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.