SCIENTIFIC PROGRAMME AND INNOVATION: The scientific programme is guided by the principle of applying fruitful dialectics to connect theory and practice, research and teaching, face to face and virtual encounters, national and transnational approaches, and young and senior protagonists within EP. The implementation is carried out by a series of network meetings in the form of seminars, workshops or conferences and by work-periods in the national universities or research institutions, enhanced by the on-going communication via the internet, phone or video conferencing. The latter prepare opportunities to take decisions over new innovative solutions and orientations, especially as the members come from different regions, cultures, ethnic groups, generations and genders (innovations are born on the borderlines of diversity). The scientific work will be implemented within four work groups which will contribute to the achievement of the objectives and the main goal:
Work group I deals with the discussion and elaboration of the (e)-learning objectives of EP courses in terms of knowledge, abilities and competences. According to the philosophy of the Common European Space of University Education, this stage is fundamental for the design of the learning process. The artificial divide between teaching and research will be bridged by linking teaching and research in the courses in order to involve younger students and researchers into this field. This group will strive to integrate the e-learning package with the undergraduate and graduate studies. Useful connections and models are provided by the Tuning Educational Structures in Europe which is a major contribution to the Bologna process (http://tuning.unideusto.org/tuningeu/).
Work group II deals with the mapping of the most important approaches and ´schools`of EP with relevant theories and concepts (for ex. ecological and phenomenological psychology, environment-behaviour –design research). The outlines will be discussed widely – also in the other work groups. After consensus, the preparation of the first examples of thematic series of power points with small texts will be produced, which will be discussed in the meetings and also commented on the internet.
Work group III is an expansion of the second one. It focuses on the application of theory to planning and design as well as on the evaluation of existing environments, from the perspective of wellness, children etc.
Work group IV deals with the expansion of the e-learning package and its transformation into a system of virtual teaching and later on into one of the European virtual campuses. This part has three objectives: a) to prepare students to become competent practitioners of EP; b) to offer a European reference of e-learning on EP to students of other regions around the world; and c) to contribute to the university excellence and competitiveness within the European Higher Education system.
ORGANISATION: A network organisation with flexibly evolving nodes and links will be the most suitable type of organisation for the EPEE-network. The core members are responsible for the mobilisation of students, young researchers and new members from other countries.
Irrespective of the chosen work group, every member has to produce at least one thematic series of power points. This allows getting hands on experience of what the social construction of environmental psychology means. The preparation of the holistic e-learning package of EP takes place in the members´ home bases. The latter will be done as part of the participants´ daily work and experience of the field.
A special workshop on e-Learning at the IAPS conference in September 2006, in Alexandria, provides a pre-kick off meeting for the network. It allows to set the stage and take decisions over the structure and outline of the work plan. The network meetings (seminars and conferences) will take place in April and December 2007, in the summer 2008 (another IAPS conference), in December 2008, in April and December 2009. The IAPS conference in summer 2010 will be a major event to evaluate the scientific impact of the network. In this way, the goal of the EPEE-proposal – the consolidation and dissemination of the European approach to environmental psychology - will be achieved, and it will generate a programme that can make a significant contribution to the wellness of Europe.
Liisa Horelli, Helsinki University of Technology, Finland
Marketta Kyttä, Helsinki University of Technology, Finland
Kalevi Korpela, University of Tampere, Finland
Pia Björklid, Stockholm Institute of Education, Sweden
Maria Nordström, University of Stockholm, Sweden
Marianne Lindström, University of Kalmar, Sweden
Géza Fischl, Lulea University of Technology, Sweden
Tony Craig, The Robert Gordon University, United Kingdom
Mirilia Bonnes, University of Rome "La Sapienza", Italy
Marina Mura, University of Cagliari, Italy
Ferdinando Fornara, University of Cagliari, Italy
Ricardo Garcia Mira, Universidade da Coruna, Spain
Sergi Valera, Universitat de Barcelona, Spain
Angela Castrechini, Universitat de Barcelona, Spain
Enric Pol, Universitat de Barcelona, Spain
Tomeu Vidal, Universitat de Barcelona, Spain
Andrés Di Masso, Universitat de Barcelona, Spain
Sandrine Depeau Université de Haute Bretagne - Rennes 2, France
Petra Schweizer-Ries, Otto-von-Guericke-Universität,Germany
Ellen Matthies, Ruhr-University Bochum,Germany
Liisa Horelli, PhD (Coordinator)
Helsinki University of Technology
Centre for Urban and Regional Studies