„Identities“ Freiburg meeting to define training programme



From 11 to 12 July 2017, aiforia had the pleasure to welcome our partners in the Erasmus+ project “IDENTITIES: MUCH MORE THAN CARDS” for the 2nd Transnational Project Meeting. As 13 participants from Germany, Italy, Latvia, Luxemburg, Portugal and Turkey we discussed the necessary features and methodologies for supporting migrants in our country for better integration, with a focus on entrepreneurship.

The results of a common survey by all partners showed even more the heterogeneity of target groups in our countries, with a very broad variety in age, skills and needs. This brought us to an intensive discussion to clarify the structure of the training program in the following 6 modules: 

M1: Language course with focus on business language

M2: Intercultural communication, local culture and costums

M3: European Union

M4: Employment and work life

M5: Entrepreneurship

M6: Civic participation

Each module is planned to include 15 lessons covering about 60 single topics which will be developed further by the partners during the summer period.  Lessons are intended to be held physically as well being provided electronically in the e-learning version from January 2018, yet the methodological design as well as the didactical materials will first be revised with teachers within the international trainers’ meeting from 1 to 5 October in Tolmezzo, Italy.

Interreg Attractive Danube Project Meeting

From 20 to 23 June, the 2nd Steering Commitee Meeting of the INTERREG Attractive Danube Project was held in Belgrade, Serbia. Partners from 13 countries along the Danube region and from 19 different institutions of national, regional and local level came together to discuss the project progress and to define the next milestones. The emphasis of this 2nd meeting was placed on the stakeholder workshops which will be conducted in each partner country during 2017. The project partners appreciated theses workshops as a very valuable exchange platforms for representatives from each level where the indicators to measure the territorial attractiveness were discussed in a highly constructive atmosphere.

The 3rd Steering Committee Meeting will take place from 27 to 29 November in Freiburg.

Our first stakeholder workshop is scheduled for 28 September.   

                                                           (Photos by Urbasofia, Romania)

What we are up to a.k.a. new projects

The last few months have been rather busy but thoroughly enjoyable at our offices: two new projects have kicked off, there have been several groups for study visits, we have been in collaborative sessions for future projects, and many other activities (including developing our IT skills).

Thus, we are a little behind with the news of our new projects, although, if you have followed us on Facebook, you are already aware of the Interreg project meeting in Prague. But we have also been to Dobele, Latvia.

Local Renewables Conference 2016


                                        Historical Merchants‘ Hall

Last week took place the seventh Local Renewables Conference in Freiburg. Organized by ICLEI and cities of Freiburg and Basel, the three-day program included plenaries, workshops, speeches, guided tours, cross-border travelling and the most delicious chocolate brownies.

The conference started off with a post-Fukushima theme where it became clear that Japan is transitioning towards locally produced renewable energies. Even though the renewable share in the national power supply is still rather low, the interest and commitment is possibly higher than in Europe. Especially fascinating was the energy and community concept of Miyama.

aiforia Visits Green Demonstration Hall for School Children in Jounieh, Lebanon


aiforia was recently invited to represent the Green City of Freiburg at Lebanon’s Order of Engineers and Architects‘ annual conference and speak on this year’s topic of sustainable development. Yet even more exciting than giving a speech at this prestigious event was the opportunity to some of the ambitious projects and initiatives promoting sustainability in the vicinity of the capital Beirut. One example: The Green Demonstration Hall in Jounieh.


IMG_3647.4We are happy to announce that the online reporting tool SeeClickFix is fully operational at our Aquapath’s project page! Whoop!

In case you joined us at the Water Festival on the 4th of June, you may already have had a glimpse of it. During the Festival, we had games and discussions on water topics that had a largely global perspective. But the water at the local level is just as important, especially as


Trotz schlechtem Wetter (Wasser-Festival, eben!) haben am Samstag, den 4.6. viele Menschen das Waldhaus besucht und viele tolle interaktive Übungen, Erklärungen und Spielen rund ums Wasser miterlebt! Auf den Spuren des Wasserfußabdrucks in Rahmen des EU-Projekts #‎Aquapath, haben nicht nur die kleinste etwas neues über Wasserkonsum gelernt, sondern auch die weniger klein…

Vielen Dank an alle Teilnehmer/innen!


2015: Aiforia hat den BLUEs

b6654f230fIn diesen Tagen dreht sich alles ums Wasser: die beiden neuen Projekte Aquapath und Wasserforscher schicken Projektbetreuer und Teilnehmer auf ein spannendes Abenteuer in die Geheimnisse des wertvollsten Stoffs des Lebens. Und Überraschungen gibt es in der Tat zu entdecken, wird man doch einiges darüber lernen, wie viel verborgenes Wasser in Ernährung und Produkten steckt, wie lebenswichtig bewusster Umgang mit Wasser auf globaler Ebene ist, wie einfach es sein kann den persönlichen Wasser-Fußabdruck zu reduzieren und vieles mehr... Apropos blau, haben Sie jemals von grünem, grauem oder gar schwarzem Wasser gehört?


EnergizAIR² bei den Aktionstagen Nachhaltigkeit

Gemeinsam ZeicheN! setzen in Freiburg!

Buggi50_modelAm 11. und 12. Juli 2014 bieten die Baden-Württembergischen Nachhaltigkeitstage Platz für verschiedenste Aktionen. Auch aiforia bietet vor dem Hintergrund des aktuellen EnergizAIR²-Projekts einen Workshop in Kooperation mit fesa e.V: an: “Schalt mal das Wetter ein – Energie aus Sonne und Wind”. Der Workshop macht Erneuerbare Energien greifbar und bietet viele Informationen rund um die Energiegewinnung aus dem Wetter – vor allem durch die drei Technologien Photovoltaik, Solarthermie und Windkraftanlagen. Indem diese in Verbindung gesetzt werden zu dem eigenen Strom- und Warmwasserverbrauch, lernen die TeilnehmerInnen die Möglichkeiten für einen nachhaltigeren Energiekonsum bzw. die Wege zur praktischen Umsetzung dieser im eigenen Haushalt besser kennen.