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For students - Join a megaproject

For students - Join a megaproject

DO YOU WANT TO...

  • contribute to solving major social problems and work with the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals
  • improve your
    • interdisciplinary competences
    • collaborative skills
    • value on the labour market
    • overall understanding of UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals
  • learn how your academic area can contribute to tackling major social problems 
  • receive certification of participation in a megaproject

... THEN BECOME PART OF A MEGAPROJECT AT AAU.


HOW TO JOIN A MEGAPROJECT

Students must choose the Megaproject challenge they want to work on. In some programmes, project proposals are defined beforehand, while others allow a choice. If your programme defines project proposals beforehand, they may already be involved in a megaproject. Otherwise, you can contact your supervisor and ask about making the project part of a megaproject. In order to take part in a megaproject, you must submit a project proposal.

  • Project proposals may be submitted by individuals or groups.
  • Submitting a project proposal is not binding.

Once you submit your project proposal (see bottom of the page), you'll be matched with the other groups interested in the same challenge. The interested groups will form a cluster. It is within this cluster you will work on the challenge in an interdisciplinary manner. In order to work on a megaproject, it is a prerequisite that at least two groups work on a given challenge

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    HOW TO WORK ON A MEGAPROJECT

    When you work on a project as part of a megaproject, the project serves as your semester project, i.e. you work as you normally would when you are working on a project. There are also some additional activities:

    Complete the online course on the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals
    Prepare four deliverables for the project that are shared with the groups working on the same challenge
    Take part in three seminars: start-up, mid-term and end-term
    Prepare a joint presentation on the challenge in conjunction with the other groups 
    Take part in the megaproject conference where you present and share your results

    Your work on the megaproject will amount to approximately 30 hours extra compared to an ordinary semester project.

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    TIMELINE

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    PROCESS

    When you take part in a megaproject, you work with other groups in interdisciplinary manner. This is done through deliverables, seminars, and the online platform Teams that allow you to gain insight into each other's work and to actively use each other. 

    Deliverables are smaller status descriptions that are done at regular intervals throughout the semester. They are accessible to the groups working on the same challenge as you. You receive templates for preparing the deliverables.

    Concurrently you will also be enrolled in an online SDG-course. The course consists of seven modules, divided onto two deadlines.

    The schedule for Fall 2020 looks like this:

    MEGAPROJECT CONFERENCE: 10 FEBRUARY 2021

     
    DELIVERABLE 1: DEADLINE 1 MARCH 2021

    The first deliverable is a description of your project. What problem are you working on and how does it relate to the challenge you have selected? In addition, you must also reflect on how other disciplines can contribute to your project and how your project can contribute to other disciplines.
     

    SDG-COURSE DEADLINE MODULE 1 AND 2: 19 MARCH 2021

    START UP SEMINAR: NO LATER THAN 19 MARCH 2021

    You meet with the other groups working on the same challenge as you. At the seminar you meet each other and exchange ideas and perspectives in relation to the challenge you have chosen. You and the other groups in the cluster must find a room and time for the seminar.
     

    DELIVERABLE 2: DEADLINE 26 MARCH 2021

    The second deliverable relates to how your project can use the perspectives from other group projects dealing with the same challenge, and additionally, how you think your project can contribute to the other group projects.
     

    SDG-COURSE DEADLINE MODULE 3, 4, 5, 6 AND 7: ALL MUST BE COMPLETED 23 APRIL 2021

    One module is to be completed each week.
     

    MID-TERM SEMINAR: NO LATER THAN 29 APRIL 2021 

    You meet with the other groups working on the same challenge as you, and engage in knowledge-sharing and feedback. You and the other groups in the cluster must find a room and time for the seminar.
     

    DELIVERABLE 3: DEADLINE 7 MAY 2021

    The third deliverable is a summary of the mid-term seminar. Here you must discuss the input you have received from the other groups and how you can translate it into your project. 
     

    DELIVERABLE 4: DEADLINE 7 DAYS BEFORE YOUR END-TERM SEMINAR 

    The final deliverable is a summary of your results in the project. In addition, you must discuss which Sustainable Development Goals the project contributes to and how your results can be developed and further explored with new projects.
     

    END-TERM SEMINAR: NO LATER THAN 30 JUNE 2021

    You meet again with the other groups working on the same challenge as you, and engage in knowledge-sharing and feedback. In this seminar, you will prepare a synthesis and presentation that can be used for the megaproject conference. You and the other groups in the cluster must find a room and time for the seminar.
     

    SYNTHESIS: DEADLINE 30 JUNE 2021

    At the end-term seminar, in conjunction with the other groups working on the same challenge as you, you must prepare a joint deliverable that provides an overall response to the challenge.
     

    MEGAPROJECT CONFERENCE: 8 SEPTEMBER 2021 

    Since the programmes at AAU have different time schedules for the projects, all deadlines must be understood as the latest possible date. This means that the participants on a challenge must agree on deadlines prior to the following dates, as long as deliverables are submitted and seminars held by the dates above. 

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    HOW TO SUBMIT A PROJECT PROPOSAL

    To submit a project proposal, you must fill in the "Deliverable 1" template

    Your project proposal must be uploaded to Microsoft Teams in the group for the megaproject you want to work on. Select one person from your group to be the primary contact person for the group. The contact person must log in to Teams on the megaproject you want to work on.

    Go to Microsoft Teams and sign in with your student email.

    Use the code below to log in to the megaproject your project proposal falls under:

    Sustainable Living: 51wdzwz

    The Circular Region: cfsj29s

    Better Together: v05o6r2

    Click on the "Files" tab and upload your project proposal. 

    The project proposal must be submitted no later than march 1st 2021, for the spring semester. 

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    QUESTIONS

    See the FAQ or contact Project Manager Katrine Lohmann Bjerg at megaprojects@aau.dk