About STABLE Summer School

Europe has rich and diverse Cultural Heritage (CH) resources, which include urban and rural landscapes, comprising standing monuments, artefacts and historical centres. A continuous loss of the predefined value of monuments is observed both globally and in European scale caused by different reasons (e.g. land movements and seismic activity). More specifically a large number of sites are continuously impacted and weathered by several internal and external factors, both natural and human-induced, with slow onset (landslides, sinkholes, subsidence) and rapid onset like earthquakes and land movement derived by extreme meteorological events. All these phenomena increase the effects of the deformation processes and ultimately impact on the structural stability of the architectural structures, buildings and artefacts, standing on it.

STABLE project (STructural stABiLity risk assEssment), funded by H2020-MSCA-RISE-2018 - Grant Agreement 823966, aims to develop and integrate novel risk forecasting models with on ground and Remote Sensing (RS) methods for CH safeguard in the European scenarios. The project provides consistent transfer of the most advanced knowledge and training in these techniques for researchers and professionals at European level, it will improve the career prospects and develop their skills in the use of integrated multidisciplinary techniques for civil engineering applied to CH in the framework of an international network of academia and SMEs.

The Laboratory of Geophysical Satellite Remote Sensing and Archaeoenvironment of the Institute for Mediterranean Studies-Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas organizes the Summer School “Remote Sensing Methods and Structural Stability of Historical Buildings” on Rethymno during the period September 14-18, 2020. The summer school is designed to train young scholars and researchers, promote collaboration exchange knowledge between the different fields of engineering and cultivate a dynamic dialogue between academia and the private sector.

Our Speakers

Constantine Spyrakos


National Technical University of Athens, Greece

Dr. Haris Saroglou


National Technical University of Athens, Greece

Francesca Bozzano


Sapienza University of Rome, Italy

Gabriele Scarascia Mugnozza


Sapienza University of Rome, Italy

Dr. Panagiotis Agrafiotis


National Technical University of Athens, Greece

Nikos Votsoglou


Prefecture of Crete, Greece

Paris A. Fokaides

Assistant Professor

Frederick University, Cyprus

Petros Christou

Associate Professor

Frederick University, Cyprus

Giorgos Xekalakis


Frederick University, Cyprus

Dr. Alesio Di Iorio


Alma di Sistemi Srl, Italy

Theoharis Tsoutos


Technical University of Crete, Greece

Christos Kontopoulos


Geosystems Hellas

Gianluca Cantoro

Postdoctoral Researcher

Institute for Mediterranean Studies - FORTH

Summer School Schedule

  • Monday 14/09/2020
    Seismic analysis and strengthening measures of structural units in historic centers
    Prof. Constantine Spyrakos, National Technical University of Athens, Greece
    10:30-11:30The role of Engineering Geology and Geotechnics for the preservation of Cultural Heritage in a changing environment
    Dr. Charalampos Saroglou (Teaching & Research Assoc National Technical University of Athens, Greece
    12:00-14:00Satellite ADInSAR monitoring for heritage preservation: The example of the Vittoriano Monument in Rome downtown (Italy)
    Prof. Francesca Bozzano and Prof. Gabriele Scarascia Mugnozza, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
    14:00-15:00Photogrammetry and Machine Learning for Cultural Heritage
    Panagiotis Agrafiotis, National Technical University of Athens, Greece
  • Tuesday 15/09/2020
    9:30-10:30Challenges in Civil Protection planning regarding historic city centers and monuments
    Nikos Votsoglou, Prefecture of Crete, Greece
    10:30-11:30CH monitoring with digital technologies: laser scanning and aerial/ground photogrammetry for change detection
    Dr. Gianluca Cantoro, Foundation for Research and Technology, Greece
    12:00-14:00Fragility analysis of a masonry structure
    Giorgos Xekalakis, Petros Christou, Paris Fokaides, Phoebe – Zoe Morsink -Georgali Frederick University, Cyprus
  • Wednesday 16/09/2020
    9:30-11:30Hands-on training:
    Change detection and classification techniques through ERDAS IMAGINE

    Mr. Christos Kontopoulos – Geosystem Hellas
    12:00-14:00Hands-on training:
    Urban areas monitoring using LiDAR data

    Mr. Christos Kontopoulos – Geosystem Hellas
  • Thursday 17/09/2020
    9:30-10:30Greening urban mobility in tourism destinations
    Prof. T. Tsoutsos, Technical University of Crete, Greece
    10:30-11:30Project meeting preparation
    Alessio Di Iorio, WP leaders
    12:00-18:00Project Meeting
    Mid Term Review
    20:30-22:30Social Dinner
  • Friday 18/09/2020
    9:30-13:00Project Meeting
    Mid Term Review
    14:30-16:00Project Meeting
    Conclusion and MoM finalization
    Tour in the old town of Rethymno- historical buildings at risk