The National Laboratory for Climate Change will be set in close cooperation between the University of Pannonia and the Research Centre of Ecology. The laboratory will carry out multidiscliplinary research projects under the supervision of the steering board. The major focus will be on specific climate-forcing agents and on the impacts of climate change on the atmosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere, as well as on economy and societies. In addition, methods of technological, economic and social adaptation and mitigation will also be in the focus of our R&D activities.

The impact of climate change on economic and business life

Nowadays climate change is a key issue and one of the biggest challenges for sustainable development. Hungary is gradually moving to a low-carbon economy taking into account issues such as economic competitiveness and growth, social welfare, fighting against poverty and climate protection.
The sub-project titled „The impact of climate change on economic and business life” examines the social and economic effects of climate change from specific aspects such as local economic development and food waste, levels of corporate social responsibility (CSR), individual consumption (lifestyle, attitude) and responsible marketing. The sub-project gives context to Hungarian indicators according to EU member states (EU SDG).

The establishment and operation of the National Laboratory for Social Innovation must be carried out in a widespread cooperation of different parties: scientific institutions (Eötvös Loránd University, University of Miskolc, Pannon University), local governments, non-governmental organizations (Harp Foundation) and economic actors. This widespread collaboration is justified by the quadruple helix model of social innovation.
The objectives of the Laboratory will be achieved simultaneously at two levels: on the one hand, focus would be on developing a horizontal framework and methodologies; on the other hand, forums around specific topics would generate new research and innovation projects with a participatory approach.
The initiative can also generate rapid development and achievements in the area of human-centered development and penetration of new technologies in a relatively short period of time. Although there are good practices in the EU countries and also national frameworks in some countries, Hungary can become a front-ranker in the area of social innovations, and thereby supporting, among other things, the preparation of relevant topics of the Horizon Europe Program and a much more successful national participation in the Program.
Social innovation is the development and implementation of new ideas (products, services, processes), which:
– aim to improve well-being and quality of life,
– respond to social needs,
– establish new social relationships and cooperation,
– are innovations that do not only benefit society but also strengthen the active participation of citizens.
This definition-framework ensures the feasibility of the proposed projects, which can be tested in several dimensions. It is already clear that the ‘city as a laboratory’ approach plays an important role in realizing the thematic focus.
Possible areas of the Laboratory theme include, but are not limited to:
1. Health, demographic change and wellbeing
2. Digital transition and related societal challenges
3. Food production and security, sustainable agriculture, bioeconomy
4. Clean, efficient and secure energy
5. Smart, green and integrated transport
6. Climate change, environmental protection, resource efficiency and raw materials, circular economy
7. Inclusive, innovative, reflective and cooperative societies and communities
8. Secure societies – protecting the security of Europe and its citizens.

Fitting into the topics above, possible development areas could be, but not limited to:
– Multidisciplinary innovations for social change and smart societies
– Social Innovation Solutions for Early Childhood (0-12)
– Cognitive design on neuromarketing based art
– “The City of the Future, the University of the Future”
– Innovative management of the social impact of digitalization
– Cooperative Communities
– Consumer Protection in the Age of Digital Consumption
– Establishment of a developmental framework for social enterprises
– Social innovation projects for the development of rural areas
– Innovative solutions to socio-economic challenges generated by a crisis (eg. epidemiological emergency)
– Environmental social innovations
– Developing new forms and tools of governance, etc.
The National Laboratory for Social Innovation project should model a professional framework and a sustainable process that is operational in the long-term and extendable. The developed framework should enable the spread of the lab network itself, as well as spread of social innovations resulting from the tests and developments of the Laboratory.

EU project The Wine Lab – Generating Innovation between Practice and Research creates the foundation for a dialogue among research, business and regional communities, including Universities in Agriculture, Oenology and related fields, and small wineries, mainly those located in disadvantaged areas, to stimulate knowledge flow, share challenges and solutions, and jointly generate and accelerate innovation in the wine sector. The project fosters clustering and networking, provides for learning opportunities, applies action alongside experiential research and learning and capitalises on knowledge towards new methods and approaches in policy planning. This model of intervention can be further mainstreamed to other fields such as food production and agri-tourism.
The context
Europe is a leading wine producer, producing around 175m hl every year and accounting for 45% of wine-growing areas, 65% of production, 57% of global consumption and 70% of exports in global terms (DG Agriculture data). The wine sector permeates many levels of the European life, contributing significantly in socio-economic, environmental and societal terms: where vines grace the landscape, the wine sector provides employment to millions, helping sustain the fabric of rural societies and maintain a way of life that is central to the very notion of European identity (Comité Européen des entreprises de Vin/ CEEV).
However, the wine sector is composed by an overwhelming majority of small producers, being extremely atomised in comparison with other food and drinks industries (DG Agriculture data) and, thus, quite fragmented, particularly in Europe (Anderson, 2001; Visser, 2004).
The challenge
Small and micro wineries share similar challenges with same size companies in other sectors (sales, marketing, accounting, ordering, collections, compliance, packaging and shipping, etc.) while also dealing with significant sector-specific challenges related to:
• Territory, i.e. small size vineyards are not always contiguous and are often found in terraces and small size vineries;
• Labour-intensity, i.e. production from 800 to 1600 h/ha;
• Variety in grape typologies (high presence of autochthons vines) in small quantity, i.e. many niche products with high biodiversity;
• Location, i.e. vineyards located in areas of relevant environmental interest or in areas where they are not the main economic activity and source of income;
• Isolation, i.e. limited access to learning opportunities against the need for a range of competences, complementary to those needed for production per se, and little capacity for networking.
Background research has shown that the ability to seize market opportunities – a typical trait of entrepreneurs, varies according to the management style of the winery and its location (Gilinsky et al., 2008). Moreover, it is widely recognised that small wineries achieve better performance when networked or clustered (Visser 2004; Porter, 1998; Giuliani & Bell, 2004). However, since smaller wineries are mostly active in informal networking, companies located in geographically disadvantaged areas have difficulties in establishing such contacts, crucial for their survival.
The project
The project provides for the development of:
• hubs (clusters) as groups of interest and learning communities, involving wine producers, researchers, higher education students, public and private stakeholders in the wine sector;
• opportunities for higher education students to develop entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial mindset, through traineeship and internship;
• mechanisms for structured sharing of knowledge between research and business;
• innovative methods and tools to exploit knowledge at regional level, and link regional to national and European levels;
• new forms of cooperation between universities and enterprises to increase lifelong learning opportunities;
• tools and instruments able to provide timely and tailored answers to learning needs;
• review exercises to integrate hubs’ knowledge into university curricula;
• policy debates through dialogue between regional hubs and decision-makers.

The University of Pannonia, the Corvinus University of Budapest and the University of Pécs submitted a consortium application for a call for proposals for the Human Resource Operational Program, Thematic Research Network Collaborations, announced by the Ministry of Human Resources. The grant application received a positive decision, so the Consortium received a grant of 1.207.498.902 HUF from the European Social Fund and Hungary. The project will be implemented between 1 July 2017 and 31 October 2020.
The general objective of the program is to increase the international embeddedness of the basic research defined in the project in the field of regional and economic sciences through the achievement of high visibility and participation in Horizon 2020 projects and European research networks and research programs, as well as European research sites, on the development side, in a targeted and thematic manner, within the framework of a consortium organized around the development of intelligent systems.
With the implementation of the consortium project, the institutions aim to become more active in the field of regional and economic sciences in order to accelerate the deployment of the knowledge-based economy and cooperate with the actors of international research and development programs. The aim of the thematic research project is to increase the potential of participating institutions in the R&D&I theme, whose long-term results will be accelerated in building the knowledge-based economy.
The technical pillars of the project are implemented in three strategic research fields during the development period, each led by one consortium partner:
Strategic field I: Identifying the factors defining regional success and competitiveness, creating models (UP)
Strategic field II: Social and environmental sustainability model within natural and cultural heritage management (UP)
Strategic field III: Social Innovation (CUB)
Within the framework of the project, common and targeted basic researches will be given special attention to talented students and PhD students in their field of science, who contribute to the scientific work in a student scholarship system. In order to encourage networking and relationship building, various professional and research teams are set up. Professional programs and forums will be organized to share the experiences and the results achieved. Various trainings are organized for professional and individual development, focusing primarily on the development of international tender management, innovation and research management, and presentation skills. A Marketing Focus Laboratory is also being set up at the University of Pannonia, which contributes significantly to the success of the research activities.
Due to the professional cooperation developed during the consortium application, the work of a professional community covering several scientific fields contributes significantly to develop a knowledge-based economy in Transdanubia.

Partnership led by the Faculty of Business and Economics of the University of Pannonia won the grant titled BOUNCEBACK ‘Developing an innovative learning approach to facilitate the integration of veteran/retired athletes into employment, business and entrepreneurship’ in the frame of Erasmus+ announced by the European Committee in 2020.

The European Union provides a grant of EUR 230,158 for the implementation of the project for the period: 1st October 2020 – 30th September 2022.

The University of Pannonia leads the strategic partnership project collaborating with AEK Athletic Club, A.S.D. Società Sportiva Lazio Karate, Militos Consulting S.A., R&DO LIMITED, University and Student Athletics Club of Veszprém (VEDAC).


The project’s main objective is to develop an innovative training approach for veteran athletes that will transfer the skills veteran athletes acquired during their sports career into skills useful for their success in the entrepreneurial and business world, and provide targeted support for veteran athletes who aim to become successful professionals in the labour market or entrepreneurs. This objective encompasses the following 4 specific objectives:

  1. Match-make the mind-set, attitude, skills, competences of veteran professional athletes (of all different types) with the needs businesses have in soft skills in different sectors of the economy and develop guidelines on how the transfer of skills can take place from sports to other sectors.
  2. Develop the learning materials and instruments that veteran athletes will use to transfer their skills to their new careers.
  3. Ensure the practical hands-on applicability of the approach through pilot training sessions.
  4. Develop policy recommendations to ensure the wide diffusion of the approach in the EU.

INNOVATIONS – Innovative Aspects of the Project

The innovative character of the project can be discovered in four main milestones:

Firstly, the development of an innovative tool and an innovative methodology by providing research-based guidelines for employment and entrepreneurship tailored to veteran athletes, that is based on the transfer of skills already acquired and not entirely new ones, thus ensuring an entry into the business / entrepreneurial world.

Secondly, achieving an adaptation of the EntreComp framework for acquiring key competences for business careers/entrepreneurship for the world of sports and veteran athletes in particular who have the special characteristic of facing the challenges of retirement at a very early age and comprise an often overlooked yet steadily rising section of the EU workforce.

Thirdly, it develops a training approach based on the EntreComp framework tailored to the needs of veteran athletes for the first time, and taking into account the practical relevance of the training provided, it adapts the EntreComp framework for job seeking veteran athletes, and at the same time furthers an entrepreneurial mindset among citizens, and develops practically relevant specifications for the EntreComp learning outcomes.

Fourthly, it is innovative due to the absence of policy recommendations directly addressing the needs for professional development of veteran athletes in ways that transfer the skills they acquired in sports to other sectors.

Consortium led by the Faculty of Business and Economics of the University of Pannonia won the grant titled ’LELLE2 – Let’ learn how to learn! – Learning skills development for secondary school students’ in the frame of Erasmus+ announced by the European Committee in 2018. The European Union supports the project number 2018-1-HU01-KA201-047839 with €297.386 starting on September 1st, 2018 planned ending on December 31st, 2020. The University of Pannonia leads the strategic partnership project collaborating with Eszterházy Károly University – Hungarian Institute for Education Research and Development (Hungary), the Statny Pedagogicky Ustav (Slovakia), the Cirkevná spojená škola MARIANUM (Slovakia), Liceul Teoretic „Téglás Gábor” (Romania), Kuressaare Gümnaasium (Estonia), and the I. Béla Comprehensive School, Dorm and Primary School from Szekszárd (Hungary).The LELLE2 project idea came from the success of ERASMUS+ project LELLE which focused on the research, measurement and development of learning skills (managing own learning process, critical thinking, problem solving). In order to be successful during the higher educational studies or finding a job factual knowledge is not enough, certain additional soft skills are also needed.
These key competences are not taught in the institutions so that secondary students need to acquire these skills themselves. The main objective of our project is to provide secondary school students with learning skills development and to equip them with skills that can be used on the job market and in the secondary and higher education.Objectives of the project:
• promote innovative methods and pedagogies, create new teaching methods and tools in secondary education
• support the professional development of educators (teachers, mentors), especially in dealing with use of new teaching methods and tools
• supporting individuals in acquiring and developing key competences in the field of learning skills in order to foster employability, socio-educational and personal development
• development of relevant and high-quality skills and competences through creation of innovative outputs:
o Best Practice Collection on Learning Skills Development
o How to Teach How to Learn – teachers training in secondary schools
o Learning skills assessment of secondary school students
o Pedagogical materials for learning skills development
o European Learning Skills Development Gateway (website
• disseminate outputs to stakeholders relevant in the field of learning skill development
• develop long-lasting partnerships between learning institutions and education support bodies, with a view to promote lifelong learning through producing state-of-art educational materials and creating further collaborations that will serve the same goal.

The “EcoMode – Fostering Eco – Innovative Business Model Development in SMEs in Hospitality Industry” is an Erasmus+ strategic partnership project. The project contributes to the promotion of eco-innovative business model training programs to become a sustainable part of the hospitality industry. EcoMode foresees to improve the quality of training of professionals in Eco-innovative Business Management through flexible, transferable innovative learning outcomes and design of a new learning pathway based on competence development. The project’s main aim is to create framework conditions regarding Eco-innovation business models for SMEs in the hospitality industry in partner countries and to combine existing best practices to develop a standard practice to be used as a training methodology and certification. The EcoMode project primary target group are trainers in VET organizations, who will train managers and companies in the hospitality industry on eco-innovative business models.


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Muğla Sıtkı Koçman Egyetem (MSKU)
Grúz Műszaki Egyetem
Ankara Hacı Bayram Veli Egyetem
Pannon Egyetem

The main goal of the project is to better prepare the University for the Internationalization Process.

Two target groups of the project may be indicated:

  • Universities understood as their administrative, scientific and didactic employees;
  • students studying at foreign universities (young people pursuing full diploma program within a foreign university and students taking part in the curricula program as part of international mobility).

We plan that, directly or indirectly, the activities organized as part of the project and the results will benefit or will be the goal of these activities, including 1870 people:
among them will be minimum 870 people directly involved in the project, i.e. a group of 400 students invited to primary research in the project (including 200 students studying at universities in the home country and 200 foreign students), 200 university employees (including decision-makers, administrative employees and teaching staff), 270 participants of dissemination activities carried out in the project – seminars in Poland, Greece and Hungary and a dissemination conference in Poland (university employees, local decision makers, employees supporting students, such as career offices, representatives of student organizations, foreign students);
indirect participants of the project will be people who through the various information distribution channels will learn about the activities carried out in the project and the results developed by the partnership.
The project includes 5 international project meetings, two in Poland (first and last) and one in each of the other partner countries.

The result of work:

IO1. Manual for the university: How to prepare for the reception of a foreign student? (leader: WROCŁAW UNIVERSITY OF ECONOMICS)

  • the first steps will be taken to develop O1 Manual for universities, followed by EU good practices. Report based on the secondary data;
  • preparation of research tools for primary research;
  • reports from primary research – survey of foreign students and university employees – both administration and teaching staff;
  • testing the solution on the target groups;
  • introducing the necessary modifications resulting from the testing stage;
  • the final version of the manual.

The manual in five languages are available here:

English >>> Hungarian >>> Polish >>> Greek >>> Ukrainian >>>

IO2. Manual for a foreign student: What should I know before I go to a foreign study / foreign exchange? (leader: PANNON EGYETEM)

  • analysis of conclusions resulting from desk research and primary research from the first result;
  • development of research tools allowing for taking into account the wide context of students studying at foreign universities;
  • testing the solutions on target groups;
  • introducing necessary modifications resulting from the testing stage;
  • final manual version.

The manual in five languages are available here:

English >>> Hungarian >>> Polish >>> Greek >>> Ukrainian >>>

IO3. Syllabus and didactic materials for trainings for universities’ administrative staff preparing for servicing foreign students (leader: HELLENIC OPEN UNIVERSITY)

  • preparation of syllabuses and training materials;
  • testing of trainings on a group of administrative employees of all partner universities;
  • introduction of possible corrections resulting from the testing stage;
  • the final version of training.

Wrocław University of Economics, Poland – Project Coordinator
Hellenic Open University, Greece
Ternopil National Economic University, Ukraine
University of Pannonia, Hungary

Dorota Kwiatkowska-Ciotucha – Project Manager (
The Main Project Office: Uniwersytet Ekonomiczny we Wrocławiu – Sekcja Obsługi Projektów Rozwojowych
ul. Komandorska 118/120 53-345 Wrocław PolandProject`s results – three Intellectual Outputs:
Intellectual Output 1: Manual for the university: How to prepare for the reception of a foreign student?
Intellectual Output 2: Manual for a foreign student: What should I know before I go to a foreign study / foreign exchange?
Intellectual Output 3: Syllabus and didactic materials for trainings for universities’ administrative staff preparing for servicing foreign students.

Project`s results – three Intellectual Outputs:

  • Intellectual Output 1: Manual for the university: How to prepare for the reception of a foreign student?
  • Intellectual Output 2: Manual for a foreign student: What should I know before I go to a foreign study / foreign exchange?
  • Intellectual Output 3: Syllabus and didactic materials for trainings for universities’ administrative staff preparing for servicing foreign students.

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