Despite the advances of science and technology, natural risks are still resulting in dramatic human and economical consequences in the world’s most vulnerable regions for the natural and built environment as well as for the cultural heritage. The capacity to mitigate the impact of risks relies on implementation of research and technology results into policy. Mitigation practices are more effective if incorporated into academic research and higher education curricula in an international and global context, representing an important opportunity for promoting innovation and creation of new jobs, international cooperation and dialogue.
Objective of this project is to establish higher education cooperation between institutions across Europe and Latin America, through academic mobility measures in natural risk reduction and preservation of the cultural heritage. Researchers, future policy makers and practitioners will strengthen their curricula in architecture, engineering, geological sciences, environmental sciences, management and planning, etc. Specific educational and interdisciplinary research activities will focus on innovative practices in: conservation of the cultural heritage, life-cycle analysis and resilient/sustainable design, health monitoring and diagnostics, seismology, experimental studies, social/economical impact evaluation, disaster and asset management, national and international policy. Cooperation will take place between universities and research centers active in protection of the cultural heritage, environmental risk mitigation and training. Mobility will involve 36 Undergrads, 32 Masters, 23 PhDs, 17 Post-Docs, and 11 Staff. Universities, NGOs, Philanthropy groups, local and International Authorities will develop a human resources infrastructure incorporating credit recognition, joint degrees and UNESCO chair charters, innovative E-learning platforms, field case-study laboratories, cultural policy strategies, and social inclusion.
To establish higher education cooperation between institutions from Europe and Latin America, to develop a comprehensive mobility scheme for building curricula in global disaster reduction issues, preservation of the cultural heritage and of the built and natural environment.
EMA2 Erasmus Mundus Action 2 Partnership programme is a cooperation and
mobility scheme in the area of higher education launched by Europe Aid
Cooperation Office and implemented by the Executive Agency Education,
Audiovisual and Culture (EACEA).
Project funded by the European Union
Implemented by Università degli Studi della Basilicata
PROJECT COORDINATOR: Prof. Michelangelo Laterza - University of Basilicata
Department of European and Mediterranean Cultures: Architecture, Environment, Cultural Heritage (DiCEM) – Matera, Italy