Posted on: 15th December 2022
Application deadline: 30 December 2022
(Mellieha, Malta. 6-10 February 2023)
The COST Action CA18110 – Underground Built Heritage as catalyser for Community Valorisation is issuing a Call for Applications for its Fourth Training School, managed by the University of Malta, which will be held in Mellieha (Malta) from February 6th to 10th, 2023. A preparatory webinar will be organised end of January for introducing participants to theoretical and methodological contents.
Structured in lectures and tutored research teamwork modules, the school focuses on four topics:
UBH as a cultural landscape
Developing strategic thinking, planning and reuse for the underground world.
Investigating, studying, and outlining UBH: from Textual Data Analysis to 3D Surveying and socio-cultural mapping
Practical tools for case studies investigations: Organisational, digital, and communication tools
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 considering cultural issues, as well as strategies and tools for urban/rural regeneration policies, sustainable tourism, community empowerment, and UBH conservation. Lectures and results of the school will contribute to producing 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 Historic Urban Landscape (HUL) framework by developing new specific modules about UBH and introducing Strategic Transition Practice (STP). It will provide the participants with tools for stimulating, developing and supporting real-life experiments (Living Labs) in a practice-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 the Emergency Underground Flour Mills case study, by exploring and preparing discussion arguments. The participants will visit the case-study site, interact with local stakeholders, and the last day they will present their ideas in a plenary meeting with the stakeholders.
In particular, by applying the STP approach, trainees will interactively learn and experiment 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.
Applicants may apply for one of the 24 (twenty-four) grants for the participation at the training school. To apply, please see the information and instructions in the following paragraph “Applications Process”. The application is open to both Malta and COST action member states, with different granting systems.
Applications can be sent to the Action’s Training School Coordinator – Shirley Cefai([email protected]) until December 30th, 2022. You can contact her in case you have questions regarding the call, the application process or the Training School.
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. Young researchers from Inclusiveness Target Countries (ITC) are strongly encouraged to apply:
How to apply for a grant: To apply for one of the 24 grants, please do the following things before December 30th, 2022:
Register a profile on e-COST and include your bank data on the following URL:
Prepare the following documents:
A one-page Curriculum Vitae (PDF)
A one-page motivation letter specifying the following:– a clear statement of intent 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 must be sent to Shirley Cefai ([email protected]), and in cc to Giuseppe Pace ([email protected])
After submission, all applicants are kindly asked to make sure they receive a confirmation of receipt within 24 hours, then to print it, signing and dating it, and send back to the Action’s Training School Coordinator ([email protected]) in pdf format.
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 January 6th, 2023, at the latest.
The Trainee will receive a travel reimbursement according the rules defined in the COST rules (ver. 1.3 07/2021)
Trainees can be reimbursed for their long-distance travel expenses in line with the eligibility rules specified in Section 5. Meetings – Financial Support of the Vademecum. In addition, they will be reimbursed a daily allowance rate according to COST Action CA18110 reimbursement rules, which covers the incurred accommodation, meals, and local travel expenses, on the basis of the daily attendance list signed.
Trainees from Malta also will be reimbursed a lump sum equivalent to the local travel expenses (€ 10 per day).
The trainee shall submit via e-COST a completed online travel reimbursement request within 14 calendar days after the end date of the training school.
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 young researchers (< 40, including PhD 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: