Scientific and technological quality of previous research during the Marie Curie Fellowship
Natural Hazards’ Impact on Urban Areas and Infrastructure Session related achievements: 2002 the opportunity to actively participate in the organisation of a session in frame of the then European Geophysical Society, today European Geosciences Union, as chairperson, opened for the proposer, then at the Universität Karlsruhe, after which an invitation to act as a deputy organiser in the General Assembly in 2003 followed. At the 1st General Assembly of the EGU, in 2004 the session took place with the proposer as main scientific organiser, and so was at the 2nd General assembly in 2005. Papers from these two editions were invited to make a special issue in the Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering, which was edited during the stay as Marie Curie Fellow in Pavia, Italy. It was published in May 2006, featuring six papers and one book review. The organisation of the session continued for the 3rd General Assembly of the EGU, where a support grant was obtained for a young researcher and a special issue, in the journal Natural Hazards is in work, four papers being in review so far, sharing the editing with the co-organiser, Heidi Kreibich from the Geoforschungszentrum Potsdam, Germany. The session is in preparation for the 4th General Assembly of the EGU, again with Heidi Kreibich and with Agostino Goretti from the Italian Civil Protection. We received an invitation to edit a monograph for the American Geophysical Union. The proposer received for this last edition a Young Scientist’s Travel Award for Europeans.
Urban Mineralogy session related achievements: 2006 was the first year to organise this session on “Challenges to historical materials in urban/anthropic environment”. Motivation was that materials and technology constitute the physical basis of preservation issues. Regardless if common or heritage protected buildings, mineral materials play a role in urban sustainability. This session investigated the challenges related to historical materials in conservation projects in urban environment. Out of this session two publication ideas emerged: a journal special issue in the International Journal of Architectural Heritage and a book on Materials in European Heritage Spaces. The objective is to put together critical investigations of the relationship between the formal discourse of the employment of materials in European heritage spaces and the technological developments that (trans)formed it. The journal special issue is currently in work, with five submitted articles, three of them already reviewed. The book has been approved to be published by Springer and the contract has just arrived to be signed. Submission deadline for the papers to the editors will coincide with the end of the project contract, while submission deadline to the publisher is end of the year. Co-editors of the book are Ákos Török from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics and Richard Prikryl from the Charles University Prague. It envisaged to strengthen the gained connections to the Budapest University of Technology on the research on monuments during the reintegration grant, the co-editor in Budapest being a recognised specialist and International Council on Monuments and Sites member.
Publication of monographs: Objective #7 during the Marie Curie fellowship project was “highlighting comprehensibility”. Basis for this was the work of the fellow in sociology of architecture. During the Marie Curie Fellowship this work has been published in form of a book with the title “From the Participation Models of the 70s to newer Communication Models end of the XXth century in Architecture and Urban Planning” by the Cuvillier Verlag (Press), Göttingen, Germany. For the objective of modularising a decision model, former research of economic efficiency has been of great importance. Also the findings in this field were published, in form of a book with the title“Economic Efficiency and Applicability of Seismic Retrofit Measures on Existing Buildings. Basics and Solution approach considering the case of Bucharest, Romania”, by Shaker Verlag (Press), Aachen, Germany. Both monographs are in German language and 200 copies each were printed.