Ocean i3 forms an extended community based on learning, research and intervention.


It includes academic and non-academic agents who contribute their diverse knowledge and perspectives to build complex and integrated visions of the problems linked to plastic pollution.

It actively participates in the conceptualization and design of the project, assumes functions of facilitation between the university community and the territorial agents and deals with the management, organization and logistics.

It includes a mentor from each university that concentrates the link between teaching teams, the project team and university organization (addresses, services, vice-chancellors, etc.).

It is made up of research teaching staff from both universities who supervise students and participate in the design of methodologies, the identification of Oi3 competences and the development of collaborations with agents.

It consists mainly of students from various disciplines of 4th year and Master in UPV/EHU and License, Master and University Diplomas in UB, in addition to the transversal participation of doctoral students.


The project seeks to increase interdisciplinarity in order to achieve an integrated and complex vision of the problems and challenges. So far, students from:


Pedagogy and Educational Sciences, Criminology, Law (different branches), Economics and Business, Nursing, Biology (different branches), Communication and Journalism, Psychology, Innovation and Management in Sport, French Philology, Advertising and Public Relations, Environmental Chemistry, Engineering…


Oi3 is consolidating an approach of learning and research communities for sustainability that could be transferable and scalable to other thematic areas developed in the Euskampus Bordeaux Campus (e.g. Circular Economy, renewable energies, among others).

The European Atlantic strategy is also an area of reference for transfer, and in particular we have participated in conferences to contribute results to Pillar 2 Blue Skills and Ocean Literacy.

Ocean i3 is currently taken into account as an international good practice to nourish the framework of the European University Alliance ENLIGHT Erasmus + in which UPV/EHU and UB participate and whose main objective is: to promote equitable quality of Life, sustainability and Global engagement through Higher education Transformation.



Julieta Barrenechea

Responsible for ‘education and employability’ at Euskampus Fundazioa-Basque Country with special focus on the Euskampus Bordeaux Euroregional Campus of International Excellence.
She is also part of the staff of the University of Bordeaux-France in the Directorate for Innovation Partnerships and Employability (DIPE) where she is responsible for the development of pilot projects for innovation in training and employability.
In this bilateral collaboration, she is one of the coordinators of the Ocean i3 project.
She holds a degree in Sociology (UBA), a DEA in Science and Technology Management UPV/EHU and a PhD in Philosophy of Science UPV/EHU.
She has coordinated the GAZE Regional Programme (Gipuzkoa-Basque Country) and the IKD GAZtE project (UPV/EHU) to promote the sense of initiative and entrepreneurial culture in Higher Education students.
She has developed research, intervention projects and publications on: evaluation of connectivity in scientific activity and extended knowledge networks, social innovation, entrepreneurial culture and student empowerment in the framework of educational innovation and inclusive and responsible collaborative networks.

Itziar rekalde

Itziar Rekalde-Rodríguez holds a PhD in Pedagogy from the University of Salamanca (2000).
She is currently a lecturer in the Department of Didactics and School Organisation at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), and teaches on the Degree in Pedagogy, the Master’s Degree in Teacher Training for Compulsory Secondary Education, Baccalaureate, Vocational Training and Foreign Language Teaching, and the University Master’s Degree in Research in Socio-educational Areas.
She has been coordinator of the Educational Counselling Service of the UPV/EHU (2009-2018) and member of the Academic Committee of the Master’s Degree in Research in Socio-educational Areas and of the Doctoral Programme School, Language and Society in which she participates with the research lines of the IkasGura group.
She has participated in 31 research projects and contracts with public and private companies, and has published 84 research papers.

Cecile Agullo

Cécile Agulló holds a Master’s degree in Foreign Languages Applied to International Trade from the University of Tours and a Master’s degree in Cross-border and Inter-territorial Cooperation from the University of Pau Pays de l’Adour (UPPA-Bayonne). She joined the Euskampus Fundazioa team in 2020 as a project technician for Oceani3.