The main dissemination activities initially included in the DIONYSOS proposal were the following:
Þ Construction and launching of a web-site that will include informative material concerning the DIONYSOS project. The web site will be continuously up-dated, in order to include all upcoming developments.
Þ The publication and distribution of an informative leaflet describing the project general idea, the developed process, the results and the value/ potential uses of the extracted products. The leaflet will be distributed to all interested stakeholders and seminar/conference participants.
Þ Five informative seminars addressed to wine producer and farmer representatives, academic etc presenting the financial and environmental advantages of applying the developed process for the integrated management of the winery waste
Þ Press releases and conferences in order to communicate the results and outcomes of the DIONYSOS project to the public (as articles in newspapers and business magazines).
Þ Initially it was proposed the publication and distribution of an Operation Best-Practice Manual. This was requested to change to an informative Manual-Guide. The target audience (received the Guide) was the same, namely the winemaking industries, their organizations, local authorities and relevant Ministries.
Þ Organisation of visits and demonstration presentations of the operation of the pilot plant sub-units.
Þ Organization of a symposium/conference addressed to all actors and stakeholders with main subject the integrated management, via utilization, of winery waste.
Þ Promotion trips to Greece.
Þ Presentations by the coordinating group of the DIONYSOS outcomes in an international conference.
Specifically, the implemented dissemination activities concerning the DIONYSOS project and the corresponding resulted outputs are:
1. A team consisted of Prof. Haroutounian (AUA), Prof. Skaltsounis (UoA), Dr. A. Tsarbopoulos (Museum Nat. Hist.), I. Spanos (Terra Nova) visited on the 27/11/2003 the town of Giannakochori - Naoussa (Ktima Kiryanni winery installation) to present the aspects of the project and discuss with local actors issues concerning their problems with winery’s waste management, current treatment techniques and the construction of the pre-treatment subunit. Next day (28/11/2003), the team visited the premises of the Region of Central Macedonia and presented the project to the local authorities.
2. An informative meeting, concerning the actions of the project, addressed to the presidents of 12 viticulture cooperatives from various regions of Greece took place on March 29, 2004 at the University of Athens. During the meeting, the project participants presented the actions and deliverables of the project and informed them about the future dissemination activities.
2. A team consisted of Prof. S. Haroutounian (AUA), Prof. L. Skaltsounis, Assoc. Prof. E. Mikros, Assoc. Prof. P. Marakos, Lecturer P. Magiatis (UoA), Dr. A. Tsarbopoulos (Museum Nat. Hist.), I. Spanos (Terra Nova), P. Kordopatis, Dr. G. Kotseridis (KEOSOE) visited the cooperative winery of Spata on 23/1/2004 and met /discussed with local actors on their problems with winery’s waste management, current treatment techniques and the possible construction of a pre-treatment subunit.
3. A team consisted of Prof. S. Haroutounian (AUA), Prof. L. Skaltsounis, Lecturer P. Magiatis (UoA), I. Spanos (Terra Nova) visited on 3/10/2004 the winery of Evoiki at Ritsona and presented the aspects of the project to Mr. Papadopoulos (director) and D. Skouloudis (major stockholder).
4. A team consisted of Prof. S. Haroutounian (AUA), Prof. L. Skaltsounis, Assoc. Prof. E. Mikros, Lecturer P. Magiatis (UoA), Dr. A. Tsarbopoulos (Museum Nat. Hist.), I. Spanos (Terra Nova) visited on 3/10/2004 the cooperative winery of Tyrnavos and met /discussed with local actors on their problems with winery’s waste management, current treatment techniques and the possible construction of a pre-treatment subunit.
5. A team consisted of S. Haroutounian (AUA), P. Magiatis (UOA), A. Tsarbopoulos (GAIA), I. Spanos and I. Tsikos (Terra Nova Ltd.) visited the town of Tyrnavos and presented the scope and goals of the project during a workshop organized by the municipality of Tyrnavos (4 & 5 December 2004). In this context, S. Haroutounian gave a 45 min oral presentation concerning the management of winemaking and distillation process waste and he participated in a round table and replied to questions concerning the project. The number of participants in the workshop was around 120. Among them were representatives of local authorities, parliament members and winemaking stakeholders. The activity was covered by all major regional newspapers, the local radio and TV (ASTRA and TNT) channels.
6. Greek National Channel (EPT) televised two interviews of Prof. S. Haroutounian (AUA) concerning the aims and scopes of DIONYSOS project. These interviews were nationally broadcasted on Sundays 9/1/2005 and 6/2/2005 in GAIA ELLINIKI series (channel ET3). Furthermore, parts of these interviews were appeared at that weekend on evening news of ET and NET (Saturday and Sunday respectively).
7. A team consisted of Prof. S. Haroutounian (AUA), Prof. L. Skaltsounis, Lecturer P. Magiatis (UoA), visited the premises of DELTA dairy products industry (Ag. Stefanos, Attikis) on 20 /1/2005 and presented present the various aspects of the project and explored the possibility of using the outcome of the recovery process (polyphenol extract) for the production of polyphenol rich dairy products.
8. S. Haroutounian (AUA) presented the DIONYSOS project on 15/4/2005 during the LIFE workshop which took place at the premises of the National Technical University of Athens.
9. The website of the DIONYSOS project was launched on April 2005. The address is http://www.pharm.uoa.gr/dionysos/
10. During a workshop devoted to the winemaking tradition-technology, organized in Santorini (4-5/6/2005), Prof. S. Haroutounian (AUA) was invited to participate and give a 30 min oral presentation on the outcome of the project and to delineate the health beneficial effects of polyphenols that remain in grape pommace after the vinification process. The activity was organized by the local authorities and was attended by 200 persons. Prof. Haroutounian was also participated in a round table discussion presenting the advantages of the proposed process of the project. The major points of the workshop presentations were reflected in a national newspaper (KATHIMERINI). By this occasion, S. Haroutounian gave an interview to the Greek National Television (ERT) which was broadcasted during the evening and night news of ET and NET that were appeared during that weekend.
11. A workshop-seminar devoted on the presentation of the pretreatment prototype subunit took place on 27-6-2005 at Tyrnavos. In this context, the demonstration of the prototype installation was performed at the premises of the Tyrnavos Cooperative Winery at 18.00 and last for an hour. In the beginning S. Haroutounian (AUA) presented briefly the aims and scopes of the project and then P. Magiatis (UOA) performed the demonstration, explained the various aspects of the procedures and replied to the questions of the attending people. The number of attendants of the demonstration was about 75. Then all attendants were gathered in the premises of ISL (International School of Larissa) where at 19.00 pm a seminar was organized on the management of winemaking waste and the utilization options of the products that were produced. The seminar was presided by prof. L. Skaltsounis (UOA) and started with speeches from local and public authorities representatives. Consecutively in the oral presentations part, S. Haroutounian (AUA) presented the DIONYSOS Life project, P. Magiatis (UOA) the pre-treatment subunit, D. Kouretas the anticancer activity of the recovered extracts, I. Andreadou (UOA) the clinical evaluation of the recovered extracts, A. Papras (Tyrnavos cooperative winery) the use of waste as raw material for the production of tsipouro by distillation and finally I. Spanos (Terra Nova Ltd.) delineated the environmental and economical impacts of the winemaking waste management. Afterwards some of the attendants placed their opinions concerning the winery waste management issue and addressed questions to the participating scientists. The seminar was ended at 21.15 pm with a small buffet. The number of seminar attendants was about 140 persons.
The audience of both demonstration and seminar was consisted of:
a. local authorities representatives
b. university and technical school professors
c. winemaking industry representatives
d. grape growers and members of the winemaking cooperative
e. other stakeholders
Both activities were widely reflected by the local and regional press and radio-TV channels (ASTRA channel).
12. The outcome and perspectives of DIONYSOS project were presented during an international conference (53th Congress of Medicinal Plant Research) in Florence Italy (summer 2005) by Dr. Magiatis (UOA). The presented poster was entitled “Application of adsorption resin technology and FCPC chromatography for the recovery of stilbenoids from grape pomace”.
13. From 2005 fall, all schools (elementary and junior high) that participate in the daily tour schedule of the AUA premises included in their program a visit to the composting and the animal feeding sub-units. Thus, during their official tour offered by the AUA, all students are being informed from their guide about the scopes and actions of the DIONYSOS project (reported in the 4thProgress Report). During the academic year academic year 2005-6, 126 schools (70 elementary, 32 junior high and 24 high - a sum of 6.756 students) visited the AUA premises, according to the official AUA archives For the academic year 2006-7 the most of the scheduled visits wee not implemented due to the sit in protest of the students. The program was resumed after the Easter vacation of 2007 and is expected to function normally during the next academic year 2007-8.
14. Since many wineries have been interested in their waste management and the project outcome, the project management has received various requests to process their waste and demonstrate the newly developed process. In this context, the project team has received samples (200 Kg each) from three wineries -two cooperatives, Santorini and CAIR SA (Rodos) and one private, Spyropoulos Nemea (fall of 2005, samples of vinification campaign of 2005-6). All the aforementioned samples were processed by the polyphenol recovery, composting and animal feeding subunits and the CEO’s and scientists in charge of the aforementioned enterprises were informed about the outcome of the process of their wastes.
15. An informative leaflet was produced and distributed to the interested audience and the participants of the dissemination events.
16. The outcome and perspectives of DIONYSOS project were presented during an international workshop (3rd meeting of COST D28 working group) in Prague-Chech Republic (March 18, 2006) by Prof. S. Haroutounian (AUA). The presented poster was entitled “Application of adsorption resin technology and FCPC chromatography for the recovery of stilbenoids from grape pomace”. The number of participants was sixteen scientists and five students.
17. A team consisted of Prof. S. Haroutounian (AUA), Prof. L. Skaltsounis, Lecturer P. Magiatis (UoA) participated in the 5th International Symposium on Chromatography of Natural Products which took place at Lublin, Poland from 18 to 23 June 2006. In this regard, S. Haroutounian and P. Magiatis presented the aspects and outcome of the project. More specifically, S. Haroutounian gave an oral lecture of 30 min on “Wines, grape berries and vinification byproducts: polyphenol content and biological activity assessment” and P. Magiatis a 20 min oral presentation on» Applications of adsorption resin technology in the purification of natural products. The number of participating scientists exceeded the 350 persons.
18. The project website was reconstructed and updated on 28/6/2006.
19. A workshop-seminar devoted to the presentation of the project outcome was implemented at the premises of the University of Athens on 30-6-2006 (11.30 pm), immediately after the regular annual meeting of KEOSOE. The seminar was presided by prof. L. Skaltsounis (UOA) and started with speeches from university rectors and KEOSOE authorities. Then, Prof. Haroutounian (AUA) presented the DIONYSOS Life project, P. Magiatis (UOA) the polyphenol recovery subunit and I. Andreadou (UOA) the clinical evaluation of the recovered extracts. Finally, two stakeholders M. Boutaris (ktima Kyrianni) and A. Foteinos (Lavipharm Pharmaceutical industry) spoke about the financial aspects of winemaking industry waste process Afterwards, some of the attendants placed their opinions concerning the winery waste management issue and addressed questions to the participating scientists. Then, the operation of the pre-treatment and polypehnol recovery sub-units was demonstrated to the participants. The seminar at 15.30 am with a small buffet. The number of seminar attendants was about 150 persons. The audience of the seminar and seminar was consisted of:
a. Eighty three (83) representatives (CEO’s and presidents) of cooperative wineries
b. Twenty six (26) stakeholders
c. University and technical school professors, graduate students and students (forty eight)
d. Interested scientists from industry (twenty four)
e. Other interested audience (sixteen)
The activity was widely reflected by the AMPELOTOPI newspaper, which is widely distributed and read by people who is in winemaking industry
20. Prof. S. Haroutounian, Prof. A.L. Skaltsounis and Lect. P. Magiatis were interviewed by the Greek National Television on Thursday 21/9/2006. The outcome of these interviews was televised from ET and NET (both cover all Greece) as follows: 1. next Saturday at evening news (11 pm) of ET, 2. next Sunday on 14.00 at NET (Broadcast: Peri gis o logos) and evenning news of both NET and ET, 2. next Tuesday at a morning magazine of NET (Symvainei tora) on 11.30 am. We were also informed that the interviews were also televised by Greek National TV several times in programs devoted either to farmers or to ecology.
21. A workshop-seminar devoted to the presentation of the project was implemented at the city of Naoussa (northern Greece) on 4-11-2006, in the premises of the municipality of Naoussa. During the seminar, Prof. Skaltrsounis, Assoc. Prof. E. Mikros and Lect. P. Magiatis presented the outcome and aspects of the project. Then, J. Boutaris (enologst, owner of Ktima Kiryianni) presented the environmental and economical aspects of the project. Finally, a round table event concluded the seminar. The people who participated in the event were 50 persons consisted from local authorities (major of Naoussa, etc) and interested stakeholders (enologists, entrepreneurs, farmers etc). The event was reflected by the local press.
22. A Manual-Guide on the proper management of the vinification byproducts was produced and distributed on November of 2006.
23. A seminar-presentation-event of DIONYSOS project was organised in the island of Kefallinia (city of Argostoli, premises of the merchant-industrial chamber of Kefallinia) on December 9, 2006. In a special part of a wider event (devoted to the 100 wears of the Agricultural School Vallianou of Kefallinia) Prof. Haroutounian presented the aspects and outcome of the DIONYSOS-Life project. At the end of the even, during a round table discussion he had the opportunity to answer to several questions of interested people. A small reception concluded the event. The event was reflected to the local press and TV stations. The audience of the project –a total of 100 persons- consisted of local authorities (the parliament-representative of Kefallinia, the nomarch of prefecture of Kefallinia, the former and new majors and vice-majors of Argostoli and Lyksouri cities, the president of local TEI, the church eparch of Kefallinia), wine producers, farmers, TEI students etc.
24. A conference-final event of DIONYSOS project was organized in collaboration with the prefecture of East-Attica in the premises of the municipality of Spata on December 13, 2006 (6.30 pm). The event was started with speeches from East-Attica nomarch and major of Spata and then, S. Haroutounian (AUA) presented briefly the aims and scopes of the project. Main speakers of the event were P. Magiatis (UOA) who presented the technical part of the project and a corresponding video from the sub-units function, I. Spanos (Terra Nova Ltd.) who spoke about the composting sub-unit and delineated the environmental and economical impacts of the winemaking waste management of the pre-treatment subunit and I. Andreadou (UOA) presenting the clinical evaluation of the recovered extracts. Afterwards many attendants participated in a round table discussion by placing questions on the project results. The conference was ended at 21.15 pm with a small buffet. The number of seminar attendants was about 150 persons consisted of local authorities, the environmental offices heads of 22 municipalities that are located in the prefecture of East-Attica, wine-industry owners, farmers and other interested stakeholders and audience.
25. The issue of December 2006 of AMPELOOINIKA NEA, a newspaper devoted to the winemaking process/technology and is being distributed among the winemaking stakeholders, host an extensive presentation of DIONYSOS project and its dissemination events.
26. As a continuation of the events, during the last period of the project (September-December 2006) several stakeholders visited the premises of the Agricultural University of Athens and were informed about the outcome of the project and composting and animal feeding sub-units.