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News – Briefing

22/10/2022: The research program was presented at the Athens Science Festival (Technopolis of the Municipality of Athens) under the title “Let’s talk about earthquakes”. The visitors were able to experience the virtual reality game that has been developed. After their experience they could answer a relevant questionnaire, which will be used as an evaluation tool. 

The visitors had the opportunity to be guided through the earthquake phenomenon, the protection measures and the construction response via models, while they were waiting their turn for the virtual reality game. There were also informative posters (about the seismic phenomenon and the geodynamic process, seismology in education, information about EduSeismArtTec, magnitude and intensity etc.), while videos were showed on screens and on the wall with excerpts from the theatre performance “Beat the Quake!” and the virtual reality video inspired by Jules Verne’s book “Journey to the Center of the Earth”.


Within the 16th International Conference of the Hellenic Geological Society, held in Patras October 17-19 (, Dr. Ioannis Kalogeras presented the aspects of EduSeismArtTec with an emphasis on the deliverables that have been completed and mentioning the next steps till the end of the project.  The presentation was made in session T11: Geosciences for Society, Education and Geoheritage. The extended abstract has been published in the conference abstracts e-volume. For the presentation click here.

7/7/2022: Within the 9th International Conference of the International Drama/Theatre in Education Association (IDEA), “DRAMA 4ALL. Drama for tall and small. Celebrating drama in a changing world” (, held in Reykjavik, Iceland, 4-8/7.


Dr. Christina Zoniou presented the work “Process Drama, Devised Theatre and Documentary Theatre in Educational Seismology: A new concept and implementation”, during the 5th Parallel Session, attended by approximately 50 delegates from various countries. The objectives of the project EduSeismArtTec were presented, the work methodology emphasizing on the part related to theatrical creation based on the devised and documentary theatre. Furthermore, the first findings from the ongoing research were presented. Finally, video excerpts from the performance that took place at the Piraeus Municipal Theatre on the 6.6.2022 were presented. There were many questions and great interest from the international audience, as the researchers and operators of the educational drama were impressed by the originality of the interdisciplinary approach of the project. The fact that the conference was hosted at a particularly seismic and volcanic country, i.e. Iceland added extra interest to our presentation, as the Icelandic colleagues wanted to know more details and were interested for future research cooperation with the participation of relevant institutions. For the volume of abstracts click here and for the presentation click here.

6/6/2022: Nine students of the Theatre Studies Department – School of Arts of the University of Peloponnese, voluntarily participated in the collaborative invention and approach of the theatrical performance Beat the Quake!, which was presented to the public at the Omega stage of the Municipal Theater of Piraeus on Monday, June 6, 2022, at 21.00.

A mixed audience of about 100 people, consisted of scientists, seismologists, digital technology engineers, researchers and performing artists and friends, participated with great emotion in the transfer of the explanation of the earthquake phenomenon by a hybrid theatrical-digital approach, as well as in the human attitude towards the phenomenon, in order to manage fear, unawareness and negligence. In an imaginative way and with the tools of poetry, of the invention theater and the documentary theater, the students collectively composed the dramaturgy and acted on stage, in order for science to communicate with mythology, metaphoric poetry and comedy, aiming to popularize the earthquake phenomenon, the prevention measures and the citizens’ active involvement.

Responsible teachers – performance curator: Christina Zoniou (Papel) and Anna Tsichli (UoP).

Scientific supervision: Ioannis Kalogeras (Scientific responsible, NOA), Nikolaos Melis (NOA) and Maria Ragousi (UniWA).

Supportive teaching: Zoe Drakopoulou (UoP, voluntarily).

Holographic projection editing: Apostolos Kastritsis (UniWA).

Technical support: Angelos Charitopoulos, Panagiotis Monachelis (UniWA).

Lighting Design: Angelos Gounaras (Thessaloniki Univ., voluntarily).

Advisor: Pablo Berzal Cruz (Univ. Politécnica de Madrid, voluntarily).

Editing: Thekla Gounaridi (UoP, voluntarily).

The students voluntarily acted: Maria Galinou, Christos Zaraidonis, Sotiria Igglezou, Eleni Kotzamani, Thalassini Bitsanski-Gouliamaki, Alexandros Papatheodorou,  Jon Ander Ribote, Sofia Simopoulou and Despoina Frangoulidou.

The performance was given free of charge, after the courteous offer of the Omega Stage from the Piraeus Municipal Theater and the Piraeus Municipality.

Watch clip of the performance in the video below.

8/4/2022: Τhe members of the project research team and a group of students of the Theatre Studies Department implemented a wide meeting at the premises of the University of West Attica, at the Piraeus Municipal Theater and at the premises of NOA at Thissio.

Sotiris Bithas, postgraduate student at the University of West Attica, presented a review on the digital game techniques focused on the earthquake (Digital Game-Based Learning & Seismology). During the presentation there were interventions and explanations by all participants. Virtual reality (VR) and holographic projection systems were also demonstrated.

The project research team and the students visited the Piraeus Municipal Theater for an in situ inspection of the stage that had been provided by the Piraeus Municipality for the needs of the theatrical performance. Technical issues and details discussed with the staff of the Municipal Theatre.

Finally, the members of the University of Peloponnese visited the premises of the National Observatory of Athens, at Thissio, where they were guided to the Museum of GeoAstrophysics, as well as to the historical seismographs rooms at the Institute of Geodynamics.

9/11/2021: A first informative presentation took place at the premises of the Department of Theatrical Studies, University of Peloponnese (Nafplio), conducted by S.R. of the project, Dr. Ioannis Kalogeras. The presentation was addressed to the students who will participate in the theatrical performance and included simplified concepts of Seismology, to enable the students to understand the natural phenomenon and the necessity of the application of protection measures, as well as information about the research project. The presentation included also a demonstration of education models and was delivered in English, since the department hosts ERASMUS students. Prof. Asterios Tsiaras, Dr. Anna Tsichli and Dr. Christina Zoniou helped to combine the two different fields, that of Seismology and that of the Theatre, during the discussion that followed.

5/5/2020:Third meeting of the project team (online due to Covid-19). Accessories and materials of educational seismology – school “suitcase”, presentation: I. Kalogeras.

28/4/2020:Second meeting of the project team (online due to Covid-19). Learning content in the field of Educational Seismology, for development in digital form (VR, holographic projection), presentation: I. Kalogeras.


24/02/2020:First meeting of the project team at UWA-DEEE. Presentation of the program, discussion of actions and priorities.