Project Valorisation skills, Sustainability and Exploitation

Wednesday 18 December 2013

9.30am - 4.30pm

Room 326, 3rd Floor, Reginald Mitchell Building, Southampton Solent University, Southampton, SO14 0RD | Maps

Elli Georgiadou FBCS, Middlesex University & SEEQMA Ltd

Free of charge, for both BCS and Non-BCS members.

Joint event between BCS Hampshire Branch, BCS Quality Specialist Group and Southampton Solent University.

This event is free, open to all, but please book through the BCS website when available, both for BCS members and non-members for arranging refreshments.

This free event targeting mainly unemployed people, but is open to students and those in employment.

This is particularly suitable for those that are involved with computing or non-IT projects, and who wish to disseminate and/or exploit their results.

9:30 - Registration

10:00 - Introduction to Valorisation and the VALO project

11:15 - Break

11:30 - Innovation and Diffusion of Project Results

12:30 - Audience Participation session - sharing experiences

13:00 - Break

14:00 - Sustainability of Projects

15:15 - Break

15:30 - VALO5 - Innovation, Maturity Growth, Quality and Valorisation

Valorisation can be described as a process of exploiting project learning and outcomes (training products and processes, methodology, course materials etc) with a view to optimising their value and impact in existing and new contexts (target groups, companies, sectors, training institutions, systems etc).

Valorisation is a term that includes dissemination and exploitation, and it aims to make the project results / products more valuable to everybody, meaning make 'others' use the product. Valorisation is the sum of both dissemination and exploitation activities. The overall objective of valorisation activities is to promote the project and its results and foster their use by different individuals and organisations, with the attempt of constantly spreading and improving the usage and the content of the results.

Valorisation involves not only the testing and dissemination of the results of the most innovative projects, but also the exploitation of these results and their development in new contexts and environments. It includes the sustainable application of these results, over time, in formal and informal systems, in the practices of organisations as well as in the personal learning goals of every employee / stakeholder.

The two main benefits of valorisation are the enhancement of returns on public and private investments in the area of training/education, and innovation in training and educational systems. These benefits easily explain why valorisation is considered to be of increased political importance in Europe.

Valorisation means planning in such a way that the resources allocated to a project generate results that can be used and exploited on a large scale, with the view of benefiting as many individuals and organisations as possible.

Valorisation must be based on a meticulous ex ante (before the event) analysis of needs to be fulfilled by a project as well as on a clear identification of the results expected. Effective valorisation requires the active involvement, at the project design stage, of the potential users and target groups who are to benefit from the project and who are ultimately expected to exploit the results.

A project is sustainable when it delivers benefits after its completion. The EU defines a sustainable project as one that 'continues to deliver benefits to the project beneficiaries and/or other constituencies for an extended period after the Commission’s financial assistance has been terminated.' Taken from the Handbook of Sustainability.

In order to achieve project sustainability we need to address economic factors as well as societal needs and aspirations. Societal needs such as health are inevitably connected to environmental factors (such as water quality, pollution and climate change). Maintaining the environment requires financial resources which must be provided by society. Sustainability is achieved when the synergies between all three dimensions are considered and balanced.

There is a shortage of Valorisation skills and it is this gap that the VALO project is addressing.

About Speaker:

Elli Georgiadou is now a Visiting Academic at Middlesex University and the Managing Director of the SEEQMA (Software Engineering, Education, Quality Management) Consultancy. She is a Fellow of the British Computer Society and a national committee member of the BCS Specialist Group. She has 33 years of teaching experience coupled with simultaneous industrial experience where she has been putting theory to practice. She has managed and/or participated 12 European funded projects of different size and complexity and has co-ordinated the European and International Affairs for 25 years in two UK universities. Her research, which is reported in a large number of publications, spans a range of areas which include Software Quality (Process and Product), Measurement, Evaluation, Quality Management as well as Educational Management.