METSOVION INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH
The 4th Interdisciplinary Interuniversity Conference of the N.T.U.A.
"INTEGRATED DEVELOPMENT OF EPIRUS"
Metsovon, 23-26 September 2004
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1. CONFERENCE SUBJECT
The National Technical University of Athens (N.T.U.A) and the N.T.U.A. Metsovion Interdisciplinary Research Center (M.I.R.C.) for the Protection and Development of Mountainous Environment and Local European Cultures, in cooperation with the M.I.R.C.’ s Development Foundation, following the proposal of the Committee for the Connection of N.T.U.A. with Metsovon and in appreciation of the success of the first three conferences held in Metsovon in 1995, 1998, and 2001, organize the 4th INTERDISCIPLINARY AND INTERUNIVERSITY CONFERENCE OF THE NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS, in September 2004, at Metsovon Conference Center.
Through this Conference, N.T.U.A. once more acknowledges and honors the contribution of the great benefactors from Metsovon to its establishment, operation and development and pays back a part of its debt to their homeland.
The subject of the 4th Interdisciplinary and Interuniversity Conference of N.T.U.A. is
"INTEGRATED DEVELOPMENT OF EPIRUS"
Epirus being the poorest European Union region in economic terms, but at the same time, one of the richest regions regarding its natural environment, biodiversity, local cultures, traditional knowledge and intellectual and artistic development.
The Conference will feature interdisciplinary research, papers and studies by the academic communities of the National Technical University of Athens, the University of Ioannina, other Universities in Greece and abroad, researchers from the public, social and private sector, addressing the objectively multidimensional developmental and environmental issues affecting Epirus. Critical, substantiated reviews of the relevant European and national policies, action programmes, works and projects, their implementation and consequences in the framework of the needs, views and demands of the residents of Epirus for the Worth-living Integrated Development of their region and the real possibilities and limitations of the physical and socio-economic reality of Epirus, will also be presented.
2. THE CONFERENCES OF N.T.U.A. AND N.T.U.A. M.I.R.C. FOR METSOVON
The conferences of N.T.U.A. and N.T.U.A. M.I.R.C. are held every three years, in Metsovon. They host:
Research contributions of scientists, graduate engineers and members of the Teaching and Research Personnel of the National Technical University of Athens, the Universities of Ioannina and Thessaly and other Greek Universities on broader issues of Technology, Development, Environment and Culture, as well as specific such issues affecting Metsovon, Metsovon Province and the region of Epirus.
The best graduate and postgraduate projects/theses on Integrated Development by students of the National Technical University of Athens and the Universities of Ioannina and Thessaly
Interdisciplinary and Integrated research papers on multidimensional contemporary global societal issues relevant to the monitoring and the protection of Mountainous Environment and Local European Cultures and to the contribution of Education, Research and Technology to the Integrated Development of mountainous regions.
3. SPECIFIC ISSUES ADDRESSED BY THE 4th CONFERENCE
The 4th INTERDISCIPLINARY AND INTERUNIVERSITY CONFERENCE OF THE NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS and N.T.U.A. M.I.R.C. will focus on the investigation of highly prioritized relevant issues and the development of methods and techniques for their confrontation.
Theoretical contributions and specific applications to be presented in the Fourth Interdisciplinary Interuniversity Conference should aim to assist the development or the integration of methods, techniques, software and/or other scientific and technological innovations in the following interdisciplinary fields:
Improvement of the quality of life in mountainous regions.
Observation, monitoring, mapping, enhancement and protection of the mountainous (natural/socio-economic/cultural) environment of Epirus, Greece, the Balkans, the Mediterranean, Europe (methods, new technologies, applications, policies).
Documentation, conservation and promotion of the cultural heritage of Epirus.
Improvement of housing, employment and production conditions in mountainous regions.
Cadastre, Regional Planning and Land Policy in mountainous regions.
Development of energy technologies, which are friendly to the human, natural and cultural environment, in mountainous regions.
Integrated and Decentralized (economic, social, political, technical/ technological and cultural) Development of Epirus, in dialectic harmony with the environment and with respect toward it.
Local production of new materials and products, which are useful to human beings and friendly to the environment.
Contribution of new technologies to the production of new services, which are useful to human beings in mountainous regions and their societies (Medical Technology, Tele-medecine, Tele- informatics, etc.)
Statistical, Bibliographical etc. Investigations, Documentations, Surveys, Processing and Theoretical and Critical Approaches to issues relevant to the Integrated Development of Epirus.
Metsovon Province as a pole for integrated decentralized, harmonious, scientific and technical/technological Development and Culture. Requirements, Possibilities, Prospects.
4. CONFERENCE EXHIBITION
The Conference will host a poster exhibition of student projects, graduate and postgraduate theses, as well as studies, applications, projects and research of PhD candidates, engineers and other scientists on technical, technological, developmental, environmental and cultural issues relevant to Epirus.
The Committee for the Connection of the National Technical University of Athens with Metsovon, in cooperation with the Municipality of Metsovon, will provide accommodation, for a period of a few days, to students pursuing relevant research. The N.T.U.A. Rectorial Council will symbolically fund the students’ transportation costs and other small expenses (consumables).
For additional information, please contact the N.T.U.A. Remote Sensing Laboratory (Professor D. Rokos)
Tel. +30 10 7722593, 7722596, Fax: +30 10 77722594
E-mail: email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
Professor D. Rokos
Scientific and Administrative Responsible of M.I.R.C. of the National Technical University of Athens
Remote Sensing Laboratory
Faculty of Rural and Surveying Engineering
National Technical University of Athens
9 Heroon Polytechniou, Zografos 15773, Greece.
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