Algae that help to recycle

Hello my name is Jirka, I am Czech and I am an IVY volunteer at the REEgain project in Třeboň, Czech Republic. What does the REEgain project mean? This is about recycling of precious metals used mainly in the electrical industry. These metals are quite limited in nature. Recycling takes place with the help of special algae, which are able to bind the mentioned precious metals and can be further separated from the algae and reused. Scientists from the Algatech Centre, Institute of Microbiology, the Czech Academy of Sciences based in the South Bohemian town of Třeboň, are working on this project in collaboration with scientists from Austria. I find the whole project very interesting, because I

UNESCO World Heritage beech forest Grumsin – catalysator of ecosystem-based sustainable development

Hallo Liebe Leute! My name is Anna and I am from Czechia. I’ve been contemplating applying for IVY basically the whole course of my master studies ever since I’ve been told about this opportunity in one of the classes. So, after my graduation I realised there is no time like today to go and experience something that’s been on my mind for so long. And I’m glad I have! Although, kicking my experience off amid global pandemic almost made me believe in the opposite, everything eventually fell into place and with the help of the IVY team I was able to volunteer first remotely from the comforts of my home and later arrive to my host organisation of Angermünde City Administration in Brandenburg, Ge

Swiming at 2100m above the sea level

Hello from the beautiful Austrian Alps! My name is Gintare, I am from Lithuania and I am a new member of the IVY volunteer team! Back at home, I was working in conservation sector and I always thought it would be great to expand my horizons and learn more about European conservation projects. So, as soon as I saw an opportunity in Interreg I took it, and for sure that was my best decision ever! Currently I am involved with Interreg CentralParks project. It aims to improve integrated environmental management capacities of protected areas within Carpathian region; to reconcile conservation and sustainable tourism; and to promote the Carpathian Network of Protected Areas. Honestly, before start

Strengthening ties between Greece and Bulgaria

My name is Myrto Vergou and I am currently an IVY volunteer at the interregional program Interreg Greece- Bulgaria 2014-2020 regarding the project “Environmental Management Enhancement by Youth-run SMEs”. I come from Corfu, which is a Greek island in the Ionian sea and I am 28 years old. I used to work on the tourism sector but always wanted to be involved with my community and help make changes. I got the chance be a part of this project nearly a month ago, in July. I feel very glad to actively participate into this EU project and at the same time have the chance to make changes in my country. During the first days I got to know everyone in the host organization and all the project partners

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