Short Term Scientific Missions and new case studies

By Muge Akkar Ercan, Middle East Technical University (METU) (TR)

The call for the STSM visits for Underground4Value was made available on the website and other social media platforms in August 2020. The deadline for the STSM applications was 30 September 2020. For the second phase of the COST Action, four case studies of under-ground heritage valorisation and the host institutions are:

1. Camerano Caves in Ancona hosted by Municipality of Camerano (Italy)
2. Dolmen de Antelas in Oliveira de Frades, hosted by University of Aveiro (Portugal)
3. Monastery of Ayia Napa in Ayia Napa hosted by the Cyprus Institute in Nicosia (Cyprus)
4. Old Quarries in Paros hosted by Municipality of Paros (Greece)

Six candidates applied to the four the STSM visits of the second project period. We received three applications for the Camerona caves, while we received one applicant for each of the other case studies. The STSM panel, including the STSM coordinators and the five representatives from the Action’s working groups, assessed the applications. Five applicants were found eligible for the STSM visits.
Three STSM researchers completed their case studies and submitted their scientific missions in December 2020. Because of the COVID-19, the researchers had difficulty in conducting their case studies and caused the delay of living labs’ development. The two last STSM researchers are expected to work and complete their case studies in the second quarter of 2021.