Empowering communities thanks to the first SCORE Training School

The first edition of the SCORE Climate Adaptation Training school took place on 6-8 June 2023 during the EU Green Week.

The first SCORE Climate Adaptation Training school

The SCORE Climate Adaptation Training school is open to the general public with a focus on local communities. It aims to empower communities with knowledge and practical tools from the project and thus foster the creation of new skills in the Coastal City Living Labs (CCLL).

The 3-day event consisted of 10 different training schools, one for each of our 10 CCLL, in order to offer the courses in different languages and provide more relevant information at the local level.

Day 1: Online lecture on Climate Adaptation

SCORE Project Manager, Iulia Anton (ATU Sligo), launched the training school with a presentation in English about the SCORE’s approach to coastal climate resilience. Then, the participants were split into 7 parallel sessions according to their language preference and location where speakers presented different topics related to coastal climate-related issues and approaches with real-life examples from the project.

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Day 2: Online Minecraft workshop

Minecraft is an extremely popular open-world cross-platform game where players do not have a pre-defined goal and have the freedom to interact with the virtual environment as they please.

For our workshop, the SCORE team at UCD built a world based on real geospatial data. Young players were given 5 tasks, related to the climate adaptation of coastal cities, to complete. The game was also livestreamed for 6 hours on YouTube for people to follow the players’ quest and discover the SCORE Minecraft world! Gamification is an excellent way to educate and engage the younger and older generation alike in serious issues.

Watch this 1-minute summary video of our Minecraft workshop!

Day 3: Local activities in the Coastal City Living Labs

For their local activities, each CCLL designed their own programme filled with citizen-engagement activities, such as a geosurvey mapathon, a workshop on low-cost coastal sensors, creative classes, or field trips. The events gathered stakeholders, interested citizens, farmers, students, and even kindergarteners. Each activity was specifically tailored to its public and focused on educating and empowering local communities.


Sor far, more than 600 participants have joined the SCORE activities in Dublin, Sligo, Gdańsk, Vilanova i la Geltrú, Benidorm, Oarsoaldea, Piran, Massa, Samsun, and Oeiras, and across Europe thanks to online participation. Activities are still taking place in July in some CCLLs. After this success, the next edition of the SCORE training school will be held in 2024.