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ECHOPOLIS 2018 - Nature and culture-based strategies and solutions for cities and territories : an idea whose time has come !

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Category Nature ; Culture; Planning; Cities; Territories;

Deadline: July 14, 2018 | Date: November 26, 2018-November 28, 2018

Venue/Country: Athens, Greece

Updated: 2018-06-25 20:26:28 (GMT+9)

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ECHOPOLIS 2018 International Conference on “Nature and culture-based strategies & solutions for cities and territories : an idea whose time has come ! ” ATHENS @ 26-28 NOVEMBER 2018

Abstract submission deadline: July 14th, 2018 (extended)

Conference dates: November 26th-28st, 2018

Dear Colleague,

We would like to invite you to submit research contributions and/or policy initiatives and success stories to the ECHOPOLIS 2018 International Conference on “Nature and culture-based strategies & solutions for cities and territories”. The confenrence will be held at Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences on November 26th -28th, 2018 in Athens, Greece.

WHAT IS ECHOPOLIS CONFERENCE 2018 : Where the Nature and Culture Science, Policy and Business World Meets.

To celebrate the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018, the non-profit organisation SDMed Observation, Planning & Ecoinnovation in collaboration with Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, Dpt of Economics and Regional Development and the University of West Attica, School of Applied Arts and Culture, organise the International Event entitled “Nature and Culture-based strategies and solutions for cities and territories : an idea whose time has come !”, on November 26-28, 2018, in Athens, Greece.

WHAT IS ECHOPOLIS CONFERENCE 2018 : Where active on Nature and Culture-based initiatives, cities and regions meet.

The event is not strictly European. It is aiming at bringing together scientists and cities and territories from all over the world that plan or implement innovative nature and culture-based solutions, thus creating a world-wide forum of exchange of their success stories.

However the Mediterranean region with its rich natural and cultural diversity, both terrestrial and marine will be very present ! The Event will host the MED Social & Creative community featured by TALIA (Territorial Appropriation of Leading-edge Innovation Actions), the Interreg-MED Programme’s horizontal project promoting the coherence and impact of modular projects addressing the topics of Cultural and Creative Industries and Social Innovation. The community aims at connecting social and creative innovators in the Mediterranean to consolidate and share new models of development. TALIA together with two other INTERREG-MED projects, BLUEISLANDS and ALTER ECO will lead an impressive INTERREG-MED Session ! Furthermore a LIFE Projects and an EGTCs ( European Groupings of Territorial Cooperation) Session is being planned !

Besides, the ECHOPOLUS 2018 is very blue !! It focuses on Maritime Spatial Planning due to the recent compliance in Greece of the European Directive 2014/89/EU that established a framework for MSP. The Conference recognises that MSP is also a creative social and cultural procedure that enhances attractiveness of marine spaces and especially of insular territories and communities. Insular territories worldwide are strongly encouraged to present their plans, initiatives, policies and success stories. INSULEUR ( The European Network of Insular Chambers ) is besides Endorser of the Event.

WHAT IS ECHOPOLIS CONFERENCE 2018 : A follow-up of ECHOPOLIS 2013 focusing on sounds as cultural heritage

In the context of this inter-disciplinary Event, focus will be put on intangible cultural heritage and its role in shaping cities and places. Thus, SOUNDSCAPES considered as part of natural and cultural heritage will be broadly discussed in a special -day ECHOCULTURE Session, also as a follow-up of the very successful ECHOPOLIS International 2013 & ECHOPOLIS National 2017 forums organised by SDMED in the past years.

The heritage and identity character of urban soundscapes and other landscapes ( lighscapes, nightscapes…) was recently fully recognized both in literature and in practice. An example is the inscription of the Jemaa El Fna Square on UNESCO’s list of intangible cultural heritage that has introduced or encouraged a new heritage register based on the consideration of oral expressions as they unfold in the urban space. More generally, sounds are part of the cities and the places, part of their sensorial landscape, of their identity. They are one of the urban markers, just like the visual landscape. Nevertheless, the relationship between soundscapes, heritage and attractiveness (including tourism) remains to be further explored.

The European Year is an occasion to reflect on the place that cultural and natural heritage occupies both in our lives and in territorial development and to often alert about the need to protect such unique values for the future generations. It is thus evident that nature and culture as an indivisible whole is an idea whose time has come ! This means that natural and cultural heritage should be recognized, understood, planned and managed together !

The Conference is addressing to scientists and practitioners from all the traditional disciplines dealing with natural and cultural heritage (territorial planners, architects, landscape architects, engineers, light and sound designers, geographers, historians, oceanographers…) but also to computer scientists/engineers, digital humanities researchers, creative industries-heritage professionals, museum specialists, human-computer interaction practitioners, and creative industries professionals.

The event is endorsed by a series of relevant institutions ( ICOMOS-GR, INSULEUR, several EGTCs etc.) and European projects (INTERREG-MED TALIA, BLUEISLANDS & ALTER ECO) and this list is growing !


Thematic areas 1st Thematic area : Natural and tangible and intangible Cultural Heritage as Strategic Territorial Development Resources

Natural and cultural heritage as strategic territorial resources

Natural and cultural heritage as resources that can boost economic growth and jobs

Territorial aspects of natural and cultural heritage – role in territorial cohesion

Societal aspects of natural and cultural heritage – role in social cohesion

Natural and cultural heritage to encourage dialogue between different cultures

Natural and cultural heritage to encourage dialogue between generations

Nation and city branding

European Green Belt and TEN-G (Transeuropean Networks- Green)

Cross-border areas, natural and cultural heritage.

2nd Thematic area : Linking natural and cultural heritage

Culture as ecosystem service

Culture as main driver in influencing ecosystems and biodiversity and in shaping landscapes

Natural and cultural heritage as defining element of European identity.

Natural parks ( incl.Natura 2000 Network) and ecosystem services

Natural parks (incl.Natura 2000 sites) associated with cultural sites

Natural parks ( incl.Natura 2000) and tourism, recreation and/or spiritual reflection

Natural parks ( incl.Natura 2000) and historical and archaeological sites

Natural parks (incl. Natura 2000) and cultural sites in cities

Natural parks ( incl.Natura 2000) and Green Infrastructure

Spiritual value of world natural heritage and Natura 2000 sites

Inspirational values of world natural heritage and Natura 2000

Natural and cultural tourism

Natural and cultural values of landscapes

Natural and cultural heritage and regeneration of deprived areas

Conservation and management of historic gardens

3rd Thematic area : Marine natural and cultural heritage, Maritime spatial planning and Cultural values

Marine natural and cultural heritage, planning and management

Maritime Spatial Planning and marine antiquities

Maritime Spatial Planning and cultural values

Marine antiquities and diving tourism

Marine Natura 2000 and Marine Protected areas

Marine Protected Areas in the Areas Beyond National Juridictions

Marine natural and cultural heritage and marine tourism

Marine cultural heritage and local development of insular communities

Marine ecosystems and underwater noise pollution

UNESCO Cultural heritage Vs Natural hazards at European and Global scale

4th Thematic area : Climate change, natural hazards and cultural heritage

Earthquake disasters, storm and flood disasters

Threats to cultural heritage by global climate change

Uncontrolled urban development and environmental pollution threatening cultural heritage

Wars, ethnic conflicts, barbaric acts of destruction, pillage as threats to cultural heritage

Disaster risk management regarding natural and cultural heritage

Incentives for risk management and mitigation

Building resilience of cultural heritage to cultural disasters by cities and regions

Initiatives to improve the protection and conservation of Heritage sites facing natural disasters and climate change

5th Thematic area : Sounds & Soundscapes as elements of the culture of the places

Sound Innovations to Improve and create natural and cultural attractiveness

Sound environment of monuments

Noise pollution and its impact on natural and cultural attractiveness and tourism

Soundscapes, Cultural Heritage and Tourism

Sound Cultural Heritage and Soundscapes

Acoustic ecology and protection of biodiversity and of natural and cultural heritage

Urban innovations involving specific population groups (eg immigrants and refugees) to promote dialogue between cultures.

6th Thematic area : Cultural heritage, archaeological sites, monuments and sensory landscapes

Lighting design of archaeological sites and monuments

Lightscapes and cultural / archaeological sites

Sound, soundscapes and cultural / archaeological sites

LED and low-cost lighting in archaeological sites

Lighting and highlighting of artworks, lighting and museum spaces

Presentation of realized projects for the rehabilitation and promotion of archaeological sites – Emphasis on sensory landscapes ( lighting, sound design..)

Lighting environment of monuments

Light pollution and its impact on natural and cultural attractiveness and tourism

7th Thematic area : Shaping places with nature and culture

Cultural capital of public space

Public space and cultural differences

Designing public space with nature and culture

Connected public spaces

Digital networking of public spaces

Media facades/active facades

Lighting in public space

Acoustics in smart cities – urban soundscapes

Small urban spaces

Smart urban equipment

Urban mapping / visual maps, sound maps

Cultural heritage and sustainable developement – use of RES

Urban Green infrastructure

Green gentrification

8th Thematic area : Natural and cultural heritage : legal frameworks, planning, management, governance, marketing, funding

Harmonised legal frameworks for protection

Integrated management approaches, plans and planning tools

New information technologies

Synergies and collaboration opportunities in terms of planning and management

Modes of management of integration of nature and culture across Europe

Evolutionary governance and Natura 2000

Innovative approaches to raising public awareness of nature conservation

Natural and cultural heritage and the role of non-governmental organisations

Engagement and empowerment of local residents and stakeholders

Monitoring impacts of activities ( e.g tourism) on the overall sustainability

Natural and cultural heritage and city/region branding

Natural and cultural heritage and urban/territorial attractiveness

Educational and volunteering issues linked with natural/cultural heritage interplay

Participatory governance of natural and cultural heritage

Biodiversity and culture in terms of policies and funding opportunities

Methodologies to better integrate biodiversity and cultural landscapes management

Natural and cultural tourism

9th Thematic area : New mapping and surveying technologies for natural and cultural heritage – Geographic Information Systems

Digital and 3-D reconstruction /modeling

Computational photography

Virtual augmented reality and other techniques in cultural, historical and natural heritage

Mixed reality and gamified interaction technologies in cultural heritage and creative industries

Integrated historical maps and archeological data using digital technologies

Underwater and submarine photography – Marine diving technologies.

Earth observation systems, tools, data – GIS – PPGIS


Abstract submission deadline: July 14th, 2018 (extended)

Abstracts should have approx. 300 words with 4-5 keywords and should be in English or French (Greek is also accepted with the title in English too !). They should be sent to" to the attention of the Conference manager. For more information about the Conference please visit

On behalf of the joint Organizing Committee

Associate Prof. Stella Kyvelou, Conference chair

Stella Sofia Kyvelou, Dipl.Arch.-Eng,Planner PhD, Associate Professor

Deputy Ηead of the Dpt of Economics and Regional Development

Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences - Athens (GR)

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