News

June 2017

ESA Fringe 2017

PROTHEGO will be presented by Francesca Cigna with a poster led by NERC-BGS at the upcoming ESA Fringe Workshop 2017, "Advances in the Science and Applications of SAR Interferometry and Sentinel-1 InSAR", in Helsinki, Finland on 5–9 June 2017.

November 2016

Daniele Spizzichino (ISPRA) presents PROTHEGO during the ICL–IPL Conference 2016.

PROTHEGO has been included in the 2016–2018 agenda of the International Programme on Landslides (IPL). This was achieved following a presentation delivered by Daniele Spizzichino (ISPRA) during the 2016 IPL UNESCO Symposium and ICL–IPL UNESCO Conference, organised by PROTHEGO's Associate Partner, the International Consortium on Landslides (ICL), on 15–18 Nov 2016 at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France.

October 2016

Kyriacos Themistocleous (CUT) presents PROTHEGO at EUROMED 2016.

PROTHEGO was showcased by Kyriacos Themistocleous (CUT) during the International Conference on Digital Heritage – EUROMED 2016, 31 Oct–5 Nov 2016 in Nicosia, Cyprus.

September 2016

Kyriacos Themistocleous (CUT) presents PROTHEGO’s Choirokoitia demonstration site.

Kyriacos Themistocleous (CUT) and Francesca Cigna (NERC/BGS) presented PROTHEGO and its local scale approach for the demonstration site of Choirokoitia during the Remote Sensing conference of SPIE 2016 on 26–29 Sept 2016 in Edinburgh, UK – sessions: Active and Passive Microwave Remote Sensing for Environmental Monitoring, and Earth Resources and Environmental Remote Sensing/GIS Applications. A short paper on Choirokoitia will also be published in the SPIE conference proceedings.

Award ceremony at the 2nd Huangshan Dialogue on UNESCO sites and sustainable development.

Francesca Cigna (NERC/BGS) was invited to deliver a keynote on PROTHEGO during the 2nd Huangshan Dialogue on UNESCO sites and sustainable development, 11-15 Sept 2016, Huangshan, China, and during the closing ceremony was awarded as distinguished international speaker together with representatives and experts from UNESCO, ICOMOS and the Global Geopark Network.

August 2016

DVMWHS Research Framework 2016: front cover and extract.

PROTHEGO was mentioned in the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site (DVMWHS) – Research Framework 2016 as one of the initiatives providing a global perspective on assessment of the impact of natural hazards upon UNESCO WHL cultural heritage assets. The Research Framework is edited by PROTHEGO’s Associate Partner, Dr David Knight, Trent & Peak Archaeology, York Archaeological Trust.

35th IGC, 27 Aug–4 Sept 2016, Cape Town, South Africa.

PROTHEGO's objectives, WP1 methodology and initial geohazard assessment results for the European UNESCO WHL sites were presented by Daniele Spizzichino (ISPRA) during IGC "35th International Geological Congress" on 27 Aug–4 Sept 2016 in Cape Town, South Africa, during sessions T8.2a: Geohazards and T1.P1: Geoheritage and Conservation.

Recent dissemination activities of the project were included in the JPI-CH Newsletter – Issue #3 and website: “PROJECTS ON ACTION – A collection of news from the research projects granted within the JPI CH joint calls

June 2016

PROTHEGO's BBC News Twitter report on 4 June 2016.

Francesca Cigna (NERC/BGS) presented PROTHEGO at the "Eight Annual Conference of the Italian Remote Sensing Association (AIT)" on 22–24 June 2016 in Palermo, Italy, during the Plenary Session on new remote sensing technologies and applications.

Over 500 tweets & re–tweets were published in the first month after the publication of PROTHEGO's article on BBC News: "Space radar to assess Europe's historic sites".

May 2016

Participants in the DVMWHS demonstration site stakeholder meeting at Cromford Mill, UK.

On 26 May 2016, Francesca Cigna, Anna Harrison, Deodato Tapete and Kathryn Lee (NERC/BGS) met the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site (DVMWHS) Stakeholders: Mr Mark Suggitt, Director of DVMWHS, Dr Andy J. Howard, Landscape Research & Management (LRM), and Dr David Knight, Trent & Peak Archaeology (TPA). The goal of the meeting was to appraise PROTHEGO's methodology for the DVMWHS and to identify how PROTHEGO's outcomes can feed into the DVMWHS management process.

PROTHEGO's article in the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site website, 6 May 2016.

BBC News published an article on PROTHEGO: "Space radar to assess Europe's historic sites" based on Francesca Cigna (NERC/BGS)'s interview with Jonathan Amos, BBC Science Correspondent.

Live radio interviews were also given by Francesca on BBC Radio Berkshire during Chris Hollins' show on 6 May 2016, and BBC Radio Derby during Aleena Naylor's breakfast show on 7 May 2016.

The latter was jointly with Mark Suggitt, Director of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site (DVMWHS) and Demonstration Site Stakeholder of PROTHEGO.


PROTHEGO's BBC News, 5 May 2016.

Following the BBC News, the DVMWHS published another article on PROTHEGO in their website: "PROTHEGO uses Space Radar to assess Europe's heritage sites".

A number of other newspapers and websites also echoed the BBC News in other EU countries:

April 2016

PROTHEGO's PICO presentation at EGU 2016.

Daniele Spizzichino (ISPRA) gave an interactive PICO presentation "Protection of European Cultural Heritage from geo–hazards: the PROTHEGO project", during session NH6.2 "Multi–Hazard and Multi–Risk studies supported by EO Data" at EGU General Assembly on 17–22 Apr. 2016 in Vienna, Austria.

A poster on "The Protection of Cultural Heritage Sites from Geo–Hazards" with a focus on heritage sites in Cyprus was also presented by Kyriacos Themistocleous (CUT).

PROTHEGO's second project meeting took place on 4–8 April 2016 in Paphos, Cyprus, during the RSCy "Fourth International Conference on Remote Sensing and Geoinformation of Environment" conference, organised by Cyprus Remote Sensing Society (one of PROTHEGO's associate partners).

The project methodology and achievements were presented by PROTHEGO's consortium on 6 April 2016 during the special session "Sensing the past: remote monitoring for archaeology and cultural heritage" chaired by Cyprus University of Technology, and during the session on EU projects on 8 April 2016.

PROTHEGO's presence at RSCy2016 was covered live via Twitter: @PROTHEGO & #RSCy2016

Claudio Margottini (ISPRA) presents PROTHEGO at the RSCY2016 session on EU projects.
Daniele Spizzichino (ISPRA) presents PROTHEGO's WP1 during the Special Session 'Sensing the past'.
Francesca Cigna (NERC/BGS) presents PROTHEGO's geohazards in the UK WHL sites during the Special Session 'Sensing the past'.

February 2016

Francesca Cigna (NERC/BGS) delivered an invited keynote lecture at Leiden University during the conference "From Stone Age to Space Age" on 24–26 February 2016, and showcased radar remote sensing applications in archaeological and cultural heritage sites affected by geohazards.

December 2015

Welcoming PROTHEGO's project partners, steering committee and stakeholders

The first user consultation workshop 1.5 MB pdf took place at ISPRA in Rome, Italy on 4 December 2015, and the project was presented to the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism (MIBACT), steering committee members from the European Space Agency (ESA) and EO Expert Group of EuroGeoSurveys (EGS), and stakeholders of the Institute for Conservation and Restoration (ISCR), Superintendence Capitolina and Cyprus Remote Sensing Society (CRSS). The Italian Space Agency (ASI) and teams from the European Videor and JPICH CLIMA projects also participated in the round table discussion on the use of InSAR for cultural heritage management

November 2015

Francesca Cigna (NERC/BGS) presents PROTHEGO's poster at ESA

PROTHEGO was presented during the European Space Agency (ESA)'s workshop "Advances in remote sensing for cultural heritage: from site detection, to documentation and risk monitoring" that took place on 12–13 November 2015 in Frascati, Italy. Claudio Margottini (ISPRA) led a poster presentation on "Remote sensing and UNESCO European heritage sites affected by geohazard: PROTHEGO project" illustrating the project objectives and methodology that Francesca Cigna (NERC/BGS) presented during the poster session.

October 2015

Daniele Spizzichino (ISPRA) presented PROTHEGO during the Earth Observation Expert Group (EOEG) Annual Meeting and landslide/subsidence EuroGeoSurveys (EGS) working group on 28–30 October 2015 in Granada, Spain, and with José Fernández (IGME) visited the UNESCO WHL site of Alhambra and met stakeholders from the Patronage of the Alhambra and Generalife.

Claudio Margottini (ISPRA) presented "The protection of European cultural heritages from geohazards and the EU project PROTHEGO" during FLOODIS Int. workshop "Increasing resilience to emergencies through earth observation, crowdsourcing, and satellite navigation systems", that took place at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France on 2 Oct 2015.

September 2015

Daniele Spizzichino and Carla Iadanza (ISPRA) presented PROTHEGO during the workshop "Beni culturali e spazio: tecnologie applicative e servizi aerospaziali a supporto del patrimonio culturale" organised by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism (MIBACT), the Italian Space Agency (ASI), the Institute for Conservation and Restoration (ISCR) and the Association for Space-based Applications and Services (ASAS) on 15 September 2015 in Rome, Italy.

Cyprus University of Technology advertised the successful funding of the project in a number of national and local newspapers in Cyprus, including Alithia newspaper, ETEk, SigmaLive Beta, onlycy, Cyprus University of Technology Portal, Paidea News and FG news.