SATURN – European Standards for Vocational Training in Urban Regeneration – is a project funded through the Leonardo da Vinci fund, coordinated by Edinburgh World Heritage (funded in part by Historic Environment Scotland), in partnership of Warsaw School of Economics and CEIT Alanova, and a number of silent partners like Institut pro udržitelný rozvoj sídel o.s. from Czech Republic.
The main objective of the project was the development of standards of vocational training in integrated urban regeneration. The project aimed to provide a basis for thinking about urban regeneration and therefore the partnership involved academics and practitioners. This was achieved through the delivery of a set of specialised manuals covering conservation-led urban regeneration, modern GIS applications in urban regeneration and education in the area of urban revitalisation.
This was an important project for Edinburgh World Heritage as it was the very first collaboration with European Union support. The outcomes were crucial for the development of a range of programmes, both at the local and international level. The SATURN framework and methodology were designed to expand the scope of the project and the partnership in the future. The partnership is currently seeking appropriate funding to achieve this.