Project idea

BRAIN@WORK project is funded by the Erasmus Plus Program for Higher Education, Key Action 2 Strategic Partnerships. It intends to deepen the knowledge on how Information Literacy is applied to STEM disciplines in Europe and, consequently, to improve the educational offer of the organizations participating in the project through the creation of a modular set of innovative learning units for researchers and students, current and future workers in technical-scientific sectors.

The library of CNR Bologna Research Area, in collaboration with ISOF Institute, coordinates the activities within the partnership and in relation to the funding body. It also collaborates in the production of intellectual outputs, the provision of training activities and the dissemination of the results obtained.

The international partnership sees the participation of:


The European Union includes Data and Information Literacy in the set of fundamental skills for lifelong learning as a dimension of digital competence, a crucial resource for citizens and workers in contemporary society. Despite the large amount of information available on internet and the importance that this hold in everyone’s daily life, experiences and training methods regarding Information Literacy remain extremely fragmented and disorganized in Europe, particularly in their application to the STEM disciplines.

BRAIN@WORK project aims to contribute to the advancement of knowledge and the systematization of methodologies within the IL for technical-scientific disciplines. To do this, through the exchange of good practices, training activities and comparative research, the project team will produce the following tools: a research on the most widespread teaching strategies and methodologies in Europe, new training modules for researchers and students, tools for measuring acquired skills, guidelines to support trainers.


Through collaborative learning and benchmarking, the team will reflect on the meanings and solutions that the project requires and will compare their respective experiences with the ambitious goal of standardizing the training offer and producing all the outputs in a collaborative way.

The project, during 26 months, foresees the following activities:

  • start-up activities and organization of 4 intensive training courses addressed to the project team itself
  • design and realization of research reports, training modules and tools for measuring acquired skills.
  • local trainings addressed to researchers and students and training of trainers
  • dissemination of project results.