TESS was being implemented by an interdisciplinary consortium of eight organisations from six European countries (Finland, Germany, Italy, Romania, Spain, UK). The consortium included research institutes, universities as well as two SMEs.
As a consortium, TESS created the opportunity to bring together social and natural science expertise and significant experience in multi- and interdisciplinary research settings. Partners had expertise in: climate change impacts, policy analysis and evaluation, integrated assessment methods, systems analysis; regional policies and urban planning; economic geography; environmental and urban sociology; cultural anthropology, rural geography, community development, environmental psychology and environmental policy; data visualisation and communication.
Members of the consortium were experts at a variety of scales, including neighbourhood, city, regional, and virtual. In addition they had experience engaging with policymakers at the municipal, state, national, and supra-national level.
The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) is a non-profit research institute addressing scientific questions in the fields of global change, climate impacts and sustainable development. Interdisciplinary and solution-oriented approaches are a distinctive characteristic of PIK, generating fundamental knowledge for sustainable development through data analysis and computer simulation of social and dynamic processes. The research for the TESS project is based in the Research Area “Climate Change and Development”. This Research Area develops solutions considering welfare, climate protection, adaptation and sustainable development. An important focus is the exploration of transition pathways to a low carbon future.
PIK was the co-ordinator of the TESS project.
The James Hutton Institute is an international research centre based in Scotland. It was formed in 2011 by the merger of the Macaulay Land Use Research Institute and the Scottish Crop Research Institute. The organisation has research strengths in crops, soils and land use, and environmental research and is making new contributions to the understanding of major global issues such as food, energy and environmental security. A feature of the institute is the collection of social and natural scientists working together in interdisciplinary ways to address contemporary challenges relating to climate change, sustainable behaviours and community resilience. The TESS project is located within the Vibrant and Low Carbon Communities Theme, which seeks to deliver knowledge and ideas to empower communities to deliver change to address major geographical differences in wealth and wellbeing across the world.
The Institute for Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA) was created in 2003 by the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Its main objectives are: (a) To be a space for exchange and debate for researchers from different disciplines; (b) To encourage and promote interdisciplinary research in environmental sciences jointly with the various departments and research groups involved; (c) To foster research programmes covering different environmental issues and related topics; (d) To collaborate in environmental science training programmes, coordinating and promoting doctoral studies; (e) To act as a bridge between the university and society, and to encourage and promote dialogue about environmental change and management; and (f) To provide sound scientific methodological tools to understand and address socio-environmental management at different scales. Today the institute has connections to 20 different departments at the UAB and a total of 23 full time senior researchers. ICTA is one of the leading European centres in environmental studies, distinguished by an international focus, a multi-disciplinary approach, and an outstanding research quality. The institute promotes basic and applied research into environmental processes, social-economic causes and impacts of environmental change, and environmental policy and strategies for environmental innovation.
The Methods and Models for Economy, Territory and Finance (MEMOTEF) Department of the University of Rome La Sapienza is part of the School of Economics. MEMOTEF has a long experience in interdisciplinary research through qualitative and, mostly, quantitative methodologies, including socio-economic impact assessment, data mining and modelling, statistical surveying, GIS-based analysis and spatial statistics, policy analysis and evaluation. Sustainability studies provide one of the main frameworks for this research including recent studies on environmental management, social innovation, urban sustainability and carbon reduction policies. The research team includes economic geographers and statisticians who jointly work on the TESS project.
T6 is a small consultancy company in Rome, offering highly specialized research and management support for research implementation. T6 is composed of a group of people from different professional and geographical background who made their diversity a complementary and interdisciplinary strength. T6 is offering its services with a certain uniqueness: research results are aimed at facilitating application and transformative actions at local, European and international level. Research and management activities focus on socio-economic analysis, new technologies and environment as well as international cooperation. T6 experts in project and financial management developed specific methodologies for supporting research and the knowledge economy both at national as well as international level. TESS activities are implemented by the Environment and Climate Change as well as the Society and Innovation Department.
Climate Futures is a team of specialists and communicators, bridging the gap between environmental research and the real world. Over the last few years it has been established as a professional yet approachable consultancy and agency, providing support to academia, businesses and communities. The team is well educated to post-graduate level across a number of academic disciplines including low carbon technology, carbon management, sustainable development and forestry. It is also qualified in journalism, film-making, graphic design and photography.
Climate Futures is based in Edinburgh, Scotland. It is involved in research and consultancy programmes in Europe and Africa. It is supporting all of the TESS research packages and co-managing the community.
The Oulu University of Applied Sciences educates approximately 8.000 students in Schools of Business and Information Management, Engineering, Media and Performing Arts, Renewable Natural Resources, Social and Health Care, and Vocational Teacher Education. The main task is to provide professionals for the region’s working and economic life and culture, and to maintain the diversity of polytechnic education in Northern Finland. The strategicemphases of the university are on “Energy, natural resources and the environment” and on “Future health and well-being”. The focus area of “Energy, natural resources and the environment”, involved in TESS, operates in multi-professional projects and generates e.g. knowledge and skills with respect to construction and living in the north, intelligent energy solutions enabled by information and communications technology, and a sustainable, low-carbon natural resource economy.
The Ştefan cel Mare University of Suceava is one of the most dynamic universities in Eastern Europe, providing higher education of high quality standards at a relatively low cost. Institutional diversity is a solid attribute that provides the ability to respond to various demands imposed by a changing society. This range covers the field of study, level of study and skills developed through study programs.
The faculty of Economics and Public Administration, involved in TESS, meets the needs of existing local labor market and the interests of young people in the counties of Suceava, Neamt, Botosani, Bistrita, etc., continuing professional education through higher education, assimilation of western standards of academic education, professional training as a foundation able to integrate in the field of education recognized worldwide, integrating education with scientific research, as a prerequisite for developing an elite teaching staff. A strong focus lies on the creation of more capacity and skills in new areas such as the ecosystem approach forest management, risk management in the context of climate change, the service-based management towards implementation and management based on control, service management carbon storage in forests, biodiversity management, the integration of socio-economic criteria in forest management, using techniques modern acquisition and analysis of information on forest ecosystems, forest certification and quality management.