Spoke 3 Young: students meet local businesses
Starting from 20 November 2023 until 11 December 2023, in Vercelli (VC) and Omegna (VB), there will be a series of meetings by Spoke 3 - Tourism and Culture Industry.
The training event, entitled: Spoke3Young. Students meet enterprises and territories was designed with the aim of connecting third-year students of the Environmental Management and Sustainable Development degree course at the University of Eastern Piedmont with tourism companies, businesses, cultural and research institutions.
The Spoke3Young training package is aimed at spreading direct knowledge of innovative and sustainable entrepreneurial realities in digital tourism and in the management of Piedmontese destinations, such as the case of Lake Orta.
Through two seminars and a meeting in the field, some issues related to the focus of Spoke 3 will be addressed and declined in terms of promotion of historical memory, knowledge of material culture, environmental context favorable to business development, transfer of innovative skills for communicative sustainability and relational, mobility and sustainable tourism, as well as digital transition projects in the cultural and artistic spheres.
The first seminar, scheduled in Vercelli on November 20, 2023, will be held by experts from the Ecomuseum of Lake Orta and Mottarone CUSIUS. Founded in 1997, the Ecomuseum aims to preserve and promote the historical memory of the traditions and material culture linked to the territory. Numerous projects have been proposed and supported which involve various targets (visits to museums, itineraries and walks, lessons and workshops, editorial activities, etc.). The Cusius Ecomuseum is the promoter of the Lake Contract, an important governance tool for local development processes which involves all interested parties in the management and/or use of the water resource and related basins, and which today has 120 members, both private and public (including UPO). Students will have the opportunity to interact with experts focusing on possible career orientations in the cultural and environmental sector.
The second appointment will be an "in the field" meeting to be held in Omegna (VB) on November 27, 2023, at the Fondazione Parco delle Arti e della Cultura. It will be structured in two parts. During the morning there will be a succession of speakers who will involve the students with interventions regarding their activities and experiences; the common thread will be creativity as a driver of development. In addition to the Mayor of Omegna and the President of the Pa.R.C.O. Foundation, the Director of the Foundation, the managers of the Navigazione Lago d'Orta company, the Alessi company and the Tormet company will speak. In the afternoon, the students will be accompanied on a narrative walk in the city of Omegna through which a "territorial mediator" will introduce them to some focal points of the history and geography of this territory.
In the spaces of the multipurpose structure of the Pa.R.C.O. foundation, they will also be guided to discover the Permanent Collection of household objects coming from companies that have made Italian and world history and that were born in the Cusio area - Alessi, Calderoni, Girmi, Lagostina, La Nuova Faro, Irmel, Tracanzan and Piazza, reliving the industrial history from the 19th century to the present day. The meeting with cultural realities and active entrepreneurs who have made environmental sustainability and digitalisation their strong point will allow students to explore internship, thesis and research opportunities, to develop ideas and receive advice for the development of entrepreneurial ideas, to apply to participate in future projects.
The third seminar, which will be held in Vercelli on 11 December 2023, will see the participation of experts from the Joint Research Center of the European Commission. The JRC is the EC's science and knowledge service, providing scientific and technical support to the design, development, implementation and monitoring of European Union policies; in Italy it is located in Ispra (VA). Students will have the opportunity to listen and dialogue with the Head of Events, Outreach and Youth Program and the Leader of the Smart Mobility project. They will therefore have the opportunity to learn about the centre's activities, in which sustainability and digitalisation are expressed in many ways and with particular sensitivity to the repercussions of European policies. The seminar therefore presents itself as an opportunity to explore post-graduate internship opportunities and professional collaborations in the context of European science-based sustainability policies.
The two seminars scheduled for 20.11 and 11.12 are open to students of the Spoke 3 partner universities and can be followed by connecting