Herma HUB: Fostering Communities


How can communities be activated through culture? By what methods? What are the best practices in activating local communities through cultural heritage?

For two days, December 6-7, the city of Elefsina will become the ideal field to bring Communities, Groups and Neighborhoods in the spotlight, to discuss and elaborate on new explore approaches and solutions to these issues.

At the conference HerMa HUB: Fostering Communities, for the first time, more than 30 groups of citizens from Athens, Elefsina and the region (Crete, the Ionian Sea, Epirus, Peloponnese, Macedonia, Sporades, etc.) along with invited speakers from Greece and abroad will be introduced and they will exchange information and good practices regarding the Experience of Activating Citizens through Cultural Heritage.

The aim of the conference that will bring together researchers from Greece and Europe, groups of citizens from all over the country and cultural associations from Eleusina, is to introduce innovative theories and practices of activating local communities, with particular emphasis on their important role in the conservation and the promotion of culture. Also, we will set a targeted agenda for future actions and collaborations, and present  methodologies that will work as educational manuals to further activate local communities through cultural activities.

The line-up of the Invited speakers includes: Juanjo Puildo, co-responsible for the UNDERGROUND Archaeology Heritage & People group, the archaeologist Elena Stefanopoulou and Bryony Onciul, Senior Lecturer at the University of Exeter and director of a new MA and MRes in International Heritage Management and Consultancy, Dr. Aris Anagnostopoulos, Honorary Lecture at the University of Kent, and Eleni Stefanou, Dr. Archaeologist-Museologist.

The conference is under the auspices of the General Directorate for Antiquities and Cultural Heritage, Ministry of Culture and Sports. Supporters of the conference are the Municipality of Elefsina, the Ministry of Culture and Sports and the Region of Attica.

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The conference is FREE. For your convenience, please fill out the online application form, found at

Dates, Hours & Addresses:

Friday 6 December (15.30):

E.K.E.-D.A. Labour & Employee Centre of Elefsina-West Attica, Charilaou 28, Elefsina

Saturday 7 December (10.30): City Hall of Elefsina (Reception) Chatzidaki 41 & Dimitros, Elefsina

Contact: | tel: +30 6972 200 297

For press issues, please contact: OPUS Integrated Communication | +30 210 3635660 | +30 6972 345 289 (Natalia Katifori)

The HerMa HUB Conference, which is part of the Congress since 2017, takes place in the city of Elefsina, a city that works as an exceptional case study of a cultural landscape, in which the collective identity of different cultural communities has been imprinted on the site, and is a driving force for the development of new cultural forms. The wider area of ​​the Triassic Field, that has been traditionally gathering the primary and secondary sectors, has evolved into a very unique cultural landscape, inviting us to consider modern methods of highlighting and managing this heritage.


The Heritage Management Organization (HERITΛGE), is a non-profit organization that completed 10 years of activity in September.

Since 2008, HERITΛGE has been cultivating heritage managers, through targeted training, to independently transform heritage assets from decaying objects of study to dynamic sources of learning, community identity and economic development.

Until today, 700 training programs for cultural heritage managers have been organized, with many of the alumni to gain important positions in the field of culture (ministries, museums, archaeological sites, academic institutions, etc.). Participants come from 77 countries:

Iran, Switzerland, Northern Macedonia, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, South Africa,

Brazil, Peru, USA, Japan, Sweden, India, Saudi Arabia, Korea, Belgium etc. HERITΛGE programs are in english, and many of them are held in collaboration with international and native organizations and have offered over 600 part-time or full-time scholarships.