One more Annual Conference from the Major Cities of Europe, It Users Group, to which the Municipality of Trikala and the Developmental Company of the city of Trikala, e-Trikala S.A are members of, was successfully completed. This year’s Conference took place in the German city of Leipzig between 28thand 30 of May 2018.
During the first day of the Conference the Major cities Members Assembly also took place, during of which the members discussed for all the current issues such as the Conference, this years new members and any future actions or workshops.
Municipality of Trikala and e-Trikala S.A was represented in both- the members Assembly and the three days Conference- by Mrs Christina Karaberi from the Department of Research and Communication of e-Trikala S.A.
During the Conference E-Trikala took the opportunity to further disseminate via a stand and presentations, three European Projects that are currently being implemented in Trikala.
More precise the following European Projects were presented during the Conference:
The 4thworkshop for the European Project Den- CuPID (Digital Educational Network for Cultural Projects Implementation and Direction), which took place in Varna (Bulgaria) from 14thof May up to 17th, was completed successfully. Trainees from Greece, Spain, Italy and Bulgaria attended the workshop. Den- CuPID is a project that runs under the auspices of the State Scholarships Foundation (IKY) and is an Erasmus+ Program for Education and Training.
The workshop was organized by one of the projects partners, UBBSLA. The workshops main theme was “Exploring culture heritage in Varna, Bulgaria- 100+years of history and life” and the main objective was to present and analyze best practices on exploiting and promoting cultural heritage. Representatives from e-Τrikala S.A presenting the successful implementation of the theme park “Mill of Elves”.
In addition, on the 17thand 18th of May the projects partners meeting took place in order to discuss all the managerial issues of the project as well as the operation of the educational platform which is also one of the projects objectives. This educational platform will give access to anyone interested to an important educational material for cultural management and touristic promotion. E-trikala S.A was represented by Mrs. Christina Karaberi, Department of Research and Communication and Mr. George Gorgogetas, computer engineer.
The second workshop for Den- CuPID (Digital Educational Network for Cultural Projects Implementation and Direction) took place in the city of Trikala, Greece between 4/12 to 7/12 in the Research Center- Tsitsanis Museum. Trainees from Greece, Spain, Italy and Bulgaria participated to this 4 days educational seminar.
The workshop was organized by the Developmental Company of the Municipality of Trikala, E-trikala S.A, who is also the coordinator of the project. The main objectives of this workshop, titled “Creating a Successful Theme Park: The Mill of Elves Christmas Park in Trikala, Greece”, was to present and analyze the Christmas Thematic Park of the Mill of Elves as well as the reasons that lead to its commercial success and the added value and financial benefit that this success had in terms of touristic growth and attraction. In addition, lecturers from the Greek Company Time Heritage, Futuro Digitale (Italy) and the University of Patras conducted sessions in relation to cultural management, marketing and branding.
The workshop as well as the participants were welcomed at the first day by the Vice Mayor of Sports and Culture of the Municipality of Trikala, Mrs. Efi Leventi, whereas visits to Meteora, local Museums and the Christmas Park took place during the afternoons. Lastly, a lecture dedicated to the importance and value of Meteora was conducted by dr. Ioannis Manolis from the Hellenic National Commission for UNESCO.
The first Workshop of DEN-CuPID” (Digital Educational Network for Cultural Projects Implementation and Direction – http://den-cupid.eu/en/) that took place during 18-21 September 2017 in Zaragosa, Spain, was successfully completed.
The project is sponsored by the State Scholarships Foundation (IKY), which is a Public Decentralized Service of the Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs and under this case has the role of the National Agency of the European Erasmus+ Program for Education and Training.
DEN-CuPID is a Strategic Partnership between SMEs, academic institutions and Local Authorities associations and aims to promote and disseminate good practices on the successful cultural and touristic management, to seek sustainable business plans for the development of tourism, the promotion of local products and the use of historical monuments.
Consequently to the workshop, during 21 and 22 September, the second scheduled partners’ meeting took place, where representatives from all the project’s partners participated, Greece (E- Trikala S.A. Unesco Hellas, Time Heritage LTD, University of Patras and E.G.T.C. Amphictyony), Italy (Associazione di Promozione Sociale Futuro Digitale), Spain (VEA QUALITAS, S.L), Bulgaria (UNION OF BULGARIAN BLACK SEA LOCAL AUTHORITIES SDRUZHENIE). E-Trikala S.A who is the coordinator of the project was represented by Mrs Christina Karamperi.
The next workshop will take place at 4-7 of December 2017 in Trikala Greece, where 20 trainees from 4 different countries will participate (Greece, Spain, Italy and Bulgaria).
DEN-CuPID is inviting cultural stakeholders to participate at the case studies’ training events which will take place in 2017-2018 in various locations as listed below:
September 17-22, 2017: Zaragoza, Spain: The Al-Jaferia Palace
December2-8, 2017: Trikala, Greece: The Mill of the Elves
February 18-23, 2018: Rome, Italy: Out of Rome (cultural itineraries) #outofrome
May 14-19, 2018: Varna, Bulgaria: Exploring Cultural Heritage in Varna
According to our training methodology, participants will chose two of the aforementioned seminars in which they will participate based on their needs and future projects to implement. For example if the focus point of the organization is on monuments and museum building they should better participate at seminars 1 and 4, whereas if the focus point is on “soft” interventions of enhancement, i.e. events, promotion, cultural routes, media etc, they should chose seminars 2 and 3.
Individuals and organizations are invited to send a short CV of the prospect participants in English along with a basic project idea that they would like to develop in the course of the project to the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. CVs and project ideas will be evaluated and those selected will be notified by email.
Please note that only one participant per organization will be accepted. Deadline for submission of CVs and ideas is the 10th of July.
The Municipal Development Company of Trikala city, E-trikala S.A participated in the Major Cities of Europe Conference (http://www.majorcities.eu/) that took place in Zagreb at 11th-14th of June 2017
E-trikala is one of the very first members of Major Cities of Europe and was nominated this year for “Outstanding Contribution to the 2017 Major Cities of Europe Conference”.
During the Conference, e-trikala had the opportunity to promote and disseminate via posters, brochures and presentations three European Projects that are under implementation this period in the city of Trikala.
To be precise the projects presented are the following:
ACTIVAGE (a HORIZON 2020 EU funded project) : ACTIVAGE Project is an initiative that focuses in meeting the challenge posed by the ageing of the population via solutions entailing the use of the Internet of Things, reducing the negative impact involved in chronic disorders and degeneration http://www.activageproject.eu/
Den CuPID (a project that runs under the auspices of the State Scholarships Foundation (IKY), the Hellenic National Agency of the Erasmus+ programme). Den CuPID is a Strategic Partnership (SP), which aims primarily at improving transversal competencies, such as entrepreneurship and managerial skills, and enhancing knowledge in the field of cultural management. It envisages the optimization of local capacities in designing and implementing projects based on the local cultural endowment, as well as the ability to involve financial and innovative funding tools, for the accomplishment of these projects. ( http://den-cupid.eu/en/)
iHEeRO (an EU funded project receiving funding from the European Union’s Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) – Transport Sector under grant agreement no. INEA/CEF/TRANS/1031743): this project is considered the continuation of HEeRO and HEeRO2 projects and focuses in implementing an eCall service triggered either manually by vehicle occupants or automatically so as to either prevent or detect an accident. http://iheero.eu/
The persons that attended the conference were, the C.E.O of e-trikala, Mr. Odysseas Raptis and Mrs. Christina Karaberi who works in the Department of Research and Communication of the company.