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European Programs - Research Projects

AVATON "Aegean volcanic arc: new technological orientations and cultural landscapes"

μεγέθυνση φωτογραφίας - Η ανάπτυξη, πειραματική αξιολόγηση και αξιοποίηση ενός συστήματος που επιτρέπει τη διαδραστική περιήγηση του χρήστη-επισκέπτη στο χώρο του Αιγαιακού Ηφαιστειακού Τόξου, Πρόγραμμα AVATONCoordinator: Foundation of the Hellenic World
Collaborators: National Technical University of Athens, Natural History Museum of the Lesvos Petrified Forest, Thematic Networks A.E., EPISEY, 01-Information Technology, TEMAGON and Union of Thira Boatmen
Financing: Ministry of Development - General Secretariat of Research and Technology
Integration: Operational Program "Competitiveness", Action 4.5
Budget: 95.955,30€
Completion: 2006
Objective: The core objective of this project is to develop and validate an ambient information environment, AVATON, which will allow for interactive navigation within the combined physical-geographical and informational space of the Aegean Volcanic Arc, and act as the individual visitor's guide and apprentice with components of geographic, geological, historical, cultural and tourist information.

"Documentation, Validation and Promotion of the Petrified Forest and the Geotopes of Lesvos, with the use of new technologies and information"

Coordinator: Natural History Museum of the Lesvos Petrified Forest
Collaborators: -
Financing: Ministry of Finance
Integration: Operational Program Society of Information, Metre 1.3
Completion: 2007
Budget: 350.000,00€
Objective: The objective of the present program concerns the utilization of the rich and important collection of the Museum with the aid of information infrastructures and the use of new technologies, telecommunications and information technology for the digitalisation, projection and development of this material. The following will also be developed: the museum’s network gate, a CD-ROM presentation, projection and promotion of one of the most representative monuments for the development of the natural environment in the Aegean, an educational application that will be based on the material that exists in the Museum and will be addressed to students of all ages in Greece and abroad.

"Development of modern methods for geotopes in the management of seismic danger with emphasis on the urban environment of the islands of the Northern Aegean"

Coordinator: Natural History Museum of the Lesvos Petrified Forest
Collaborators: Geophysical Laboratory of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Geodynamic Institute of National Observatory of Athens, Department of Geography of the University of the Aegean, Laboratory of Geology of the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki and the companies ANKO A.E. and ENA Chios
Financing: Operational Program of the Northern Aegean 2000-2006, Metre 3.7, Program "Consortia of Research and Technological Growth in sectors of National Priority"
Integration: Ministry of Development- General Secretariat of Research and Technology, Operational Program of Northern Aegean 2000-2006
Completion: 2008
Budget: 237.500,00€
Objective: The object of the program is the determination of seismic danger in the region of the Northern Aegean and the management (reduction) of unfavourable repercussions in the urban environment. At the same time, the results of the work will be shared and the public will be sensitized and educated in dealing with seismic danger. The work also aims to sensitize state institutions, executives of region, prefectoral and local government and the P.S.E.A of islands of the Northern Aegean, so that program results are effective.

"Geoparks: An ideal destination for the development of alternative tourism and educational activities in rural regions of Europe"

Coordinator: ETAL A.E - company concerned with local growth in Lesvos
Collaborators: Natural History Museum of the Lesvos Petrified Forest, Societa Consortile a R.L. G.A L. Rocca di Cerrere, Geopark Bergstrasse-Odenwald, Naturpark Steirische Eisenwurzen – European Geopark, North Pennines AONB, Parco Beigua, Natur und Geopark Vulkaneifel GmbH, Developmental Centre of Mountainous Mylopotamos and Maleviziou Psiloritis A.E.
Financing: MINISTRY OF RURAL DEVELOPMENT AND FOOD
Integration: Community Initiative LEADER PLUS, Metre 2.2
Completion: 2007
Budget: 122.857,23€
Objective: The objective of the program is the collaboration of European Geoparks for the growth of geotourism in rural regions through the promotion of common tourist packages, the exchange of know-how and the application of new methods for the promotion of sustainable development. At the same time the participation of local communities in the conservation of their natural heritage is encouraged through the relationship between the Geoparks and local enterprises for the promotion of local products. Program actions also include the exchange of events between the Geoparks (reports, personnel, etc), the development of educational activities geared towards university and school teams, the creation of informative educational material for school teams, as well as the development of promotional and public relations actions such as the Geopark Week celebration, the organisation of agro-touristic Geopark festivals, and the participation in tourist exhibitions.

NURMEDIT "Encouragement of the Development of Polycentric Systems of Small to Medium-sized Intergovernmental Urban Nodes"

Coordinator: GOVERN DE LES ILLES BALEARS, CONSELLERIA D'ECONOMIA, HISENDA I IINNOVACIÓ. DIRECCIÓ GENERAL DE RECERCA, DESENVOLUPAMENT I INNOVACIÓ
Collaborators: REGIONE TOSCANA, TOULON VAR TECHNOLOGIE, FOUNDATION OF RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY HELLAS, FORTH, NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM OF THE LESVOS PETRIFIED FOREST, PARQUE TECNOLSGICO DE ANDALUCNA, S.A.
Financing: -
Integration: EC Initiative JNTERREG IIIB MedOcc
Completion: 2008
Budget: 60.000€
Objective: The objective of this program is the encouragement of the development of polycentric systems of small to medium-sized intergovernmental urban nodes, the promotion of differentiation and the development of the services sector in the Western Mediterranean.

"European Geoparks: Development of Geotourism in Europe"

Coordinator: Natural History Museum of the Lesvos Petrified Forest
Collaborators: Réserve Géologique de Haute Provence, GAL Chataigneraie Limousine, Geological Survey of Ireland, Provincia Regionale di Enna, Naturpark Nordlicher Teutoburger Wald Wiehengebirge, LAG Gesause-Eisenwurzen, Fermanagh District Council, Developmental Centre of Mountainous Mylopotamos and Maleviziou Psiloritis AE
Financing: -
Integration: INTERREG IIIC
Completion: 2006
Budget: 200.000,00€
Objective: The program aimed at the strengthening of and the collaboration between European Geoparks, with the planning and application of a common strategy for the development of geotourism at a European level. The sustainable management of the geoparks was a principal objective of the program which resulted in contributions to the territorial, economic and cultural development of the regions. The program included educational seminars, meetings, congresses, tours, common publications, organisation of common events and actions in public relations.

"Completion of the Natural History Museum of the Lesvos Petrified Forest"

μεγέθυνση φωτογραφίας - Αποπεράτωση του κτιρίου του Μουσείου Φυσικής Ιστορίας Απολιθωμένου Δάσους ΛέσβουCoordinator: Natural History Museum of the Lesvos Petrified Forest
Collaborators: -
Financing:Ministry of the Aegean
Integration: Regional Operational Program of the Northern Aegean, Metre 1.2
Completion: 2008
Budget: 2.235.507,00
Objective: The objective of the program is the completion of the Natural History Museum of the Lesvos Petrified Forest. The building installations of the Museum were financed by B KPS (PEP of N. Aegean).
The program includes the following sub-projects:

  • Installation of air conditioning system.
  • Work for promoting and conserving the fossils of the Petrified Forest of Lesvos in the exhibition halls of the Museum and the open-air parks.
  • Special structures and equipment for the presentation of discoveries in the exhibition and remaining spaces of the Museum.
  • Electronic equipment with multimedia.
  • Manufacture of a special permanent shelter in the Sigri Park

Work for protecting the petrified trunks in the open-air parks of the Petrified Forest and the manufacture of special shelters.

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