenz-Landau, Campus Koblenz, where she currently mentoring the program ‘Key Competencies’ at the Center for Continuing Education. Among numerous international research she has collaborated with the International Center for Information Ethics (Prof. Dr. Rafael Capurro) on “Ethics in the media” focused on Cyberwarfare, and was in charge monitoring of the project‚ “Crisis & Utopia” with Francesc Abad (Barcelona) in collaboration with the Goethe-Institute Barcelona, the Goethe-Institute Berlin, the Ramon Llull Institute Barcelona and the Sociedad Estatal para la Acción Cultural Exterior (Seacex, Barcelona). She is member in a number of scientific societies, and director of the Ernst Bloch Society. Along her fruitful carrier, she has produced a significant literature in the field of interest, recently:

·       Ed.: Einblicke in Blochsche Philosophie (Insights in Bloch’s Philosphy). Anlässlich des 70. Geburtstags von Gert Ueding. Jahrbuch der Ernst-Bloch-Gesellschaft 2012. Mössingen: Talheimer, 2012.

·       Topografias do esquecimento (Topographies of oblivion), in: Rainer E. Zimmermann; Rosalvo Schütz, Crítica e Utopia. Porto Alegre, RS-Brasil: Editore Sulina, 2012, S. 25-53.

·       Ramon Llull – ein mittelalterlicher Philosoph zwischen Mystik und Vernunft (Ramon Lull a medieval Philosopher between the mystic and the reason), in: Richard Faber, ed.: Was ist ein Intellektueller? Rückblicke und Vorblicke. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2012, S. 99-113.

·       Ästhetik ohne Illusion (Aesthetic without illusion), in: Susanne Herrmann-Sinai; Henning Tegtmeyer, Hg.: Metaphysik der Hoffnung. Ernst Bloch als Denker des Humanen. Leipzig: Universitätsvlg., 2012, S. 169-184.

·       Oratische Performanz im World Wide Web (Oratory performance in the World Wide Web), in: Peter Hanenberg; Fernando Clara, Hg.: Aufbrüche. Kulturwissenschaftliche Studien zu Performanz und Performativität. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2012, S. 48-59.

Franz Birkner

Franz Birkner as expert in Film, Video, Media-art and Photo-design has a long path of close collaboration with Michael Kellner, with whom they conforms a fruitful team in the field of media production. He studied German philology and Philosophy at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. He earned a degree from Photography by the Bayerische Staatslehranstalt für Photographie München. He is Prof. at the Faculty of Design (FK12), where he teaches in his areas of expertise. He has worked for the Bavarian Television in documentary and cinema productions and is member of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Photographie and the Deutsche Fotografische Akademie. He also has a substantive artistic work that has been exhibited in many European museums and galleries. This know-how grounds the work he will develop in the project guiding, monitoring and facilitating the video project to be developed by a team of students, as he has successfully done along the years, enabling the production of high-quality films and other media projects by the students themselves, who could present their results in professional exhibitions.

 Partner number - P 7

Organisation name

International Society for Information Studies

C.1 Aims and activities of the organisation

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The International Society for Information Studies is a multinational umbrella organization, registered as non-profit association in Vienna, Austria, for academics, students and practitioners researching in the field of Information Studies. ISIS members currently represent 15 universities and research institutions in Europe, America and Asia.

By ISIS Articles the society aims to support transdisciplinary research into theoretical foundations in the field of information studies by carrying out own research as well as organising knowledge exchange by conferences and other appropriate medias like magazines, and e-medias. Therefore ISIS hosts an international conference periodically every two years (2010 Peking, 2013 Moscow and 2015 Vienna). Furthermore ISIS intends to lay the scientific foundations for appropriate programs of education in information studies, as well as establishes frameworks for the communication and exchange of ideas on the issue of information between and among all participants by providing e-based platforms and tools.

Using its globalised network and experience, ISIS will support the project by proposing, initiating and leading research projects and tasks on information studies especially referred to WP4 modules. This includes the development and assessment of guidelines for research proposals, as well as the facilitation and monitoring of these activities, including an assessment of the substantial results. Also the coordination of the single WP4 modules in order to establish a consistent portfolio will be part of ISIS activities.

The integration of the findings produced by these research projects into the educational programs which will be developed is the next significant contribution of ISIS. ISIS here will actively support the integration by ensuring that the foundations made in the projects are applied to the design of the curriculas. Therefore ISIS also will take part on the planned summer academies.

ISIS will make its communication platforms available for presenting and discussing the outcome of project tasks to its information society community. Within the future ISIS conferences 2015 in Vienna and 2017 (place not defined yet) the project and its result will be considered significantly.

In order to ensure an adequate integration of ISIS involvement in the project its Secretary General was assigned as overall coordinator in charge of general management, financial management and quality assurance. According ISI´S organisational structure the vice-presidents for education, research and conferences where nominated as staff members to ensure the necessary prioritisation within the organisation. 


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Robert Jahn

1980 Robert Jahn is Secretary General of ISIS, in which mission is in charge of supplying the organization with all basic services it needs; but furthermore he is a researcher of the organisation advancing its scientific mission in its field of expertise. Of particular interest for our proposal, he created an interdisciplinary study program, approved by the Austrian ministry of science, of information science combining courses of biology at Vienna University with those of information technology at Vienna University of Technology. The studies were conceived as a new field in Austria for doctoral studies. The methodology –as hereby intended– was influenced by the cybernetic approach, applying basic information technology approaches to biology and vice versa. In the 1990s he joined an interdisciplinary project of the Institute of Design and Assessment of Technology at the Vienna University of Technology investigating the usage of the concept of Information in Ethology and defined information as an attribute of a system, which is defined by autopoietic characteristics.

In the 1980s he worked as systems engineer and project manager for large international software development projects. In 1994 he became Certified Management Consultant of the chamber of commerce Vienna. As management consultant he focused on process management, implementing ERP solutions in various European, international groups. During that time he managed successfully several large multinational projects for customers from almost all parts of the industry and commercial sector. Since 1997 he has been working in the IT management focusing on information management strategies.

Some relevant publications:

·       ROBERT JAHN (2011). The semiotic concept of Information within the Context of system theortical models in biology (German), in Kybernetik, evolutionäre Systemtheorie und Dialektik, Hg. K. Fuchs-Kittowski, R. E. Zimmermann, Berlin: Trafo Verlag

·       ROBERT JAHN (1998). Information and self-referential Systems in Ethology (German),in Information und Selbstorganisation, Hg. N. Fenzel, W. Hofkirchner, G. Stockinger, Innsbruck: Studien Verlag.

·       ROBERT JAHN (1997) „Aspects of the Concept of Information in Ethology“, Doctoral Thesis Vienna.

·       N. FENZL, P. FLEISSNER, W. HOFKIRCHNER, R. JAHN, G. STOCKINGER (1996) On the Genesis of Information Structures: A View that is neither Reductionistic nor Holistic, in Information, ed. by K. Kornwachs,K. Jacoby, Berlin: Akademie Verlag.

Elisabeth Buchanan

Elisabeth Buchanan is Vice-president for Education, entrusted to build a systematic edifice of teachings in information science aiming to establish it as a field of its own, as well as to develop foundations for curricula, therefore in close cooperation with the vice-presidency of research. Since 2011, she holds an endowed Research Chair and is Director at the Center for Applied Ethics of the University of Wisconsin-Stout, and is also Visiting Lecturer at the Upper Austria University of Applied Sciences in Hagenberg. She researches and teaches in the areas of information and research ethics. She was a 2006-07 Wisconsin Teaching Scholar, designated by the UW System Office of Professional and Instructional Development; is current Chair of the Association of Internet Researchers Ethics Working Group, Co-Director of the International Society of Ethics and Information Technology (INSEIT). She is the co-author, with Kathrine Henderson, of Case Studies in Library and Information Science Ethics (McFarland Press) and editor of Readings in Virtual Research Ethics. She was a 2006 recipient, with Charles Ess, of a National Science Foundation Ethics and Values in Science Grant on Internet Research Ethics ($175,000); and a National Science Foundation Recovery Act award of $375,000 for the Internet Research Ethics Commons; and Co-Principle Investigator on an NSF study on computer and information technology ethics ($400,000). She was a National Center for E-Social Science Visiting Research Fellowship at the University of Oxford in 2009. She was also an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Center for the Study of Bioethics, Medical College of Wisconsin, and a frequent consultant and speaker on internet-related research ethics. Elizabeth speaks frequently to universities and federal agencies on research ethics.

Some Relevant Publications:

·       Buchanan, E. and Ess, C. (2009). Internet Research Ethics and the Institutional Review Board: Current Practices and Issues. Computers and Society.

·       Buchanan, E.  and Hvizdak, E. (2009). Online Survey Tools: Ethical and Methodological Concerns of Human Research Ethics Committees. Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics (JERHRE) 4(2), 37-48.

·       Buchanan, E. (2009). Academics and Reflection: A Guest Editorial. Journal of Information Ethics, 18 (1), 3-5.

·       Buchanan, E.  and Britz, J. (2009). Ethics from the Bottom-Up? Immersive Ethics and the LIS Curriculum. Journal of Information Ethics.

·       Buchanan, E. (2008). Information Ethics: On Theory, Practice, and Responsibilities: A Conversation with Robert Hauptman. Library and Information Science Research 30, pp. 250-256.

Gordana Dodig-Crnkovic


Gordana Dodig-Crnkovic is Vice-president for Research of ISIS, committed to fulfil ISIS’ mission of carrying out own research, particularly in the field of the fundamentals of information science, in which underpinning she has develop a substantive work. She is Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics from University of Zagreb, 1988, and Ph.D. in Computer Science from Mälardalen University Sweden, 2006, where she serves as Associate Professor of Computing. After finishing her PhD in Physics, she worked as a researcher at the Rudjer Boskovic Institute in Zagreb. Her second doctoral thesis –in which she collaborated with the worldwide reputed mathematicians G. Chaitin and M. Burgin– entitled Investigations into Information Semantics and Ethics of Computing. Her research includes info-computational modeling, computing paradigms and philosophy of computing and information. She is teaching courses in Theory of Science, Computing and Philosophy, Ethics, and Formal Languages and Automata. She organized ECAP 2005 conference, Natural Computing Symposia and Socila Cognition Symposium at AISB/IACAP World congress 2012. She is board member at a number of international scientific organisations in the fields of Computing, Philosophy and Information. She has published more than hundred articles and several books including one authored ("Information and Computation Nets") and three edited books: "Computation, Information, Cognition" (with S. Stuart) and "Information and Computation" (with M. Burgin) and Computing Nature (with R. Giovagnoli, forthcoming).

Some Relevant Publications:

·       Dodig-Crnkovic G. and  Burgin M. (2011), Information and Computation (book) (available as Google book) World Scientific Publishing Co. Series in Information Studies 2011.

·       Dodig Crnkovic, G. (2012), Information and Energy/Matter. Information 2012, 3(4), 751-755. Special Issue "Information and Energy/Matter" doi:10.3390/info3040751

·       Dodig-Crnkovic G. (2012), The Info-computational Nature of Morphological Computing, in Müller V. C. (ed.), Theory and Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence (SAPERE; Berlin: Springer). (Selected contributions from PT-AI conference @ACT) pp. 59-68.

·       Dodig-Crnkovic G. (2012), Cognitive Revolution, Virtuality and Good Life, AI & SOCIETY, Special issue celebrating the 25th anniversary of the journal, Springer 2012. DOI: 10.1007/s00146-012-0394-2

·       Dodig-Crnkovic G. (2012), Info-computationalism and Morphological Computing of Informational Structure, in  Integral Biomathics, Simeonov, P., Smith, L. and Ehresmann, A. (Eds.). Springer Serie on Computational Intelligence and Complexity, Table of Contents, 2012. (Selected contributions from Conference on Integral Biomathics Stirling University, Scotland), pp. 97-105.

·       Dodig-Crnkovic G. and Hofkirchner W. (2011), Floridi’s Open Problems in Philosophy of Information, Ten Years After. Information 2011, 2(2), 327-359; doi:10.3390/info2020327.

·       Dodig-Crnkovic G. (2011), Info-Computational Philosophy of Nature: An Informational Universe With Computational Dynamics, chapter in: From First to Third via Cybersemiotics, the Festschrift for Prof. Søren Brier; Thellefsen, T., Sørensen, B. and Cobley, P., Eds.; CBS Copenhagen, Denmark, 2011. p.97

Luis Emilio Bruni

Luis Emilio Bruni is Vice-president for Conferences of ISIS, entrusted with the mission of organising and managing the required services for the scientific gatherings supported by the organisation. Including the compulsory periodical FIS conferences –one of them might be convened at the occasion of the foreseeing summer academy in Munich- and any other committed to fulfil the ISIS general objectives –as the ones that might be convened within the other summer academies. Regarding his scientific expertise as to support research activities, he is Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and Theory of Science at the Institute of Molecular Biology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark; MS. in International and Global Relations at the Universidad Central de Venezuela. BS. in Environmental Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University, USA. Since 2004 he is lecturer at the Department of Architecture of the Aalborg University (Denmark) in Design and Media Technology, teaching on multimodal perception and cognition, digital culture and theory of science. His current research covers relations between cognition, technology and culture with focus on sustainability.

For several years was guest lecturer in bioethics and sustainability at the Department of Biology of the University of Copenhagen. From 1987 to 1991 was researcher at the Communication Science and Artificial Intelligence Research Centre "Semeion" of Rome, Italy, where he started his research in semiotics, cybernetics and epistemological perspectives in culture-nature relations. From 1996 to 1999 was especial adviser on biodiversity, bioethics and sustainable development to the Amazonian Parliament and was researcher at the Venezuelan Centre for Global and International Relations of the Universidad Central de Venezuela. He was founder member of the International Society for Biosemiotic Studies (ISBS), currently serves in its executive committee and is member of the editorial board of the Biosemiotics Journal (Springer V.). In 2011 was elected president of the Nordic Association for Semiotic Studies (NASS).

Some Relevant Publications:

·        With Schoenau-Fog et al. (2013 in press). Authoring for Engagement in Interactive Dramatic Experiences for Learning. Transactions on Edutainment, 2013 (in press).

·        With Arnellos et al. (2012). Anticipatory Functions, Digital-Analog Forms and Biosemiotics : Integrating the Tools to Model Information and Normativity in Autonomous Biological Agents. Biosemiotics, 5 (3) pp. 331-367.

·        With Baceviciute et al. (2012). Digital Interactive Narrative Tools for Facilitating Communication with Children During Counseling: A Case for Audiology. Aalborg University Press.

·        With Bevensee et al. (2012). Project Aporia - An Exploration of Narrative Understanding of Environmental Storytelling in an Open World Scenario. Aalborg University Press.

·        With Giorgi, F. et al. (2012). Semiotic Selection of Mutated or Misfolded Receptor Proteins.  Biosemiotics, 13.03.2012.

·        With Giorgi, F. et al. (2011). Are olfactory receptors really olfactive? Biosemiotics, Vol. 4, Nr. 3, s. 331-347.

·        (2011). Cognitive Sustainability in the Age of Digital Culture. tripleC, Vol. 9, Nr. 2, 2011, s. 473-482.

·        (2011). The Multitrophic Plant-Herbivore-Parasitoid-Pathogen System : A Biosemiotic Perspective. In: Towards a Semiotic Biology: Life is the Action of Signs. Kalevi Kull; Claus Emmeche (Eds.). Imperial College Press, 2011. s. 143-166.