INNOMED-UP
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Promoting UPcycling in Circular Economy through INNovation and education for creative industries in MEDiterranean cities

About the project

Mediterranean cities face the issue of overwhelming waste production demanding effective and urgent actions. Circular economy principles may offer a solution to this problem. As it is generally recognised that a noticeable percentage of waste in city centres is produced by Cultural and Creative Industries (CCIs), their involvement in circular economy schemes is of great importance. Although there are disparities between cities in the North and the South of the Mediterranean area, they share common cultural characteristics. Therefore, by building on their common identity and by integrating into their productive schemes the principles of the circular economy, Mediterranean cities can create resilient urban environments and communities, establishing a supportive framework for CCI SMEs clustering. INNOMED-UP proposes to work with CCIs to shift local urban economies towards a circular production and consumption paradigm including optimal use of material resources, innovation enhancement for SMEs, knowledge transfer among cities, social inclusion and citizens’ engagement. The project will work at a cross-border level supporting both technological developments (such as modern procedures of upcycling, technological informative platforms, etc.) and traditional recycling practices. 

Key information

INNOMED-UP
Promoting UPcycling in Circular Economy through INNovation and education for creative industries in MEDiterranean cities
A.2 Support to education, research, technological development and innovation
A.2.2 SMEs access to research and innovation
Greece, Italy, Tunisia, Palestine, Jordan

Financial data

3.1 million
Total budget
2.8 million
EU contribution
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10%
Project co-financing

Highlights

Project in numbers

7
Partners
5
Countries
13
Technical outputs

Project duration

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What will be improved?

The adoption of circular economy procedures within Cultural and Creative Industries will improve waste management thanks to technological absorption and innovative knowledge transfer, consequently, transforming Mediterranean cities into more resilient territories. The implementation of these procedures, is expected to promote job contracts of scientific experts and technical staff and also SMEs will benefit of from research opportunities born from clusters and innovation vouchers to acquire equipment and mentorship support.

Who will benefit?

  • 60 SMEs from the cultural and creative sector, 
  • Unemployed and marginalized people (mainly young people and women) 
  • Regional and local authorities
  • Over 3,000 citizens

Expected achievements

  • 1 model to foster a circular economy in urban planning
  • 60 CCI SMEs involved in training activities on circular economy
  • 6 clusters of CCI SMEs established in selected Mediterranean historic cities 
  • 2 smart tools for waste collection (smart bike and smart garbage bin) developed 
  • 1 central information system to monitor waste collection
  • 1 open source repository for sharing circular designs and eco-design toolkits
  • 27 pilot innovative products and services 
  • Official website
  • 2 reuse open markets to foster the upcycling and creative use of waste or unwanted materials 
  • € 205,000 granted to SMEs as innovation and mentorship vouchers
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Greece: INNOMED-UP extends the deadline for sub-grants submission

On behalf of INNOMED-UP project, National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) launches a deadline extension regarding sub-grants, awarding Cultural and Creative Industries (…

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Tunis: INNOMED-UP project launches an extension of the deadline for the sub-grants submission

The call for proposals related to circular economy, creative industries in the Medina of Tunis is extended until 5/09/2022.

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INNOMED-UP launches sub-grants supporting circularity and innovation through Creative Industry in the historic center of Athens,

On behalf of INNOMED-UP project, National Technical University of Athens launches sub-grants awarding Cul…

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INNOMED-UP launches call to support circular economy and innovation in the cultural and creative sector in the city of Palermo, Italy

Grants are availbale to finance SMEs in the Cultural and Creative Industry for developing products, serv…

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INNOMED-UP: SMEs are celebrating their sub-grants in Jordan

Future Pioneers conducted a ceremony on the 19th of July, 2022 to sign the sub-grants' contracts to the awarded SMEs to boost innovation and circular economy.

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Circular economy: INNOMED-UP Consolidation Workshop and the 5th Steering Committee took place in Prato, Italy

After many months of distant cooperation and on-line meetings, the time has come for the Partnership of INNOMED-Up to meet in person in the …

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INNOMED-UP - Postponing deadline for sub-grants applications

The Faculty of Engineering and Technology – Department of Architecture and Urban Planning at Birzeit University- Palestine announces the availability of sub-grants under its project “Promoting UPcycling in Circ…

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Save the Date - INNOMED-UP CONSOLIDATION WORKSHOP - Circular Economy in Mediterranean Cities

The Consolidation workshop between partners and stakeholders aims to fully capitalise the project experience and sets the grounds for one of the major outputs of the project, …

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INNOMED-UP project launches sub-grants call to boost circular economy and innovation in the cultural and creative sector

86 sub-grants worth up to €10.000 are available to support SMEs in Greece, Italy, Jordan, Palestine and Tunisia.

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Draft clustering road map for Irbid city, Jordan under the INNOMED-UP Project.

Circular Economy trainings took place in Irbid city to ensure delivering comprehensive knowledge that will help the SMEs to improve their circular products to be innovative on…

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Socio-Urban Circularity and Community Awareness in Hebron, Palestine under the INNOMED-UP Project

A Training Workshop was delivered in Hebron with a total of 60 training hours in 10 days for Cultural Creative Industries SMEs on topics cov…

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Socio-Urban Circularity and Community Awareness in Nablus, Palestine under the INNOMED-UP Project

To promote the Circular Economy in Palestine, a number of SMEs benefiting from the INNOMED-UP project in Nablus participated in several exhi…

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Launch new distinctive products: ‘Ecole de la Propreté’ for Medina’s circular economy under INNOMED-UP training activities

During the INNNOMED-UP training activities in Tunis, discussions revolved around the economic viability of circular economy business, and ho…

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Co-working with the Civil Society in Palermo in the context of the INNOMED-UP Open Workshop for civil society

From June to September 2021, training activities, under INNOMED-UP Project, were held focusing on the principles of the Circular Economy, on…

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Circular Economy and the 4th Industrial Revolution: INNOMED-UP promotes Circular Economy in local scale in Athens

In the framework of the compilation of Athens Circularity Workshops were analyzed the latest tools and systems in solid waste management and…

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Eco-sustainable design through training activities in Athens. A 20 hour training program by INNOMED-UP

A 20 hour blended face to face and online training program in Athens focusing on Eco-design, Digital Design, Digital Fabrication and 3D Prin…

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“Athens circles of creativity”: INNOMED-UP Socio-Urban Circularity Workshop in Athens to explore further the concept of Circular Economy

A two-day workshop was organized in Athens in June 2021. Its aim was to bring together some of the creati…

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The INNOMED-UP Living Lab: creating networks of circularity within the urban environments

Through the Clustering Roadmaps, Athens, Prato, Palermo, Tunis, Hebron, Nablus & Irbid have structured all the necessary steps to create networks of circularity within the…

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Structuring the necessary steps to create networks of circularity within the urban environments

During the 2nd year of INNOMED-UP project all participating cities, through the Clustering Roadmaps, have structured the necessary steps to …

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Palestine: Stressing the importance of protecting local handicrafts from imitation during the 1st INNOMED-UP training workshop in Hebron

As part INNOMED-UP project, Birzeit University launches training wokshops for SMEs in Hebron City - Pales…

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Third INNOMED-UP newsletter highlights activities concerning Circular Economy and Cultural & Creative Industries in Mediterranean cities

INNOMED-UP Project is going through the 2nd year of hard work and collaboration, transforming all the raw…

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INNOMED-UP project launches info points to boost Circular Economy in Mediterranean cities

2 info points in Amman (Jordan) and Palermo (Italy) will support Cultural & Creative Small-Medium Enterprises access investments for Circular Economy initiatives.

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INNOMED-UP highlights linkages between Cultural & Creative SMEs and the Circular Economy

Opportunities for the development of Cultural & Creative Industries through Circular Economy were discussed during the last project meeting.

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Re-specialisation, Re-design, Re-creative: INNOMED-UP identifies strategy for the revitalization of Mediterranean cities

INNOMED-UP aims to support the shift of local urban economies towards a circular production and consumption paradigm.

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INNOMED-UP 2nd newsletter is now available!

INNOMED-UP seeks to promote Circular Economy by Small and Medium-sized Enterprises of Cultural and Creative Industry.

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Circular economy in cultural and creative industries: INNOMED-UP first newsletter

Learn more about the efforts of the INNOMED-UP project to revitalize city centers through the adoption of a circular economy approach.

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24 April 2020
INNOMED-UP pilot study area: Prato, Italy

The city of Prato in Central Italy is another INNOMED-UP project pilot area.

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24 April 2020
INNOMED-UP Project’s implementation during the COVID-19 pandemic

All INNOMED-UP Project Partners continue their work remotely.

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24 April 2020
INNOMED-UP pilot study area: Nablus & Hebron, Palestine

The Birzeit University has selected the cities of Nablus and Hebron as the INNOMED-UP project pilot areas in Palestine.

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24 April 2020
INNOMED-UP pilot study area: Irbid, Jordan

The city of Irbid has been selected as the INNOMED-UP project pilot area in Jordan.

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24 April 2020
INNOMED-UP pilot study area: Medina of Tunis, Tunisia

The Municipality of Tunis has selected the Medina of Tunis as the INNOMED-UP project pilot area.

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24 April 2020
INNOMED-UP pilot study area: Athens, Greece

National Technical University of Athens has selected the historic center of Athens as the pilot study area for the INNOMED-UP project.

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24 April 2020
INNOMED-UP contribution to the European Circular Economy Action Plan

In March 2020, the European Commission adopted a new Circular Economy Action Plan as part of the European Green Deal, Europe's new agenda for sustainable growth.

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22 April 2020
INNOMED-UP project celebrates Earth Day!

The INNOMED-UP project is celebrating the Earth Day, and stresses on the necessity to adopt environmental best practices and to minimize the negative effects of the greenhouse emissions.