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International Conference on "Aspects of Islamic gardens: Multi-meanings of paradise", which took place on October 10th-12th 2014, at Kavala, Greece.

Organised by MOHA (Mohammed Ali Research Center) and EMATTECH (Eastern Macedonia & Thrace Institute of Technology), and supported by MOHA and Dar al Athar al Islamiyyah.


Considering the current turning point that the coexistence of cultures of the West and Islam, and aiming at mutual cultural understanding, the Mohammad Ali Research Center organizes a series of academic activities for specialists and the wider audience. In the context of its research activities, the Mohammed Ali Research Center continues the monthly MOHA Lecture Series. Each lecture is given by a distinguished speaker and is aimed at familiarizing the public with the importance of the Golden Age of Islam (9th-13th c. AD/3rd – 7th c. A.H.) and the contribution of the Islamic civilization in every field of literature, arts and science internationally.

Exhibition - Sheltering Humanity: Emergency-hosting proposals for people in the Mediterranean Sea



“Sheltering Humanity:

Emergency-hosting proposals for people in the Mediterranean Sea”

House of Mohammed Ali, Kavala
21 October - 15 December 2016


MOHA Research Center fulfilled the opening of “Sheltering Humanity” exhibition, on Friday, 21st October 2016, at 7.30p.m. at the premises of House of Mohammed Ali, in the old town of Kavala.

The exhibition is the outcome of the open call for design concepts and architectural proposals for emergency sheltering and environmental protection on shores and coastlines of the Mediterranean Sea, receiving people from countries suffering conflicts and political turmoil, which was announced on January 2016.

A wide range of design concepts and proposals have been received, covering an impressive array of ideas on emergency hosting. A total of 60 projects have been submitted by 122 architects and designers, from 19 countries all over the world (Greece, Italy, Cyprus, Denmark, China, United Kingdom, Serbia, India, Portugal, Egypt, Iran, Tunisia, Lebanon, Hungary, Spain, Netherlands, Taiwan, Peru, USA).

The scientific committee, which consists of:
   • Nikolaos Kalogirou (Head of committee) Professor, School of Architecture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
   • Alkmini Paka, Assistant Professor, School of Architecture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
   • Anastasios Tellios, Assistant Professor, School of Architecture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
   • Konstantinos Sakantamis, Lecturer, School of Architecture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
   • Dimitris Kaziolas, Associate Professor, Eastern Macedonia & Thrace Institute of Technology
   • Despoina Zavraka, Lecturer, Eastern Macedonia & Thrace Institute of Technology
completed the reviewing procedure on April 2016 and decided to award three (3) prizes ‘ex aequo’ and seven (7) special mentions.

At the opening of “Sheltering Humanity” exhibition, awarded the best projects as follows:

PRIZES ‘ex aequo’:

• Project tittle: ‘BYOD - Build Your Own Home: shelter in less than five minutes’
Design team: Antonia Kalatha, Andrius Serapinas, Chris Borg Constanzi, Dorine van der Linden
Delft, Netherlands



• Project tittle: ‘The Sliding Hug’
Design team: Fotini Kalfa
Thessaloniki, Greece




• Project tittle: ‘Matriz: Deployable Emergency Shelter’
Design team: Felipe Ferrer, Peter Seinfeld, Jhonattan Díaz Gastelo, Joselyn Salinas Colunche, Juan Pablo Calderón Cayo, Marisol Michilot Yalán, Nadia Cabrera Salazar, Nicole Castañeda García, Pavel Rosales Espinoza, Renato Farro Rivero, Renatto Pozo Godfrey
Lima, Peru





• Project tittle: ‘Re-adjustments of temporariness’
Design team: Emmanouela Chafnavi
Thessaloniki, Greece
• Project tittle: ‘Wearable Shelter’
Design team: Harriet Harris, Graeme Brooker, Zara Ashby, Cassis Buckhart, Hailey Darling, Gabriela Geagea, Anne-Sophie Geay, Eve Hoffman, Ruben Van Den Bossche, Giulia Silovy
London, UK
• Project tittle: ‘Accordion Shelter’
Design team: Samer El Sayary
Alexandria, Egypt
• Project tittle: ‘Oil Price: Homelessness’
Design team: Hesam Alavi
Tehran, Iran
• Project tittle: ‘Emerged: Parameterization Platform of Collective Life’
Design team: Christina Kalampouka, Evangelia Mori
Athens, Greece
• Project tittle: ‘Designing the Ark’
Design team: Katerina Myserli
Thessaloniki, Greece
• Project tittle: ‘Aeolian Gaea’
Design team: Marina Dimopoulou
Thessaloniki, Greece

The exhibition will last until Thursday, 15th December, 2016.

Kind regards,

MOΗΑ Board of directors
“Sheltering Humanity” coordinators

Educational Program for Syrian Refugees Children

3rd Educational Program for Syrian Refugees Children


MOHA Research Center organized the “3rd Educational Program for Syrian Refugees Children” for forty children aged 12 to 22 years old which lasted from 12-10-2016 till 15-12-2016. During this time, thirty 3-hour sessions have been carried out. The courses took place in the Conference Hall in Imaret hotel.

The main objectives of the program were:

- to strengthen children’s ability to speak and perform in Greek and English language

- to enhance children’s socialization

- to help children discover the city of Kavala itself through activities in the town

- to teach specific vocabulary concerning identity, family and friends, months and days, jobs, town and signs

- to encourage them make a basic conversation, get instructions or express their feelings and ideas in Greek or English language

Regarding MOHA’s schedule each week:

The first day was dedicated to Greek language lessons. The instructors were Mpotsi Evanthia, Georgia Tzelepi and Eleni Karamanlidou. Some of the children had already attended the previous MOHA’s Educational Programs, while others came for first time.

The second day, English lessons were taken place with the instructors Anastasia Hatzivasilaki, Eleni Karamanlidou and Mary Orgianopoulou. This class was divided in three groups depending on children’s language level. Each teacher conducted specific lessons in each of the classrooms.

The third day was dedicated to the social activity day. Some of the activities were visiting to The Castle of Kavala, the Mohammed Ali Museum, the Halil Bey Medrese, the Major House, the Archaeological Museum of Kavala and the Archaeological Site of Philippi. Also they visited an exhibition to the Tobacco Ware House with the title «The most important inventions and musical instruments of the ancient Greeks» and the Alpha Radio Station. Therefore, MOHA cooperated with local entities such as “The Red Cross” which held a briefing regarding the hygiene rules and the “TREFPUNKT” German women Club where cooking lessons conducted with Syrian mothers from the camp. Finally, music-guitar lessons took place under the instructions of Alexandros Parissidis.

MOHA’s Educational Program was fulfilled with the support of INTERSOS and UNHCR (The UN Refugee Agency) and the valuable help of volunteer teachers.

2nd Educational Program for Syrian Refugees Children


The Research Center MOHA organized the “2nd Educational program for Syrian refugee children” aged 12 to 20 years which lasted from 13-09-2016 till 29-09-2016. During this time seven 3-hour sessions have been carried out. The main objective of the program was the literacy of Syrian children in greek language, as well as their socialization and smooth integration into the greek society via language game-activities.

More specifically, some of the main goals were achieved through the program include:

- Teaching of greek alphabet - Learning of every day expressions

- Appreciation of the refugees’ journey from their country and acknowledgement of their current position

- Capability of the trainees to move through the town and serve their basic daily needs

- Learning the days of the week, numbers, variety of foodstuffs, face and body, etc.

Part of the session aimed at socialization of the refugees through recreational activities such as greek songs, literacy games and pantomime. The material that was used, was based on specialized manuals focused on Greek as a second language.

The aim of this educational project was to familiarize refugees with basic greek words that would help them move easily in a Greek city and feel part of the society protected from marginalization.

MOHA’s program was fulfilled by the leader of the project Mpotsi Εvanthia, teacher-filologist.

1st Educational Program for Syrian Refugees Children


The program was designed for the literacy of children refugees from Syria. The duration was about 4 weeks, 10 meetings, from 17/08/2016 to 09/09/2016. The Research Center MOHA undertook the communication with Syrian parents who live in the camp of Kavala, conveyed and fed children and the courses took place in the conference hall in Imaret hotel.

Objectives of the Program:

- teaching of Greek, Arabic, English and mathematics through interdisciplinary and experiential approaches with the use of literature and Aesthetic Education (Visual Arts, Music and Theatre Education)

- development of pupils the capacity of communication in different cultural contexts through Aesthetic Education

- exploring the teaching - learning opportunities through cooperative learning & integration of children in the Greek educational system

- creating a friendly and safe learning environment in which Syrians parents can trust their children

- parental involvement and networking program with the Syrian society and the local and wider environment.

The program was based on a holistic approach to language (whole language approach). The tales used were the Aesop's Fables from the website: http://www.bedtimestoriescollection.com/ and the Kalila Wa Dimna from the website: http://muslimheritage.com/article/kalila-wa-dimna. Other tales which were also used were: "H gata koumpara" and "H Mary Pineza" written by E. Tressou and S Mitakidou.

Children were divided in three groups depending on their age, children 5-7, 7-12 and 12-14 years. The program involved more than 20 volunteers from primary and secondary school teachers and other specialists (engineers, foresters, police, etc.), who showed passion and enthusiasm and helped the education of 40 children refugees from Syria. Also parents volunteers from Syria participated in the program and two Syrians who knew English played the role of translator. Within the trainee were 9 children which were not staying inside the camp, but were accommodated in houses of Kavala and Karvali.

MOHA’s educational project was fulfilled by the teacher Thomi Kartsiotou, as the leader of the project. MOHA’s Executive Board would like to thank all the volunteers for their support to this program who are mentioned below: Vasiliki Rapti, Ioanna Milona, Spiros Dimitriadis, Niki Theodosiou, Fotini Mihalaki, Anastasia Grigoriadou, Lefteris Baltzidis, Voula Kagiasa, Maria Soulidu, Georgia Tzelepi, Evanthia Mpotsi, Tarsi Christodoulou, Nikoletta Stafidou, Istatiadou Athina, Zafeiroula Mouriadou, Alexandros Parissidis, Dimitris Tzoumas, Valentina Magaliou, Christos Paschalousis, Aimilia Nycha, Pantelis Aslanidis, Parthena Ioannidou. MOHA feels obliged to express its’ sincere thanks to all of the Syrian volunteers for their great cooperation and help.


Presentation of the book entitled: "VENIZELOS - ATATURK and the Diplomat ENIS BEY"


Topic: “Presentation of the book entitled: VENIZELOS - ATATURK and the Diplomat ENIS BEY”


Research Center Mohammed Ali (MOHA), is pleased to announce the presentation of the book entitled “VENIZELOS - ATATURK and the Diplomat ENIS BEY”, that will take place at the Grande Salle of Imaret, Kavala, on Saturday 3rd of June 2017, at 20:00.


The event will be attended by the following speakers:


  • Enis Tulça (Author of the book and Associate Professor in the Faculty of Economic and Administrative Sciences, Galatasaray University)
  • İlber Ortayli (Turkish Historian and Professor of History, Galatasaray University)
  • Pavlos Apostolidis (Greek Diplomat, Honorary Ambassador)
  • Thanos Veremis (Greek Historian and Professor of Political History in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration, University of Athens)



The book will be presented by the journalist Mr.Manolis Kostidis and the coordination will be done by the journalist of "Kathimerini", Mrs.Margarita Pournara.


For more information please contact at +30 2510620154-151 and at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Kind regards,

Board of Directors

Research Center MOHA




Founded in 2006 in Kavala, Greece and hence at the crossroad of Europe and the Middle East, MOHA (Mohammed Ali) Research Center  is a Greek private non-profit, non-govermental Research Center supervised by General Secretariat for Research and Technology (GSRT) of the Greek Ministry of Culture, Education and Religious Affair.