ELARCH - Project

ELARCH - Euro-Latin America partnership in natural Risk mitigation and protection of the Cultural Heritage

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.



The 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).
The European Commission has launched this initiative to foster cooperation between higher education institutions. It aims to boost exchanges of students, researchers and academic staff and to support mobility, in particular from non-EU countries to EU member states. The European Commission launches call for proposals for different regions in the world and then funds partnerships between universities to implement the exchanges. Students, researchers and staff from the area can apply to the selected consortium for scholarships.
The EMA2 objective is to achieve better understanding and mutual enrichment between the European Union and Third Countries in the field of higher education through promoting the exchange of persons, knowledge and skills at higher education level. This will be achieved through the promotion of partnerships and institutional co-operation exchanges between European Higher Education Institutions and Third Country institutions and a mobility scheme addressing student and academic exchanges.


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


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