Networking Friday with CloudEARTHi

Building innovation capacity for the use of Big Data in Environmental Sciences, Sustainability, Circular Economy and diversity in society

On February, 2023, 1-2 PM UTC, Tamer Abu-Alam (Department of Arctic Marine Biology, The Arctic University of Norway – UiT ) will talk about CloudEARTHi: Building innovation capacity for the use of Big Data in Environmental Sciences, Sustainability, Circular Economy and diversity in society.

CloudEARTHi is a pan-European initiative funded by the HEI Initiative, the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), Erasmus+ and Horizon Europe. The CloudEARTHi initiative includes 3 projects and brings together a consortium of 21 partners from 13 European countries to review, assess and improve institutional innovation & entrepreneurship practices with an aim to build capacity for innovation across HEIs, students & businesses in the area of big data, environmental science, sustainability, circular economy and diversity in society (referred to hereafter as the “subject area”). The consortium´s vision for 2030 is to build capacity for innovation across HEIs, students & businesses in the subject area. This area has been assessed as a key strength of our consortium, and is essential to society in order to understand, adapt to and mitigate against the climate crisis and wider sustainability issues, building entrepreneurial and innovation capacity across all actors in society.

The project uses EIT Knowledge Triangle Model to build innovation capacity, supporting a knowledge-based and data-driven integration of research institutes and businesses to advance the use of big data in the subject area through a multidisciplinary approach. The project has mapped four knowledge gaps between the components of the EIT Knowledge Triangle in the subject area: 1) a gap in improving adoption of data and its role in the subject area across HEIs, 2) research-education gap, 3) business-education gap & 4) a gap between society´s needs and all other components. Bridging these gaps will help society to adopt a more informed and data-driven approach to decision-making, leveraging the full potential of big data in relation to climate change, sustainability & the shift to circularity.

The CloudEARTHi contributes to seven of the Sustainable Development Goals (i.e., SD4 – quality education, SD13 – climate action, SD9 – industry, innovation and infrastructure and SD5 – gender equality, SD10 – reducing inequality within and among countries, SD12 – ensuring sustainable consumption and production patterns, SD16 – promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels, and; SD17 – strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development). The project helps position HEIs as engines of impact to lead society in the net-zero transition and support innovation in sustainability.

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Tamer Abu-Alam

Tamer Abu-Alam

CloudEARTHi: Building innovation capacity for the use of Big Data in Environmental Sciences, Sustainability, Circular Economy and diversity in society

Dr. Tamer Abu-Alam is a highly skilled multidisciplinary scientist with a strong background in research, teaching, and project management. He holds a Doctorate of Science in geology from Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz in Austria and advanced degrees with the first-class Honor in geology from Tanta University in Egypt. Tamer’s diverse expertise includes geology, regional tectonics, data science, and sustainability analytics.

As an Assistant Professor of Sustainability Analytics at the Department of Arctic and Marine Biology at UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Tamer is leading the charge in driving innovation in sustainability. He serves as the project coordinator and PI for several EU-funded projects, including CloudEARTHi, Inspiring the Minds, and SEEDplus. In these roles, he utilizes his expertise in big data, sustainability analytics, and footprint analytics to develop green shift and blue growth scenarios, helping to support the transition to a more sustainable and resilient future. Tamer is also committed to building innovation capacity at higher education institutes in the field of using big data to address societal challenges.

In addition to his work at UiT, Tamer has held various research and teaching positions at institutions such as the Norwegian Polar Institute and Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz. He has published over 40 papers in peer-reviewed international journals, given 50 oral presentations at international conferences, and presented numerous posters at international conferences. Tamer has received 670 citations, has an h-index of 15, and has given several public talks and interviews on sustainability and the European Green Deal. He currently serves as the editor-in-chief of the Lithosphere and the information officer of the Geological Society of Africa.

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