Cost Action 18110 – Underground Built Heritage as catalyser for Community Valorisation

Training Schools

First underground4value training school

Naples 10-15 February 2020

Call for Applications for the first Underground4value Training School: Naples, 10-15 February 2020 (Application deadline: December 15, 2019)

The COST Action CA18110 – Underground Built Heritage as catalyser for Community Valorisation is issuing a Call for Applications for its first Training School, managed by the Institute for Studies on the Mediterranean – National Research Council of Italy, which will be held in Naples from February 10 to 15, 2020, in Castel dell’Ovo, hosted by the Municipality of Naples.

The aim of the school is training new skills for planners, decision-makers, promoters, and local development facilitators. The training school will deal with innovative approaches to surveys, analyses, monitoring and testing in regards to Historic Urban Landscape (HUL), foster the uptake of new tools for empowering local communities, as well as for supporting planners and decision-makers. The training integrates multi-disciplinary knowledge about the underground heritage in a planning framework based on HUL, boosting new job profiles on cultural planning, strategic spatial planning, transition planning and management. These new job profiles will guarantee interaction with local communities, dissemination of innovative thinking, and methodologies for supporting the exploration of alternative social trajectories in an adaptive, forward-looking manner.


Organised in lessons and tutored research teamwork modules, the school is developed around four topics:

  • Underground Built Heritage (UBH) knowledge base development and management
  • Technologies for UBH conservation and monitoring
  • UBH reuse and valorisation strategies
  • UBH Planning approaches and community empowerment


The training school is addressed to planners, local community facilitators, promoters, and decision-makers, working on issues related to underground built heritage and community engagement for its conservation, monitoring and valorisation.


The school is based on scientific approaches (regional sciences, urban geography, computer sciences, and economic policy), with the input of disciplines in the humanities, for taking into account cultural issues, as well as strategies and tools for urban/rural regeneration policies, sustainable tourism, community empowerment, and UBH conservation. Finally, it will produce a training toolkit for decision-makers, practitioners, stakeholders and local communities and will integrate a procedure for testing and validating the new training and learning methods. In particular, the training will expand the HUL framework by developing new specific modules about UBH and introducing Strategic Transition Management (STM). It will provide the participants with tools for stimulating, developing and supporting real-life experiments (Living Labs) in a goal-oriented modulation, aimed at shaping processes of strategic dialogue, co-evolution and co-creation.

Trainers and trainees will work together on specific topics related to four case studies, by exploring and preparing discussion arguments. These researches will provide a first moment of confrontation among participants – trainers and trainees. In particular, by applying the STM approach, students will interactively learn how to facilitate communities’ dialogue, and develop new social, economic and cultural behaviours from the opportunities offered by the UBH reuse also in terms of new lifestyles.



Note that participation is free of charge!

Applicants may apply for one of the 20 (twenty) grants of Euro 650 (six-hundred-fifty) for the participation at the training school. To apply, please see the information and instructions in the following paragraph “Applications Process”. Italian applicants are excluded from the grants, but they can apply for participating without a grant.

Applications can be sent to Renata Salvarani ( and Giuseppe Pace ( until December 15th, 2019. In case you have questions regarding the call, the application process or the Training School, please contact Renata Salvarani, the Action’s Training School Coordinator (

More details regarding the programme of the Training School are forthcoming. Please watch the page dedicated to the Training School on the Action’s website at:

Please feel free to disseminate this message within your own research communities. Early Career Investigators (ECI) from Inclusiveness Target Countries (ITC) are strongly encouraged to apply:



How to apply for a grant:

To apply for one of the 20 grants, please do the following things before December 15th, 2019:

      • a clear statement of intent to participate in one of the two workshops;
      • why you would like to attend the training school;
      • information about your current level of knowledge/ experience in underground built heritage and community engagement tools;
      • what your expectations are (trainers & taught materials).

Applications need to be sent to Renata Salvarani ( and Giuseppe Pace (

After submission, all applicants are kindly asked to make sure they receive a confirmation of receipt within 24 hours, then to print it and write on it your confirmation to participate, signing and dating it and send to the Action’s Training School Coordinator ( scan of this confirmation

If you don’t receive the confirmation of receipt, please do not hesitate to contact us again.

Applicants will be notified of their acceptance on December 22nd, 2019.

The grant is a flat rate grant of Euro 650 – which the participant will receive after his/her participation to the training school on the basis of the daily attendance list and without need to justify any expenditure.

Selection criteria:

Basic COST eligibility criteria need to be met:

  • Applicants with research interests relevant to the Underground4value’s goals and activities are prioritised (Rank 1).
  • Applicants who are early career researchers (including doctoral researchers) and applicants from COST Inclusiveness Target Countries (ITC) are prioritised over other applicants (Rank 2).
  • Insofar as is allowable by the applications received and the selection criteria above, representation across as many COST countries as possible and a gender balance will be observed among the grantees (Rank 3).
  • Where all the above criteria are satisfied, places are offered on a first come-first served basis (Rank 4)

Participation without a grant:

Participants who can cover their travel and accommodation expenses from other funds and do not need a grant are also welcomed to join our Training School. If this is your case, you do not need to register a profile on the COST website. However, we still ask you to submit the application materials (CV and motivation letter) by December 1st, 2019 to the email addresses mentioned above.

You will be notified of acceptance to the training school before January 10th, 2020.

Note that the maximum number of participants is 40.

Training school Scientific Board

  • Antonello Alici (IT)
  • Alfonso Bahillo (ES)
  • Shirley Cefai (MT)
  • Sorin Hermon (CY)
  • Pinar Karagoz (TR)
  • Zili Li (IE)
  • Florin Nemtanu (RO)
  • Giuseppe Pace (IT)
  • Nataša Pichler-Milanovič (SI)
  • Tatjana Pivac (RS)
  • Tatiana Ruchinskaya (UK)
  • Carlos Smaniotto Costa (PT)