Last Friday, January 28th, the first workshop of the 21-22 course was held. In this meeting, students, teachers and social agents met for the first time to implement the projects of this course.

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The workshop began with the presentation of the Ocean i3 project, the keys that define it and the competences it works on. Then continued with the presentation of the six participating social agents (Diputación Foral de Gipuzkoa, Surfrider, MATER, Kutxa Ekogunea, Gaia – Rivages Protect and TEO) and their proposed challenges (8). Students also had time to introduce themselves and get to know each other within the group. 

During the introduction to the workshop, an scheme was projected with the keys of the project, the competences it works on and the process to be carried out. At the same time, everything was simultaneously translated into Basque, French, Spanish and English through the chat.

Challenges proposed for this course:

  • SURFRIDER: Discover the marine pollution through our rivers and help us to look for solutions.
  • DIPUTACIÓN FORAL DE GIPUZKOA: Responsible and sustainable sports.
  • GAIA and RIVAGES PROTECH: Achieve a plastic-free environment in the Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve, which favors the emergence of new economic opportunities and circular economy for this area that involve end users: citizens, local businesses, etc.
    • Creating a network of actors involved in the care and custody of the sea along the different river basins of Gipuzkoa.
    •  Ekopatruilak: Ecoactivating from and for the communities.
    • Seabin Pasaia: Study and monitoring of the marine litter dispersed in the bay of Pasaia.
  • T.E.O.: How to mobilize citizens in a warning system after a storm “a gust of wind, a helping hand” (“un coup de vent, un coup main”) and thus gain in efficiency by collecting as much marine litter as possible in tide containers distributed along the coastline in collaboration with the social integration teams.
  • KUTXA EKOGUNEA: Analysis and communicative action on urban gardens, consumption habits and the reduction of plastic pollution.

After the presentation of all the participants, a first work sequence was carried to get to know and enrich the proposed challenge. Students suggested questions about the challenge and then the social agents answered them. Then they had a few minutes to reflect on the opportunities, proposals and limitations of the challenge, and to share their reflections with their teammates. In the second work sequence, students agreed with the agent on the aspects of the challenge on which each one would focus, and what each one could contribute according to their disciplinary profile. 

The social agents presented the proposed challenges from the podium. At the same time, simultaneous translation was provided through the chat.

Thanks to the cooperation and dedication of all participants, a collaborative and diverse environment was generated. Once again, the Language Policy was presented, which includes suggestions and tools for the management of languages in this community, and in this edition, there was also the collaboration of the students of Translation and Interpretation of the Faculty of Arts of the UPV/EHU who helped in oral and written comprehension through their interpretation and simultaneous translation in the chat.  Participants were able to communicate in their language of preference with written support being offered in the chat, or spontaneous interpretation done at the very moment.

The meeting, which was held virtually and  carried out on the platform Gatherbrought together the entire Ocean i3 community. Google Slides were  used for the work sequences in groups, which allowed the community to collect  all the contributions of the different teams in a single document.