Cultural Heritage (CH) is defined as the tangible and intangible aspects of society and culture that are valued. Understanding the current challenges facing CH monuments is important if it is to be conserved and passed onto future generations. TRIQUETRA proposes a technological toolbox and methodological framework for tackling Climate Change risks and natural hazards threatening CH, in the most efficient way available. TRIQUETRA’s main objective is to identify, quantify and mitigate risks that pose a threat to CH sites, via a systemic approach and a novel technologies toolbox, without negatively affecting the sites or the environment. The TRIQUETRA project aims at creating an evidence-based assessment platform that allows precise risk stratification, and also creates a database of available mitigation measures and strategies, acting as a Decision Support Tool towards efficient risk mitigation and site remediation. The overall approach of TRIQUETRA is based on three distinct steps: (1) Risk Identification; (2) Risk Quantification; (3) Risk Mitigation. This “trifecta” approach (hence the name TRIQUETRA) creates a framework of risk assessment and risk mitigation so as to tackle as many of these risks as possible, in the most efficient way available, (GA HE 101094818), Kick-off Meeting organized by the partner GEOSYSTEMS HELLAS (GSH), responsible for the dissemination and exploitation actions, took place on Wednesday the 18th & Thursday 19th of January 2023 at the Auditorium “Dimitrios Pandermalis” at the Museum of Acropolis.
During the meeting, all project partners had the chance to introduce their organizations, their involvement in the project and their scope of work. In addition, a really detailed presentation of the Cultural Heritage sites acting as Demonstration sites of the TRIQUETRA project, gave to the participants the opportunity to travel mentally into different places and different cultures in Europe! Moreover, on Friday 20 January, the majority of the project members had the chance to sightsee the wider area of the Epidaurus and visit the Demonstration Site in an excursion that was organized also by GSH.
On the 18th, notable guests honored the event with their presence and contribute to the meeting with their statements. After the morning welcome by the host, Mrs Betty Charalampopoulou (GSH CEO), the speech of the project coordinator Prof Ioannidis and Prof Spyrakos and the the welcome by the Project Officer, Unit C1, Inclusive Societies, European Research Executive Agency, Dr Athanasios Gerakis, key note speakers gave a “vital tone” showing the importance of the TRIQUETRA to the community:
–Dr Stavroula Barbounaki on behalf of the Secretary General of Culture at the Ministry of Culture and Sports Dr Didaskalou, stated the importance of the project as Cultural Heritage has to be preserved and passed on to future generation.
– Dr. Efthimios Bakoyannis, General Secretary of Spatial Planning and Urban Environment at the Ministry of Environment and Energy (remotely), emphasized that a green approach will affect culture and heritage in a positive way.
– Dr Anastasios Staveris, General Secretary of Telecommunications and Posts at the Ministry of Ministry of Digital Governance, stated that he considers vital the fact that people from archeological and technological field cooperates in order to mitigate climate change effects on Cultural Heritage.
– Mr Athanasios Chronis, Mayor of the Municipality of Epidaurus, welcomed the TRIQUETRA effort and stated that the Municipality Team will support the TRIQUETRA project consortium as much as possible.
Last but not least, in the kick-off meeting members of the Advisory Board participated: Dr Antonia Moropoulou – Emeritus Professor of NTUA, President of the General Assembly of the Technical Chamber of Greece, Dr Tony Cassar – Digitisation Unit, Heritage Malta, Head Office and Dr Harald Drager-TIEMS President, The International Emergency Management Society.
In more detail, the partners that participated in the meeting were:
-On behalf of the Secretary General of Culture at the Ministry of Culture and Sports, Dr Stavroula Barbounaki
-General Secretary of Spatial Planning and Urban Environment at the Ministry of Environment and Energy Dr. Efthimios Bakoyannis (remotely)
-General Secretary of Telecommunications and Posts at the Ministry of Ministry of Digital Governance, Dr Anastasios Staveris
-Mayor of the Municipality of Epidaurus, Mr Athanasios Chronis
-Emeritus Professor of NTUA, President of the General Assembly of the Technical Chamber of Greece, Dr Antonia Moropoulou
-Digitisation Unit, Heritage Malta, Head Office, Dr Tony Cassar
-Representing NTUA Prof Charalampos Ioannides, Prof Costantine Spyrakos, Dr Denis Istrati, Dr Sofia Soile and Dr Styliani Verykokou.
-TIEMS President, The International Emergency Management Society, Dr Harald Drager
-Representing DAI Dr Themistoklis Bilis and Dr Katja Sporn (remotely).
-Representing UCY Prof Apostolos Sarris (remotely).
-Representing HMCS Mrs Konstantina Benissi, Dr Dimitris Kourkoumelis, Mrs Christina Sakellariou, Mrs Georgia Kotzamani and Mr Panagiotis Defteraios.
-Representing MIC Chiara Arrighi and dott.ssa Silvia Costa.
-Representing BLFD Dr Markus Gschwind.
-Representing SUR Prof Salvatore Martino and Prof Francesca Bozzano and members of the Lab.
-Representing DLR Dr Daniele Cerra, Dr Stefan Plattner and Dr Gunter Schreier.
-Representing NID Dr Agata Byszewska-Tasinska and Mrs Agnieszka Makowska.
-Representing ECOE Dr Kyriakos Themistocleous and Prof Marinos Ioannides.
-Representing PLUS Prof Alexander Sokolicek.
-Representing GSH Mrs Betty Charalampopoulou, Mrs Katerina Fotiou and Mr Christos Kontopoulos.
-Representing AUTH Prof Haralambos Feidas, Prof Prodromos Zanis, Prof Konstantinos Tokmakidis and Prof Haralambos Georgiadis.
-Representing AMU Prof Włodzimierz Rączkowski.
-Representing EM4C Dr Spirakos Vasilios-Ioannis and members of the Lab.
-Representing NPHOS Mrs Elia Zimonopoulou.
-Representing ALPES Mr Panagiotis Georgiadis (remotely) and Miltos Vasileiadis.
-Representing CSEM Mr Jean-Christopher Roulet and Mr Fabien Droz.
-Representing UULM Prof Boris Mizaikoff (remotely).
-Representing OPAN Dr Fabien Langenegger.
-Representing MTCW Dr Eleftherios Charalambous and Mrs Chrysanthi Kounnou.
By clicking here you can find the detailed agenda of the Triquetra kick-off meeting.