Opportunity for ISTER project to be presented in future heritage events!

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URBASOFIA plans to present ISTER project and disseminate some partial results achieved so far in the following important events: European Week of Regions and Cities (#EURegionsWeek), 57th ISOCARP World Planning Congress and ISOCARP International Regional Event #1 @REAL CORP 2021.

The European Week of Regions and Cities (#EURegionsWeek) is the biggest annual Brussels-based event dedicated to cohesion policy and ISTER will have the opportunity to be presented to a wider audience during a dedicated session, together with two other related initiatives!

In what concerns the 57th ISOCARP World Planning Congress: “Planning Unlocked: New Times, Better Places, Stronger Communities” which will be held in Doha, Qatar on 8-11th of November this year,  the main idea associated with the event is to “unlock our minds and provide planning advocates and practitioners a fresh, new start”. The Congress contain 5 tracks as main themes: Inclusiveness and empowerment, Well-being and health, Smartness and development, Resilience and adaptability and Uniqueness and connectivity.

One topic of interest for ISTER project is “Uniqueness and connectivity” being oriented on “ integrating heritage and innovation, harnessing the potential of unique green and blue ecosystems rather than damaging them, connecting people and places across gender, social status and cultural practices, and making spaces for people first and foremost”. The other topics are not excluded since the project also tackles aspects like: adopting multi-layered governance chain, capacity building and advanced tools and technologies using.

Last but not least, the first of  IREs (ISOCARP International Regional Events)  experiences will take place in Vienna from 7th to 10 th of September in physical format. The general topic in which IRE places itself, under the umbrella of CORP 2021 is: “CREATING HABITATS FOR THE 3RD MILLENNIUM”, with one topic for the call linked to Culture and Cultural Heritage (C&CH).

Find more information about these events at the links below. More details will follow! Stay close!




Newsletter no.4 DanuP-2-Gas

The DanuP-2-Gas consortium has just launched the fourth newsletter of the project. Find out the latest news now that the project has finished its second reporting period and started the third. What other results have we had? Where have we been? What will happen next for DanuP-2-Gas? You can find out by reading our newsletter. Click on the cover below.

For the newsletter in Romanian, access the following link.

Good News Alert within ISTER project!

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After finalizing the first output of the WP T2 (Joining, Activating &Tutoring) for which Urbasofia was responsible in ISTER project, namely the Multi-Layered Stakeholders’ Group (MLSG) setup, we are now preparing the transnational training and capacity building workshops!

The MLSG brought together all relevant stakeholders having a stake in the policy challenge addressed by ISTER, specifically the protection, valorisation, management and sustainable use of the Roman Routes and settlements heritage. The local CBW are aimed at enhancing capabilities of local stakeholders represented in the MLSG, in order to create a capable, strong and powerful horizontal governance chain.

Two types of CBW will be organized: (1) one-day transnational training and capacity building workshop for project partners in Alba Iulia in september this year and (2) three Local Capacity building workshops in each territorial/thematic partner which will be organized as a half-day workshop, the first to be organized at the end of this year.

Stay tuned for what will come!

ISTER 2nd newsletter

Dear partners and friends,
Keeping you up to date with ISTER – ConnectIng hiSTorical Danube rEgions Roman routes project, you will find 6 articles in this Second edition of our E-newsletter regarding the project’s progress, the presentations of consortium members and the best practices in the field of Roman Cultural Heritage (RCH) written by the ISTER’s partners. The most important asset of this newsletter is the non-scientific publication “Practical guide for stakeholders mapping”.

See other news from the ISTER project, reading the newsletter on the Interreg website by clicking the link below


Paths. Then and now.

Mr. Felix-Florin Marcu, the manager of the National Museum of Transylvanian History, talked on a local news program about the two very important discoveries made by the researchers from Cluj-Napoca while on the salvage excavation from the Transilvania motorway. The first is the stretch of road between the villages of Nădășelu and Șardu, uncovered by the archaeologists from our museum. The second discovery, made by our colleagues from the Institute of Archeology and Art History, is a better-preserved stretch of road, found in the vicinity of the locality of Sutoru, where a roman fort also existed. Mr. Felix Marcu also talked about the importance of these two stretches, that were known to us in theory because we have from this area, from the localities of Aiton and Mera, two miliaria, Roman milestones dating from the 2nd century, that give us important information on the imperial road that led from Drobeta to Porolissum which included these two sectors. Another topic approached was that of a possibility to preserve these finds as best as possible and the inclusion of the Dacian limes on the UNESCO heritage list, given how it is the longest and the most complex uninterrupted stretch of limes in Europe. The last topic approached was that of the restauration of the medieval citadel from Bologa, where our museum conducted the researches and which will be open to the public sometime this summer. 

For the interview: https://www.facebook.com/tvrcluj/videos/1082390768934803 

For the presentation of the road from Sutoru:

Photo: Raducu P Drum

DanuP-2-Gas 3rd newsletter.

We are pleased to share with you the 3rd newsletter of the DanuP-2-Gas Project.

This is the third newsletter of the project and the first to be translated into Romanian.
Activities are carried out within all 4 work packages, and the rest of the year is announced to be a full one for the DanuP-2-Gas project consortium.

More information in the newsletter that you can access by simply clicking on the image below.

DanuP-2-Gas – Newsletterul nr.3

Dragi urmăritori ai Urbasofia și ai proiectului DanuP-2-Gas, suntem încântați să vă informăm că acum puteți vedea newsletterul nostru și în limba română.

Acesta este al treilea newsletter al proiectului și primul care a fost tradus în limba română. Se desfășoară activități în cadrul tuturor celor 4 pachete de lucru, iar restul anului se anunță a fi unul plin pentru consorțiul proiectului DanuP-2-Gas.

Mai multe informații în newsletterul pe care îl puteți accesa printr-un simplu click pe imaginea de mai jos.


The following guide presents, in a structured and easy to follow manner, the complex process behind defining the multi-layered stakeholder groups in the pilot countries of the Interreg Danube Transnational Program project ISTER:  ConnectIng hiSTorical Danube rEgions Roman routes.

The reader will have the chance to learn more about the process of identifying and mapping the interested parties from a wide range of thematic fields and geographical areas, gathered within the project under the concept of multi-layered stakeholder groups – entities with different expertize and horizontal/vertical powers, whose knowledge and influence at local/regional/national level represents valuable assets in understanding and framing strategic tools for further protecting and valorizing the (Roman) Cultural Heritage.

The approach presented in the Practical Guide for Stakeholders Mapping has supported ISTER partners in their attempt to better understand the interests and level of influence of stakeholders, and also regarding what strategic linkages are or can be formed between them in order to achieve the best results.

The ultimate goal of the guide is to translate the whole process of stakeholders mapping into an easy-to-follow, step by step manual for future uses in both mapping potential actors at local and regional level, building territorial partners capacities and setting up working groups to support each stage of any project implementation process.

To see the document click on the image below. For a better experience select the two page view option.