VELTHA is an International not-for-profit (the acronym is IVZW in Flemish and AISBL in French) Research Association , aiming to foster Research and Sustainable Development: this purpose is achieved mainly by the following actions:
- To select, prepare and implement Research project proposals funded by the European Commission, World Bank and other possible local, national and international Donors.
- To enhance innovation by fostering the technology transfers from Research to Industry with particular emphasis to the environmental socio-economic and cultural sustainability.
- To provide seminars, conferences and formal consultation in matters of Research and Innovation and to participate in debates or decision-making processes that concern or involve it.
- To foster Public-Private–Partnerships (PPPs) through pulling together financial synergies to support relevant project and initiatives.
- To provide high level training in matters of sustainable development research, innovation and European projects.
- To carry out works and studies, conduct actions or participate in projects that contribute to a better reciprocal knowledge between Europe and the Third Countries, and to develop synergies and cooperative actions for the purpose of achieving the above-defined aims.
- To supply services to the associates, as well as to external parties.
What does “VELTHA” mean and why we choose this name
The Etruscans were a pre-Roman population speaking a distinct language and practicing a distinctive culture that ranged over the Po Valley and some of its alpine slopes, southward along the west coast of Italy, most intensely in Etruria, with enclaves as far south as Campania.
During their floruit of about 500 BC they were a significant maritime power with a presence in Sardinia and the Aegean Sea. The Etruscans had both a religion and a supporting mythology. Many Etruscan beliefs, customs and divinities became part of Roman culture, including the Roman pantheon.
In Etruscan mythology, Veltha (or Voltumna) was the chthonic (earth) deity, who became the supreme goddess of the Etruscan pantheon, the deus Etruriae princeps. In the Roman Forum, near the Temple of Castor and Pollux stood a shrine dedicated to Voltumna in the Vicus Tuscus. Chthonic (from Greek χθόνιος — chthonios, “in, under, or beneath the earth”, from χθών — chthōn “earth”; pertaining to the Earth; earthy; subterranean) designates, or pertains to, deities or spirits of the underworld, especially in relation to Greek religion.
Greek khthon is one of several words for “earth”; it typically refers to the interior of the soil, rather than the living surface of the land (as Gaia or Ge does) or the land as territory (as khora (χώρα) does)
WE choose this name to underline our high respect for the earth, the nature and the life as well as that any our action, project or initiative will be conducted in accordance with this principle.