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Prof. Giuseppe Bazan was invited to present a lecture on “Biocultural diversity and naturalness of rural landscape in Sicily” at the 59th Georgikon Scientific Conference, held at University of Pannonia in Keszthely (Hungary) on September 28-29, 2017. The speech highlighted the important role of traditional agrosystem in the conservation of Biodiversity in all its manifestations and levels. 

The interdisciplinary research experiences performed in the Memola Project have been discussed.

A poster titled “Plant communities and landscape diversity in NW Sicily: The MEMOLA EU FP7 Project case study” was presented at IV International Plant Science Conference (IPSC) held in Parma (Italy) on September 20-22, 2017. The poster focuses on the contribution of botany in the interdisciplinary debate of Memola Project and underline the role plant communities play in understanding the formative processes of the Mediterranean Landscapes.
The poster won the "Best Poster Award" of the Italian Botanical Society (among 145 participants).

Durante le esercitazioni dell’insegnamento “Sistemi Informativi Geografici per l’analisi della Biodiversità”, tenuto dal prof. Giuseppe Bazan nel Corso di Scienze Biologiche dell'Università di Palermo, gli studenti hanno analizzato gli habitat dell’area dei Monti Di Trapani. Gruppi di lavoro interdisciplinari (biologi, pianificatori territoriali e geologi) hanno appreso e applicato alcuni aspetti metodologici di analisi della vegetazione e di valutazione dello stato di conservazione del paesaggio già sperimentati nel progetto MEMOLA.

On Tuesday 13th of June took place in the University of Córdoba the workshop "The sustainability of agricultural systems and cultural landscapes", with the participation of researchers from the Universities of Padova, Granada, Córdoba and Palermo, the Autonomous University of Madrid and the CSIC. 

During 2016 the excavation at Pizzo Monaco took place during the month of July. 

Two workshops about the role of local knowledge and perceptions on soil for the historical landscape configuration and the various management practices were carried out by UCO and ARQUEOANDALUSÍ in Calatafimi Segesta and Vita (10th and 11th March, respectively). Through participation of farmers from two study areas of Monti di Trapani, specifically Bosco di Angimbè and Baroni, a common knowledge and perception of the local soil types and their implications for the crop allocation and management were verified.

Hydraulic survey, along with an ethnographic interview, have been carried out during the month of February 2017 in the area of Calatafimi by the Univeristy of Granada and Arqueoandalusí. Fieldwork is focused on locating local water resources, such as fountains, springs, historic irrigation channels, irrigation pools, underground channels, among others.

The graphical table presented below shows the numerical basis of the archaeological evidence identified during the last hydraulic survey in the study area of Sicily (Monti di Trapani).

UGR and Arqueo, in collaboration with Pro Loco Calatafimi Segesta, attended a teaching activity with the Classic (Cielo d'Alcamo) and Scientific (G. Ferro) institutes of Alcamo, within the framework of the “Alternating School-Work” initiative.

Arqueoandalusí and Eachtra, in the framework of Monti di Trapani educational network, publish an online presentation titled Monti di Trapani landscape through hydraulic mills.

Last 22th July was held the Workshop "Cultural Landscapes in Mediterranean Mountainous Environments", with a wide participation and several guests.