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"Datemat is an initiative that seeks to develop new teaching methodologies to achieve a better transfer of knowledge and technology."
The project focuses on four so-called emerging materials and technologies: wearables, nanomaterials, biomaterials and self-healing materials.
The area of design of Tecnun is collaborating in the project Datemat, within the Erasmus+ call, together with other European partners from Italy, Finland, Denmark and also other partners from Spain. Among the partners, there are universities, technological centers specialized in materials and business clusters. Two professors from Tecnun have recently attended one of these meetings in Copenhagen. One of them, Aitor Cazón, tells us more details about this project.
What has your visit to Copenhagen consisted of?
Within the European Datemat project in which we are working in the area of design there are several transnational meetings with the rest of the partners of project with the goal to share results and take decisions on the future steps to be taken in the next tasks. In January, we were in Milan for this first transnational workshop and in September it has been organized in Copenhagen.
Tell us about the European project you are collaborating on.
Datemat is an initiative that aims to develop new teaching methodologies to achieve a better transfer of knowledge and technology from universities and technology centers to companies. The project focuses on four of the so-called emerging materials and technologies: wearables, nanomaterials, biomaterials and self-healing materials. Within the consortium, we work with nanomaterials together with FAD (Fomento Artes y design), which provides the materials knowledge , and BCD (Barcelona Centro de design), a business cluster.
Have you been there with other members of Tecnun?
Yes, there was Mabel Rodríguez, another teacher from area from design and me, Aitor Cazón. In Milan, Paz Morer and Leire Francés were there, so this time it was our turn to "work outside".
What experience do they bring with them?
Very good. From the professional point of view it is an opportunity to exchange experiences and ways of working and networking with some of the leading universities in the fields of design and technology at European level as the Politecnico di Milano (Italy), Aalto University (Finland) and the Copenhagen School of Design and Technology (Denmark). From the point of view of staff, I for one had not been to Copenhagen and I found it a very interesting city in the short time we had to do some sightseeing. The weather was splendid and there were not many tourists: it was not high season. Even when we went to see the little mermaid there were only us and a group of Chinese tourists. Finally, our hosts Anke and Mette from KEA (Copenhagen School of Design and Technology) were great and we made the most of the two days we were there.
Any curiosity of the visit?
As a curiosity of the city, I was struck by the number of people cycling everywhere and all in perfect order and coordination with cars and pedestrians. In the hotel they offered us the possibility to go to the university by bike, but we told them that, for another time, because being tourists, we could cause traffic jams...