CHIC Days for School

CHIC Days for School students: Activities aimed at school students to teach and discuss with them about different concepts of the CHIC project. Through a series of panel discussions, project presentations and games, students will learn different concepts related to new plant breeding techniques and their potential to produce healthy and environmentally sustainable food. The target group is pupils aged 14 and over who have knowledge of and interest in biology and genetics. 

MyChicFarm AR GAME

The CHIC project consortium has developed augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) games to support effective learning around New Plant Breeding Techniques (NPBTs) among children and young citizens. These games are aimed to entertain as well as engage today´s youth so as to spread information and knowledge about NPBTs and the technology behind this scientific process. Workshops demonstrating and explaining these games will be held to allow school children to try the games out for themselves with the guidance of representatives of the CHIC Innovation Consortium.

CHIC is a €7.3 million project supported through the EU Horizon 2020 funding program. It aims at the establishment of a responsible innovation pathway for the development and application of New Plant Breeding Techniques (NPBTs) for root chicory as a multipurpose crop for the production of high-value consumer products, in line with societal needs and concerns. CHIC aims, also, to explore the interactions between technological potential and societal acceptance of modern plant breeding.

Internationally respected scientists are engaged with developing new techniques for practical applications on a global scale. By developing and implementing a set of new plant breeding technologies, CHIC will adapt the biosynthesis and architecture of root chicory. This will strengthen chicory as a production system for high-quality dietary fibres and establish it as a source of bioactive terpenes. The consortium will evaluate the technological performance of these new plant breeding technologies, as well as the safety, environmental, regulatory, socio-economic and broader societal issues associated with them and will strive to ensure responsible innovation and raise public awareness by involving stakeholders and considering their needs and concerns in all phases of the project. Through engaging CHIC Artists in Residence ASN´s new communication strategies can be put to use for this purpose. 

The DEI Lab at the Computer Science Department of Universidad Carlos III de Madrid is concerned with research in different areas related to interaction, collaboration and learning. Their objectives are to research, develop, and transfer technology, applying their results in real projects (see youtube channel).