Project Type Innovationstransfer
Marketing Text InEDIC Projekt (2009-2011): Ein Konsortium von 20 Partnern (Forschungs-und Technologiezentren, Berufsbildungseinrichtungen, private Institutionen und Firmen aus der keramischen Industrie) aus 4 Ländern entwickeln modernes Ausbildungmaterial und Werkzeuge für die Integration von Umweltbelangen in das Produkt-Design keramischer Produkte. Das übergeordnete Ziel von InEDIC ist demnach zur Nachhaltigkeit, Innovation und Wettbewerbsfähigkeit der Keramik-Branche in Europa beitragen.
Ecodesign is a well established concept amongst environmental specialists in Europe, but there is a lack of know how to support the systematic integration of environmental considerations in the design of ceramic products. Despite its economic importance, the ceramic industry is suffering the effects of the slowing down of the European economy and it reports the effects of the competition of products from countries where environmental and social standards in manufacturing are considerably lower. The ceramic sector needs competitive products to survive in the market and by addressing the environmental features good opportunities for innovation and differentiation arise while the impacts along the life cycle are reduced.
The main objective of the InEDIC project (2009-2011) is the development of high quality training materials on ecodesign to the ceramics sector, in order to supply the designers, trainers and other professionals with the skills to apply this sustainability strategy and practice in companies and to disseminate this know-how in the VET system. This project is a follow up of a previous Leonardo Project, “Transfer of Knowledge in the Field of Ecodesign” (contract CZ/04/B/F/PP-168002), within which the InEDIC project will build on by updating the training materials and mostly by adapting them to the ceramic sector.
The consortium includes organizations from Portugal, Spain, Greece and Switzerland with recognized expertise in ecodesign and/or in ceramic design and production. Besides the Applicant Coordinator and the Core Partners, responsible for the contents development, the consortium includes Associated Partners, whose role will be mainly to test and validate the InEDIC training materials and products through the performance of demonstration projects.
The InEDIC project is expected to have an important role in the qualification of professionals, thus promoting employability, and will contribute to strengthen the know-how in sustainable development in the participating countries, in line with the goals of the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development.
This project will contribute to improve the quality and innovation in VET systems, institutions and practices through the production of training materials on ecodesign for ceramics, thus filling an identified gap in the sector. The quality and innovative character of the materials, that will be available on line and include ICT-based products, is ensured by the knowhow of the partners and the design of the project itself, which encompasses pilot projects in real life situations, through the participation of ceramic companies. Therefore, InEDIC results are expected to have high applicability and relevance and will be integrated in the curricula of VET partners, boosting the impact of the project after its completion. The InEDIC project will not only enhance the VET system in the partner countries (and elsewhere in Europe, in view of the planned dissemination activities) but also contribute to the development of the ceramic sector through the integration and application of ecodesign. The vocational skills that will be developed with InEDIC take into consideration the needs of the market, since ecodesign is a promising approach to promote the ceramic sector’s competitiveness in the global market. The performance of pilot projects will provide learning opportunities for companies’ staff, as well as for trainees from the VET institutions since internships are planned to take place, thus contributing to the LLL Programme’s objective of increasing the volume of placements in enterprises throughout Europe.
The specific objectives of the InEDIC project are:
To develop training materials on ecodesign adapted to the ceramics sector, in order to supply the designers and other professionals with the skills to apply this strategy and practice in the companies;
To integrate ecodesign good practices in the ceramic industry through the training of new designers, trainees and other professionals and the development of pilot projects in companies;
To promote the dissemination of ecodesign in VET through the integration of the training materials in the design and ceramic schools curricula;
To support the competitiveness of the ceramic sector in Europe, creating added value to the companies within the challenges of sustainable development and globalization;
To support the development of innovative, more eco efficient ceramic products, and promote them as inspiring examples to other companies;
To contribute to the qualification of professionals in the ceramics business and within training institutions;
To contribute to the knowledge in sustainable development in the participating countries, according with the goals of the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development
Through these objectives the project will foster the development of skills in the ceramic sector considering the needs of the labour market in view of the challenges of competitiveness in a globalized economy. The establishment of academia/VET/businesses partnerships will also contribute to this endeavour.
The methodology proposed for the project consists on the performance of a situation analysis (baseline study in each partner country to evaluate the concrete needs of ecodesign know how in the ceramic industries), the development of the InEDIC training materials (InEDIC Manual, Databases of materials and technologies and Support material for trainers), their test through training and demonstration projects in companies, and finally the evaluation, refining and editing of such materials.
Nutzung und Verbreitung von Ergebnissen
Erbringung von Sonstigen Dienstleistungen
Erziehung und Unterricht
Unterlagen für offenen Unterricht
The main outcomes of the project will be the state-of-the art training materials and ecodesign tools for the ceramic sector:
• InEDIC Ecodesign Manual
• InEDIC Databases of materials and technologies including not only technical but also environmental features
• InEDIC Support material for trainers, including didactics
• Curricula development for the integration of ecodesign in ceramic courses
• Case studies presenting the results of the 10 demonstration projects ceramic companies of the participating countries
• InEDIC website where all results and resources will be available