This past seminar on urban planning was an international event in collaboration with the Consortium of Campanian Universities for the editing of planning hypotheses for the improvement of access and services at archaeological sites in the Vesuvian area: Stabiae, Pompeii, Herculaneum, Oplontis, and Boscoreale (Villa Regina).
The project’s objective was to explore the possibility of guaranteeing a larger and better access to the cities in question, to the relative archaeological areas, and to the system of archaeological sites as a whole. Involved were both Italian universities (Federico II di Napoli, IUAV di Venezia, Università di Bari, Università di Firenze) and American universities (University of Maryland, NYIT, University of Virginia) that collaborated on these topics.
On the steering committee for the project, representatives of the Region of Campania, the Superintendency, the Province of Naples, Vesuvian Municipalities, the RAS Foundation, Universities, and professional organizations of engineers and architects, each entity with a well-defined role in the project.
On January 6, 2009, the first draft of the Statement of Strategic Direction was made public. With this document the municipality of Castellammare di Stabia acknowledged two projects related to this workshop:
1. The University of Maryland: Connecting the city of water to its history
2. University of New York: Gorge community connection
From the beginning, in fact, the Foundation and these communities have wanted to frame the Archaeological Park project in the wider panorama of local urban planning.

Underwater Archaeology has always represented an important vein of research relating to Mediterranean civilizations, given that the sea covers and protects a large part of the testimonies to such civilizations. The whole of methodologies that were proposed at ArcheoMed could be combined to create a protocol on identification and excavation of submerged archaeological resources. The ultimate objective is to make as usable as possible the marine archaeological system in its entirety without overlooking the necessity of conserving it as a resource for future generations. With support from the Region of Campania, the Province of Naples, the University of Naples Federico II, the Università Suor Orsola Benincasa, and the Università Parthenope, the workshop also considered the important theme of combining forces to discover and restore underwater archaeological resources. Beyond a discussion on a relevant cultural and scientific issue, this represents an important moment of cooperation between the peoples of the Mediterranean, which through the restoration of submerged legacies will stimulate regional accord and help rediscover common roots and traditions.

This workshop, supported by MIBAC, MIUR, the Region of Campania, and the Municipality of Castellammare di Stabiae, has seen the participation of fifty International universities and more than 90 university faculty members, assuming as its objective the promotion of Stabiae on a international scale. Archeostabiae is an annual event aimed at the university and research fields.
At the 2008 edition, Giovanni Guzzo, Archeological Superintendent of Naples and Pompeii; Nicole Bland and Helene Eristov of CNRS of Paris; and Thomas Howe, scientific coordinator of the RAS Foundation took part. It was also moderated by Carlo Franco, journalist from the Corriere del Mezzogiorno. The workshop operated as a base of comparison and exchange of experiences between Italian professors to discuss development plans for the Stabiae site, offering the opportunity to explore future collaboration between public and private entities in the management of cultural resources.