Our Partners

Project Harmonia gathers a community of 22 partners, working together to help urban communities manage more efficiently climate change and its effects. This consortium includes 4 Academias, 9 Companies, 4 Research institutes, 1 NGO and 4 pilot cities : Milan (Italy); Sofia (Bulgaria); Piraeus (Grece); and Ixelles (Belgium).

Established in 1863, Politecnico di Milano is one of the most outstanding technical universities in Europe, and the largest school in Engineering, Architecture and Industrial Design in Italy. It is member of IDEA League and of Alliance4tech and participates in many RTD Projects and more than 400 H2020 projects. The Department of Architecture, Built Environment and Construction Engineering as well as the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering are engaged in HARMONIA project.

In HARMONIA, POLIMI is the overall coordinator and also directly leads technical tasks, such as in-situ data acquisition and geotechnical models development. POLIMI coordinates the demonstration and validation activities in the four pilot cases, as well as being the technical partner supporting the municipality of Milan.

ICCS is a research organisation associated with the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (SECE) of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). ICCS has been established in 1989 by the Ministry of Education in order to carry out R&D activity in the fields of all diverse aspects of telecommunication systems, biomedical engineering, and distributed systems, control systems, computer systems and their applications, software and hardware engineering. The lab consists of Six (6) academic staff, four researchers holding a PhD degree and several PhD students and programmers.

ICCS is the leader of WP2 and therefore, in charge of the design and implementation of the IRAP platform. Additionally, ICCS is responsible for integrating the collected data into datacube structures with the aim to extract useful information related to the purposes of the project.

Resilience Guard GmbH is a Swiss-based firm that offers consulting, training, and research services in the fast-growing fields of business continuity and crisis management. Our mission is to continuously support our clients in strengthening organisational resilience and hence ensure continuity of critical operations in the face of multiple hazards. The company has so far successfully completed more than 100 commercial projects whereas it currently participates in the consortia of several European funded research programs.

In HARMONIA, Resilience Guard leads a spectrum of research activities related to the development of a multi-hazard impact assessment methodology that will eventually lead to increased urban resilience against several perils via a risk-informed management approach.

GEOSYSTEMS HELLAS S.A [GSH] is a Greek SME established in November 2009 as the newest member of GEOSYSTEMS EU GROUP. It has 9 highly skilled engineers in the core team and a network of professionals engaged time by time on a project basis. GSH Core Business/Expertise include: 1) Remote Sensing & photogrammetry, 2) Big Data, Data Fusion and Data Analytics, 3) Airborne Lidar 3D monitoring applications, 4) Smart/Safe cities. 5) Blue/Green Growth, 6) GIS/WebGIS

In HARMONIA, GSH leads several tasks such as the Urban Data acquisition and Urban planning application, contributing in this way to a safer/smarter urban planning to better cope with Climate Change. GSH also leads the Working package of IRAP development,the main outcome of the project, and is the leading partner for the demonstration cases for Ixelles and Piraeus.

Creotech Instruments is Poland’s leading manufacturer of satellite systems and components, as well as advanced electronics for quantum computer control systems and other applications. The company is also pursuing the development of unmanned aerial systems delivering hardware and software for, among others, drone operations management.

The Company operates its own electronics manufacturing plants and small satellite integration facilities. Creotech Instruments S.A. boasts a portfolio of 26 completed projects for the space sector, including 14 space missions with Creotech-made hardware, four of which were carried out for the European Space Agency.

In the Harmonia project Creotech is responsible for Earth Observation (EO) data acquisition and integration. The task covers all activities related to physical acquisition and integration of the relevant EO data.

Established in 1944, the West University of Timișoara (UVT) is the largest university in the western part of Romania. In the last five years, UVT was positioned in around 20 international rankings in the top 4 Romanian universities and has constantly 4 on-going actions per year from H2020. UVT is a founding member of the "UNITA - Universitas Montium" alliance.

In HARMONIA UVT is responsible with developing Machine Learning and DeepLearning models for analyzing both remote sensed and in-situ data.

Since its founding in 1827, KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm has grown to become one of Europe’s leading technical and engineering universities, as well as a key centre of intellectual talent and innovation. As Sweden’s largest technical research and learning institution, KTH is responsible for one third of Sweden’s capacity for technical and engineering research and is the country’s largest organizer of technical/engineering education at university level. The Division of Geoinformatics at the Department for Urban Planning and Environment, responsible for both research and education within the broad field of geographical information technology (GeoIT) at KTH, is engaged in the HARMONIA project.

In HARMONIA, KTH is leading several tasks including Task 3.5 data annotation, Task4.7 Adaptation of existing & development of innovative AI/ML techniques, and Task 6.1 Risk & Impact Assessment. KTH also participates in other WPs and Tasks

INGV is the third largest public geophysical research institute in the world. INGV carries out research in a variety of Earth Science disciplines, and is involved at both national and European scales, in providing real time instrumental monitoring and scientific support for public agencies dealing with seismic and volcanic risks. The 25 researchers of the Remote Sensing Laboratory in the Rome headquarters have a long-standing experience in the use of optical and radar Earth Observation techniques for the monitoring of geological and geophysical phenomena all over the world.

In HARMONIA, the INGV Remote Sensing Lab will use satellite SAR Interferometry to investigate the ground deformation caused by urban subsidence, landslides, structural instabilities of buildings and infrastructures, and its relationships with climate change.

FORTH

The Remote Sensing Lab of the Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas - FORTH is a research group, focusing on climate change and urbanization. The Lab has coordinated and been involved in international R&D projects funded by the European Research Council (ERC), the European Framework Programmes and National funding sources.

In HARMONIA, FORTH is coordinating the effort of developing applications towards urban risk quantification and it is developing one of the applications, regarding the urban heat fluxes.

Urbasofia is an urban planning company, endorsed by the team’s experience in urban and territorial issues, social innovation initiatives and involvement in design and management of EU-funded projects.

Actively involved within Harmonia, Urbasofia provides expertise in the engagement of local stakeholders, users and citizens, applying academic research for more integrated, participatory and smart-oriented solutions to create a strong community around the IRAP platform and reach the best results and efficiency.

Agency of Sustainable Development and Eurointegration - Ecoregions /ASDE/ is a non-profit organization. ASDE works in partnership with the state administration, municipalities and civil organizations in implementing the priorities of the Agenda /AGENDA/ 21 of the UN Strategy for Sustainable Development of the European Union of long-term national and public interests of the Bulgarian nation and support the successful integration of Bulgaria into the European Union.

Main Objectives:

  • Development and implementation of Unified national spatial data base and integrated management of territory, population and resources, as a base for the sustainable development and the strategic forecasting.
  • Implementation of best practices for the development of the civil society, including the support and participation in development and realization of municipal and regional policy of sustainable development (Local Agenda) in Sofia and other cities.
  • To undertake the implementation of the Local Model for Sustainable Development and Eurointegration-Ecozone "Sofia-East", its enlargement for the city of Sofia as well as the accompanying pilot projects in the frame of the 6-th and 7-th frame programs of the EU.
  • Support and participation in the formation and development of the Euro-integration process on local level and international cooperation in building the information society through research "&" development initiatives.
  • Establishment of a Regional Information Centre, promoting a GIS based managing practice for the so called "Ecozone" model in Sofia, the region and other cities.
  • Transfer and dissemination of knowledge and know-how for environmentally friendly and energy efficient innovative technologies.
  • Elaboration and development of investment and monitoring mechanisms in support of the sustainable management and EU integration process.

The Finnish Meteorological Institute is a research and service agency for over 130 years placed under the Ministry of Transport and Communications. The institute is covering inter alia the climate system, the (Ant)Arctic and the cryosphere, and climate change impacts and adaptation. FMI’s mission is to produce high quality observation and research data on the atmosphere and seas. The Institute combines this expertise into services, which promote public safety as well as increase well-being in society and environment; all with respect to the needs and in order to maintain preparedness.

Within Harmonia FMI’s Arctic Space Centre (ASC) brings its expertise to data systems and research and services related to Earth Observation within GEO and Copernicus. ASC is the principal representation in both SAON, Copernicus and GEO for Finland.

FMI is mainly responsible for preparing several key datasets for climate applications in WP4 and leads this WP. This will involve turning Copernicus climate change service data into flexible OGC services for rapid web application development. For WP5 FMI will turn the mentioned data into a pilot service: urban flooding from extreme weather events based on risk analysis for extreme precipitation events.

Assimila is a specialist SME, focused on using EO , and climate and weather data integrated with environmental models, to address real world problems – helping our customers understand and predict the environment. We work closely with leading universities to translate cutting edge research into practical applications, developing innovative techniques to transform data into useful information for sustainable environmental management. We then build tools and applications for operational systems; and provide consultancy services for our customers to help them make the best use of environmental data and models. We emphasize a physical modelling approach and understanding of environmental processes. We have projects around the world including in China, Australia, Colombia. Kenya, Malawi, Zambia and Ghana.


In HARMONIA Assimila’s technical R&D tasks are focussed on the derivation urban green spaces indices, the use of EO and meteorological data to monitor urban air quality, and in preparing and downscaling coarse resolution datasets to be applicable at the urban human scale.

The European Association of Remote Sensing Companies is a network of companies across Europe that aims at promoting Earth Observation services, amplifying the voice of the industry in the policy sphere while updating its members with the latest news of the market. In Harmonia, EARSC is in charge of the communication and dissemination activities (WP8) and contributes to the management of the project (WP1) and the user & stakeholders groups identification and collection of requirements (WP2).

Euronet Consulting EEIG is both a pan-European group of cutting-edge consultancy companies and a global network consisting of partners in Official Development Assistance (ODA) countries. The group was established in 1990 as a coordination hub for the management of joint operations in a broad number of thematic sectors. Over time it evolved to become a means by which services of member companies have been made readily available to major international donors, primarily the Commission of the European Union. This has involved the implementation of several Framework Contracts. All in all, in over 20 years of operations, EURONET and its members have organised well over 4000 such missions to 150 countries in the EU, Asian, Africa, Latin American and European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI) regions.

EURONET is a one-stop hub for all types of development projects, and a coordination centre providing tailored information and business support services. Customisation of proposed services and the international reach of the group help to create additional value that benefits clients and members alike. In recent years EURONET has expanded its focus to encompass EO/ GNSS consultancy projects as well as business planning/ strategy definition projects, both for the EC and as H2020 projects.

Being an EEIG (European Economic Interest Group), to run this project EURONET will leverage on the knowhow of its member firm, ALPHA Consult (ALPHA), bringing additional specific knowhow on emergency management and in technical solutions to improve resilience of CH.

ALPHA is a member of EURONET EEIG and a European management and technology consultancy supporting businesses, regulators and European institutions. ALPHA is recognised as one of the leading independent experts in Satellite Navigation (GNSS) and Earth Observation (EO), and are increasingly active across other supporting and related markets (chiefly Emergency response and management, and Climate Change).

Both EURONET and ALPHA offer a wide range of management consulting services in the areas of business strategy, corporate finance, project management, go-to-market strategy, dissemination/ communication, and technical support.

Due to the consolidated know-how, the project delivery will be based on a deep understanding of the specific market drivers and on a considerable experience in the addressed segments. Tailor-made solutions provided by EURONET and ALPHA are known to create a strong competitive advantage to institutional and private clients, driving tangible results and making companies more profitable.

The Municipality of Ixelles is involved in the project as pilot city. More than a field of experimentation and validation of HARMONIA project, the Municipality is actively involved in the project since its launch : we want the project to properly address the citizens’ preoccupations and the political decisions in terms of climate change effects and resilience.

The Municipality of Milan is involved in the project as pilot city. The Municipality is involved in a wide array of activities regarding Climate Change impacts and Urban Mitigation and Adaptation aspects. As a result HARMONIA project can add value to all these activities, from increase citizen awareness to political decisions support

Sofia Municipality is involved in the project as pilot city. Sofia is located near the mountains, which determines the characteristics of the climate. The municipality is involved in many activities related to the impact of climate change, air quality and improving the urban environment. The HARMONIA project can add value to all these activities, both to raise citizens awareness and to support policy decisions.

The Municipality of Piraeus is involved in the project as a pilot city. Due to the geographical position of the Municipality, which is an urban lowland area with slightly wavy relief, the climate of the area belongs to the dry Mediterranean type, while its main characteristics make it mild.The Municipality of Piraeus as partner, stakeholder and user community is, therefore, very relevant to the targeted operational applications/ services. It will guide the HARMONIA consortium with the identification of current operational processes and their issues. Piraeus vision is to make the city of Piraeus an international business, touristic, cultural, maritime and commercial destination.

DataReady helps organisations working in sustainable development and humanitarian action navigate the complexities of data governance. Within the HARMONIA project, DataReady is responsible for researching and documenting the potential unintended ethical impacts of the experimental tools that are produced and to consider the implications for EU legislation in future. DataReady will also support communications and dissemination efforts.

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