IASON workshop 2


Venue: Radisson Blu Hotel, Batumi, Georgia
Dates: October 30-31, 2014

The Workshop and Caravan Events in Georgia of 30-31 October 2014 are collocated with EC FP7 IASON Consortium Meeting in Batumi, October 29, 2014 and Cross Border Cooperation ILMM-BSE Project Meeting in Georgia, November 01, 2014, and are organized in synergy by these two European funded regional research and coordination projects.

The workshop devoted to the Black Sea Catchment will have a twofold objective, targeting traditional users and local policy makers: Day 1 of the workshop will be devoted to capacity building along the thematic nodes, and Day 2 will be devoted to promoting integration of national administration into existing Research & Innovation results. The workshop during the second day will be entitled “Policy Interactions and research outputs” and will target regional policy makers, researchers, and stakeholders along with EU officials that will help local stakeholders to be informed on current European needs and trends in the three action fields. Through this workshop, IASON project will attempt to capture the need to bring the scientific communities and programmes closer to each other with regard to the three specific challenges.

Specifically, the two day IASON Workshop 2 and Caravan Events in Georgia will include the Training Workshop on October 30 (Day 1), dealing with capacity building in hydrological modelling, data dissemination and discovery tools for the Black Sea Catchment, as well as the special policy session devoted to International Black Sea Day of October 31 (Day 2), both with participation and presentations of local, national and international stakeholders involved in various European projects (such as IASON and ILMM-BSE) and other projects in river basin and catchment management.


IASON Workshop 2 and Caravan Events will be held at the Radisson Blu hotel in Batumi, Georgia, on 30-31 October 2014. The events are co-organized by the EC FP7 IASON Project Consortium (hosted by Georgian partner GIS & RS Consulting Center GeoGraphic) in cooperation with the EC Cross Border Cooperation ILMM-BSE Project (co-hosted by Georgian partner NGO Civitas Georgica).

The first day will be technical capacity building workshop (see PROGRAM below for details). The second day event, held in conjunction with the International Black Sea Day (31 October) is expected to be promoted by the Black Sea Commission Permanent Secretariat and facilitated by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection of Georgia and will consist of a series of plenary presentations of various European and other international projects in river basin and catchment management under implementation in Georgia and elsewhere in the Black Sea Basin and Caucasus.

All participants are advised to register for the event and book their flights (and hotel stay) as soon as possible, as the connections to Batumi are limited.


Tentative outline of the program is as follows:

Day 0 (October 29th - Partner meetings, closed sessions)
Regular IASON partner meeting will be held during the morning session (09.00-15.00) and the joint technical meeting of IASON/EOPower will be held in the afternoon (15.00-17.00). There will be no official EOPOWER consortium meeting during that event, but the joint IASON/EOPower meeting will be scheduled for the participants that will be present.

Day 1 (Training Workshop):
Concepts on spatial data infrastructures; geospatial data storage, publishing (GeoServer); documenting and searching (GeoNetwork); processing, viewing, downloading (WFS, WCS); analyzing, sharing and discovering (GEOSS, Discovery and Access Broker).

SDI portal for Black Sea Catchment Observation System (BSC OS); hands-on hydrological modelling (ArcSWAT); model calibration and validation with grid-platform (gSWAT).

Day 2 (International Black Sea Day):
Half-day science and policy plenary session with presentations on integrated catchment modelling, management and governance initiatives; press-conference for the public & media.

Program of IASON Workshop 2 and Black Sea Day celebration (636 KB) - v. 25/09/2014


You must register to the events as soon as possible, but no later than 30 September 2014 (deadline for project partners is 20 September), by going to the dedicated registration page, where all details on registration can be found:


Venue of the meeting is Radisson Blu Hotel, Batumi, Georgia: Virtual Tour of the hotel can be found HERE

Participants are responsible for booking their hotel.
Discounted room prices were negotiated with the venue of the meeting, and you can directly book with Radisson Blu Hotel using discounted rate booking link, which can be obtained from organizers via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. after completing your registration to the event.

A list of alternative hotels is available as well below with approximate prices and direct links to hotels web sites: List of hotels in Batumi (125 KB)

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