The Society

Welcome to the website of the International Society for Mediterranean Fortifications, FORTMED. You will find here a comprehensive source of information about the Society’s many activities, including our publications, our annual conference, and other activities.

The defense of the Mediterranean coast is an area historically approached by many researchers and scholars, resulting in a significant amount of progress reflected in the substantial quantity of existing historiography. History from this area is truly extraordinary: humanism, technological advances, new roles for engineers and architects, progress in maritime cartography and naval engineering and all of this added to new land discoveries, flourishing empires and, of course, piracy and wars. All these factors are present in an undiluted way in the Mediterranean, which also played a vital role as an extensive myriad of borders for kingdoms and religions.

The main aims of FORTMED are exchange and advancement of knowledge, dissemination of research, valorisation, management and preservation of Culture and Heritage that developed on the Mediterranean coast, taking also into account the phenomena that took place overseas.

Society has an interdisciplinary aim where architects, engineers, archaeologists, historians, geographers, cartographers, heritage managers, tourism experts, experts in restoration-conservation and promotion of heritage will participate. The idea is to provide more inclusive, more real and more up to date views, leading us to the highest point of the investigations on this matter in the twenty-first century.

Do you want the support of FORTMED in any activity? Do not hesitate to tell us. Please, present new research, exchange ideas, expand collaborations. All academics and researchers are welcome.

Executive Committee

President. Pablo Rodríguez-Navarro. Universitat Politècnica de València (Spain)

Vice-President. Giorgio Verdiani. Università degli Studi di Firenze (Italy)

Secretary. Teresa Gil-Piqueras. Universitat Politècnica de València (Spain)

Scientific Committee

Alessandro Camiz. Girne American University. Cyprus

Alicia Cámara Muñoz. UNED. Spain

Andrea Pirinu. Università di Cagliari. Italy

Andreas Georgopoulos. Nat. Tec. University of Athens. Greece

Andrés Martínez Medina. Universidad de Alicante. Spain

Angel Benigno González. Universidad de Alicante. Spain

Anna Guarducci. Università di Siena. Italy

Anna Marotta. Politecnico di Torino. Italy

Annalisa Dameri. Politecnico di Torino. Italy

Antonio Almagro Gorbea. CSIC. Spain

Arturo Zaragozá Catalán. Generalitat Valenciana. Castellón. Spain

Boutheina Bouzid. Ecole Nationale d’Architecture. Tunisia

Concepción López González. UPV. Spain

Faissal Cherradi. Ministerio de Cultura del Reino de Marruecos. Morocco

Fernando Cobos Guerra. Arquitecto. Spain

Francisco Juan Vidal. Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain

Gabriele Guidi. Politecnico di Milano. Italy

Giorgio Verdiani. Università degli Studi di Firenze. Italy

Gjergji Islami. Universiteti Politeknik i Tiranës. Albania

João Campos, Centro de Estudios de Arquitectura Militar de Almeida. Portugal

John Harris. Fortress Study Group. United Kingdom

Marco Bevilacqua. Università di Pisa. Italy

Marco Vitali. Politecnico di Torino. Italy

Nicolas Faucherre. Aix-Marseille Université – CNRS. France

Ornella Zerlenga. Università degli Studi della Campania ‘Luigi Vanvitelli’. Italy

Pablo Rodríguez-Navarro. Universitat Politècnica de València. Spain

Per Cornell. University of Gothenburg. Sweden

Philippe Bragard. Université catholique de Louvain. Belgium

Rand Eppich. Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. Spain

Roberta Spallone. Politecnico di Torino. Italy

Sandro Parrinello. Università di Pavia. Italy

Stefano Bertocci. Università degli Studi di Firenze. Italy

Stefano Columbu, Università di Cagliari. Italy

Teresa Gil Piqueras. Universitat Politècnica de València. Spain

Víctor Echarri Iribarren. Universitat d’Alacant. Spain

Activities of the Society

The main activity is our annual International Conference on Modern Age Fortifications of the Mediterranean Coast and their proceedings, edited in a series called Defensive Architecture of the Mediterranean.

Others activities of the society:

– Facilitate exchanges and stays of professors, PhDs and students in other universities.

– Facilitate synergies between different research groups to jointly promote research projects or investigations.

– Organize workshops, summer schools, … with inter-university participation.

– Direct European Ph.D.