The Cyprus Institute (CyI) will participate in the EU Cost Action CA18110 - "Underground Built Heritage as catalyser for Community Valorization" – which will establish and implement an expert network, aiming at promoting balanced and sustainable approaches for the conservation of the underground heritage and, at the same time, realising the potential of underground space in urban and rural areas for regeneration policies.
It will disseminate knowledge on underground culture and assist local communities’ decision-making with adequate cultural, scientific and technical knowledge of the underground built environment from many different aspects (i.e. archaeology, geotechnics, history, urban planning, cultural anthropology, economics, architecture, cultural tourism)
The action was launched in a meeting that took place on April 9 in Brussels and will continue until 2023. CNR-ISSM Italy coordinates this project and Spain-UMU holds the vice-presidency.
The main objective of the COST actions (acronym for European Cooperation in Science and Technology) is to strengthen scientific and technical research in Europe, financing the establishment of collaboration networks between researchers from different countries.
Action CA18110 is composed by a network of experts from more than 20 countries whose main objective is to promote sustainable approaches for the conservation of the underground heritage, and to develop the potential of the underground space in the social, economic and cultural field.
Sorin Hermon, Associate Professor at CyI, is the representative of Cyprus in the Action, leading also activities in Working Group 1 – Knowledge Base Development.