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Nature and culture-based strategies and solutions for cities and territories : an idea whose time has come !

ECHOPOLIS 2018      

On the occasion of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018, SDMed Observation, Planning & Eco-innovation presents the International Conference

"Nature & Culture-based strategies and solutions for cities and territories"

An idea whose time has come !

26, 27 & 28  November 2018

Main Venue : Panteion University, 136, Syggrou Ave., Athens

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Conference Website now OPEN ! : www.echopolis.eu

The rich natural and cultural heritage is a defining element of place identity.It brings communities together and builds shared understandings of the places we live in. It is also a very useful territorial resource,  key component of the territorial capital of regions that can enhance social cohesion, employment and economic growth and stimulate place-based policies. Since 2018 is the European Year of Cultural Heritage, events are planned all over Europe to encourage people to discover and engage with Europe’s cultural and natural attractions, so as to enhance our sense of a European belonging. The European Year is an occasion to reflect on the place that cultural and natural heritage occupies both in our lives and for territorial development and to often alert about the need to protect such unique values for the future generations.

It is thus evident that nature and culture as an indivisible whole is an idea whose time has come ! This means that natural and cultural heritage should be recognized, understood, planned and managed together !  This may be besides create efficeincy of place-based policies.  In this context, natural and cultural attractiveness of cities and territories and the achievements of culturally and nuturally creative cities, territories and nations  will be fully discussed in the international Event entitled "Nature and Culture-based strategies and solutions for cities and territories : an idea whose time has come !" organised by the international non-profit entreprise “SDMed Observation Planning and Eco-Innovation” and supported by Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences and the School of Applied Arts and Culture of the University of West Attica, on 26, 27 & 28 November 2018, in Athens. 

Nature and culture-based solutions are often less costly, more resilient and more effective in the long term, they can create jobs and economic growth, they can promote frugality of cities and territories.

The event is not strictly European. All the nature and culture science, policy and business world meets here ! It brings together scientists and cities and territories from all over the world that plan or implement innovative nature and culture-based solutions, to create a world-wide forum of exchange. Scientists, academia, policy-makers, representatives of cities and regions together with entreprises, private and social ones and citizens will meet in order to discuss key themes like :

    1. Natural and Cultural Heritage (tangible and intangible) as Strategic Territorial Development Resources
    2. Linking natural and cultural heritage 
    3. Natural and cultural heritage : planning, management, governance, marketing, funding
    4. Marine natural and cultural heritage - Maritime spatial planning and cultural values
    5. Cultural heritage, archaeological sites, monuments and lighting
    6. Soundscapes, Lightscapes, Nightscapes as elements of the culture of the places
    7. Shaping places with nature and culture
    8. New mapping and surveying technologies

Special emphasis will be given to the Mediterranean region with its rich natural and cultural diversity, both terrestrial and marine.

Thus, the Conference will also host the MED Social & Creative community featured by TALIA (Territorial Appropriation of Leading-edge Innovation Actions), the Interreg-MED Programme's horizontal project promoting the coherence and impact of modular projects addressing the topics of Cultural and Creative Industries and Social Innovation. The community aims at connecting social and creative innovators in the Mediterranean to consolidate and share new models of development. Besides two other INTERREG-MED projects namely BLUEISLANDS and ALTER ECO endorse the Event and will actively participate by organising an special SESSION.

Furthermore, a key issue to be discussed is about soundscapes considered as part of natural and cultural heritage also as a follow-up of the ECHOPOLIS International 2013 & ECHOPOLIS National 2017 forums organised by SDMED in the past years. 

The heritage and identity character of urban soundscapes and landscapes has been recognized recently. An example is the inscription of the Jemaa El Fna Square on UNESCO's list of intangible cultural heritage that has introduced or encouraged a new heritage register based on the consideration of oral expressions as they unfold in the urban space. More generally, sounds are part of the cities and the places, part of their sensorial landscape, of their identity. They are one of the urban markers, just like the visual landscape. The relationship between soundscapes, heritage and attractiveness (including tourism) remains to be further explored.

The Conference is addressed to scientists and practitioners from all the traditional disciplines dealing with natural and cultural heritage ob earth and in the marine environment (territorial planners, architects, landscape architects, engineers, light and sound designers, geographers, historians, oceanographers…) but also to computer scientists/engineers, digital humanities researchers, creative industries-heritage professionals, museum specialists, human-computer interaction practitioners, and creative industries professionals.

To open a wide public discussion on these issues and reveal best practices, the International Meeting is calling for contributions, that is papers on research/technological development and concrete case-studies in the following areas :

Thematic areas 

The event will be developed in 3 full conference days 26, 27 & 28 November 2018  with the following 8 thematic areas :

v             1st Thematic area : Natural and tangible and intangible Cultural Heritage as   Strategic Territorial Development Resources

  • Natural and cultural heritage as strategic territorial resources
  • Natural and cultural heritage as resources that can boost economic growth and jobs 
  • Territorial aspects of natural and cultural heritage – role in territorial cohesion 
  • Societal aspects of natural and cultural heritage – role in social cohesion
  • Natural and cultural heritage to encourage dialogue between different cultures
  • Natural and cultural heritage to encourage dialogue between generations
  • European Green Belt and TEN-G (Transeuropean Networks- Green)

v             2nd Thematic area : Linking natural and cultural heritage 

  • Culture as ecosystem service
  • Culture as main driver in influencing ecosystems and biodiversity and in shaping landscapes
  • Natural and cultural heritage as defining element of European identity.
  • Natura 2000 Network and ecosystem services
  • Natura 2000 sites associated with cultural sites
  • Natura 2000 and tourism, recreation and/or spiritual reflection
  • Natura 2000 and historical and archaeological sites
  • Natura 2000 and cultural sites in cities
  • Natura 2000 and Green Infrastructure 
  • Spiritual value of Natura 2000 sites
  • Inspirational values of Natura 2000
  • Natural and cultural tourism
  • Natural and cultural values of landscapes
  • Natural and cultural heritage and regeneration of deprived areas

v              3rd Thematic area :  Natural and cultural heritage : legal frameworks, planning, management, governance, marketing, funding

  • Harmonised legal frameworks for protection
  • Integrated management approaches, plans and planning tools
  • New information technologies
  • Synergies and collaboration opportunities in terms of planning and management
  • Modes of management of integration of nature and culture across Europe
  • Evolutionary governance and Natura 2000
  • Innovative approaches to raising public awareness of nature conservation
  • Natural and cultural heritage and the role of non-governmental organisations
  • Engagement and empowerment of local residents and stakeholders
  • Monitoring impacts of activities ( e.g tourism) on the overall sustainability
  • Natural and cultural heritage and city/region branding
  • Natural and cultural heritage and urban/territorial attractiveness
  • Educational and volunteering issues linked with natural/cultural heritage interplay
  • Participatory governance of natural and cultural heritage
  • Biodiversity and culture in terms of policies and funding opportunities
  • Methodologies to better integrate biodiversity and cultural landscapes management
  • Natural and cultural tourism

v            4th Thematic area : Marine natural and cultural heritage - Maritime spatial planning and cultural values

  • Marine natural and cultural heritage, planning and management
  • Maritime Spatial Planning and marine antiquities 
  • Maritime Spatial Planning and cultural values
  • Marine antiquities and diving tourism  
  • Marine Natura 2000 and Marine Protected areas
  • Marine Protected Areas in the Areas Beyond National Juridictions
  • Marine natural and cultural heritage and marine tourism
  • Marine cultural heritage and local development of insular communities  
  • Marine ecosystems and underwater noise pollution 

v             5th Thematic area : Cultural heritage, archaeological sites, monuments and sensory landscapes  

  • Lighting design of archaeological sites and monuments
  • Lightscapes and cultural / archaeological sites
  • Sound, soundscapes and cultural / archaeological sites
  • LED and low-cost lighting in archaeological sites
  • Lighting and highlighting of artworks, lighting and museum spaces
  • Presentation of realized projects for the rehabilitation and promotion of archaeological sites - Emphasis on sensory landscapes ( lighting, sound design..)

v             6th Thematic area : Soundscapes, Lightscapes, Nightscapes as elements of the culture of the places   

  • Innovations to Improve and create natural and cultural attractiveness
  • Sound and Lighting environment of monuments
  • Noise and light pollution and their Impact on natural and cultural attractiveness and tourism
  • Soundscapes, Lightscapes, Cultural Heritage and Tourism
  • Sound and Lighting Cultural Heritage and Soundscapes / Lighscapes
  • Acoustic ecology and protection of biodiversity and of natural and cultural heritage
  • Urban innovations involving specific population groups (eg immigrants and refugees) to promote dialogue between cultures.

  7th Thematic area : Shaping places with nature and culture 

  • Cultural capital of public space
  • Public space  and cultural differences
  • Designing public space with nature and culture
  • Connected public spaces
  • Digital networking of public spaces
  • Media facades/active facades
  • Lighting in public space
  • Acoustics in smart cities - urban soundscapes
  • Small urban spaces
  • Smart urban equipment
  • Urban mapping / visual maps, sound maps  
  • Cultural heritage and sustainable developement - use of RES
  • Urban Green infrastructure
  • Green gentrification 

   8th Thematic area :  New mapping and surveying technologies for natural and cultural heritage – Geographic Information Systems

  • Digital and 3-D reconstruction /modeling
  • Computational photography  
  • Virtual augmented reality and other techniques in cultural, historical and natural heritage
  • Mixed reality and gamified interaction technologies in cultural heritage and creative industries
  • Integrated historical maps and archeological data using digital technologies
  • Underwater and submarine photography – Marine diving technologies.
  • Earth observation systems, tools, data – GIS - PPGIS

Please submit your abstract in the format specified below through the e-mail:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to the attention of Mr Nikiforos Zampetakis. The submission of the abstracts is now open. Deadline of submission [Extended] : June 30, 2018

For the Abstract Submission Guidelines, the Selection criteria, the full papers and other details please visit the ECHOPOLIS website : www.echopolis.eu 

Publish your full paper !

Due to time constraints, it will be possible for the full papers to be submitted after the completion of the conference in order to be included in the electronic and/or printed version of the Conference Proceedings that will be issued on January 2019. Other possibilities of publication of the presented arcticles were agreed as follows

 1. Policy-oriented papers will be selected and published in European Quarterly of Political Attitudes and Mentalities in the EQPAM Special Issue of January 2019. EQPAM is a peer-reviewed open access research journal, which ensures archiving and indexing of published papers and online visibility. More information is available on EQPAM’s website.

 

2. Tourism-related papers will be selected and submitted to the International Journal of Tourism Studies, EMERALD. A Thematic Issue of IJTC will be published in 2019.

 

3. Territorial and regional development oriented papers will be selected and submitted to the Regional Science Inquiry Journal.

 

Please download below : 

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General Information

The official conference languages are English and Greek. Presentations in French are also accepted but there will be no simultaneous translation.Authors will be notified regarding the acceptance of their abstract for an oral or a poster presentation by June 30, 2018. By submitting a full paper, the authors agree that the paper can be included in the conference proceedings either on hard-copy or in electronic form (e-book) or in the  International Journal “European Quarterly of Political Attitudes and mentalities” ( Special Issue, January 2019)

Registration fees

Registration fee for full attendance of the 3-day conference has been set to 300 € for all participants, professors, researchers and other presenters, up to 30 October 2017 

Early registration fee : 200 € up to 30 July 2017 This fee gives access to all Conference sessions, to some cultural events ( to be announced soon), to the Conference material and to the “coffee/tea cards” for all three days of the Conference, as well as to the “welcome cocktail”. It gives also access to the publications mentioned above.

Registration fee for accompanying persons and the public : 50 € People in this category will have access to all Conference sessions, some cultural events (programme will follow) and to the Conference material, as well as to the welcome cocktail.

There will be no fee for graduate students to attend the conference. People in this category will have access only to the conference programme.

A Certificate of attendance will be delivered to all participants. 

Useful dates

Deadline for submission of abstracts

11 June 2018 ( Extended )

Notification of acceptance 30 May-30 June 2018
Submission of full papers 30 September 2018
Registration and payment of early bird fee

up to 30 July 2018

Registration and payment of full registration fee up to 30 October 2017

For all enquiries, please contact the managers of the Meeting on the phones +30 210 9236206, +30 210 9221066, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  - Contact person: Mr Nikiforos Zampetakis. The submission of the abstracts is now open. You are welcome to submit your abstract through the e-mail:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to the attention of Mr Nikiforos Zampetakis.  Deadline of submission (EXTENDED): June 11, 2018. For all enquiries, please contact the managers of the Meeting on the phones +30 210 9236206, +30 210 9221066, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Organizing Committee

  • Stella Kyvelou, Associate Professor, Deputy Head of the Dpt of Economics and Regional development,Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences
  • Vassilis Kefis, Professor, Dean of the School of Sciences of Economics and Public Administration, Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences
  • Georgios Benetos, President of INSULEUR
  • Despina Stenou, Vice president, SDMed Observation, Planning & Eco-innovation
  • Nikitas Chiotinis, Professor, Dean of the School of Applied Arts and Culture, University of West Attica
  • Michalis Christakis, President of the Panhellenic Association of General Secretaries in the Municipal authorities

Honorary Scientific Committee (alphabetical order)

  •  Avgerinou-Kolonia Sofia, National Technical University of Athens, Association of Greek Urban and Spatial Planners
  •  Azam-Pradeilles Anne, International Expert, SDMED International Forum
  •  Beriatos Ilias, University of Thessaly, ex. Secretary General of the Ministry of Environment 
  • Fagnoni Edith, Univ.Paris IV-Panthéon-Sorbonne
  • Giannakourou Georgia, National Kapodistrian University of Athens
  • Gravari-Barbas Maria, Deputy Rector for International relations, Univ.Paris I-Panthéon-Sorbonne, UNESCO
  • Kokkossis Charis, University of Thessaly
  • Kriari Ismini, Rector, Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences
  •  Leandros Nikolaos, Vice Rector, Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences 
  • LeCoeur Charles, Univ.Paris I-Panthéon-Sorbonne
  • Lekkas Eythimios, National Kapodistrian University of Athens, President of Earthquake Planning and Protection Organisation 
  • Moropoulou Antonia, National Technical University of Athens, Vice-President of Technical Chamber of Greece
  • Prezioso Maria, University of Rome Tor-Vergata, Director, Italian ESPON Contact Point
  • Prevelakis Georges, Univ.Paris I-Pantheon Sorbonne, ex.Ambassador of Greece to the OECD
  • Tassopoulos Anastasios, ex.Dean, Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences
  • Tsaltas Grigoris, ex.Minister of Environment, ex.Rector, Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences
  •  Tsartas Paris, Professor, Charokopion University 
  • Tsihrintzis Vassilis, National Technical University of Athens 
  • Voinea Camelia Florela, University of Bucharest, European Research Center for Political Culture Analysis & Modelling

Scientific and Reviewing Committee (alphabetical order)

  • Avdikos Vassilis, Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences 
  • Chiotinis Nikitas, School of Applied Arts and Culture, University of West Attica
  • Davvetas Demosthenes, IESA, Paris
  • Delitheou Vassiliki, Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences
  • Ierapetritis Dimitris, Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences
  • Kaggelaris Fotis, Dr Phychopathologist, Author, University of West Attica
  • Kalavrouziotis Ioannis, University of Patras, Hellenic Open University
  • Karachalis Nicholas, University of Thessaly, URBACT
  • Karaganis Anastasios, Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences
  • Karagiannis Stefanos, Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences
  • Karoglou Maria, National Technical University of Athens
  • Kitsiou Dimitra, University of the Aegean
  • Ladias Christos, Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences
  • Lolos Sarantis, Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences
  • Miliou Eleni, Agricultural University of Athens
  • Mitoula Roido, Charokopion University
  • Myrivili Eleni, University of the Aegean, City of Athens
  • Panagiaris Georgios, University of West Attica 
  • Papageorgiou Marilena, University of Thessaly
  • Papadaki Olga, Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences
  • Politis Georgios, National Kapodistrian University of Athens
  • Psiridou Anastasia, Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences
  • Remy Nicolas, University of Thessaly
  • Rovolis Antonis, Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences
  • Sapounaki-Dracaki Lydia, Panteion University, ex. President of the European Association of Urban Historians
  • Sarigiannis Denis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
  • Sinou Maria, University of West Attica
  • Tassiopoulos Stavros, SDMed Observation, Planning & Eco-Innovation
  • Tatla Eleni, University of West Attica, NTUA
  • Tixier Nicolas, Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Grenoble, Laboratoire Cresson

Scientific Responsible Kyvelou Stella, Ass.Professor, Deputy Head of the Dpt of Economics and Regional development, Panteion University, ex.ESPON2013 Contact Point

Organisational/Scientific Secretariat 

Nikiforos Zampetakis, Panteion University, SDMED  // Eva Sygletou, Panteion University 


ORGANISING INSTITUTION 

SDMed Observation, Planning & Eco-Innovation

SUPPORTING INSTITUTIONS

 Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences of Athens, Dpt of Economic and Regional development 

 University of West Attica, School of Applied Arts and Culture

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