PRIMER is constituted by the consortium of academic and scientific institutions (see methodological approach) listed below, as well as by a TEAM of collaborating colleagues from these institutions by which the commitments are carried out.
Organizational structure and strategic perspective
For the development of the PRIMER initiative the human and institutional team was set up by professionals whose previous cooperation in the development of interdisciplinary studies progressively defined the space of collaboration and relevancy for the different components of the approach. Among them, the University of Leon (Spain) has been a key player for the coordination and development of activities, as well as BITrum research group (Spain) for the development of the interdisciplinary study of the information through an international network of researchers from many different disciplines..
Altogether, PRIMER teams are based on an extensive experience and dedication on the three integrating disciplines that set up its theoretical-methodological core. Within Systems Science, the activity of the Bertalanffy Center for the Study of Systems Science (Austria) stands out and it is often linked to activities supported by the Vienna University of Technology (Austria). Regarding Design Science, it is the Institut für Design Science (Germany) that stands out, often linked to activities of the Munich University of Applied Sciences (Germany); in addition, the research unit of the University of the Aegean (Greece) is distiguished in the applied area of IT-DS. In the field of Open social innovation, it is the team of the Cybersociety Observatory team (Spain) that offers broader experience in close cooperation the with National Distance Education University (Spain). Nonetheless, concerning innovation in IT, Mälardalen University (Sweden) and the University of the Aegean (Greece) teams are prominent.
Finally, in the field of the interdisciplinary study of the information, not only the activity carried out by the mentioned BITrum research group, but also the International Society for Information Studies (Austria) offer an optimal context for the development of interdisciplinary studies which, beyond the study of the information, are progressivelly covering other knowledge areas (for instance, environmental and urbanism studies, etc).
Even though this breakdown of responsibilities offers an organic structure of the PRIMER Consortium, this is defined, as stated in its Constitution, as open in terms of incorporating new actors that enable the achivement of its purposes. These include the long term goal of establishing an international center of interdisciplinary studies, made up by the institutions involved.
Programme of Intercultural and Inclusive Pedagogy
This programme, subscribed among the Ministry of Education of Ecuador, la Universidad de León and the SGroup Network of European Universities, has the mission of deploying academic education at all levels for the establishment of studies of Intercultural and Inclusive Pedagogy rooted in Ecuadorian institutions, but at the same time supported by an international academic cooperation network of scholars from the numerous institutions involved.