Dr. Marco Berni, coordinator of European and special projects at partner Museo Galileo, presented VAST during his participation in the online workshop A European Collaborative cloud for Cultural Heritage in the frame of the European Research and Innovation Days on 28 & 29 September 2022.

Dr. Berni spoke on 29 September about the need for data aggregation at European level by means of automatic tools connecting heterogeneous data models. He also referred to the need for developing a long-term storage policy and mentioned that Museo Galileo participates, in various European projects dedicated to creating and managing shared data, such as in VAST thus highlighting the project’s scope and tools.

A few words about the event

European Research and Innovation Days, the European Commission’s annual flagship event,  brings together policymakers, researchers, entrepreneurs, and the public to debate and shape the future of research and innovation in Europe and beyond.

For more info regarding the event, visit the link: https://ec.europa.eu/research-and-innovation/en/events/upcoming-events/research-innovation-days.

On the 21st and 22nd of September 2022, during the Kastelorizo Puzzle Festival, the VAST Project task force carried out, as announced, educational activities addressed to the island’s high school students.

During the first day at the local school, the VAST team motivated students to participate in brainstorming and discussing sessions and create mind maps regarding moral values.


The second day’s activities brought high school students in contact with values conveyed in Sophocles’ tragedy “Antigone.” Additionally, students participated in a workshop organized by NGO Cinemathesis, where they had the opportunity to film a scene, adopting different roles with the assistance of the actress Fotini Baxevani.



The days after, VAST Team had the opportunity for a constructive discussion with mathematician Pantazis Houlis, the inspirer and generator of the Kastelorizo Puzzle Museum. Mr. Pantazis Houlis talked about his inducement regarding the museum, his background, as well as his view on values and moral culture. Finally, he brought out the very interesting issue of how people feel and act when they cannot manage to solve a puzzle.

Mr. Pantazis Houlis


Through its participation in the Kastelorizo Puzzle Festival, VAST Project contributes, among others, to the Greek celebration of European Heritage Days that were held between 23-15 September 2022.

More info about the Puzzle Festival and the program: https://kastellorizofestival.com/2022/ken/


Press release by the Puzzle Festival

The festival is organised by the Union of Ideas, Puzzles and Mathematics EN.I.G.MA


European values make an exciting journey to the frontier Greek island of Kestellorizo in Greece with VAST Project as a vehicle.

During the Festival, on the 22nd and 23rd of September, our project’s task force represented by NCSR Demokritos will carry out educational activities addressed to high school students, contributing to the Puzzle Festival objectives to convey knowledge and raise critical thinking in an interactive and enjoyable way.

A few words about the event: A variety of impressive experiments, scientific games and theatrical narratives, cinematic and music labs, stand-up science for children, island tours, treasure hunts, interactive discussions, concerts, guided visits to the puzzle museum, and numerous puzzles will be some of the festival activities. Moreover, there will be a live connection with CERN and a virtual tour of our solar system through the interactive exhibition “Planets In Your Hand”.

More info about the Puzzle Festival and program: https://kastellorizofestival.com/2022/ken/


Press release by the Puzzle Festival

The festival is organised by the Union of Ideas, Puzzles and Mathematics EN.I.G.MA

VAST- Values Across Space and Time project has now an animated video explaining its goals and objectives in an accessible and pleasant way!

Watch the video and learn more about the project, the VAST digital platform and what it can offer to you!

If you find the work of VAST exciting, contact us!

The legend of the Enchanted Moira, which is part of the Portuguese intangible cultural heritage, was revisited on the mixed media Digital Literature Installation “MOIRA” by wr3ad1ng d1g1t5 Collective, and was displayed between 23 July and 15 August 2022 at Saint Rocco’s Church, in Tavira (south Portugal).

Dr. Diogo Marques, researcher at partner NOVA University, was one of the artists and curators of the installation. The artwork’s textual component was based on the recorded re-telling of these folktales by female Portuguese embroiderers.

Presenting recent research resulting from the fieldwork recently carried out in the region of Tavira, the installation opens a dialogue with the emerging poetic work while, on the other hand, invites the audience to superimpose its own voice of the records’ (re)interpretation.  As such, this work is expected to have substantial implications for the development of future research at the intersection of folk tales, new media arts, and digital heritage.


A few words about the wr3ad1ng d1g1t5 collective:

In the wake of an experimentalist tradition, initiated with the Portuguese Experimental Poetry (PO-EX) movement at the beginning of the second half of the 20th century, wr3ad1ng d1g1t5 has been exploring the inherent dialectical tension between tradition and innovation, namely in the reinterpretation and recreation of artistic-literary heritage. It is in this context that the collective has sought to combine computational creativity and an approach that promotes the revitalization of intangible heritage, namely through the disruptive use of digital technologies as a means of literary creation and artistic production.

The artwork is available online at the link: https://wreading-digits.com/moira

For more info, please visit: https://wreading-digits.com/site/uk/projects/moira-tavira/

Credits for photographs: Vito Ughetto and Museu Zer0.



VAST Project, in the context of the Pilot focusing on the Ancient Greek Drama literature, organized an educational activity in the Art School of the Municipality of Peristeri in Athens, on 12 & 15 April 2022.

During the activity, VAST project coordinator G.Petasis and collaborating researcher D.Katsamori of NCSR Demokritos, projected audiovisual material from the Ancient Greek Tragedy “Antigone” by Sophocles to 60 high school students. Then, the students engaged in interactive activities and brainstorming, which resulted in the creation of mind maps interlinking moral values between the past and the present.

With the creative collaboration of the school’s philologists and the students, the activity provided a fresh view of how ancient values emerging from this Greek Tragedy are perceived in modern society today.

VAST project has become a member of the Pop AI ecosystem, an H2020 project that kicked off in October 2021. The Pop AI – A European Positive Sum Approach towards AI tools in support of Law Enforcement and safeguarding privacy and fundamental rights aims at fostering trust in the application of AI and AI-enable mechanisms in the security domain, by increasing awareness, social engagement and gathering knowledge and expertise from multiple sectors.

In the context of the creation of a clustering ground and a communication network between EU related projects, VAST has been invited to attend the Pop AI ecosystem. VAST aims to bring (moral) values to the forefront in the field of advanced digitisation. The project focuses on citizen cultural experiences in order to study how the meaning of specific values has been expressed through different narratives. The project places emphasis in values considered fundamental for the formation of sustainable communities and enabling citizens to live well together, such as freedom, democracy, equality, tolerance, dialogue, human dignity, and the rule of law. In the discussion on an ethical use of AI in security, VAST can support popAI in gaining a more comprehensive view on the potential impact of digitalisation and similar technologies on social communities and citizens.

VAST project has become an Associate Partner of the UNCHARTED project with a view to exchange knowledge for supporting, understanding, capturing and fostering the societal value of culture and the impact of cultural policies in Europe. Particularly, the collaboration between VAST and UNCHARTED can be developed on the basis of the promotion of the use and experimentation of digital techniques and tools for the preservation of the common European cultural heritage as well as of the promotion of participatory approaches in culture.

UNCHARTED: Understanding, Capturing and Fostering the Societal Value of Culture is a European H2020 research project that aims to study the emergence of values connected with culture, their configuration and the political impulse that these values could deliver to the society.





Values of Ancient Greek Theatre Across Space & Time: Cultural Heritage and Memory

6 – 7 November 2021


We live in a time marked by physical distancing, isolation, and quarantines. A time that makes us more aware of the multiple boundaries that surround us: geographical restrictions and borders, boundaries in human relations but also in the Arts.

With the above in mind, the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) will be hosting the International Conference named Values of Ancient Greek Theatre Across Space & Time: Cultural Heritage and Memory. The conference will focus on the lasting and, at the same time, ever changing values of ancient Greek theatre which are also research in the context of the three-year long H2020 European programme VAST (Values Across Space and Time) which kickstarted in December 2020.

The conference aims to create space for the presentation of scientific work in the field of Values. More specifically, organisers are interested to explore how these “old” values concerning Democracy, Human Rights, Freedom, Peace, Rational Thinking, Hegemonic Discourse and Equality, amongst others, travel through time and space, how they are recalled or forgotten, how they are engaged with our variously enclosed existence, by what method they are performed, and how they evolve and/or transfigure in the context of post-modern and post-humanist world boundaries.

Academics, young researchers, postgraduate students, and artists are invited to propose and present topics that fall under the aforementioned areas of interest and thinking. Those interested in participating might consider, but are not limited to, the following themes:

  • Ancient Greek world as global cultural heritage
  • Ancient Greek theatre: moving across place, space and time
  • The problematics and challenges of adaptation: a matter of choice or a necessity?
  • Re-reading ancient Greek theatre’s values: about limits and possibilities
  • Educational values of ancient drama in the post-postmodern and post-humanist era
  • Classical studies and theatre in education: what is new in the old?
  • Digital humanities, digital drama/theatre and the study of ancient Greek culture: New paradigms of accessibility
  • Cultural consciousness and theatre memory
  • Tragic violence: an all time classic
  • Ancient drama and contemporary views about gender, race, family, body, sexuality, diversity, nature, ecology
  • Ancient drama and popular culture
  • Ancient drama vis a vis the contemporary social diversity/alterity/multiplicity
  • The classics and the new generation


Important dates

30 May 2021: Submission of abstracts (approx.150 words) and a short CV (approx. 50 words)

30 October 2021: Final paper submission

6 – 7 November 2021: Conference


How to apply

Submission of abstracts (about 150 words) and a short biographical note (of no more than 50 words) should be submitted to the organising committee (see emails below) by 30 May 2021.

Place: Online

Presentation time: 15 minutes (including use of videos, projections, Q&A etc)

Language(s): Greek, English

Participants: University teachers, PhD scholars, PhD Candidates, postgraduate students, researchers, theatre critics, artists

Fee:  Free of charge

NOTE 1: The conference proceedings will be published in the form of an e-book.

NOTE 2: All abstracts and final papers should be sent to the members of the Organising Committee.

NOTE 3: Due to the pandemic restrictions, the conference will be held online.

Organising Committee

  • Theodoros Grammatas, Emeritus Professor, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (tgramma@primedu.uoa.gr)
  • Savas Patsalidis, Emeritus Professor, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (spats@enl.auth.gr)
  • Aikaterini (Kaiti) Diamantakou, Associate Professor, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (diamcat@theatre.uoa.gr)
  • Mary Dimaki Zora, Assistant Professor, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (mzora@primedu.uoa.gr)
  • Takis Tzamarias, Special Scientific Stuff, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens – director (ptzamar@primedu.uoa.gr)