Thessaloníki, Greece
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Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: ISSI-4-2015 | Award Amount: 3.89M | Year: 2016

This project aims to develop an e-policy platform augmented with a toolbox of applications and online services, which will assist national and regional authorities in the EU in elaborating or revising their smart specialisation agenda, in terms of policies and strategy. The platform will leverage existing methodologies, initiatives and tools developed by the EC for the RIS3 strategy, but it will also investigate, develop and test new and innovative technologies, tools and services aiming to strengthen the European capacity for knowledge-based policy advice. The platform and the accompanied services will constitute an online mechanism for policy advice, integrated with a well-defined, commonly accepted and broadly used methodology for regional policy (RIS3 Guide). Data and sources of information to feed the platform and the services will be collected from institutional websites, RSS feeds, online databases, newsgroups and web forums, social networks data, web analytics, content management systems, measurement scoreboards, focus groups, and other online mechanisms for collaboration and policy co-design, and assessment. Taken together, these elements and architecture of integration will offer online all the necessary tools, methods, and roadmap to assist the elaboration, implementation, and impact analysis of smart specialisation policies.


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Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: CSA | Phase: EE-07-2015 | Award Amount: 1.50M | Year: 2016

EMPOWERING proposal contributes to the shift of 6 EU regions toward low-carbon society by enhancing the capacities of municipalities and regional representatives to shape integrated energy strategies and plans. The project contributes to bridge the gap of skills needed to plan energy measures in the new 2030 framework for Climate and Energy Policy in terms of GHG emission reduction, renewable energy and energy efficiency. EMPOWERING addresses energy saving challenges involving local municipalities and regional authorities in a sound transnational exchange and learning activities (WP3) including: a) transnational seminars; b) peer to peer exchange for regional authorities; c) study visit to one Eu best practice and two partners best practice. Local target audience is then effectively reached thanks to ad hoc capacity local building measures (WP4) addressing different target groups to maximize the learning experience. The improved knowledge and competences of local authorities are put into practice during the adoption of new SEAPs and in the upgrading of the existing ones, while regional authorities are supported in shaping regional energy vision to 2050 highlighting the main energy challenges and identifying possible financial strategic actions to be implemented (WP5). The proposal is built on a solid and innovative strategic planning methodology which has a high replicability potential, strengthening the European added value of the project. This process is triggered by the cooperation of a comprehensive partnership, which involves technical-scientific partners and regional development agencies, creating the conditions to achieve projects objectives.


Zoumakis M.,Aristotle University of Thessaloniki | Kassomenos P.,University of Ioannina | Petrakakis M.,Municipality of Thessaloniki | Zoumakis N.,Aristotle University of Thessaloniki | And 10 more authors.
Journal of Environmental Protection and Ecology | Year: 2011

Taking into consideration the heavily stressed air quality conditions in the city of Thessaloniki, Greece, an attempt was made to study the temporal fluctuations in heat wave occurrence and intensity during the summer period (June, July and August) for the years 1970-2005. The results demonstrate a continuous warming trend as well as the increase of the frequency of hot days and heat wave episodes. The discomfort conditions were estimated by using several thermal stress indices (TSI) based on long-term meteorological data in the center of Thessaloniki. The results for the physiological indices indicate a high thermal stress on people, during the heat waves. Combined with the air pollution effects, the stress on humans due to environmental conditions has been very harmful to public health.


Zoumakis M.,Atmospheric Physics Group | Zoumakis M.,Aristotle University of Thessaloniki | Kassomenos P.,University of Ioannina | Zoumakis N.,Atmospheric Physics Group | And 10 more authors.
Journal of Environmental Protection and Ecology | Year: 2011

Heat stress-related mortality is among main impacts of climatic extremes on human society. An extreme heat wave can be catastrophic or not depending on its intensity, extent and duration, but also on the population adaptation to the local climate and the awareness of the public authorities. Excess monthly mortality was established, for total and cardiovascular and respiratory mortality, by calculating deviations of the observed number of deaths from an expected number of deaths (baseline mortality) for each summer month of the examined period. The net mortality change was clearly positive during the extended hot periods of the most severe heat waves. The aims of this study were to analyse mortality during heat waves in Northern Greece, separately for June, July and August, during the period 1970-2009, and to quantify a preliminary relationship between heat stress and excess mortality, taking into consideration the population adaptation to the local climate. There is a need to further improve public health responses to weather extremes and to heat-waves in particular that may result in a large excess of mortality in Greece.


Zoumakis M.,Atmospheric Physics Group | Zoumakis M.,Aristotle University of Thessaloniki | Kassomenos P.,University of Ioannina | Zoumakis N.,Atmospheric Physics Group | And 10 more authors.
Journal of Environmental Protection and Ecology | Year: 2011

In the present study, an attempt was made to give a preliminary estimate of heat-related mortality in Northern Greece, during the summer period, for the years 1970-2009, with special regard to extreme heat waves. Long-term trends in the human mortality data, for the hot period of the year, can be influenced by different demographic factors (changes in the size and age structure of the population), the population adaptation to the local climate, the temporal fluctuations in extreme heat waves, and the significant increasing trend in cumulative thermal stress on people, at least partially related to anthropogenic climatic change. The plots of summer excess mortality (all causes of death as well as the cardiovascular and respiratory mortality) versus several biometeorological parameters, indicate a pronounced significant increase of mortality rates, with strong and extreme cumulative thermal stress indices.


Zoumakis M.,Aristotle University of Thessaloniki | Kassomenos P.,University of Ioannina | Zoumakis N.,Aristotle University of Thessaloniki | Efstathiou G.,Aristotle University of Thessaloniki | And 9 more authors.
Journal of Environmental Protection and Ecology | Year: 2011

As a result of climate change, heat waves are expected to increase in severity and frequency. Hot weather extremes appear to have a profound effect on human health and well-being. In addition, humidity affects human comfort, and the perceived temperature by humans is largely dependent on atmospheric moisture content. The danger posed by the combined effect of air temperature and humidity has lead biometeorologists to develop various discomfort indices in order to define the danger and alert the pubic. In this study, the discomfort conditions were estimated by using several biometeorological indices: the discomfort index, relative strain index, heat index and humidex, during the summer period (June, July and August) for the years 1970-2005, based on long-term meteorological data. During the heat waves, the results for the biometeorological discomfort indices (for that time period) indicate a high thermal stress on people in the center of Thessaloniki.


Zoumakis M.,Aristotle University of Thessaloniki | Petrakakis M.,Municipality of Thessaloniki | Kassomenos P.,University of Ioannina | Kelessis A.,Municipality of Thessaloniki | And 10 more authors.
Journal of Environmental Protection and Ecology | Year: 2011

Since air pollution levels are strongly dependent on atmospheric conditions, it is important to take both into consideration when examining the effects of weather on human health. In this study, the discomfort conditions were estimated by using several air-quality stress indices based on air-pollutant concentrations in the center of Thessaloniki. Also, the temporal fluctuations in heat waves were analysed by using several thermal stress indices, like the number of hot days during the summer period, for the years 1970-2005, with maximum temperatures greater than a threshold temperature. It was found that air quality conditions in the urban area of Thessaloniki can be characterised as acute for the last years, with respect mainly to photochemical pollutants and suspended particulates (PM 10 and PM 25). The consequence is that discomfort to humans in the center of Thessaloniki due to environmental conditions is caused by temporary thermal stress during the heat waves and permanent air quality stress.


Grant
Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: IA | Phase: INSO-1-2015 | Award Amount: 3.01M | Year: 2016

The Mobile Age project will focus on open government data, mobile technology, and the provision of public services in relation to Europes elderly population. Europes senior citizens are growing steadily and are predicted to comprise of 28% of Europes population by 2020. However, senior citizens do not normally share the same level of connectivity to the Internet as younger generations, and while government agencies are increasingly providing their services through digital platforms, this risks excluding senior citizens from the design and use of such services. Mobile Age will provide the basis for the development of mobile-based open government services focused on senior citizens. We follow a co-creation methodological approach that will allow for a substantive participation of senior citizens. MobileAge will focus on the co-creation of services related to the production and use of open data for cities. This will be achieved by pursuing four objectives: i) exploring and implementing innovative ways to support senior citizens to access and use public services through personal mobile technologies that are based on open government data, ii) develop and deploy co-creation approaches and methodologies to engage senior citizens effectively; iii) develop a situated, practice-based understanding of accessibility, mobility and usability of services from a senior-citizen point of view; and iv) develop a framework for impact assessment and evaluation for co-creation approaches to open service development for the ageing population. Mobile Ages approach will be applied in cities and counties that are already providing innovative approaches for the participation of senior people in the development of city services: Bremen, South Lakeland, Zaragoza and the Region of Central Macedonia, with scenarios related to social inclusion, extending independent living, data curation for a safer and more accessible city, and the management of personal health information.


Grant
Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-SA | Phase: REGIONS-2007-1-01 | Award Amount: 1.15M | Year: 2008

The overarching objective of RAF- REGIONS is to increase the overall capacity of the Regions of Central Macedonia (Greece), Puglia (Italy) and Pazardjik (Bulgaria) in enhancing science and technology based economic development, focusing on the AgroFood Sector. The specific project objectives are: -To support the development and operation of innovative Research-driven Clusters in the AgroFood sector of the Regions of Central Macedonia, Puglia and Pazardjik -To enable the Regions to attract more and better RTD investments, to enhance their capacity to participate in FP7 and CIP and to mobilise national, regional and private sector financial possibilities -To promote synergies between regional and research policies at each participating Region and to produce regional research strategies for the AgroFood sector -To foster transnational cooperation in the AgroFood sector between the project partners -To assist the AgroFood sector SMEs of the participating Regions in becoming more competitive, by adopting new technologies developed through research -To facilitate the exchange of best practices between the partners and adapting them to their needs -To mentor the participating partners, through mutual exchange of experience and best practices -To cooperate with relevant projects and initiatives developed in other European Regions The project partners (Regional Authorities, SME Associations, Research Entities and Technology Consultants) already comprise regional research-driven-clusters and have the necessary experience and the institutional role to intervene and have a direct impact on research policies for the AgroFood sector. The project activities (including mapping and analysis of research actors, SME technology audits, SWOT analysis, training workshops and trips, info days, a conference, development of Joint Action Plan for AgroFood RTD, dissemination and exploitation activities) address directly the objectives of Call FP7-REGIONS-2007-1. In addition, the participation of RAF- REGIONS in the FOOD CLUSTERING Initiative will facilitate its main ambition to contribute to strengthening EU Food research driven clusters by interregional cooperation.

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