Meeting of BSEC Secretary General, Amb. Dr. Victor Tvircun with ICBSS Director General, Dr. Zefi Dimadama
On 10 April 2014, ICBSS Director General, Dr. Zefi Dimadama, welcomed in ICBSS Headquarters the Secretary General of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation, Ambassador Dr. Victor Tvircun and the Executive Manager at the BSEC Organization, Mr. Nikolaos Emirzas.
Meeting of ICBSS Director General, Dr. Zefi Dimadama, with SAM Delegation
On 31 March 2014, ICBSS Director General, Dr. Zefi Dimadama, welcomed in ICBSS Headquarters a delegation from the Center for Strategic Studies under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan (SAM), within the framework of the Memorandum of Understanding that was signed between the two Institutions in 2011.
During the meeting, the two parties explored ways of further strengthening their cooperation under the MoU, through the organisation of joint actions, events and publications in fields of common interest, such as energy, renewable energy resources and environmental policies.
“Investing in Human Capital in the South East Europe: The dynamic role of women and the youth”
Round Table Discussion on“Investing in Human Capital in the South East Europe: The dynamic role of women and the youth”Athens, Tuesday 1 April 2014
Human Capital constitutes a valuable factor in the process of economic, political and social transformation. The economic challenges of the past years have revealed a need for policy actors, namely states, stakeholders, civil society, academia, to go beyond the classical perception of economic growth and to focus more on the empowerment of human capital as key element for achieving sustainable development. The adoption of a human-centered action plan and the investment on human resources, and in particular on women and the youth, will create favourable conditions for economic and social stability that, in the long term, will result in development and sustainability.
The main objective of the event is to foster dialogue, to identify the current challenges and future opportunities for the empowerment of human capital, especially women and the youth, in South East Europe and the wider Black Sea region, and to promote best practices, aiming at strengthening economic and social structures in order to achieve development and sustainability.
XENOPHON PAPER No. 13
15 YEARS ICBSS
The International Centre for Black Sea Studies (ICBSS)
has the honour to invite you to the celebratory event
“15 years ICBSS: Promoting Synergies in a Dynamic Region”
Maintaining the flagship of promoting sustainable development that ICBSS has been fostering over the years, the event will put emphasis on the significant role of local, regional and international players, civil society and NGOs, as key elements to achieve multilateral cooperation among the Black Sea countries, regional and international actors, aiming to build a sustainable future for the Black Sea area and its peoples.
Senior Officials from the Hellenic Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassadors of the Black Sea countries to Athens have been invited to the event.
The event will take place on Monday 25 November 2013, at 18:30, followed by a Reception.
"Invitation" available for download ---
"Programme" available for download --->
Call For Internship - November 2013The ICBSS offers internships to qualified individuals who wish to gain work experience in a policy oriented research institute. Tasks and responsibilities of the interns are assigned according to the needs of the Centre and the interests and skills of the intern. The internships usually have a duration of three to six months at the end of which interns will receive a reference letter. Internships are normally unpaid and interns are encouraged to seek alternative sources of funding. For the period of the internship a contract will be signed."Call for Internship - November 2013" available for download --->"Application form" available for download --->"CV Template" available for download --->"Information for Applicants" available for download --->"Information for Interns" available for download --->
International ConferenceInternational Conference on'GOVERNANCE AND INNOVATION: SUPPORTING SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, MANAGEMENT & PROTECTION OF NATURAL RESOURCES'22 October 2013Eugenides Foundation, Athens(with the participation of Dr. Zefi Dimadama, ICBSS Director General)Invitation available for download -->Programme available for download -->Conference's profile available for download -->BALKAN ENVIRONMENT CENTER's profile avilable for download -->
ICBSS Events 2013
>On Wednesday 2 October 2013, Dr. Zefi Dimadama, ICBSS Director General, gave an interview to Mr. Balabey Suleymanli of the Caspian Broadcasting Company of Azerbaijan, about regional developments and the role of ICBSS (ICBSS HQ, Athens, Greece).
>On 9 July 2013, ICBSS Director General, Dr. Zefi Dimadama, participated in the Plenary Session of the General Assembly of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (PABSEC). The 41st General Assembly of PABSEC was held in Sofia, on 9-11 July 2013, within the framework of the Bulgarian Chairmanship of PABSEC. On the occasion of the Celebration of the 20th Anniversary of PABSEC, ICBSS was awarded a prize for the excellent cooperation with the Parliamentary Assembly. Dr. Zefi Dimadama accepted this honourable award on behalf of the ICBSS.
>On 6 June 2013, Ms. Ekaterini Sidiropoulou-Papakosta, PABSEC Vice President in charge of Financial Matters and Member of the Hellenic Parliament met with ICBSS Director General, Dr. Zefi Dimadama. They explored the possibility of organizing a Joint Celebratory Event, in Athens, in October, with the participation of BSEC Member States, Stakeholders, Entrepreneurs, Policy-makers and Academicians from the wider Black Sea region, with a view to enhancing further the role of BSEC in the Black Sea region.
> Armenian Atlantic Association (AAA) together with its youth branch Armenian Youth Atlantic Association (AYAA) hosted a youth conference “The Black Sea Region: Bringing future decision makers together in the changing world”, in Yerevan, on 14-15 March, 2013. The ICBSS was media sponsor of the event.
> On 12 February 2013, ICBSS Director General, Dr. Zefi Dimadama, had a meeting with Prof. Dr. Kai-Uwe Schrogl, Head of the ESA Policies Dept. in the European Space Agency and Dr. Dionysia-Theodora Avgerinopoulou, Director of the European Institute of Law, Science and Technology (EILST), an affiliated Institute to the ICBSS.
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6th International Black Sea Symposium 2013
“Empowering Civil Society in the Black Sea region: a Tool for Innovative Social Change”
Divani Palace Actopolis Hotel, Athens
4-6 July 2013
In its sixth year, the Symposium builds on the success and positive impact of its previous five editions to bring together the next generation of stakeholders with an interest in the Black Sea area, introducing a new dimension, civil society, as a key element to economic growth, sustainable development and social change. The 6th IBSS was held in Athens, Greece, on 4-6 July 2013.
Press Release available for download --->Photos Uploaded----->
Join the ICBSS Network of Experts!
ICBSS is expanding its database of potential candidates who can be called upon for long or short-term assignments as temporary consultants on a project basis.
All applicants must possess as a minimum:
- a recognised university degree (preference for advanced degrees);
- excellent knowledge of English, including advanced writing, research and communication skills;
- fluency in any other language will be considered an asset;
- proven past experience in working with international donor agencies and proven ability to work in transition economies.
Please note that in doing so you are not applying for a particular assignment. You will receive an acknowledgement of receipt of your application. Your details will then be held in the database (only for temporary assignments) and you will be contacted if a suitable opening arises.
ICBSS guarantees that all information submitted will be kept in the strictest confidence.
ICBSS Events 2012
Dr. Zefi Dimadama participated at the 27th Meeting of the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs, in Istanbul, on 15 Decemner 2012.
The ICBSS DG, Dr. Zefi Dimadama, participated at the Meeting of the Committee of Senior Officials, in Istanbul, on 13-14 December 2012.
Dr. Zefi Dimadama, met with the Rector of the University of Bucharest, Dr. Mircea Dumitru, and the Vice-Rector Dr. Liviu Papadima, on 3 December 2012. Furthermore, during her visit in Bucharest, Dr. Dimadama participated as a speaker on “Black Sea region: a pivotal energy crossroad for East and West”, in the Romania Oil & Gas Conference that was held in Bucharest, on 4-5 December 2012. Press Release available for download.
Dr. Zefi Dimadama met with Mr. Rauf Zeyni, President of National NGO Forum of Azerbaijan, in Baku, on 21-23 November 2012.
Dr. Zefi Dimadama, ICBSS DG, participated in the International Conference on “Energy Efficiency: Economic & Institutional Aspects and Perspectives”, that was jointly organised by the Center for Strategic Studies under the President of Azerbaijan (SAM) and the International Centre for Black Sea Studies (ICBSS), in Baku, on 21 November 2012. Press Release available for download.
- Now available for Download the new Xenophon Paper 12 here
- Dr. Zefi Dimadama participated in the International Conference on “Energy Efficiency: Economic & Institutional Aspects and Perspectives”, that was jointly organised by the Center for Strategic Studies under the President of Azerbaijan (SAM) and the International Centre for Black Sea Studies (ICBSS), in Baku, on 21 November 2012.
- The Alternate DG, Amb. David Kereselidze, participated at the Meeting of the Committee of Senior Officials, in Istanbul, on 31 October- 1st November 2012.
- In October (24-25), Ms. Anna Andricopoulou, ICBSS Project Manager, participated at the 5th Edition Black Sea NGO Forum “Participation and inclusion for responsible development” in Bucharest.
- In October (16), the ICBSS organised a Workshop on “Black Sea Knowledge Institutions Turn Green”. The Workshop was organised within the framework of the research project “Green Cluster of Knowledge Institutions of the Black Sea: A Roadmap on Renewable Energy Sources and Energy Efficiency for Research and Academic Institutions”, which is co-funded by the BSEC-Hellenic Development Fund (HDF) and coordinated by the ICBSS, aiming at transferring know-how and at enhancing capacity building and cooperation linkages in the fields of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Sources to research and academic institutions of the Black Sea countries and beyond. The Workshop aimed at further promoting the project’s outcomes and for this purpose, it successfully brought together representatives from the academic and research communities as well as, from the public and private sector. The establishment of a Network of “Green Cluster of Black Sea Knowledge Institutions”, that constitutes the flagship of the project, is committed to support regional partnership; to address the key energy challenges; to disseminate the project’s outcomes and to promote the use of renewable energy sources and energy efficiency practices in the Black Sea area.
- ICBSS DG, Dr. Zefi Dimadama, participated as a speaker on “Black Sea Region: New Perspectives towards an Energy Roadmap” at the “Balkans Oil & Gas Summit” organised by International Research Networks, in Athens, 26-28 September.
Green Cluster of Black Sea Knowledge Institutions
Launching the Green Cluster of Black Sea Knowledge Institutions
Welcome to the Green Cluster of Black Sea Knowledge Institutions, established under the BSEC-HDF research project “Green Cluster of Knowledge Institutions of Black Sea: A Roadmap on Renewable Energy Sources and Energy Efficiency for Research and Academic Institutions”.
The Green Cluster aims at supporting a regional partnership of academic and research institutions of the Black Sea countries, able to address the key energy challenges, disseminate the project’s outcomes and promote the use of renewable energy sources and energy efficiency practices in the Black Sea area.
If your institution is interested in becoming a member of the Green Cluster, please sign the Joint Statement and send it to us at: email@example.com
Read more to download the Joint Statement and the Members of the Green Cluster.
Workshop on “Black Sea Knowledge Institutions Turn Green”
The International Centre for Black Sea Studies (ICBSS)
kindly invites you to the
Workshop on “Black Sea Knowledge Institutions Turn Green”
in Athens, on 16 October 2012
TITANIA Hotel, 52 Panepistimiou Ave.
The Workshop is being organized in the framework of the research project “Green Cluster of Knowledge Institutions of the Black Sea: A Roadmap on Renewable Energy Sources and Energy Efficiency for Research and Academic Institutions”, which is co-funded by the BSEC-Hellenic Development Fund (HDF) and coordinated by the International Centre for Black Sea Studies (ICBSS).
5th International Black Sea Symposium 2012
“The Black Sea region as an influential crossroad between East and West: A path towards extroversion”
Athens, Greece, 2 – 4 July 2012
In its fifth year, the International Black Sea Symposium (IBSS) project builds on the success and positive impact of its previous four editions and brings together the next generation of stakeholders with an interest in the Black Sea area. The 5th International Black Sea Symposium on “The Black Sea region as an influential crossroad between East and West: a path towards extroversion” was held in Athens, Greece, from 2 July to 4 July 2012. The ICBSS welcomed young professionals and international experts, for an intensive course on Black Sea issues.The event’s working language was in English.
Press Release available for download --->
You will find the presentations of Amb. David Kereselidze, Mr. Zaur Shiriyev, Mr. Anthony K. Livanios, Mr. Spyros Kouvelis and Mr. Theodoros Tsakiris here
Subscribed Members only will have access to all Symposium Presentations available for download here
Venue: Titania Hotel
52, Panepistimiou Avenue
Tel: +30 210 33 26 000
“A Roadmap for awareness and implementation of energy efficiency and use of RES schemes in the Black Sea knowledge institutions”
BLACK SEA KNOWLEDGE INSTITUTIONS TURN GREEN
The Roadmap for awareness and implementation of energy efficiency and use of renewable energy sources (RES) addresses “knowledge institutions” in the Black Sea countries that are willing to make a commitment to assess, manage and improve their energy performance, aiming at reducing their conventional energy use, using energy efficiently, introducing the use of renewable energy sources, mitigating the effects of climate change and, thus, saving costs. The term “knowledge institutions” refers to research and academic institutions, such as universities, academies of science and research centers. This roadmap is compiled in the frame of the research project “Green Cluster of Knowledge Institutions of Black Sea: A Roadmap on Renewable Energy Sources and Energy Efficiency for Research and Academic Institutions”, which is co-financed by the BSEC-HDF Committee and coordinated by the International Centre for Black Sea Studies (Greece) with the participation of TUBITAK Marmara Research Center (Turkey) and National Research University – “Higher School of Economics” (Russia).
You can download the full document here
Συζήτηση Στρογγυλής Τραπέζης «Παράνομη Μετανάστευση & Εμπορία Ανθρώπων στα Βαλκάνια και την περιοχή της Μαύρης Θάλασσας»
Το Διεθνές Κέντρο Μελετών Ευξείνου Πόντου (ΔΙΚΕΜΕΠ), σε συνεργασία με το Research Institute for European and American Studies (RIEAS), διοργάνωσε με επιτυχία Συζήτηση Στρογγυλής Τραπέζης με τίτλο «Παράνομη Μετανάστευση & Εμπορία Ανθρώπων στα Βαλκάνια και την περιοχή της Μαύρης Θάλασσας», τη Δευτέρα 19 Μαρτίου, στην αίθουσα του Γραφείου του Ευρωπαϊκού Κοινοβουλίου στην Αθήνα.
Scholarship and Taiwan Fellowship
Here you can find all the relevant documents about the Scholarship and Taiwan Fellowship.
The establishment of the Taiwan Academy originates from the Republic of China President Ma Ying-Jeou’s cultural policy. Taiwan is the major Chinese cultural center where Confucianism, Buddhism, Zen, literature, architecture, arts and crafts, and traditional customs are promoted and preserved more completely as compared to the many regions influenced by Chinese culture. So far, a number of the Taiwan Academy Resource Centers have been established to disseminate information and organize seminars, workshops, and other activities that promote philosophy, literature, and arts. By doing so, the Taiwan Academy hopes to enhance cultural exchanges between Taiwan and the international community.
Formal Visit to Tbilisi
Within the framework of further promoting regional cooperation, ICBSS Director General, Dr. Zefi Dimadama, paid a visit to Tbilisi, as a special guest of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia. Dr. Dimadama was accompanied by ICBSS Alternate Director General, Ambassador David Kereselidze. The scope of the visit was to further promote bilateral cooperation in fields of common interest such as energy security, environmental protection and sustainable development with a view to establishing an extended network of collaboration within the BSEC Member States.
Affiliation Agreement ICBSS and EILST
Affiliation between the International Centre for Black Sea Studies (ICBSS) and European Institute of Law Science and Technology (EILST)
Dr. Zefi Dimadama, Director General of International Centre for Black Sea Studies, (ICBSS) and Dr. Dionysia-Theodora Avgerinopoulou, Director of the European Institute of Law, Science and Technology (EILST) signed an Affiliation Agreement, in Athens, on 24 February 2012, aiming at establishing and developing cooperation between the two organisations with a view to promoting and enhancing the dialogue in fields of common interest.
European Urban Research Association (EURA)
An International Network of Urban Scholars
See more to download the EURA Newsletter Issue 29
The aims of EURA:
- To encourage international exchange and co-operation in relation to urban research
- To stimulate and encourage interdisciplinary and cross-border urban research
- To contribute to urban policy debates.
At a time when global forces are strengthening and localism struggles to reassert itself, there is a need to re-examine the place which cities take in the social and economic order and this is what the European Urban Research Association (EURA) aims to achieve. This web site provides information about the origins of EURA, its aims and objectives and its charter. It also gives information about past and present EURA events, including conferences and workshops.
The official EURA website: http://www.eura.org
Energy Cooperation and Environmental Protection in the wider Black Sea areaThe International Centre for Black Sea Studies (ICBSS) & the Center for Strategic Studies under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan (CSS) completed the Round Table Discussion on "Energy Cooperation and Environmental Protection in the wider Black Sea area", that took place in Athens, Tuesday, 29 November 2011.
Read more to download the Press Release, Dr. Zefi Dimadama's Welcoming Speech and Dr. Gulshan Pashayeva's Opening Remarks.
It is with great pleasure that I am welcoming you to our new interactive web platform, a useful tool for the exchange of valuable information and knowledge; aiming at strengthening cooperation in the wider Black Sea area.
This new digital platform, designed by a professional web designer, emphasizes to the ease of use for all the guests and users. Guest visitors will be able to be informed about the Centre, our aims, goals, activities, projects, books and publications as well as future events. In addition, visitors will also be able to register on-line and gain access to a “members only” content section, create a users profile, upload articles, post comments on existing ones, access a discussion forum and an on-line document repository.
Furthermore, the ICBSS Web GIS is a brand new interactive tool with main goal to diffuse statistical and indicator data for the countries of the Black Sea via the internet, and present them mainly as maps. Under these terms the expected audience should be familiar with the basic mapping functionalities and terminology, but special care is taken in order to present an application interface that is easily used by both experts and non-experts.
Please keep in mind that the site is still on a trial base and some parts are under construction.
Dr. Zefi Dimadama ICBSS
1st Annual Conference, Rhodes 2006The First ICBSS Annual Conference
“The Black Sea Region: Quo Vadis?”took place on the Greek island of Rhodes on 7-8 July 2006.
1st Annual Conference, Rhodes 2006The First ICBSS Annual Conference
“The Black Sea Region: Quo Vadis?”took place on the Greek island of Rhodes on 7-8 July 2006.
The S&T International Cooperation Network for Eastern European and Central Asian countries (IncoNet EECA) is a project coordinated by the ICBSS and funded through the 7th Framework Programme for Research of the European Community (FP7). The IncoNet EECA was launched on 1 January 2008 and its duration will be four and a half years.
IncoNet EECA Deliverables & Publications
Here you can download the White Paper Final on Opportunities and Challenges in View of Enhancing the EU Cooperation with Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and South Caucasus in Science, Research, and Innovation.
S&T International Cooperation Network for Central Asian and South Caucasus Countries (IncoNet CA/SC) is a project coordinated by the ICBSS and funded through the 7th Framework Programme for Research of the European Community (FP7). The IncoNet CA/SC was launched on 1 April 2010 with duration of 36 months.
Sharing KnowledgE Assets: InteRegionally Cohesive NeigHborhoods
SEARCH is a project financed by the European Union under the Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development in the ‘Socio-economic sciences and the humanities’ area.
Read more to download Search Newsletters and the Deliverables 1.1 & 1.2 & 6.1
The “Green Cluster of Knowledge Institutions of Black Sea: A Roadmap on Renewable Energy Sources and Energy Efficiency for Research and Academic Institutions” is a research project co-funded by the BSEC – Hellenic Development Fund and coordinated by the ICBSS.
Here you can read analytical information on the project's summary, key Deliverables and the Green Cluster of Black Sea knowledge institutions.
The Black Sea Research Programme (BSRP)
The development of a “Black Sea Research Programme” (BSRP) constitutes a task and a deliverable of the BS-ERANET project. To implement this task a Task Force has been set-up that discussed the issue at a meeting in Istanbul (3/11/2010) and agreed to prepare a draft that, after consultation and consolidation by the Task Force members, will be presented to the BS-ERANET Steering Board for further improvement and approval. As a next step, the BSRP will be presented to potential stakeholders in order to seek their opinion and possible involvement in the implementation of the Programme.
Xenophon Paper No. 13
"Empowering Civil Society in the Black Sea Region: a tool for Innovative Social Change"
Policy Brief No. 28"The emergence of Azerbaijan as a regional leaderDevelopment and Sustainability"In the immediate post-Soviet period, Azerbaijan was in political, economic and social distress. Twenty years since independence however, Azerbaijan has achieved great improvement. Since then, the country marks great scores among the CIS countries in development and competitiveness indexes. Recently, Azerbaijan has been ranked 39thcountry according to “The Global Competitiveness Report 2013-2014” released by World Economic Forum. Currently, Azerbaijan endorses a new development project for the future; one based on the diversification of economy thus decreasing dependence on the oil sector.
Policy Brief no. 27
"A Perspective on Tourism in the BSEC Countries"
Tourism as the world’s largest industry and fastest growing economic segment experienced growth in spite of the harsh practicalities of recent crisis, thus trend is upward encouraging countries all over the world to contribute more resources to it. Black Sea Area with its historical heritage, diversity and exquisite flora and fauna has potential to benefit from the tourism industry. Throughout the decades by enforcing multilateral economic ties, BSEC has served as the platform under which various projects and declarations concentrating on the tourism was implemented. Necessity of sustainable development of tourism industry in the Black Sea area in order to achieve economic benefits for all is vivid and therefore gives motivation for higher level cooperation and importance of mutual consent between states. This policy brief touches upon benefits and challenges of tourism industry in the Black Sea region while underlining the significance of promotion of tourism in the area.
Xenophon Paper No. 12In the light of the 20th Anniversary of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization (BSEC), the International Centre for Black Sea Studies (ICBSS), as a BSEC related body and its acknowledged think tank, is taking the initiative, with this Xenophon Paper Anniversary Edition, to create a publication with the valuable contribution of experts and Heads of the Organization of the BSEC and its related bodies, based on the twofold concept of the role and the progress of the BSEC Organization and its related bodies and the new priorities of the Black Sea region.The last twenty years, the Organization of the BSEC, as a multilateral economic initiative has managed to promote stability and prosperity among the Member States while encouraging and inspiring interaction and cooperation in the Black Sea region. Nevertheless, after these years of modest, yet incremental evolution of the Organization, several questions seem to remain unanswered.
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International Black Sea Symposium: a chance for extroversion of
the Black Sea area as an influential crossroad between east and West, by Dr. Zefi Dimadama
- International Black Sea Symposium: a chance for extroversion of
Policy Brief No. 25
Xenophon Paper No. 11
This analytical paper has been written under the 7th Framework Programme funded project “S&T International Cooperation Network for Eastern Europe and Central Asia” (IncoNet EECA). The project aims to support and strengthen the scientific cooperation between the EU and EECA region.
This report addresses the participation of the EECA countries in the Life Long Learning programme (LLP), Erasmus Mundus and Tempus with regards to academic institution building, human potential development and joint training activities. The analytical findings of this report result in the Draft recommendations for exploiting the opportunities and the synergies between S&T cooperation and Lifelong Learning Programme that will be further considered in international dialogue fora (e.g. policy stakeholder conferences).
Black Sea Monitor 22
- 20 years BSEC: thinking and Rethinking the Black Sea region’s perspective iin a constantly expanded world, by Dr. Zefi Dimadama
Black Sea News No. 26The Newsletter of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation under the supervision of BSEC Permanent International Secretariat sponsored by the Black Sea Trade and Development Bank.
Available for download in a pdf format.