About Team

Helwan University – HU

Prof. Hosam Refai Project Coordinator

Hosam Refai (born 1968) studied Egyptology and Tourism at Helwan, Basel and Vienna universities. He received his PhD in 1998 and worked as a Lecturer at Helwan University in Cairo. From 2001-2009 he was Assistant Professor and Chair of the Department of Tourism, Mass-Communication and Fine Arts at the University of Bahrain. He became Professor of Ancient Egyptian Civilization at Helwan University in 2008 and vice-dean of the Faculty of Tourism and Hotel Management in 2009 and later dean of the faculty from 2012-2018. In 2018 he was appointed Vice-President of Helwan University for Community Service and Environmental Development. In 2011 he started integrating Heritage and Museum Studies as new academic disciplines at Helwan University, initiated by the joint master’s program “Heritage Conservation and Site Management” with BTU, Cottbus-Senftenberg (Germany), in which he still acts as program coordinator. In 2013 he started the master’s program “Museum Studies” as a dual degree program with the University of Würzburg (Germany). In 2016 he started a Bachelor program in "Heritage and Museum Studies" and added a PhD program in the same field in the academic year 2017/2018. In March 2017 he established a new academic department at Helwan University to embrace all these initiatives under the name "Department of Heritage and Museum Studies" as the first of its kind in Egypt. In the same year the Center of Heritage and Museum Studies (CHMS) was established as a specialized center to offer training and capacity building. In 2019 he established and became Editor-in Chief of the International Journal of Heritage and Museum Studies (IJHMS), the first specialized journal of its kind in Egypt. Through all these activities and initiatives from 2011 onward, Prof. Refai has managed to integrate Heritage and Museum Studies as new academic disciplines for the first time in Egyptian higher education and Helwan University quickly became a local and regional center of excellence in both fields, extending the help and expertise to other Egyptian and Arab universities.

Prof. Rasha Metawi Project Technical Coordinator

Rasha Metawi is a Professor of Ancient Egyptian Archaeology at the Faculty of Tourism and Hotel Management (FTH), Helwan University (HU). She graduated from the Department of Tourism Guidance and received her MA in 1997. She then obtained her PhD from the School of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology at the University of Liverpool in 2004 and was promoted to Assistant Professor in 2011 and Professor in 2016. She is the director of the Cultural Heritage Training and Education Center "Cult-HeEd", Helwan University since 2020, the Coordinator of the PhD Program of Heritage and Museum Studies at the Faculty of Tourism and Hotel Management, Helwan University since 2018; General Registrar of the Joint Master’s Program “Heritage Conservation and Site Management” of HU and Brandenburg University of Technology (BTU), Cottbus-Senftenberg (Germany) since 2013; Staff Member of the “Center for Heritage and Museum Studies (CHMS)” at FTH; Member of the Editorial board and Reviewer at the “International Journal for Heritage and Museum Studies (IJHMS)”, Reviewer at the “International Journal of Tourism and Hospitality (IJOTH), and arbitrator in the Permanent Scientific Committee for the Academic Promotion of Egyptian Universities' Staff. She has sixteen years teaching experience. She is the lecturer responsible for the topic of Heritage conservation, and conservation of ruins at Helwan University (since 2014). She also teaches Ancient Egyptian Heritage and Heritage in Post Conflict Recovery to under- and postgraduate students (since 2017), Ancient Egyptian Archaeology (since 2007), Ancient Egyptian Religion since (2014). She also supervised a number of postgraduates’ study projects, PhD and MSc theses in the fields of Archaeology, Heritage Conservation and Heritage Management.

Prof. Eman El Nashar

Acting Dean of the Postgraduate Faculty of Interdisciplinary Studies and Research, Helwan University; Professor, of Architecture, Faculty of Fine Arts, Helwan University; Consultant in environmental design and studies; Member of several International organizations (Laps, Edra) concerning the interdisciplinary research and studies of people / environment studies; Worked with Community Development Group, School of Design, North Carolina State University. Eman El Nashar is committed to follow interdisciplinary approaches to integrate theories and methods of environmental psychology in built environments’ design. She has several international publications focused on issues of place /people relation. As acting dean of the new born Postgraduate Faculty of Interdisciplinary Studies and Research, she has dedicated serious efforts to acquire professional experiences in developing interdisciplinary curricula for postgraduate programs, while working as coordinator and team leader for several interdisciplinary academic groups for developing interdisciplinary course contents and team teaching strategies.

Prof. Amir Ibrahim Ahmed Elkorashy

Professor at the Department of Curricula and Teaching Methods, Faculty of Education, Helwan University since 2010; Head of the Curricula and Teaching Methods Department, Faculty of Education, Helwan University since 2017; Professor, Department of Curricula and Teaching Methods, Faculty of Education, King Faisal University (2008-2015); Social studies teacher in the preparatory and secondary levels in “El Amal” school for deaf and hearing impaired in Tanta, Ministry of Education, Special Education Department (1991-1997); Social Studies Teacher in the Preparatory Level, Ministry of Education (1986-1990). He was a member in the National Center for Curriculum Development, History Standards Review Committee (2015-2016); a member in the Committee for Establishing History Standards for STEM schools for excellence under the supervision of the National Curriculum Development Center (2016); He participated in preparing the training material and training for a program entitled “How to design a training bag?” for faculty members at King Faisal University within the activities of the Deanship of University Development in 2014 and 2015; participated in preparing the training material and training for a program entitled “effective university teaching strategies” for faculty members at King Faisal University within the activities of the Deanship of University Development in 2015.

Prof. Rania Dinana

Rania Dinana is a Professor of Marketing and Hotel Management at the Faculty of Tourism and Hotel Management (FTH), Helwan University (HU), Cairo, Egypt. She graduated in 1994, received her Master in 1999 and obtained her Ph.D. in 2002 from Helwan University. She was promoted to Assistant Professor in 2008 and Professor in 2015. Since 2013, she has been in charge of all marketing and promotional activities of the master program “Heritage Conservation and Site Management (HCSM)”, a joint master between Helwan University and Brandenburg University of Technology (BTU), Cottbus – Senftenberg, Germany. Within her activities in this program, she also acted as an assistant coordinator and head of the PR and Media Committee of the First, Third and Fifth International Conferences on Heritage Conservation and Site Management (Luxor 2013), (Cairo 2015) and (Aswan 2017), jointly organized by HU and BTU. She is also a member of the committee of the Hub for Creativity and Scientific Research at Helwan University since 2019. Rania Dinana has 17 years of academic and university teaching experience. She has been actively engaged in creating and updating many university curricula and teaching Marketing, Heritage Marketing, Protocol & Etiquette and other modules.

Prof. Mayada Belal

Professor of Tourism, Hospitality and Heritage Studies. Founder and Director of the Helwan University International Relations Office (IRO). Ex-Director of Helwan University Marketing Center. Steering Committee member of the university strategic plan entrusted with internationalization pillar. Member of the committee to establish the Joint Master in "Heritage Conservation & Site Management" between Brandenburg University of Technology in Cottbus, Germany and Helwan University in Cairo, Egypt. Steering Committee Member for “HU-BTU First/Second International Conference on Heritage Conservation and Site Management, Luxor, Egypt 2013 and Cottbus, Germany 2014. Fulbright examiner for candidates of Tourism & Hospitality. DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) examiner for candidates of Tourism & Hospitality in GERLS (German Egyptian Research Long-term Scholarship) calls. Member of the Supreme Committee of the Ministry of Higher Education to develop the academic bylaws and curricula for the Egyptian Higher Institutes of Tourism & Hospitality.

Prof. Doaa Kandil

Professor of Modern & Contemporary History at Helwan Univesity, Cairo, Egypt; Editor of the International Journal of Heritage and Museum Studies (IJHMS); Academic Advisor of Heritage and Museum Studies Doctoral Program (DHMS) Faculty of Tourism and Hotel Management, Helwan University ; Scholar-In - Residence & Visiting Professor at College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences- Cleveland State University - Ohio-USA ; Recipient of Helwan University Award of Excellence for best Doctoral Dissertation (2006); Fulbright Alumna; Designed and taught a number of postgraduate and undergraduate courses in Egypt and the USA; Reviewer for many specialized periodicals based in Egypt; Member of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA); Member of the Ohio Academy of History; Has many publications in Egypt and USA. Her area of expertise includes Modern and Contemporary History of Egypt and the Middle East, Heritage Studies, Ottoman Studies, Mamluk Studies, Islamic Culture and Civilization, Feminism and Women's Studies.

Prof. Mona Raafat

Professor at the Tourism Guidance Department, Faculty of Tourism and Hotel Management (FTH), Helwan University (HU). She acquired her PhD in 2004, as a joint degree between HU and Durham University, UK. Her fields of interest are: Egyptology and Cultural Heritage. She teaches Ancient Egyptian Archaeology, History of Ancient Egyptian Art and Ancient Egyptian Heritage to undergraduate students and Heritage Management to Master’s students of the joint master’s program “Heritage Conservation and Site Management”, between HU and Brandenburg University of Technology (BTU), Cottbus-Senftenberg where she is also the Academic Advisor. Recently she also became the Registrar of the newly established PhD program in Heritage and Museum Studies at FTH.

Dr. Lubna Shehab

Associate professor of Comparative Education and Educational Administration at Helwan University. Currently she is Deputy Director of the International Relations Office at Helwan University. She is an accredited trainer from the American Institute of Professional Studies internationally and the Professional Academy for Teachers (PAT) nationally. She worked as Coordinator of the TEMPUS project for “Capacity Building of Faculties of Education and Teacher Education Programs” in collaboration with the American University in Cairo and a Coordinator of the ERASMUS+ Project “School and University Partnership for Peer Communities of Learners SUP4PCL” at Helwan University. She worked also as internal auditor of a university project to develop and accredit technical education programs within the university strategic planning projects. She participated in international events held by the Institute of International Education, Stockholm university within the framework of the Capacity Development of Educational Programs, European Union TEMPUS project, 16- 26 Sept., 2013 and the British Council funded research links workshop “Building early career researchers capacity to investigate, evaluate, and disseminate the impact of technology on learning and teaching in schools, colleges and universities, 2015”. She is a member of the Auditory and Internal Review committee at the Faculty of Education. She is the Coordinator of the Professional Development Schools Protocol in FOE/ Helwan in collaboration with Cairo Educational directorate. She was the Executive Supervisor of the Educational Management Virtual Diploma Lab in the Faculty of Education, Helwan University. She is highly experienced in training the leaders in the Policies and Strategic Planning administration, Cairo Educational Directorate on “Strategic Planning” and “Effective Leadership”. Furthermore, she was vice- director of the Quality Assurance Unit (QAU) at the Faculty of Education, Helwan University in 2014. She has different publications in education management, future universities, competitiveness, inclusive education, professional development and strategic human resources management.

Dr. Hanan Kamal Morsy

Lecturer at the Faculty of Education, Instructional Technology Department at Helwan University; Manager of the Career development Center (CDC) at Helwan University; Former consultant of the Minister of Education; Member of the Egyptian Educational Technology Association; Member of the European Union TEMPUS project for the Capacity Development of Teacher Education Programs; Manager of Linking Education and Employment Project (LEEP), 2014-2016 UASID; Member of the management team of Erasmus + project (SUP4PCL) 2016- 2020 “School university partnership for peer communities of learners”; Coordinates the partnerships between schools and Helwan University; Certified International Professional Trainer (CIPT), Management Development Institute Missouri State; Professional Training Certificate from the American Institute of Professional Studies (AIPS), International Instructor Endorsement, Southwestern Accreditation Council, Professional Training Certificate, NAQAA Egypt.

Alexandria University – AU

Prof. Emad Khalil

Emad Khalil is a Professor of Maritime Archaeology, Faculty of Arts, Alexandria University, Egypt. He is also the Founding Director of the Alexandria University Centre for Maritime Archaeology & Underwater Cultural Heritage. Professor Khalil has been involved in the field of Maritime and Underwater Archaeology in Egypt for 25 years, during which he contributed to several national, regional and international research projects. Moreover, Professor Khalil is Alexandria University’s representative in UNESCO UNITWIN Network for Underwater Archaeology and in the Port-City University League (PUL). He is a member of the UNESCO Scientific and Technical Advisory Body (STAB) for the 2001 Convention on the Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage. He is also a member of the Scientific Committee of the World Underwater Federation (CMAS) and of the International Committee for Underwater Cultural Heritage (ICUCH).

Prof. Mona Haggag

Professor Emerita of Classical Archaeology in the Department of Graeco-Roman Archaeology and Studies, Faculty of Arts, Alexandria University, Egypt. President of the Archaeological Society of Alexandria (Founded 1893). President of the Scientific Permanent Committee for the Academic Promotion of Egyptian Universities’ Staff. Prof. Haggag is editor and co-editor of 4 international publications and managing editor of 2 specialized periodicals. Referee for 4 international periodicals. Author of 8 books, in Arabic, dealing with monuments and heritage of Egypt of the Ptolemaic & Roman times with special focus on Alexandrian tangible heritage, plus over 50 specialized articles published in international periodicals and conference proceedings.

Awards: 2010 awarded the Alexandria University Award for Scientific Distinction, Egypt; 2016 Award of honour of the Union of Arab Archaeologists, Egypt; 2017 The Hypatia Prize from the Hellenic Association for Women Scientists, Athens, Greece; 2017 The Egyptian State Award of Excellence in Social Sciences, Egypt.

Prof. Hussein Abd El-Aziz Hussein

Emeritus Professor of Classical Archaeology, Department of Graeco-Roman Archaeology and Studies, Faculty of Arts, Alexandria University. Specialized in Numismatics. His publications cover the fields of Greek, Roman and Alexandrian coinage. Among other fields of archaeological research, Prof. Hussein has special interest in ancient magic and magical practices.

Dr. Fathia Gaber Ibrahim

Associate Professor of Greek and Roman Archaeology. Head of the Graeco-Roman Archaeology and Studies Department, Faculty of Arts, Alexandria University. Published several papers in Austria and Egypt in the field of Classical Archaeology. Participated in numerous international conferences on Graeco-Roman Archaeology in the USA and Austria. Attended several courses in Museology in Greece, France and Egypt through the EduMust project. Took part in several archaeological excavations in Buto, Lake Mariotes, Marina El-Alamein in Egypt, and in Leptis Magna in Libya and Graz in Austria. Head of the Jupiter Society who organizes student exhibitions of handicrafts and archaeological models.

Sarah Ibrahim

Sarah is a Full-time Research Assistant at the Alexandria Centre of Maritime Archaeology and Cultural Heritage, Alexandria University. She obtained her Master’s Degree from the Faculty of the Arts at the University in 2017. Her field-work includes participation in various projects and she is a recognized contributor of the archaeological survey mission at Bagosh in August 2011. As an ambitious advocate for the future of maritime archaeology, in 2013, Sarah began work on the project: Virtual Reality in Cultural Heritage Education. Not only active in field-work, Sarah has also been demonstrative in administrative management in regards to her involvement in the Capacity Building for Museum Studies Project (EduMUST). She is also recognized as the co-founder of the Maritime Archaeology Outreach Project, MAOP 2019. The project is funded by the Honor Frost Foundation and aims to present the idea of maritime archaeology and encourage children to learn. The project is currently in the final stages of publishing its first children’s book and has already been recognized as an influential program for youths and their awareness of the important role that maritime archaeology plays in Egypt.

Mohamed Khedr

Mohamed Khedr received his BA from the Faculty of Arts, Alexandria Univeristy, in 2010 in Classical Studies and obtained his Master’s Degree in Maritime Archaeology from the Faculty of the Arts, Alexandria University in 2017. He is a Senior Researcher at the Alexandria University Centre for Maritime and Underwater Cultural Heritage. Moreover, for the past decade he has been involved in several Tempus, Erasmus and STDF projects. Mohamed began work on the project: Virtual Reality in Cultural Heritage Education. Not only active in field work, he has also been demonstrative in administrative management in regards to his involvement in the Capacity Building of Museum Studies Project (EduMUST). Mohamed has leadership skills and remarkable experience in logistic and administrative work related to educational and research projects. He also contributed to the documentation of many archaeological sites through accurate sketch drawing which are required for sorting and building 3D models. He has a record of successful achievements along with his team in the 3D scanning technologies; one of them was the participation in the international scanning of “SS Thistlegorm” shipwreck in the Red Sea.

Prof. Heba Mahmoud Saad Abdelnaby

Heba Saad Abdelnaby is a Professor of Islamic Archaeology at the Tourist Guiding Department of the Faculty of Tourism and Hotels, Alexandria University. She is the former Vice Dean of the faculty for Graduate Studies and Research (from 2015 to 2018), former Head of the Tourist Guiding Department (from 2012 to 2015) and former Director of the Quality Assurance Unit (from 2010 to 2012). Heba Abdelnaby was a Fulbright scholar at Mary Baldwin University, VA, USA during the academic year 2007-2008. She was also a fellow of George Washington University in 2017 in the field of Museum Studies. She participated in many research projects and has conducted internationally acclaimed researches in the fields of Islamic Art, Islamic Architecture, Islamic Civilization and Cultural Heritage. She is a member of the editorial board of 3 international scientific journals and referee in 6 local and international journals. She has authored over 30 scientific publications and supervised 20 masters students and 8 doctoral students. She also participated in many international and national conferences and was invited as keynote speaker in many conferences and in international scientific events such as events organized at Philipps University in Germany and at the Library of Congress. She is also a trainer at FLDC as she is certified by the International Board of Certified Trainers (IBCT). She is also a member of the Arab Archaeologists Association, the Arab World Historians Union and Historians of Islamic Art Association.

Manar Masoud

Manar Masoud is a Lecturer at the Tourist Guiding Department, Faculty of Tourism and Hotels, Alexandria University. She graduated in 2000 and was employed as a faculty staff member in the Faculty of Tourism and Hotels in 2001. She completed her Master studies in Islamic Architecture in 2010, and her PHD in Islamic Art in 2018. Since 2018 she teaches Islamic History, Architecture and Art. She is interested in heritage and museum studies as she completed several practical training courses in both disciplines. She participated in the organizations of several conferences held by the Faculty of Tourism and Hotels and attended a number of seminars and workshops related to Academic Quality Assurance. She also participated in the Marburg International Staff Training Week organized by the International Office of the Philips University of Marburg, Germany in 2019.

Nermeen Al-Defrawi

Associate Professor, Science Education in Curricula and Instruction Department, Faculty of Education, Alexandria University. Her research focuses primarily on pre-service and in-service teachers and their development as learners of scientific teaching. She also explores teacher groups as contexts for teacher learning and for improving the field experiences of teacher education students. Her research interests focus on preparing students for the real world participation after education and how to teach in a changing society. She is interested in exploring learning environments and teaching practices that promote scientific inquiry. She believes that learning, education is about gaining insight into past/present knowledge but also about gaining confidence to use information in your own daily lives to achieve professional/personal goals and aims. She believes we should seek understanding to develop a particular lifestyle that benefits ourselves as well as others. She has participated in several national academic activities; developing the national teachers’ standards document, Performance Standards for Science Teacher (ERP: Education Reform Project), the National Project of Teachers Cadre, and training in the Faculty and Leadership Development Centre .She is a member of the Centre of Education for Sustainable Development, Alexandria University (CESDAU), and member of the Project of School and University Partnership for Peer Communities of Learners (SUP4PLC) sponsored by the Erasmus+ Program. She is the Executive Director of the Measurement and Assessment Centre of the Faculty of Education, Alexandria University.

Marwa Salah El-Adawy

Marwa El-Adawy is an Associate Professor of Social Studies Education. Her research focuses on Geospatial Technologies to improve the professional competence for teachers of geography. Other interests include the use of Web Quest and Gamification in teaching and learning geography and Comparative Studies of Geo-Education Curricula in Egypt and internationally to study the nature of the educational system in comparison to other countries, the components of curriculum, and the professional development for teachers of geography and the development of a National Geographic Education Curriculum. She has participated in several national academic activities: the initiative to guarantee the quality of basic education in Alexandria Governorate, professional development program for teachers (modern trends in assessing student learning, active learning and effective communication skills). She is the Executive Director of the Educational Services Centre, Faculty of Education, Alexandria University.

Ain Shams University

Tamer Elnady

Tamer Elnady, B.Sc. (1997) and M.Sc. (2000) from Ain Shams University in Mechanical Engineering. Ph.D. (2004) in Technical Acoustics from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden. Currently working as a Professor at the Faculty of Engineering, Ain Shams University. Head of ASU Sound & Vibration Laboratory at Ain Shams University. President of the Acoustical Society of Egypt. A member of the council of advisors for Egyptian President for Education and Scientific Research. He was the coordinator of previous Tempus, Erasmus+ and FP7 projects, and performed a lot of inter coaching for other projects. He possesses high time management and organizational skills. He is currently the Vice-Dean for Education and Students Affairs at the Faculty of Engineering.

Adel Elsabbagh

He obtained his PhD degree from the University of Maryland in sound and vibrations. He was involved in many Tempus projects and participated in dissemination and management activities in addition to the scientific activities.

Sherif Elnabarawy

He obtained his BSc. Degree in Software Engineering from the Faculty of Computers and information Helwan University. He was involved in several projects in engineering and e-learning fields with many Egyptian and European organizations and universities, which allowed him to have extensive experience in programming technical engineering applications with a wide range of tools. He also has management skills for organizing the technical aspects of the projects.

Damanhour University – DMHR

Abir Kassem

Abir Kassem is a Professor of Greek & Roman Archaeology and Head of the Greek & Roman Archaeology Department and Studies, Damanhour University. Her PhD. was on Roman Architecture through Painting and her Master thesis was on Roman Mosaic. She worked for several years as peer reviewer in Quality Control Systems and Projects' Evaluator in National & Private Egyptian Universities. She has been nominated as Strategic Expert in Higher Education in Egypt from 2008 until now. She holds a diploma in Strategic Planning for Higher Education from IIEP, Paris, France (2008). Additionally, she received a Law degree from Alexandria University in 2015 and Mini-MBA from Notting-Hill College (UK) in 2017. She participated in several training courses on Methods of Teaching, Self Skills, Etiquette & Protocol Skills, Strategic Planning and Evaluation Proposals. She is also a professional trainer with a TOT license. She has published more than 18 articles in Arabic, English & French in the field of Archaeology and Heritage Sites Conservation and participated in numerous international conferences. She was the coordinator of Damanhour University in the following Tempus/Erasmus projects: VirCult (Using Virtual Reality in Cultural Heritage Education) and EduMust (Education and Capacity Building in Museum Studies). She teaches Civilization of Alexandria, Excavations & Museums, Archaeological Sites, Greek Sculpture, Roman Architecture, Painting & Mosaic, Macedonian History and Archaeology as well as several other courses. She also supervised several master and PhD theses.

Hanan El Shafey

Hanan el Shafey is a Professor of Greek & Roman Archaeology and Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Damanhour University. Before that she was the Vice dean of Post Graduate Study and Research. Her PhD. thesis was on Greek Sculpture in Egypt and her master thesis was on Greek Pottery. She was the former director of the Center of Languages of Damanhour University. She published more than 12 articles in the field of Greek and Roman Archaeology and participated in many conferences. She was a member in the following Tempus/Erasmus projects: VirCult (Using Virtual Reality in Cultural Heritage Education) and EduMust (Education and Capacity Building in Museum Studies). She teaches Introduction to Archaeology, Greek Pottery, Greek Coins, Archaeology of Egypt in the Ptolemaic & Roman Period, Greek Legends, Alexandrian Coins. She is a supervisor of many master and PhD students.

Samah El Sawy

She is a Professor of Greek & Roman Archaeology and Vice Dean of Post Graduate Studies and Research at the Faculty of Arts. Damanhour University. She is the Director of FLDC Center of Damanhour University, which is responsible for training academic staff. Her PhD. was in Byzantine Art and her master was on Byzantine Mosaic. She has attended many courses on the Development of Academic staff and she is also a professional trainer with a TOT license. She has published more than 12 articles in the field of Archaeology and participated in many conferences. She was a member in the following Tempus/Erasmus projects: VirCult (Using Virtual Reality in Cultural Heritage Education) and EduMust (Education and Capacity Building in Museum Studies). She teaches Coptic Art, Alexandrian Archaeology, Archaeology of Aegian Sea, Roman Architecture, Byzantine Art and Roman Coins. She is a supervisor of many master and PhD students.

Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities – MoA

Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne – UP1

Nikolaos Arvanitis

Nikolaos Arvanitis is a Research Associate at the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne since January 2020. Former Marie Curie researcher at the same university (H2020-MSCA-IF-2016, project number: 746874; “Lands of Meanig. A GIS-Study of Space and Social Praxis in Ancient Attica from the Mycenaean Age to the birth of Democracy”), he is a classical archaeologist of Archaic Rome and Greece. He has worked as associate researcher and adjunct professor in several Italian universities (Rome La Sapienza, Basilicata, Reggio Calabria). He was field director for many excavations in Rome, Gabii, Basilicata, Pantelleria and Calabria. He specialised in methods and theories of archaeological science with a special focus on excavations methods and digital technologies applied to the archaeological research. His main publications include: - S. Stoddart & N. Arvanitis (organisers), 3D digital technologies and archaeology, international workshop, McDonald Institute for the Archaeological Research, UCAM, 17-18 Mai 2016, Cambridge. - N. Arvanitis, 2017, Rioni palatini del centro protourbano (925-775 a.C.), in Carandini A., Carafa A., Filippi D. (dir.), Il Santuario di Vesta. Pendici del Palatino e via Sacra, Rome, pp. 79-86, et pp. 92-93. https://www.pantheonsorbonne.fr/axe-de-recherche/landsofmeaning/

Alain Duplouy

Alain Duplouy is Reader in Greek archaeology at the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. A former Dean of the Faculty of Art history and archaeology, he is now the Chancellor’s delegate for the university cultural heritage. He received his PhD from Brussels and Paris universities in 2003 in both archaeology and history, and his Habilitation from Paris in 2017. He was British Academy visiting scholar in Leeds in 2009, Fulbright scholar at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2011 and Fellow in Hellenic Studies at Harvard University in 2018/19. He will be Alliance Visiting Professor at Columbia University in 2020/21. He has led archaeological fieldwork programs in Greece (Itanos) and Italy (Laos and Pietragalla) and has published extensively on elites and citizenship in archaic Greece. He is the author of Le Prestige des élites (Les Belles Lettres, 2006) and has edited the collective volume Defining citizenship in archaic Greece (Oxford University Press, 2018, with Roger Brock) and the conference proceedings La Lucanie entre deux mers: archéologie et patrimoine (2019, with Olivier de Cazanove). His new book (Construire la cité, Les Belles Lettres, 2019) offers a sociology of the various communities of archaic Greece. https://www.pantheonsorbonne.fr/recherche/page-perso/page/?tx_oxcspagepersonnel_pi1[page]=publications&tx_oxcspagepersonnel_pi1[uid]=aduplouy

François Giligny

François Giligny is Professor of Archaeological Methods and Theories at the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne since 2009. He has experience in preventive and planned excavations. He created two Professional Master's degrees in "Archaeological sciences" and "Mediation and Valorisation of archaeological Heritage". He is Scientific Director of the journal Les Nouvelles de l’archéologie and involved in UISPP Commissions. His research interests include European Neolithic, excavation methodology and technologies, statistics, digital archaeology and archaeological heritage. Since 2016, he is member of the Governing board of the university in charge of Digital humanities. His main publications include: - GILIGNY F. et al. (eds.), 2015. 21st century Archaeology. Proceedings of the 42th Annual Conference on Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology. CAA 2014, Paris, 22-25 April 2014. Archaeopress, Oxford. - GILIGNY F. et al., 2014. A siliceous rocks database in the northwestern Paris basin: the Soissons lithotheque. In: Giligny F., Bostyn F. (dir.), Lithic Raw Material Resources and Procurement in Pre- and Protohistoric Times, BAR International Series 2656 Archaeopress, Oxford, p. 25-38. https://www.pantheonsorbonne.fr/recherche/page-perso/page/?tx_oxcspagepersonnel_pi1[uid]=giligny

Democritus University of Thrace – DUTH

Nikolaos Lianos

Professor of Architecture at DUTH, Director of the Design and Construction, Theory of Forms and Preservation Studies Laboratory. Vice president of ICOMOS Hellenic. International Centre for Conservation (Rome) - ICCROM – UNESCO. PhD in History of Architecture, Member of the Technical Chamber of Greece, Association of Greek Architects, Hellenic ICOMOS (Member of the Board of Directors), Hellenic Society of Cartography, Hellenic Institute of Underwater Archaeology, Trained (and subsequent PhD) degree majored in: "Methods of Protection and Preservation of Monuments and Historical Sites”. Professor Lianos has a great experience on digital documentation of monuments and artefacts, has participated in other similar research programs and organized educational workshops on 3d laser scanning and photogrammetry techniques. Previous experience in research programs, such as Edu-MUST project and VirCult.

Nikolaos Barkas

Professor in Building Technology & Architectural Acoustics, Architecture Department, Democritus University of Thrace. Teacher in the postgraduate program of Acoustic Design (Sound protection - insulation) of the Hellenic Open University. President of the Hellenic Institute of Acoustic Studies: Dr. Civil Engineer DUTH (PhD title: Greek Ancient Theatre: Design and Function). The PhD thesis was granted with a full scholarship from the Greek National Foundation of Scholarships. Master in Acoustics from the Maine University, Le Mans France (master research in IRCAM, Paris; thesis title: Criteria for the Acoustic Evaluation of Concert Halls). Higher studies on piano and music theory at the National Conservatory of Thessaloniki Greece. Publications and Research: Editor of two (2) scientific conference proceedings, author of sixty (60) papers in scientific journals and congress proceedings. Participation in six (6) research projects. Professional Activity: Acoustic design in forty (40) projects concerning theatres, concert halls, and fifteen (15) sound insulation in big scale public buildings. Acoustic consultant in ten (10) projects of big scale public buildings; study evaluation and technical supervising. Research interests: Contemporary reuse of ancient theatres - Theatre and acoustic design - Open air sound protection - Building acoustics - Applications of building technology.

Georgios Angelis

Architect specialized in 3D architectural visualization, 3D animation, VR applications and Monument Documentations. Diploma in Architectural Engineering (Democritus University of Thrace, 2009) Previous experience in research programs, such as Edu-MUST project and VirCult.

Loukia Angeli

Conservator/restorer of antiquities and works-of-art specialized in archaeological material, murals sedimentary stones and mosaics. MSc conservation and restoration of cultural heritage, (Conservación y Restauración de Bienes Culturales, Universidad Polytécnica de Valencia,Spain, 2014),and Art sciences and Fine Arts diploma (University of Ioannina,Greece 2010). Previous experience in Erasmus + research programs, such as Edu-MUST.

Konstantina Sidiropoulou

Architect, graduated from Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki, with a range of experience in the market of construction and restoration, in Greece since 2005. She has recently obtained a master in Social Anthropology and History from Aegean University driven from her academic interests, such as the context of the narrative and the construction of meaning (research work on the erection of physical walls and liminal spaces). During 2012-2013 she studied in the School of Pedagogical and Technological Education, and since then she has a thick experience in educating children as well as teenagers in multidisciplinary fields (shelter & cultural heritage, spatial behavior & multicultural diversity as a reality, digital architecture and the social paradigm shift).

Manto Sotiropoulou

Conservator of antiquities and works of art, specialized in conservation materials and techniques (MSc- Protection of Monuments, National Technical University of Athens, 2019), book and paper conservation (MA Conservation, Camberwell College of Arts, London, 2004), conservation of panel and canvas paintings, wallpaintings, wood and paper-based objects (BA Conservation of antiquities and works of Art, TEI of Athens, 2001). Manto has worked as an educator in post-secondary conservation programs, as a freelance conservator, and on several conservation projects of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture. Previous experience in Erasmus + research programs, such as Edu-MUST. https://www.linkedin.com/in/manto-sotiropoulou-5178a7116/

Eirini Tsetine

PhD Candidate in Democritus University of Thrace, Department of Architectural Engineering (from 2018), MSc on Sustainable Building Conservation (Cardiff University, 2018), Architectural Engineer (Democritus University of Thrace, 2016). Training and previous experience on 3D digital documentation with the use of 3D laser scanner and digital photogrammetry. Previous experience in Erasmus + research programs, such as Edu-MUST.

Università degli Studi di Firenze – UNIFI

Prof. Nicola Casagli

Professor of Engineering Geology at the University of Florence, Earth Sciences Department. Degree in Geology, MSc in Engineering Rock Mechanics at Imperial College of London and PhD in Engineering Geology. Expert of geological hazards and ground instability, monitoring technology, remote sensing, engineering geological characterization and modelling. President of the National Institute of Oceanography and Applied Geophysics. President of the Civil Protection Centre of University of Florence. Founder and President-elect of the International Consortium on Landslides (ICL). Member of the Major Risks National Committee of the Department of Civil Protection of the Italian Government. Member of the World Centre of Excellence on Landslide Risk Reduction of the International Programme on Landslides. Founder and Associate of the UNESCO Chair on Prevention and Sustainable Mitigation of Geo-hydrological Hazards. Adjunct Professor of the UNESCO Chair on Geoenvironmental Disaster Reduction at Shimane University (Japan). Member and former vice president of the International Consortium on Geo-disaster Reduction (ICGdR). Former head of the Department of Earth Sciences and past member of the Academic Senate of the University of Florence. Awarded with the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic (4th Class Officer). Florence Ambassador. Honorary Fellow of Misericordia di Firenze (the oldest voluntary organization in the world). Author of more than 500 scientific publications and holder of 4 industrial patents.

Prof. Sandro Moretti

Full Professor of Physical Geography and Engineering Geomorphology. He is associated to the UNESCO Chair of the University of Florence, on Prevention and sustainable management of geo-hydrological hazards. He is also Invited Professor at Matsue University (Japan). Since 2004 he is member of the Centre of Competence on Geological Risks of the Civil Protection Department at the Earth Sciences Department of the University of Florence. He is vice President of the ICGDR (international Consortium on Geo-Disaster Reduction, Member of the Board of Directors of the JIC-NH (Joint International Centre on Natural Hazards) among Shimane University, Beijing University of Technology and University of Florence. He has been President of the BsC on Geological Sciences and MsC on Geological Sciences and Technologies 2015-2019. His field of research is developed mainly in Environmental Geology, Engineering Geomorphology and Remote Sensing for Earth Observation often devoted to cultural heritage protection actions. The research carried out on these sectors has been applied in different geographical and morphoclimatic contexts (South and Central America: Argentina, Mexico; Europe: Spain, Portugal; Africa: South Africa, Swaziland, Mozambique and Central and southern Italy). Among others, remote sensing has been the technique used for investigations in various areas and researches such as: land use, geomorphology, processes analysis, genesis and degradation of soils and slopes. He is the author of over 100 indexed articles (SCOPUS) with a h-index of 23 and a total of 1634 citations.

Prof. Filippo Catani

Associate Professor of Physical Geography and Engineering Geomorphology and UNESCO Chair Associate on Prevention and Sustainable Management of Geo-Hydrological Hazards at the Earth Sciences Department of the University of Florence (Italy). He is also Invited Professor of Landslide Monitoring and Early Warning at KIGAM (South Korea) since 2011. Since 2004 he is member of the Centre of Competence on Geological Risks of the Civil Protection Department at the Earth Sciences Department of the University of Florence. He is core member of the Joint Technical Committee JTC2 of ISSMGE, IAEG, ISRM on “Representation of Geo-Engineering Data in Electronic Form”, representative of the University of Florence in the H2CU consortium of USA-Italy Engineering Universities and Member of NASA-JPL informal group on Earth Surface Changes. He has been recently Assistant to the President of the International Consortium on Landslides (ICL) (2011 to 2014), Member of the Board of Directors of the University of Florence (2008-2010), Member of the Directive Board of the Italian Association for Quaternary Studies (AIQUA) and Head of the Research Unit 2.61 of CNR-GNDCI. He is topical editor of the journal NHESS (EGU) and guest editor of the journal Landslides (Springer) and he has been guest editor of special issues for several journals. After graduating in Geology and Geochemistry from the University of Florence, he received a post-graduate degree in Computer Sciences and a PhD in Engineering Geology (Politecnico of Milan, University of Padua and Ferrara). In 1996 he has been visiting PhD student at the University of Berkeley (California) where he studied fractal geometry applications to geomechanics. From 1998 to 1999 he has been visiting scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to work with the Parson’s Lab Hydrology Group for numerical modelling of shallow landsliding and geomorphometry. In 2000, he has attended the ISU’s Master of Space Studies programme at the SERTIT in Strasbourg, major subject Remote Sensing. He participated to or co-coordinated several international RTD EC, ESA, ICL and national research projects on landslide and soil erosion hazard in FP6, FP7, H2020, EU-ECHO and Italian Civil Protection Department. He is advisor and reviewer for EC H2020 and Future Europe 2030 research projects. He is author of more than 80 papers in international journals mainly dealing with engineering geomorphology, landscape analysis, geomorphometry, landslide hazard and risk analysis, remote sensing of Earth surface processes and landforms.

Prof. Riccardo Fanti

Riccardo Fanti, Associate Professor in Engineering Geology, University of Florence, Earth Sciences Department. Degree in Geological Sciences, Faculty of Sciences, University of Florence, 1994 - PhD in Engineering Geology, Geomorphology and Hydrogeology, Faculty of Sciences, Università di Perugia (Italy), 1999. Research activities: geological, geotechnical and geomorphic investigations on landslides and erosive processes; use of remote sensing techniques in landslides monitoring; applications of landslide early warning system for Civil Protection purposes; groundwater hydrology in slope instability models; development of methods for hazard and risk assessment with a special attention to cultural heritage sites. From 1995 to date: involved in the research activities of Engineering Geology Group of Earth Sciences Dept. (University of Florence) in the framework of several grants by UNESCO, UE, ASI, ESA, CNR, MURST-MIUR, Italian Universities, national and regional Environmental and Civil Protection Agencies. He participated in international research and capacity building projects, spending some months abroad: in Peru (2003, 2004, 2005 – UNESCO Machu Picchu Project), in Mexico (2007, 2008), in Morocco (2009). Riccardo Fanti is author and co-author of more than 90 scientific publications in the fields of engineering and environmental geology, remote sensing, and natural hazard assessment.

Prof. Giovanni Gigli

Giovanni GIGLI is Associate Professor of Engineering Geology at the Earth Sciences Department of the University of Florence (Italy).He has a degree in Geological Sciences (110/110 cum laude), at the University of Florence (Italy) - Title of the thesis: Numerical modelling of compound slides. Has a PhD in Engineering Geology from the Earth Sciences Department of the University of Florence. His research interests regard computer modelling of landslide initiation and runout, remote sensing, GIS, LIDAR, DEM analysis, with particular reference to the geotechnical and geomechanical applications of new monitoring technologies aiming at the quick definition in emergency conditions of landslide risk scenarios, which also may affect the Cultural and Natural Heritage. He is also expert in geological, geotechnical and geomorphologic investigations on landslides and erosive processes with the development of methods for related hazard and risk assessment with a special attention to cultural heritage sites. As part of the activities of the Department of Earth Sciences, appointed Competence Centre of the National Civil Protection Department, he has participated in a number of field surveys for the rapid definition of risk scenarios. In these contexts, he has contributed to develop and test advanced systems of investigation and monitoring (from the satellite platform, airborne, ground-based or using wireless sensor networks), as well as data processing algorithms to be used in emergency conditions. Since 2000 he has participated, sometimes with responsibility roles, in many research projects funded by UE, ESA, UNESCO, CNR, MURST-MIUR, GNDCI. He is scientific supervisor of the Technical and Geomechanical Geology Laboratory of the Department of Earth Sciences, University of Florence. He is Chair Associate of Engineering Geology within the UNESCO Chair on prevention and sustainable management of geo-hydrological hazards at the university of Florence (https://www.unesco-geohazards.unifi.it/index.php). He is also author or co-author of more than 80 publications in international and national journals and in conference proceedings (https://scholar.google.it/citations?user=lOicqJMAAAAJ&hl=en&authuser=1).

Prof. Veronica Tofani

Veronica Tofani is Associate Professor of Engineering Geology at the Department of Earth Sciences of the University of Firenze and Program Coordinator of the UNESCO Chair on Prevention and Sustainable Management of Geo-hydrological Hazards of the University of Florence. She graduated in 2003 in Earth Sciences and she took the PhD in Engineering Geology from the Faculty of Sciences, University of Florence, in 2007. Her research mainly concerns landslide hazard and risk assessment, geotechnical characterisation for landslide triggering modelling, landslide monitoring and the use of remote sensing data and GIS for landslide mapping. She has worked on projects of the 6th and 7th Framework Programme and HORIZON 2020 such as Mountain Risks, SAFELAND, SAFER and on the ESA-funded project TERRAFIRMA. She has worked on national research projects financed by the National Civil Protection Department, and PRIN projects funded by the Italian Ministry of Education and University. Since 2015 she is leader of an IPL (International Programme on Landslides) project of the ICL (International Consortium of Landslides) on “Development and applications of a multi-sensors drone for geohazards monitoring and mapping”. She is active in several international consortia such as ICL (International Consortium of Landslides) and ICGdR (International Consortium of Geo-disaster Reduction) with the role of alternative representative. She is editor of Landslides journal and Geoenvironmental disasters journal. She is acting as referee for several international journals; Landslides, NHESS, Remote Sensing, Geoenviromental disasters. She has been visiting scientist for six months at the Faculty of Engineering, Kingston University, UK, under the supervision of Prof. Eddie Bromhead carrying out research activities in the field of Geotechnical Engineering and landslide risk assessment and visiting scientist at the Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI) of Kyoto University for one month under the supervision of Prof. Fawu Wang. She is author of more than 50 papers on international journals, 20 book chapters and 37 proceedings and national publications in the field of landslide hazard and risk and landslide triggering mechanisms.

Dr. Stefano Morelli

Research assistant, formerly Fixed Term Researcher in Engineering Geology according to Italian Law 240/10 (01/04/2016 – 31/03/2019), at the Earth Sciences Department of the University of Firenze, where he previously worked as a scholar and Research Fellow (2005-2015) and he obtained a research doctorate in 2010 in engineering geology. The research interests concern the geomorphological evolution of river environments and the methods for the characterization of hydraulic risk in order to improve knowledge on the most effective methodologies and technologies to implement a national monitoring system. At the same time, his interests are oriented towards the protection, safeguarding and sustainable management of the natural and anthropic territory and cultural heritage from geo-hydrological risks through the synergistic use of new technologies and traditional methods. The main experiences in this research field are linked to the participation in national and international projects (EU-founded and others) on landslides and slope stability analysis both under ordinary and emergency conditions. In particular, he applied his experience in less developed countries (e.g., Myanmar, Albania, Mexico), in recognized UNESCO sites (e.g., Macchu Picchu, Peru; Mdina, Malta; Florence and Rome, Italy) in many national initiatives with the Italian Civil Protection system and in a number of activities dealing with the resilience improvement of the population threatened by harmful geological events. He is member of the Editorial Board as permanent Editor for the Geoenviromental Disasters journal and he is acting as guest editor for some international journals, as well as referee for several ones. He is the author or co-author of peer reviewed international publications, several book chapters and conference proceedings in the field of geohydrological natural hazard. https://scholar.google.it/citations?user=s8EpzvAAAAAJ&hl=it

Dr. Silvia Bianchini

Dr. Silvia Bianchini is a researcher in Engineering Geology at the Department of Earth Sciences of the University of Florence (DST-UNIFI). She obtained a degree in Geo-resources and Environment in 2009 and a PhD in Earth Sciences in 2014 at the University of Florence with a thesis entitled “Satellite applications with high temporal resolution sensors for mapping and monitoring of phenomena of hydrogeological instability” carried out at the DST-UNIFI and at the Instituto Geológico y Minero de España in Madrid (Spain). Her research focuses on the use of advanced remote sensing techniques and optical and radar data analysis for environmental management and for mapping and monitoring of hydrogeological instability phenomena on a regional and local scale, aimed at defining hazard and risk scenarios. She has been involved in several international projects (such as the ESA-funded TERRAFIRMA EXTENSION, SCUDA, and the EU-funded SAFER, DORIS, LAMPRE, SAFETY, U-GEOHAZ) and in many national initiatives dealing with geohazard emergencies and slope movements prevention at the Earth Sciences Department of University of Florence, which is Centre of Competence for hydro-geological hazards of the National Department of Civil Protection of the Italian Government since 2005. Since 2017 she is lecturer of Engineering Geology in the Degree Course for Conservation Scientists in cultural heritage Earth Sciences Department of University of Florence. She is the author or co-author of about 50 peer-reviewed international publications, including papers, contributions in book chapters and conference proceedings in the field of engineering geology, geomatics, remote sensing and environmental earth sciences.

Dr. Federico Raspini

Federico Raspini is a researcher in Physical Geography and Geomorphology at the Department of Earth Sciences of the University of Florence. He received his bachelor's degree in Earth Sciences in 2006 and his Master's Degree in Engineering Geology in 2008, both at the University of Florence. He received a PhD in Earth Sciences in 2013 at the University of Florence with a thesis on the interpretation of satellite radar data for mapping, monitoring and modeling of terrain deformations induced by hydrogeological instability phenomena. He was a visiting researcher at the Polytechnic University of Athens in 2012. Currently his research focuses on the use of radar interferometric techniques (both satellite- and ground-based) for mapping, characterization and monitoring of ground deformations. He actively participated in projects with the National Civil Protection Department and local authorities and in several international projects funded by the European Space Agency and by the European Commission. He is in charge of the “Physical Geography and Geomorphology” class in the Undergraduate Course of Geological Sciences (School of Mathematics, Physics and Natural Sciences, University of Florence) and of the "Geological applications of monitoring techniques" in the Course of Geological Sciences (School of Mathematics, Physics and Natural Sciences, University of Florence) and in the framework of the regional Ph.D course in “Earth Sciences”. Since 2018 he is an affiliate of the UNESCO Chair on “Prevention and Sustainable Management of Geo-Hydrological Hazard” - University of Firenze. He is the author or co-author of 51 publications in the fields of applied geology, landslide mapping and subsidence monitoring and analysis.

Dr. Federico Di Traglia

Federico is a Post-Doc Research Assistant at the Department of Earth Sciences - Università degli Studi di Firenze. Federico’s researches include the analysis of ground-displacement and change-detection from remote sensing (SAR and optical sensors) data, together with field-based activity. Federico developed operational procedure for the use of ground-based and space-borne Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) interferometry for the mitigation of volcano flank instability. Furthermore, he is developing procedure for the smart integration of ground-based and space-borne SAR data, with Very High Resolution Optical data and Digital Elevation Models derived from PLÉIADES satellites imagery. He is in charge of the “Geology and Geomorphology” class in the framework of the course “Environmental and Civil Engineering” (School of Engineering - University of Florence), and “Volcano slope instability: dynamics, monitoring and modelling” class in the framework of the regional Ph.D course “Earth Sciences” (Università degli Studi di Firenze, Pisa e Siena). As an affiliate of the UNESCO Chair on “Prevention and Sustainable Management of Geo-Hydrological Hazard” - University of Firenze, Federico can guarantees that the results of this research will be disseminated through the official social media of the Chair, and will be disseminated with the aim of raising awareness of this type of geological risk. Personal webpage: https://www.unifi.it/p-doc2-2018-0-A-2c303c2b3927-1.html