CAA-GR 2022 Autumn Sessions “Climate change, AI and Cultural Heritage”

CAA-GR 2022 Autumn Sessions
18, 30 Nov. and 2, 9 Dec. 2022, 18.00 GMT+2 (Athens time)

Climate change, AI and Cultural Heritage

The Greek Chapter of the Computer Applications & Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA-GR) cordially invites you to attend a series of online sessions (1½ to 2 hours duration each) that will run during November and December 2022. The invited speakers and the participants will have the opportunity to exchange knowledge and experiences on past and present climate changes, digital modeling, and approaches of artificial intelligence on cultural heritage. A strong focal point in these discussions will be the impact of climate change on natural and cultural heritage sites and the application of cutting-edge technologies in their preservation and conservation. The intention is to establish a cross-border and cross-discipline collegial environment, where scholars share their experiences, highlight problems, and exchange knowledge, know-how, and discuss potential solutions.

In the first session, Dr. A. Bonnier, Prof. N. Evelpidou, and Dr. L. Ragia will discuss approaches in modeling and visualizing past and present climate change and its impact on the natural and cultural landscape of key localities in Greece.

In the second session, Prof. Em. Ch. Zerefos, Secretary General of the Academy of Athens, will deliver his keynote lecture on climate change threats to cultural and natural UNESCO heritage sites in the Mediterranean.

In the third session, Dr. G. A. Ioannakis and Dr. D. Abate, researchers engaging in Artificial Intelligence (AI) approaches in the study of Cultural Heritage will discuss the contribution of AI in advancing research agendas within the field of Humanities.

In the fourth session, Dr. A. Hein, Dr. I. Karatasios, and Dr. L. Bratasz, will discuss the impact of climate change on heritage materials and approaches for their conservation and future preservation.


The CAA-GR 2022 online sessions event will use the GoToMeeting technology. The links for the sessions will be provided to registered participants only.
Pre-registration is required. The registration is now open. Please use this form to register to the event and become a member of CAA-GR with no obligation on your behalf.

Organizing Committee

  • Emeri Farinetti, Department of Humanities, RomaTre University, CAA-GR Chair
  • George Pavlidis, Athena-Research and Innovation Center in Information, Communication and Knowledge Technologies, CAA-GR Deputy chair
  • Theodora Moutsiou, Archaeological Research Unit, University of Cyprus, CAA-GR Secretary
  • Pınar Özgüner Gülhan, Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Letters and Science, Gaziantep University, CAA-GR Treasurer
  • Dorina Moullou, Ephorate of Antiquities of East Attica, Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports, CAA-GR Publication officer
  • Stella Sylaiou, International Hellenic University, CAA-GR Social media, communications and outreach

The link will be shared to the registered participants only

Event Program

Session 1. Modeling and visualizing past and present climate change 
Nov. 18, 18:00 GMT+2 (Athens Time Zone)

  • Opening (5 mins)
  • Part 1: Presentations (60 mins)
    • Anton Bonnier, Uppsala University, “Modeling land use and climate changes in the past, with a focus on the Peloponnese”
    • Niki Evelpidou, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, “Τhe role of relative sea level rise in geocultural heritage”
    • Lemonia Ragia, Hellenic Open University, “Visualization of climate change effects in the old city of Chania”
  • Part 2: Roundtable (20 minutes)
  • Part 3: Q&A for the audience (20 minutes)

Session 2. Climate change and Cultural Heritage
Nov. 30, 18:00 GMT+2 (Athens Time Zone)

  • Opening (5 mins)
  • Part 1: Keynote lecture (45 mins)
    • Christos Zerefos, Academy of Athens, Honorary, AUTH, Emeritus, UOA, “Climate Change Threats to Cultural and Natural Heritage UNESCO Sites in the Mediterranean
  • Part 2: Open floor (30 mins)

Session 3. A.I. and Cultural Heritage
Dec. 2, 18:00 GMT+2 (Athens Time Zone)

  • Opening (5 mins)
  • Part 1: Presentations (40 mins)
    • George Alexis Ioannakis, Athena Research Center, “Artificial intelligence and the reshaping of humanities research”
    • Dante Abate, Cyprus Institute, “The role of artificial intelligence in the fight against cultural property crimes: two project-based case studies”
  • Part 2: Roundtable (20 minutes)
  • Part 3: Q&A for the audience (20 minutes)

Session 4. Climate change and Cultural Heritage materials
Dec. 9, 18:00 GMT+2 (Athens Time Zone)

  • Opening (5 mins)
  • Part1: Presentations (60 mins)
    • Anno Hein, National Center for Scientific Research “Demokritos”, “Climate change and computer modeling of material behavior”
    • Ioannis Karatasios, National Center for Scientific Research “Demokritos”, “Conservation of CH building materials in view of climate change”
    • Lukasz Bratasz, Polish Academy of Sciences, “HERIe – preventive conservation platform for decision support”
  • Part 2: Roundtable (20 mins)
  • Part 3: Q&A for the audience (20 mins

Get the event poster here for publication purposes.

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Data Management in Cultural Heritage

Training Workshop

Data Management in Cultural Heritage

Data processing, Data integration, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence and Data Mining

7 – 8 November 2022
N.C.S.R. “Demokritos”

In the framework of the MSCA ITN PlaCe a Two-day Training Workshop about ‘Data Management in Cultural Heritage’ is organized, which will take place at the N.C.S.R. “Demokritos”, Athens, Greece. The workshop jointly organized with the CAA-GR as an open event with physical presence. The topics concern the processing, evaluation and management of data collected in analytical studies of archaeological materials taking into account numerical as well as categorical parameters. A special focus will be on data integration and linking in databases with appropriate use of metadata and following the FAIR data principles (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable). For the sustainable management of these Big Data repositories advanced methods for data mining and automated pattern recognition are necessary utilizing artificial intelligence, machine learning and neural networks. The theoretical lectures we will be complemented by two laboratory courses for practical training.

If you are interested in participating the Training Workshop and you would like to be updated about the organization please register at:


Monday, 7 November

9:30 – 10:00 Welcome at N.C.S.R. “Demokritos” and Introduction (Anno Hein)
10:00 – 11:15 The AriadnePlus Network (Markos Katsianis)
11:15 – 11:30 Coffee Break
11:30 – 13:00 Exploratory and model-based statistics (Ioulia Papageorgiou)
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 15:30 Pattern recognition in ceramic assemblages (Jaume Buxeda I Garrigós)
15:30 – 15:45 Coffee Break
15:45 – 17:15 Data Management (Anno Hein)
17:30 – 19:00 Introduction to R and Practical Training

Tuesday, 8 November

Coffee Break

9:30 – 11:00 Automated pattern recognition and machine learning (George Giannakopoulos)
11:00 – 11:15 Coffee Break
11:15 – 12:45 Data Mining (George Giannakopoulos)
12:45 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 15:30 Data Repositories and Relational Databases (Anno Hein)
15:30 – 15:45 Coffee Break
15:45 – 17:15 Self Organizing Maps for pattern recognition in pXRF data (Anno Hein)
17:30 – 19:00 Practical Training

For more information: Dr. Anno Hein, (phone: +30 2106503316)

Get the PDF version here.

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MSc in Digital Heritage and Landscape Archaeology

University of Cyprus

The University of Cyprus announces that it will be accepting applications for their new postgraduate programme, beginning in September 2022, by Thursday 31st of March 2022 until 12 noon.

Ten (10) places are available for the new postgraduate programme
MSc in Digital Heritage and Landscape Archaeology
The programme is taught in English

Candidates should hold a BA degree in Archaeology, History, Classics, Anthropology or other related fields of research (History of Art, Architecture, Geography, Geology, Topography, Environmental Sciences, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering) from recognized universities.

Graduates of the University of Cyprus and Greek Universities must have an undergraduate diploma with a cumulative grade of 6.5 or higher. The equivalent is required for graduates from other universities. The applicants must also speak English at a satisfactory level.

The applications should include the following:

  1. A Curriculum Vitae
  2. Certified copies of University degrees or confirmation of graduation
  3. Copy of English language certificate: (a) for admission of international students, (b) for admission to an English-language postgraduate programme, (c) for admission to a postgraduate programme where knowledge of English is a prerequisite. Applicants must speak English at a satisfactory level: GCE or TOEFL with a grade “B” or higher for GCE- O’ level, and 600 for TOEFL or 6.5 for IELTS (this does not apply to native speakers or holders of a degree from an English speaking University).
  4. Copies of Transcripts for all programmes of study graduate and undergraduate.
  5. A brief (1 page / up to 650 words) statement of personal goals and research interests (in English).
  6. The names and emails of at least two (2) referees (University Professors) familiar with the candidate and his/her academic performance. Candidates should request letters of recommendation to be sent directly to the University. The Department may request additional confidential information from referees. The reference letters are electronically submitted through the online application system.

Candidates who meet the necessary requirements will be called for an interview.

A number of fee-waiver scholarships will be offered to the best full-time registered candidates admitted in the graduate programme.

More Information:
Programme Coordinator:
 Professor Apostolos Sarris, Telephone: +357-22893572, +30-6944789404
Department’s Secretary: Tel: +357-22892180, +357-22893560, Fax: +357-22895068 

Submission of applications:
Applications can be submitted electronically using the online application system by Thursday, 31st March 2022 until 12 noon.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that their application has successfully been submitted. Upon successful submission, the candidate will receive an automated confirmation e-mail.

Click here to see the call for applications.

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CAA-GR2021 SESSIONS keynote presentations

We are happy to announce that the CAA-GR2021 SESSIONS keynote presentations have been published by the CARARE Vimeo Channel.

Follow the links to reach the CAA-GR2021 SESSIONS keynote presentations:

We take the opportunity to remind that the Greek Chapter of the CAA organised CAA-GR2021 SESSIONS in collaboration with

  • the ARIADNEplus consortium
  • the SEADDA network
  • the CARARE association

Furthermore, this event focused on Open Archaeological content curation and stewardship. The topic emerged as one of the outcomes of last year’s CAA-GR October sessions on the Current Status and the Future of Digital Archaeology in the Eastern Mediterranean. There, the overall management of digital archaeological content emerged naturally during the discussions. 

We express our thanks and appreciation to our keynote speakers, all the participants at the event, and particularly Kate Fernie for the dissemination through the CARARE channel.

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Results of the CAA-GR Steering Committee 2021 elections

Following the recent announcement regarding the CAA-GR board elections, we received one candidate for each of the six positions on the board. For this reason, the CAA-GR board made the decision to cancel the the e-voting procedure.

Based on this decision, the new CAA-GR board for the period 2021-2024 is formed as follow:

Emeri Farinetti     Chair
George Pavlidis Deputy Chair
Theodora Moutsiou Secretary
N. Pinar Ozguner GulhanTreasurer
Dorina MoullouPublication Officer
Stella Sylaiou                 Social Media, Communications and Outreach

The CAA-GR board would like to congratulate all the members of the new board and which them a productive and successful period 2021-2024.

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