Why join ULISSES?
- Work on a fascinating project as part of an international and interdisciplinary team supported by research assistants and specialists in each discipline
- Connect and collaborate with colleagues from other schools and other countries
- Deepen your knowledge about the ocean and its relevance for the sustainability of our planet
- Explore future education and career perspectives
At the end of the project, students will be familiar with:
- the fundamentals of different disciplines related to ocean science;
- the central principles of material science related to polymers;
- the impact of plastic pollution on the metabolism of biological systems;
- the basic principles of robotics and the design of autonomous vehicles for sea exploration;
- the basic techniques to recycle materials and the principles of circular economy;
- project management methods.
Preparatory phase February 13 — April 21 (e-learning course)
Team Project July 3 — July 21 (in Lisbon)
This program is free of fees. English will be language used in ULISSES.
Curious? Visit or send your questions by ULISSES project´se-mail.
The University of Lisbon Interdisciplinary Studies on Sustainable Environment and Seas (ULISSES) is a project that provides students with a deep knowledge of ocean related problems. The participants are challenged to solve a pressing real life problem while working together in an interdisciplinary and international team.
Based on educational concepts developed at TU Darmstadt and applied to the INSPIRED project, the ULISSES project from the University of Lisbon will have its third edition in the second semester of 2023 academic year. For a period of 3 weeks, the students enrolled in the project will be part of an international multidisciplinary team, whose task will be to develop innovative techniques that may contribute to the solution of an important challenge related to the sustainability of the Oceans. The three weeks of teamwork will be preceded by a preparatory phase (via e-learning), which will be compatible with classes in the second semester and will last for 10 weeks.
The European Universities Initiative
The was launched in 2019 to push for the establishment of a European Education Area by 2025. European Universities are transnational alliances of higher education institutions from across the EU that share a long-term strategy, promoting European values and identity. The initiative is designed to significantly strengthen student and staff mobility and to foster the quality, inclusion and competitiveness of European higher education. European Universities Initiative
In response to a first call of the Erasmus+ Programme in 2019, the first 17 alliances were selected for a 3-year pilot phase to lay the foundations for future European universities. Unite! has been among these first 17. Another 24 alliances followed in the 2nd call in 2020.
Unite!’s new funding starting end of 2022 falls into the calls of the further roll out of the European Universities Initiative. It plans to increase the number of European Universities to 60 with more than 500 universities by mid-2024, supported under Erasmus+ with an indicative budget of EUR 1.1 billion for the period 2021-2027. The aim is to develop and share a common long-term structural, sustainable and systemic cooperation on education, research and innovation, creating European inter-university campuses where students, staff and researchers from all parts of Europe can enjoy seamless mobility and create new knowledge together, across countries and disciplines.”