Saving European Archaeology from the Digital Dark Age – STSMs

What Are STSMs?

Short Term Scientific Missions (STSMs) are exchange visits aimed at supporting researchers’ individual mobility, strengthening existing networks and fostering collaboration. STSMs are intended especially, but not solely, for young researchers.
The aim of a STSM as defined by COST is to contribute to the scientific objectives of a COST Action. These Missions aim at strengthening the existing COST Actions whilst at the same time allowing those partaking in the missions to learn a new technique, gain access to specific data, instruments and/or methods not available in their own institutions/organisations.

Who can apply?

STSM applicants must be engaged in an official research programme as a PhD student or postdoctoral fellow or may be employed by, or affiliated to, an institution or legal entity which has within its remit a clear association with performing research (Home Institution).

The Host Institution is the institution/organisation that will host the STSM grantee. STSMs must be performed between COST countries – researchers cannot apply for an STSM within their own country. The COST Association and the Grant Holder of the COST Action may not be considered as being an STSM grantee’s employer. A list of institutions that have already expressed interest to host SEADDA STSM grantees can be found below. However, applicants are free to propose other SEADDA institutions.

What do STSMs provide?

You can apply for an STSM of a duration between 5 and 90 days (and, if you are an Early Career Investigator (ECI) up to 180 days). The STSM is a fixed grant which takes into consideration the budget request of the applicant and the outcome of the evaluation of the STSM application. STSM Grants do not necessarily cover all expenses related to undertaking a given mission. A STSM Grant is a contribution to the overall travel, accommodation and meal expenses of the Grantee. The STSM Committee will consider differentiated country rates to cover accommodation and meal expenses based on the perceived cost of living in the host country.

The following funding conditions apply and must be respected:

  • Up to a maximum of EUR 3500 in total can be afforded to each successful applicant
  • Up to a maximum of EUR 160 per day can be afforded for accommodation and meal expenses
  • Up to a maximum of EUR 300 can be afforded for travel costs.

STSM activities must occur in their entirety within the dates specified in the call.

STSM awards may be combined with other funding sources, but these must be acknowledged in the application.

Please note that usually the awarded grant will be paid only after the STSM has been completed. This means that the applicant must have prior financial support (e.g. from their own institution).

However, specific provisions have been introduced to enable researchers from ITC participating in the COST Action to request a pre-payment of 50% of their STSM Grant when they complete the first day of their STSM. In such case, the representative of the Host Institution must confirm by e-mail to the Grant Holder that the STSM applicant has officially started the mission on day 1. Only then the Grant Holder can arrange the payment of 50% of the STSM grant. The remaining 50% of the Grant is payable once the administrative requirements have been satisfied after the STSM.

STSM grantees must make their own arrangements for all provisions related to personal security, health, taxation, social security and pension matters.

In your application, you need to describe the aim of the proposed STSM and how it contributes to the scientific goals of the COST Action SEADDA. You have to declare the planned expenses and the outputs planned as result of the STSM.

For detailed rules regarding eligibility and financial support, please see the relevant sections of the COST Vademecum.

How do you apply?

Calls for SEADDA STSM applications will be issued at least once per year. The deadline of the first call is Friday, 25 October 2019.

The following is a step-by-step guide to applying for an STSM and the criteria by which STSM applications will be assessed.

The application process is as follows:

  1. Applicants should carefully read the funding rules described in Section 8 of the COST H2020 Vademecum (COST Vademecum).
  2. Applicants must submit an application using e-COST: https://e-services.cost.eu/user/stsm
  3. If you do not already have an e-COST account you will first need to ‘create an account’ – which will include providing the details of the bank account where the grant will be transferred to if your STSM application is approved and the STSM successfully completed.
  4. Applicants must obtain a letter of invitation from the Host Institution confirming that they can undertake the STSM on the given dates should their application be approved.
  5. Applicants must complete, submit and download their STSM application online at: https://e-services.cost.eu/user/stsm
  6. Applicants must send their application form and the relevant supporting documents for evaluation to STSM coordinator Dr. Edeltraud Aspöck (edeltraud.aspoeck[AT]oeaw.ac.at) with the subject SEADDA – STSM application – applicant’s name.
  7. The list of supporting documents to be submitted for the evaluation are:
  • Letter of invitation to the applicant from a senior researcher at the Host institution.
  • The submitted STSM application form (downloadable when the online application is submitted – see 4 above).
  • A letter including an overview of the proposed activities that will be performed, a workplan for the visit, a description of the proposed contributions to the scientific objectives of the SEADDA Action, an outline of the host’s scientific expertise/resources in support of the STSM. The letter should be a maximum of 1000 words.
  • A letter of support from the applicant’s Home Institution.
  • A full C.V. (including a list of academic publications – if applicable).
  1. The SEADDA STSM committee assesses the proposal (see ‘STSM Selection Criteria’ below) and may seek expert but impartial advice to inform their decision. If approved, the STSM coordinator sends the application and approval to the Grant Holder & Action Chair for final check.
  2. The Grant Holder sends the applicant a grant letter to sign and return. The STSM should not be started until this letter has been signed and returned.

After the STSM

  1. Within 30 days of completing the STSM, the Grant holder must submit a scientific report (max. 1000 words) to the STSM coordinator and to a senior researcher at the STSM Host institution. This must include: the purpose of the mission; description of work carried out; description of main results/outputs; plan of future collaborations with Host (if applicable); planned publications resulting from STSM (if applicable); confirmation of successful STSM by Host.
    The failure to do so will effectively cancel the grant.
  2. Payment of the Grant is subject to the approval of the report by the persons delegated by the Action’s MC and by a senior researcher at Host institution. The Grant Holder executes payment to STSM Applicant.

More in-depth information can be found at the COST Vademecum (Section 8).

Criteria for Awarding STSM

For awarding STSM grants the COST key principles are relevant: excellence, inclusivity and balance.

  • The relevance and application of the proposal to the field of the Action: The scientific aims of the proposed research have to be relevant and applicable to the aims of SEADDA (1-5 points).
  • The quality and clarity of the proposed research: The importance and timeliness of the research have to be argued by the STSM applicant and must be of high quality (1-5 points).
  • The choice of Host institution: The specific scientific reasons for visiting their chosen Host institution have to be provided. The geographical distribution of the Host institutions will be tracked to ensure there is an evenly-spread network for knowledge transfer and involvement of ITC countries (1-5 points).
  • The home institution of the researcher: The number of applications from each institution will be taken into account. Again, a fair spread of researches across the network and involvement of ITC countries will be ensured (1-5 points).
  • The researcher’s profile: The researcher’s potential of successfully completing the STSM mission will be evaluated on the basis of their previous work and achievements and according to their career stage. In line with COST policy, we will preferentially award STSMs to early career investigators (PhD + <8 years). This should not discourage more experienced researchers from applying (1-5 points).
  • The potential publication/output of the proposed research: This will be evaluated based on the publication/output plan submitted with the application (1-5 points).

SEADDA STSM Host Institutions

The following SEADDA partners are formally offering to host STSMs.

The Cyprus Institute

  • Name and address: The Cyprus Institute, 20 Konstantinou Kavafi Street, 2121, Aglantzia, Nicosia, Cyprus
  • Website: cyi.ac.cy
  • Contact: Sorin Hermon (hermon@gmail.com)
  • Topics of expertise / potential projects: building domain ontology, 3D data repositories, integration of multi-disciplinary archaeological data.
  • Duration of stay: up to available resources.

Incipit CSIC (in collaboration with the University of A Coruña & University of Santiago de Compostela)

  • Name and address: Incipit CSIC, Avda. de Vigo s/n; 15705 Santiago de Compostela; Spain
  • Website: http://www.incipit.csic.es/en/Default.aspx
  • Contact: Cesar Gonzalez-Perez (cesar.gonzalez-perez@incipit.csic.es)
  • Topics of expertise / potential projects: archaeological information modelling; ontologies in archaeology; “soft” issues such as subjectivity, temporality, vagueness and multilingualism in archaeological information; archaeological discourse and inference modelling; archaeological dataset management, extension and reuse.
  • Duration of stay: We are open to almost anything, from a couple of weeks to 6 months or longer, depending on the candidate and the topic.

Please note that this would be a collaboration with Patricia Martín-Rodilla (patricia.martin.rodilla@udc.es) at University of A Coruña and potential connections with Martín Pereira-Fariña (martin.pereira@usc.es) at University of Santiago de Compostela, depending on the topic and the candidate’s interests.

Laboratoire Archéologie et Territoires (CITERES-LAT)

  • Name and address: Laboratoire Archéologie et Territoires (Tours, France)
  • Website: http://citeres.univ-tours.fr/
  • Contact: Olivier Marlet (marlet@univ-tours.fr)
  • Topics of expertise / potential projects: Linked Open Data and Ontology; potential projects : collaborate on specific developments of the OpenArchaeo platform (user-friendly semantic web query) and the OpenTermAlign application (alignment with standardized vocabularies); prepare data sets to feed OpenArchaeo.
  • Duration : 2 months at least, depending on the candidates’ possibilities.

University of Minho Archeology Unit

  • Name and address: University of Minho Archeology Unit, Edifício dos Congregados, Avenida Central, nº 100. 4710-229 Braga. Portugal.
  • Website: https://www.uminho.pt
  • Contact: Luís Fontes (lfontes@uaum.uminho.pt), Natália Botica (nb@uaum.uminho.pt).
  • Topics of expertise / potential projects: Characterization and analysis of funerary structures from fieldwork to digital data; archaeological dataset management; 2D and 3D photogrammetric models and other digital technologies to improve detailed studies, Linked Open Data.
  • Duration of stay: UAUM is open to setting the duration appropriate to the availability of the candidate and proposed topic.

Hypermedia Research Group

  • Name and address of institution: Hypermedia Research Group, Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Science, University of South Wales, Pontypridd, CF37 1DL, UK
  • Website: https://hypermedia.research.southwales.ac.uk/kos/
  • Contact: Douglas Tudhope (douglas.tudhope@southwales.ac.uk), Ceri Binding (ceri.binding@southwales.ac.uk)
  • Topics of expertise / potential projects: Archaeological vocabulary issues and investigations as relevant to the candidate, including structured vocabulary development and standard representations, publication as linked data, mapping between vocabularies, data cleansing, vocabulary based text mining and automatic indexing including temporal and spatial vocabulary applications.
  • Duration of stay: Short visits of 1-3 weeks would be appropriate for some of the topics but we are also interested in the possibility of longer visits depending on the candidate, topic and plan of work.

Archaeology Data Service

Digital Antiquity

  • Name and address of the institution: Center for Digital Antiquity, Arizona State University, P.O. Box 872402, Tempe, Arizona, USA 85287-2402
  • https://www.digitalantiquity.org/about/
  • Contact: Rachel Fernandez (fernandez.1@asu.edu), Keith Kintigh (kintigh@asu.edu)
  • Topics of expertise / potential projects:
    • Standards for creating useful and reusable datasets, including metadata, formatting, and additional documentation. Exploring issues with creating and archiving large, complex datasets. Visiting researcher would be expected to come with an existing dataset(s) or in the process of creating one for their country or field of interest.
    • Reviewing and implementing FAIR principles and creating training documentation for archaeological repositories.
  • Duration of stay: 1-2 months

The Israel Antiquities Authority

  • Name and address of the institution: The Israel Antiquities Authority – offices spread all over the country
    Contact: Liat Weinblum (liat@israntique.org.il)
    Topics of expertise / potential projects:
    • Methodology and Management of Preventive Archaeology on a National level,
    • Software tools for Digital Documentation of Archaeological Excavations, Integration of multi-disciplinary archaeological data
    • Analytical Laboratory (both MOlaband FIXlab), Photogrammetry Solutions for Archaeological Excavations
  • Duration of stay: up to available resources
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2019 TNA CALL

ARIADNEplus project

The ARIADNEplus project invites researchers to apply to participate in individual training visits to carry forwards their own research.  These opportunities are offered as part of ARIADNE’s Transnational Access (TNA) activities and calls for for applications will be opened every six months.

The 2019 call for applications is now open (closing date: Friday 12th October 2019).

We welcome applications from individuals with a scientific interest and ability to benefit from training in archaeological research data management. Click here for information about how to apply.

Sponsorship is available up to 700 euros per participant (to cover the cost of travel and accommodation) plus a tuition fee waiver. Bursaries are awarded on a competitive basis, according to the procedure described in the application pack and eligibility criteria below, and based upon the quality of the applicant, their proposed project, and their personal statement.

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AGILE 2019 Conference

AGILE 2019, the 22nd AGILE Conference, will take place on June 17 – 20, 2019 in the city of Limassol, Cyprus, on the Mediterranean coast, and is organized in collaboration with the Department of Civil Engineering and Geomatics of Cyprus University of Technology (CUT).

To reserve your seat in this four-day annual milestone event in Geo-Information Science, make sure to register here until 6th of May 2019 to benefit from the early-bird registration fee.

For more information please refer to the conference website.

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Warm welcome to our new Steering Committe Member

Stella SylaiouWe are delighted to warmly welcome Dr. Stella Sylaiou as our 6th member of the CAA-GR Steering Committee.

The CAA-GR Board approved Dr. Sylaiou’s candidacy and she will be responsible for the community’s “Social Media, Communications and Outreach”.

Dr. Sylaiou holds a degree in History, Archaeology and History of Art from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, an MSc in Archaeological Computing from the University of Southampton, UK, an MA in Museology from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece and a PhD from the Inter-departmental Postgraduate Programme, “Protection, Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Monuments” of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, funded by the Marie Curie Scholarship for the Transfer of Knowledge (part of the research conducted at the Centre of VLSI and Computer Graphics, University of Sussex, UK). She has participated in Greek and European research projects, and has a long experience in archaeological projects, ephorates of antiquities, museums and cultural NGOs. She has served as an Adjunct Lecturer at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, the University of Western Macedonia, the University of Ioannina and the Hellenic Open University teaching courses related to digital culture, cultural management, museology, museum education and ICT at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, the University of Western Macedonia, the University of Ioannina and the Hellenic Open University. She currently works as Adjunct lecturer at the School of Visual and Applied Arts in the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and the Hellenic Open University.

Welcome aboard Stella!

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GIS in Digital Humanities seminar under the auspices of CAA-GR

The GIS in Digital Humanities seminar that is organized every year by Dipylon will take place in May 2019 under the auspices of the Greek chapter of the international non-profit organization “Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology” (CAA-GR) in collaboration with commonspace. The submission form will be available from the 1st of March.

More information @ https://dipylon.org/en/2019/02/08/gis-in-digital-humanities-seminar-co-organized-with-caa-gr/

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Become a member of the CAA-GR Board

We are happy to invite you to join the CAA-GR Board via a 6th position focused on “Social Media, Communications and Outreach”. We remind that the duties of this post include all elements of the branding and marketing of CAA-GR. The person undertaking those duties will

  • be expected to develop the strategies for communicating with different stakeholders, including the academic community, industry, agencies, Government, university leaders, and the wider public
  • be the administrator of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and any other social media CAA-GR pages, while being in charge of constantly updating the CAA-GR website as instructed by the Board members and according to decisions taken in SC meetings and AGMs
  • lead the web and social media strategies

Eligible candidates are CAA-GR members who have exhibited participation at the CAA international conferences and the CAA-GR conferences in the last 7 years.

The elections will be conducted with electronic voting.

Important Dates
Candidacy submission opens: Monday, 21 January 2019
Deadline for candidates: Friday, 8 February 2019
e-Vote start: Monday, 18 February 2019
e-Vote end: Tuesday, 1 March 2019
Announcement of results: Monday, 4 March 2019.

Submission of candidacy: Eligible candidates should notify the current members of the CAA-GR Board for their willingness to stand for election by sending an email to the secretary of the Board (secretary@gr.caa-international.org) by the 8th of February 2019. In their email, the candidates should include a 2-page CV and a photograph.

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Elections 2018 for CAA-GR Board members

According to the CAA-GR constitution members of the CAA-GR Board are elected for a 3 year term with the right to be re-elected for a second term. Three of the current Board members, Apostolos Sarris (Chair), Eleftheria Paliou (Vice or Deputy Chair) and Costas Papadopoulos are stepping down as they are completing their second 3 year term. The rest of the current Board members have already given notice that will stand for re-election, however, all Board positions will be open to interested eligible candidates.

In this respect we are launching the election procedure for new Board members. All eligible candidates are invited to apply for any Board position. The elections will be conducted with electronic voting through SurveyMonkey. The election process will be supervised by CAA-Int members.

Eligible candidates should notify the current members of the Board for their willingness to stand for elections for a position at the Board at least 10 days before the election date (Friday, 25 May 2018). Interested CAA-GR members should submit a candidacy declaration form through the web site of CAA-GR by indicating the position of the Board at which they would like to be elected and uploading a 2-page CV, as well as a photograph.

The corresponding form can be found here (closed).

All information on eligible candidates will be made accessible to CAA-GR members via the CAA-GR website.

1. Important Dates

Candidacy form open: Friday, 11 May 2018
Deadline for candidates: Friday, 25 May 2018
e-Vote start: Monday, 4 June 2018
e-Vote end: Tuesday, 19 June 2018
Announcement of results:  Wednesday, 20 June 2018 during the AGM in CAA-GR 2018.

2. General Information about the Board of CAA-GR

According to the current Constitution of CAA-GR:
1. CAA-GR shall be administered by five Board members.
2. The Board will be elected after each CAA-GR general meeting. The Board for CAA GR has the right to opt for electronic voting whenever this is deemed appropriate.
3. One of the Board members of CAA-GR will be designated, by the other members of the Board, as the representative of the national chapter to CAA international (ex-officio member of the steering committee of the international CAA [article 4.iv]). In the case that the designated representative of CAA GR is not able to attend an international CAA conference, another Board member may be chosen by the Board to represent CAA GR at the Steering Committee of that conference.
4. The Board members – to the best of their ability – should pursue participation in the international CAA conferences during their term
5. The task of the Board is:
a) To meet at least once a year during the international annual conference or at any other place convenient to the board’s members
b) To ensure, to the best of their ability, that a national conference does take place every two – three years
c) To arrange to the best of their ability, a peer-reviewed publication of selected papers given at these conferences

3. Board Members Responsibilities – Position Descriptions

All board members act as representatives of the CAA-GR community in CAA International conference meetings and activities. They are expected to attend the CAA-GR and CAA-Int conferences to the best of their ability and work in connection with the relevant CAA-Int committees to actively promote the CAA-Int policies.

Chair
The primary role of the Chairperson is to provide coordination for the group. They must be dynamic, strategic and willing to commit a not insubstantial effort to the building of the community over the duration of their tenure. The Chair is responsible for making sure that each scientific meeting is planned effectively, conducted according to the constitution and that matters are dealt with in an orderly, efficient manner. The CAA-GR Chair will need to attend most frequently the CAA-International conferences and provide information about the activities of CAA-GR.

Deputy Chair
The deputy chair works with the chairperson to ensure that each scientific meeting and other activities (e.g. seminars, events) proceed smoothly. S/he must be willing and able to take up a high profile role assuming duties of the chairperson when the latter is unavailable. Such duties will be decided on a case by case basis by all members of the Board. The vice-chair works in close collaboration with the relevant organising committees to oversee, report and communicate with different stakeholders, (including the academic community, industry, agencies, Government, university leaders, and the wider public) the preparation of conferences and other events in which the CAA-GR is directly involved.

Secretary
The Secretary must ensure that the CAA-GR operation is fully and properly recorded. Specifically, this means that the Secretary must arrange, prepare agendas for, and record the minutes of each scientific meeting. They must ensure that messages are communicated effectively between the board, the Scientific Committees, the members of CAA-GR and the broader community. The secretary is also in charge of any matters related to members and membership.

Publications officer
The Publications Officer is charged with the management of the CAA-GR official publication strategy. Each Scientific Meeting should have a person in charge of the publication of the proceedings. The Publications Officer will oversee this process ensuring that any printed and/or digital outputs comply with CAA-GR and CAA-Int. standards in the field and follows open-access policies for research outputs. In this capacity, the Publications Officer will also develop a strategy for, and implement the dissemination of the papers and presentations of the event, through sourcing and coordination of peer reviewers, liaison with web editors/ publishers etc. S/he will also ensure the proper editing of the proceedings of a Scientific Meeting in collaboration with the person in charge from the SM Organising Committee.

Treasurer
The Treasurer oversees the financial administration of the organisation, reviews procedures and financial reporting, and advises the board and conference organisers on financial strategy and fundraising. The Treasurer should also keep up-to-date records as well as an audit trail for all transactions, protect the organisation against fraud and theft, ensure safe custody of money and prompt banking, and make sure the CAA-GR board members understand their financial obligations and that the organisation complies with any tax regulations. Internal processes and reporting methods should be reviewed at least annually.

4. Eligibility Criteria

All nominations must be submitted to the present Board members at least 10 days beforehand and the willingness of the candidate to stand must be demonstrated. Eligible candidates must have exhibited participation at the CAA international conferences. Board Members can be re-elected only once for the same position in the Board. Each term in the Board will last for 3 years.

5. Changes to the Constitution of CAA-GR

During the elections procedure all voting members will also be asked to decide on proposed changes to the CAA-GR constitution. Any changes to this constitution must be approved by a 75% majority of votes at a GM or e-voting session. Such changes shall not take effect until they have been announced at the GM and/or at the CAA-GR website. Below are the proposed changes to the current CAA-GR constitution by the CAA-GR board. Propositions for changes of the Constitution by CAA-GR members are also welcome. If you wish to propose a change in the constitution to be included in this vote, please inform us by replying to this email or by using the CAA-GR website contact form by Thursday, 31 May 2018.

TOPIC1: THE RIGHT OF MEMBERS TO BE ELIGIBLE CANDIDATES FOR THE BOARD

Current state
III. 3. Members are entitled to the following:
a) keep their name and address on the mailing list held by the representatives of the CAA Greece
b) receive a copy of all mailings
c) vote at the general meetings (GM) of CAA-GR

Proposed changes
III.3. Members are entitled to the following:
a) keep their name and address on the mailing list held by the representatives of the CAA Greece
b) receive a copy of all mailings
c) vote at the general meetings (GM) of CAA-GR, including electronic voting
d) be eligible candidates for the board

Justification note
This change intends to amend the omission in previous versions of the right to be elected to the CAA-GR board into the CAA-GR constitution text.

TOPIC 2: ENCOURAGEMENT OF MEMBERS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CAA-GR BOARD

Current state
IV.4. The election of the Board shall take place at the GM, normally by show of hands. The Board for CAA GR has the right to opt for electronic voting whenever this is deemed appropriate. All nominations must be submitted to the present Board members at least 10 days beforehand and the willingness of the candidate to stand must be demonstrated. Eligible candidates must have exhibited participation at the CAA international conferences. Board Members can be re-elected only once for the same position in the Board. Each term in the Board will last for 3 years.

Proposed changes
IV.4. The election of the Board shall take place at the GM, normally by show of hands. The Board for CAA GR has the right to opt for electronic voting whenever this is deemed appropriate. All nominations must be submitted to the present Board members at least 10 days beforehand and the willingness of the candidate to stand must be demonstrated. Eligible candidates are members who have exhibited participation at the CAA international conferences and  the CAA-GR  conferences in the last 7 years. In particular, eligible members for the position of the chair and deputy chair need to have exhibited participation at the CAA International conferences in the last 5 years.

CAA GR is an open organisation led by the research community and aims to encourage as many qualified candidates as possible to serve as CAA GR Board members. In this respect, Board members can be re-elected only once for the same position in the Board. Each term in the Board will last for 3 years. Members of the Board that have already spent two terms at any position of the Board will not be eligible candidates for any other position of the Board, except after a period of 6 years. The board can invite eligible members who have served in the past to re-apply under exceptional circumstances and in case there are no eligible candidates for a given position.

Justification note
As stated in the proposed text, the aim of the CAA-GR is to encourage participation to the CAA-GR board. By implementing this change the intention is to keep the CAA-GR board as open as possible to qualified members of the CAA-GR community. Provided that the proposed change is accepted by CAA-GR members, it will take effect on the following elections in 3 years time.

TOPIC 3: ADDITION OF ANOTHER POSITION IN THE CAA-GR BOARD: Social Media, Communications and Outreach Coordinator

Current state
IV. 1. CAA-GR shall be administered by five Board members.

Proposed changes
IV.1. CAA-GR shall be administered by six Board members.

Justification note
This provision is specifically made for the set up of a Social Media, Communications and Outreach Coordinator, whose duties includes all elements of the branding and marketing of CAA-GR. S/he will be expected to develop the strategies for communicating with different stakeholders, including the academic community, industry, agencies, Government, university leaders, and the wider public. S/he will also be the administrator of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and any other social media CAA-GR pages, while being in charge of constantly updating the CAA-GR website as instructed by the board members and according to decisions taken in SC meetings and AGMs. S/he will also lead the web and social media strategies.

This provision will not take effect in these board elections. However, if this proposed change is accepted by CAA-GR members the new board will advertise the position immediately after this year’s CAA-GR conference.

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Copernicus Masters 2018 Submissions Open 1 April

Copernicus Programme Provides Valuable Economic Benefits

Copernicus is Europe’s most ambitious Earth observation programme and provides full free and open access to data for the development of applications in a wide variety of domains. It is estimated that investments in the programme will increase to EUR 7.5 billion by 2020, while the economic benefit is expected to double in value. Every euro invested in Copernicus activities by public authorities, results in a EUR 1.4 benefit to the whole economy.

The Copernicus Masters awards applications and ideas that are using Copernicus data to tackle important challenges faced by business and society, with 2018 submissions opening 1 April.

Oberpfaffenhofen, 28 April 2018 – 10 Petabytes of free Earth Observation (EO) data is generated by the Copernicus Programme every year. This data enables the Copernicus services to deliver near-real-time data on a global level, contributing toward the sustainable management of the environment. The data is sourced both from the family of Sentinel satellite missions, contributing missions (existing commercial and public satellites) and from a multitude of in situ sensors. Big data from space holds great potential for the development of ideas and solutions in many (non-space) sectors. As these ideas continue to develop into commercially viable solutions, the economic benefits continue to grow.

The Copernicus Masters 2018 – Europe’s leading innovation competition for Earth observation (EO) – is searching for such outstanding ideas, applications, and business concepts from future-oriented SMEs, startups, universities and individuals in the fields of business, research, and higher education.

From 1 April to 30 June, participants of the Copernicus Masters can submit their innovative EO ideas to 16 challenges offered by the largest number of world-class partners since the competition started. Partners of the 2018 edition are the European Space Agency (ESA), the German Aerospace Center (DLR), CGI, Planet Inc., BayWa AG, Stevenson Astrosat Ltd., Airbus, Satellite Applications Catapult Ltd., and the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI).

“The Copernicus Masters has developed into an important innovation driver for Earth observation. Solutions submitted to the competition not only benefit citizens but also bring multiple socio-economic advantages into various economic areas,” states Josef Aschbacher, Director of ESA’s Earth Observation Programmes. ESA is an initiating partner of the Copernicus Masters and has set a challenge for participants every year since 2011.

Participants can demonstrate their innovative use of Earth observation data across a wide variety of challenge topics, including the fields of the Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), machine learning, energy, health, sustainable living, smart farming, disaster management, maritime, defence & security, forestry, and smart farming, digital transportation, as well as smart cities.

For the second year running, the European Commission (EC) offers six additional European challenges, covering the topics of sustainable development, government, data access, B2B applications, land monitoring and emergency management. Participants also have the unique opportunity to build their solutions with additional satellite data sources offered by the new partners of the competition.

Together with cash prizes, challenge winners will receive access to an international network of leading Earth observation organisations, substantial satellite data quotas, crowd investing platform, and business development support worth more than EUR 600,000 in total. Additionally, the Overall Winner receives a VIP trip to a Satellite launch in Kourou valued at EUR 10,000.

 “We’re proud of the active role the Copernicus Masters is playing in the commercialisation of Earth observation services,” adds Thorsten Rudolph, Managing Director of AZO, the competition organiser. “Since 2011, the competition has selected 87 winners in total. They were chosen out of more than 2700 entrants from 73 different countries, who submitted over 1100 cutting-edge business ideas. This is an excellent demonstration of how the innovation competition functions as a European deal flow pipeline for Earth observation.”

In addition, the Copernicus Masters is complemented by the Copernicus Accelerator to empower the transformation of great ideas into commercially viable solutions through a tailored 12-month business coaching service. All winners of the Copernicus Masters 2018 will gain access to the Copernicus Accelerator if eligible.

For more details on this year’s challenges, prizes, and partners, please visit www.copernicus-masters.com. For more information, please see space-of-innovation.com.

Additional information on the Copernicus programme is available at: www.esa.int/copernicus and www.copernicus.eu.

About AZO – Your Partner in Competition & Innovation

AZO Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen is an international networking and branding company initiating the most important space-related innovation competitions with more than 15,000 participants, over 200 industrial & public – and 400 international stakeholders. The Masters Series, presented by AZO consists of European Satellite Masters (ESNC), Copernicus Masters, Space Exploration Masters, and INNOspace Masters. AZO has been supporting entrepreneurship with more than 130 company foundations to date and the creation of 1,800 high-tech jobs in Bavaria with an annual turnover of about EUR 150 million. Additionally, AZO runs a very successful business angel network which invested more than EUR 130 million Venture Capital in 2016/17 as well as the ESA Incubation Centre (ESA BIC) Bavaria. For more information, please visit www.azo-space.com.

Copernicus Accelerator – A PROJECT OF THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION – DG GROWTH

The Copernicus Accelerator Programme is an initiative funded by the Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROWTH) of the European Commission. The DG GROWTH is responsible for: Completing the Internal Market for goods and services, helping turn the EU into a smart, sustainable, and inclusive economy by implementing the industrial and sectorial policies of the flagship Europe 2020 initiative, fostering entrepreneurship and growth by reducing the administrative burden on small businesses, facilitating access to funding for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and supporting access to global markets for EU companies. All of these actions are encapsulated in the Small Business Act, generating policy on the protection and enforcement of industrial property rights, coordinating the EU’s position and negotiations in the international intellectual property rights (IPR) system, and assisting innovators on using IP rights effectively; and implementing the EU’s space policy via its two large-scale satellite programmes Copernicus (for Earth observation) and Galileo (for global navigation), as well as research actions designed to spur technological innovation and economic growth. http://ec.europa.eu/growth/about-us/index_en.html

Press contact: AZO
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marketing@azo-space.com 82205 Gilching/Oberpfaffenhofen

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GIS Workshop and Economic Archaeology: Inter- and Intrasite Approaches

Friday, May 19, 2017 – University of Bonn, Germany

The workshop aims to:

– provide the Archaeology of Pre-Modern Economies students an introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and their potential in grasping issues related to economic archaeology in general, and spatial analysis of ritual and cult more specifically,

– provide the new students with the opportunity to discuss informally – in a friendly and collegial environment – the possibility of applying inter- and intra-site GIS analyses to their work,

– provide the more advanced students with the opportunity to present – in a friendly and collegial environment – their ideas or their preliminary GIS results, and to get feedback and stimuli from various GIS specialists,

– provide a forum through which both the Archaeology of Pre-Modern Economies Research Training Group and the Unlocking Sacred Landscapes Network have the opportunity of networking with other projects/scholars in Germany and beyond.

Check the website for more information.

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Seminar on Spatial Image Analysis


Dipylon, a nonprofit society for the study of ancient topography  is launching a new seminar entitled “Spatial Image Analysis” under the auspices of the Greek chapter of the international nonprofit organization “Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology” (CAA-GR), with the support of the Laboratory of Geophysics – Satellite Remote Sensing & Archaeo-Environment of the Institute of Mediterranean Studies.

This workshop is an introduction to Spatial Image Analytics and its main goal is to familiarise participants with the basic terms, concepts and methods used throughout the process of performing this analysis. More specifically, this seminar is of interest to a variety of digital humanities students, scholars and professionals who work with images (emphasis is placed on History, Archaeology and Cultural Heritage Management).

Instructor: Αngeliki Chrysanthi, Digital Heritage MSc, PhD. https://chester.academia.edu/AngelikiChrysanthi
Duration: 10 hours in 3 weekly meetings
Time: 17:30-20:30
Dates: every Thursday  April 19 – May 3, 2018
Language: Greek
Place: Dipylon offices, Roma 5, 106 73, Athens
Applications: until April 13, 2018. Maximum number of participants: 10. On a first-come first-served basis.
Participation fee (per person): € 80

Further information: Katerina Stathi info@dipylon.org

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