To celebrate the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018, SDMed Observation, Planning & Ecoinnovation in collaboration with Panteion Univesity of Social and Political Sciences, Department of Economics and Regional Development  and the University of West Attica, School of Applied Arts and Culture,  organise the International Event entitled “Nature and Culture-based strategies and solutions for cities and territories: an idea whose time has come!, on November 26-28, 2018, in Athens, Greece. The event was put under the aegis of both the Ministry of Economy and Development, the Ministry of Culture and Sports and the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Insular Policy.

The European Year is an occasion to reflect on the place that cultural and natural heritage occupies both in our lives and in territorial development and to often alert about the need to protect such unique values for the future generations. It is thus evident that nature and culture as an indivisible whole is an idea whose time has come! This means that natural and cultural heritage should be recognized, understood, planned and managed together!  

ECHOPOLIS 2018 is very blue !! Placed under the aegis of the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Insular Policy it focuses on Maritime Spatial Planning. The Conference recognises that MSP is also a creative social and cultural procedure that  enhances attractiveness of  marine spaces and especially of insular territories and communities. Insular territories worldwide are strongly encouraged to present their plans, initiatives, policies and success stories. At the Conference they will have the possibility to meet with experts to discuss opportunities that arise from the Marine Spatial Planning procedure.

INSULEUR  (The European Network of Insular Chambers) is Endorser of the Event. The multi-use concept and its applications will also be fully discussed with an emphasis on combinations integrating Underwater Cultural Heritage (UCH).

Maritime spatial plans and their cultural dimensions will be fully discussed due to the recent compliance, with Law 4546/2018  in Greece of the European Directive 2014/89/EU that established a framework for MSP and the perspective of elaboration and consolidation of maritime spatial plans until 2021.

Please consult the website for the complete agenda and registration.

26/11/2018 to 28/11/2018
Event Location: 
  • Athens, 
  • Greece 


Urban Transitions 2018 aims to promote healthy urban development by bringing together different disciplines working within cities. Meet world leading experts on urban and transport planning, architecture, environmental exposures, physical activity, and public health and governance to discuss current challenges and solutions.

urban development by bringing together different disciplines working within cities

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No. 730052 Topic: SCC-2-2016-2017: Smart Cities and Communities Nature based solutions