A look back at the 2nd edition of the SCORE Training School

The second edition of the SCORE Climate Adaptation training school took place in March and April 2024.

The SCORE Climate Adaptation Training school is open to the general public with a focus on local communities. The aim is 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).

For each CCLL, the SCORE training school was structured around three main events: an online lecture, a Minecraft workshop, and local activities.

Online lecture on Community-based coastal monitoring

The SCORE Project Manager, Iulia Anton (ATU Sligo), launched the training school with an introduction to the SCORE’s approach to coastal climate resilience, followed by a presentation of citizen science activities within the project by Saul Crowley (UCD). The participants were then split into 7 parallel sessions according to their language preference and location, in which speakers presented different topics related to community-based coastal monitoring and real-life examples

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Online Minecraft Youth Engagement

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. The SCORE team at UCD built a world based on real geospatial data. Young players were given 5 tasks to complete, related to the climate adaptation of coastal cities. .

This year, the server was opened for a full week and was even livestreamed for 4 hours on YouTube for people to follow the players’ quest and discover the SCORE Minecraft world! Some partners also held in-presence Minecraft workshop with students.

Re-watch the livestream!

Local activities in the Coastal City Living Labs

For their local activities, each CCLL designed their own programme filled with citizen-engagement activities. Each activity was specifically tailored to its public and focused on educating and empowering local communities.

Some highlights from our CCLLs

Oeiras: Exploring scientific foundations and potential mitigation strategies with undergraduate students

Man standing in front of classroom of university students

The session offered undergraduates students insights into the intricate relationship between heatwaves and sustainability in Portugal and a policy brief prepared by the  Oeiras CLL team was presented. A key objective was to inspire students to harness their expertise in environmental engineering to contribute toward climate adaptation and mitigation.

Benidorm: Raising the awareness of high school students about climate change and ecosystem-based approaches

More than 100 high school students from different institutes in the province of Alicante learned about the climate risks faced by their province and what are the benefits provided by nature-based solutions.

Dublin: Hands-on activity with young eco-warriors

During an ecological tour of Carysfort Lake, SCORE partners teamed up with school students to evaluate water quality in the river flowing through Carysfort’s park.

Gdansk: Exploring the secrets of climate and urban flash floods

The SCORE team organised a series of weather workshops for children where they explored together the secrets of climate and urban flash floods in Gdansk.

Massa: Discover the sensors during a public walk

During a public walk, the press and local administrators discovered the different locations where sensors have been installed in Massa.

Vilanova i la GeltrĂş: Training teachers on environmental issues

A training session on environmental issues was organised for teachers from several schools as part of the Agenda 21 programme of Vilanova.

Samsun: Educating students about climate change and water conservation

Primary school students, aged 10-11 years old, from 4 pilot schools joined the SCORE local team to learn about climate change and water conservation.

Piran: Discussing green infrastructure during a climate walk

Citizens joined a climate walk to discuss green infrastructures, such rain-water retention options in the form of the historic water cisterns, the ever-growing application of asphalt in contrast to water-permeable historic stone pavements or salination effects on infrastructures.

Sligo: Celebrating World Sand Dunes Day

On the occasion of the World Sand Dune Day, the SCORE team in Sligo will present their research to the public at one of the case study sites in Sligo County (Enniscrone, Dunmoran or Streedagh) on Saturday, 29  June . This educational day will be dedicated to presenting a cost-benefit analysis of sand dune management, SCORE low-cost sensors and citizen science activities, modelling of shoreline evolution.

Oarsoaldea: Deploying citizen science sensors

In May, the SCORE local team will record the deployment of citizen science sensors, and will later on present the results to  students from different educational levels.

The final edition of the SCORE training school will be held in 2025. Stay tuned!