2nd International Conference TMM-CH
Rebranding the World in Crisis through Culture

12-15 December 2021 Athens Greece


Innovative scientific methodologies and challenging projects marking future trends in the protection of cultural heritage, have initiated a universal conversation within a holistic approach, merging competence from the scientific fields of architecture, civil engineering, surveying engineering, materials science and engineering, information technology and archaeology, as well as heritage professionals on restoration and conservation, stakeholders, industry representatives and policy makers. The combined utilization of digital documentation technologies with innovative analytical and non-destructive techniques, numerical, computational and 3D techniques, archaeometric and archaeogene methods, supports the creation of a transdisciplinary multispectral modeling towards the sustainable preservation of cultural heritage. Innovation is enhancing and revealing a critical dimension of the preservation of cultural heritage along with social participation and communication.

The National Technical University of Athens interdisciplinary team “Protection of monuments” [Prof. A. Moropoulou, Prof. Emer. M. Korres, Prof. A. Georgopoulos, Prof. C. Spyrakos, Ass. Prof. C. Mouzakis], scientific responsible for the Holy Aedicule’s rehabilitation of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, and the Technical Chamber of Greece, in collaboration with international and Greek Authorities, organize the 2nd TMM_CH International Conference on “Transdisciplinary Multispectral Modelling and Cooperation for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage: Rebranding the World in Crisis through Culture”, on 12-15 December 2021, in Athens, Greece, discussing modern trends in the original agora of our technological and democratic roots.

The Conference is organized by the National Technical University of Athens, in cooperation with the Technical Chamber of Greece, the National Geographic Society, the World Monuments Fund, the Cultural Heritage Finance Alliance, the International Council of Monuments and Sites ICOMOS, the Organization of World Heritage Cities OWHC, the European Society for Engineering Education SEFI, the European Construction Technology Platform ECTP, the International Federation of Surveyors FIG, the International Committee CIPA Heritage Documentation, and other major international and European organizations, associations and networks in the field of cultural heritage preservation, which had successfully organized the 1st TMM_CH Conference.

The conference will be held at the Eugenides Foundation in a hybrid format, if needed. Scientific walk and talk visits on 12 December 2021 to Acropolis Monuments and Museum [in the footsteps of the Greek Peripatetic Philosophical School] and other visits planned upon demand.

At the 1st TMM_CH Conference, which was held with great success in October 2018 at the Eugenides Foundation in Athens, with the presence of 350 delegates from 22 countries from all continents, the emblematic rehabilitation of the Holy Aedicule of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem was presented as an exemplary application, in the field of monuments protection, of interdisciplinary and multispectral collaboration, as an outcome of innovation, not only on Research, but in the implementation process as well, with emphasis on technological advancements, not only intersecting all the scientific fields of engineers and natural scientists, but also initiating an ongoing dialogue with humanities, such as Archaeology, Theology, Sociology, Diplomacy and Tourism.

The scope of the 2nd TMM_CH Conference is to present the latest developments in research and innovation that identify novel trends to build an interdisciplinary approach to conservation and holistic digital documentation of cultural heritage. The utilization and reuse of monuments, historic cities and sites, forms the framework of a sustainable preservation of cultural heritage, in accordance with the principles of circular economy; in terms of respect and protection of values, materials, structures, architecture and landscape; with an informed society, able to participate effectively in the policies that will design and implement the new strategies required.

Sharing knowledge, experiences, and recommendations about sustainable cultural heritage approaches and practices at a moment of great risk and a time of renewed possibilities, will reorientate conversation to explore the current conditions and contours of the World in crisis rebranding itself through Culture, and relaunching development.


  • Multispectral, Multidimensional, Novel Approach through Transdisciplinarity and Cooperation in the Protection of Cultural Heritage: Exemplary Projects (The Project of the Rehabilitation of the Holy Sepulchre’s Holy Aedicule, EDICULA Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership, et als)
  • Digital Heritage
  • Heritage at Risk
  • Resilience to Climate Change, Natural Hazards and Pandemic Risks – Biosafety
  • Advanced Non Destructive and Structural Techniques for Diagnosis, Redesign and Health Monitoring
  • Archaeometry, Archaegene
  • Conserving Compatibility, the Materiality of Structures and Architectural Authenticity
  • Cross-Discipline Earthquake Protection and Structural Assessment of Monuments
  • Transdisciplinary Dialogue among Architecture, Engineering and Natural Sciences with Humanities and Diplomacy
  • Bridging Heritage Stakeholders, Science and Industry
  • Sustainable Preservation  and Management of Cultural Heritage
  • Historical / Architectural  Sites, Monuments and Complexes as Open Labs of Innovation and Sustainable Socioeconomic Development
  • Historic Cities and Centers: New Preservation Strategies by Reuse for Development
  • The Reuse of Cultural Heritage through Circular Economy and Social Participation as Key Contribution to Local and Regional Development
  • Cultural Heritage and Tourism
  • Revealing and Protection of Cultural and Natural Assets within Green and Blue Deal for Integrated Sustainable Development of Isolated Areas (Islands, Mountain areas, et als)
  • Novel Educational Approach for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage 
    From Research and Innovation to Policy
  • Rebranding the World in Crisis through Culture
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CAA International Conference 2021 Cyprus

Call for Papers

The CAA2021 call for papers is now open. You are invited to submit an abstract for a paper or poster on any aspect of computer applications or quantitative methods in archaeology. Abstracts for papers should be submitted to a specific session. A list of accepted sessions can be found at: https://2021.caaconference.org/sessions/. Each session will follow one of the following formats:

  1. Standard – with a series of formal papers (normally 10 – 20 minutes in length + time for questions) addressing a theme presented in advance by the organisers;
  1. Round Table – with a pre-conference position paper published by the organisers, followed by an invitation for researchers to submit a response in advance or to participate in open-forum discussion at the session;
  1. Other – with the format decided by the organisers, exploring innovative and creative ways for participants to engage with the session.

More details can be found here: https://2021.caaconference.org/call-for-papers/

Key Dates here: https://2021.caaconference.org/conference-information/key-dates/

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CAA-GR 2020 Sessions “Greece, Cyprus, Turkey”

CAA-GR 2020 Sessions – “Greece, Cyprus, Turkey”
9, 16, 23, 30 Oct. 2020

Current Status and the Future of Digital Archaeology in the Eastern Mediterranean

The Greek Chapter of the Computer Applications & Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA-GR) cordially invites you to attend a series of weekly online roundtable sessions (1 ½ hours duration each) that will run during October 2020. The invited speakers and the participants will have the opportunity to exchange knowledge and experiences on digital archaeology in the Eastern Mediterranean and will envision future directions. A strong focal point in these discussions will be on how the digital practice can cross boundaries and facilitate international collaboration. The intention is to establish a cross-border collegial environment where scholars share their experiences, highlight problems and offer potential solutions, knowledge transfer and know-how. 

In the first week, colleagues residing in Greece, Cyprus, and Turkey will offer their experience and discuss issues, such as the level of digital scholarship in educational institutes, challenges in adopting digital curricula, managerial problems in digital projects and how they tackle them. 

In the second week, colleagues from foreign archaeological missions will share their experience in conducting or managing digital archaeology projects in an Eastern Mediterranean country, focusing on aspects of digital archaeology that might have eased the integration to host countries respectively or created a new and unforeseeable set of problems. 

In the third week, scholars who are/were in the state sector will take the floor and talk about the impact of digital transformation and how states evaluate archaeological projects. National policies concerning digital archaeology or presentation of large-scale archaeological projects are at focus in this meeting. Furthermore, participants will contribute their experience on how and why state archaeological services and departments adopt some digital tools and reject others. 

In the fourth week, a scholar of digital archaeology will provide a synthesis on the previous weeks’ discussions. The participants will be able to share their opinions on how digital archaeology will/should be in the future in the Eastern Mediterranean. 


The CAA-GR 2020 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

Athos Agapiou, Cyprus University of Technology
Markos Katsianis, University of Patras
George Pavlidis, Athena-Research and Innovation Center in Information, Communication and Knowledge Technologies
Dorina Moullou, Ephorate of Antiquities of East Attica / Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports
Tuna Kalayci, Leiden University
Stella Sylaiou, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

The link will be shared to the registered participants only

Event Program

Week 1. Research and Innovation, 9 October 2020 
Time: 18:00 EEST (Athens Time Zone)

  • Opening (5 mins)
  • Part 1: Presentations (45 minutes)
    • Despoina Tsiafaki, Athena Research Center, Greece
    • Phaedon C. Kyriakidis, Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus
    • Pinar Özgüner Gülhan, Gaziantep University, Turkey
  • Part 2: Roundtable (20 minutes)
  • Part 3: Q&A for the audience (20 minutes)

Week 2. Foreign Missions and Projects, 16 October 2020

  • Opening (5 mins)
  • Part 1: Presentations (45 minutes)
    • Colin Wallace, University of Waterloo, Canada
    • Gabriele Koiner, University of Graz, Austria
    • Jan Köster, Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Germany
  • Part 2: Roundtable (20 minutes)
  • Part 3: Q&A for the audience (20 minutes)

Week 3. National Policies and Directives, 23 October 2020
Time: 18:00 EEST (Athens Time Zone)

  • Opening (5 mins)
  • Part 1: Presentations (45 minutes)
    • Evgenia Gerousi-Bendermacher, Director, National Archive of Monuments, Greece
    • Despo Pilides, Department of Antiquities, Cyprus
    • Nurdan Atalan Çayırezmez, British Institute at Ankara (BIAA) Turkey
  • Part 2: Roundtable (20 minutes)
  • Part 3: Q&A for the audience (20 minutes)

Week 4. Synthesis, 30 October 2020
Time: 18:00 EEST (Athens Time Zone)

  • Opening (5 mins)
  • Part 1: Presentation (30 minutes)
    • Emeri Farinetti, Department of Humanities, Roma Tre University
  • Part 2: Open floor (45 minutes)

Get the event poster here for publication purposes.

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Postponement of CAA-GR2020 due to COVID19 crisis

Announcement of the CAA-GR2020 Conference Organizing Committee

Dear Colleagues,

We hope that we find you all well and in good health in the current crisis related to COVID-19. We have received a considerable number of abstracts for presentations at the 4th CAA-GR conference ‘Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology, Greece’, even though everybody’s work and research was heavily affected by lockdowns and travel restrictions during this year’s spring. During the last weeks, however, we were intensely discussing the practicability of organizing the conference under the current circumstances of the COVID-19 crisis. In any case it will certainly not be possible to organize the conference as initially planned in October, hosting a larger number of participants at the N.C.S.R. “Demokritos” campus. Alternatives would be to organize the conference either as purely virtual event or as hybrid event with a limited number of participants at N.C.S.R. “Demokritos” and facilities for web presentations by presenters who cannot join the conference in person. However, either way the opportunity for elaborate discussion or interaction among participants will be missing, which constitutes usually an essential part of conferences. For this, in accordance with the CAA-GR Board we came to the decision to postpone the 4th CAA-GR conference to October 2021. The exact date has yet to be confirmed, as it will be assumedly not the only postponed conference/workshop next year.

We would like to thank everybody who has submitted an abstract for a presentation. The submitted abstracts and contributions will remain to be considered for presentation at the conference next year. There will be no need for re-submission. The authors are free to update or edit their abstracts at any time or to withdraw them. For more information and updates please visit our web page caa-gr2020.net, the webpage of the CAA-GR Society or contact us at info@caa-gr2020.net.

Keep healthy, looking forward to welcoming you next year

The Organizing Committee

CAA-GR2020, 1-2 Oct 2020 (postponed !)
Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology, Greece

Email:   info@caa-gr2020.net
Webpage: caa-gr2020.net

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‘Remote sensing for natural and Cultural heritage: Data, science and operational applications’


Το Τμήμα Πολιτικών Μηχανικών και Μηχανικών Γεωπληροφορικής, του Τεχνολογικού Πανεπιστημίου Κύπρου (ΤΕΠΑΚ), το έργο ‘EXCELSIOR’ H2020 TEAMING και το Κέντρο Αριστείας ‘ΕΡΑΤΟΣΘΕΝΗΣ’ διοργανώνει στις 9/7/2020 ημέρα Πέμπτη στις 11.00 π.μ. ομιλία με προσκεκλημένη την Dr ROSA LASAPONARA από το Ερευνητικό Κέντρο CNR της Ιταλίας και μέλος του Δ.Σ. του ERATOSTHENES CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE, με θέμα:-

‘Remote sensing for natural and Cultural heritage: Data, science and operational applications’

Συντονίζει ο Κοσμήτορας της Σχολής Μηχανικής και Τεχνολογίας, Καθηγητής στο Τμήμα ΠΟΜΗΓΕ και Συντονιστής Έρευνας του Κέντρου Αριστείας ‘ΕΡΑΤΟΣΘΕΝΗΣ’ Φαίδων Κυριακίδης

Για εγγραφές: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=vJh2j7Sxn0OyWQITQB0c-60HE7wVyP5Ispn8spHOPQVUNFMzSzRWMTRTWFNNRFpYUTA3MjY0NU1DWi4u

Για πληροφορίες: https://excelsior2020.eu/event/virtual-invited-talk-remote-sensing-for-natural-and-cultural-heritage-data-science-and-operational-applications/

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