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Visit The Cyprus Institute researchers and learn about their fascinating projects!

Team: Kirsi Lorentz, Natalie Branca, Sila Kayalp, Bianca Casa, Yuko Miyauchi, Anis Fatima

Join us to find out about how bioarchaeologists uncover the lives of ancient Cypriots by studying their remains. We will show you how we study human bone, teeth, hair and skin using techniques from the macro to the micro-scale and beyond. From the field, to the laboratory, to the state-of-the-art synchrotron facilities, follow us on our journey to explore how ancient Cypriots lived. Get the opportunity to engage with five Cypriot individuals who lived at different times in the past. Read their life stories and try some fun hands-on activities inspired by these past tales.

Team: Mehmetcan Soyluoglu, Rahaf Orabi, Nicolette Levy, Valentina Vassallo, Athanasios Koutoupas, Rafael Moreau, Andriana Nikolaidou

Our activity will have multiple opportunities for students to engage with the tools and methods used by APAC to reveal layers of history hidden inside objects. An interactive graffiti station will offer students the chance to learn about medieval graffiti making and create their own. A dendrochronology station will give students a hands-on look at tree samples under the microscope. A 3D station will show how we capture 3D scans of objects and 3D print them to learn more about their creation. A multispectral imaging station will show how to capture invisible details of work of arts and graffiti and explore what it’s hidden in plain sight.

Team: Maria Kezoudi, Christos Keleshis

Monitoring the air quality with the use of state-of-the-art drone-sensor system. Hands-on experience involves lighting of a candle and blowing dust particles through the sensor so as to seeing live the response of the sensor and counting the produced particles.

Team: Elias Giannakis, Hakan Djuma, Ioannis Sofokleous, Niovi Christodoulou, Achileas Mina, Christos Zoumides, Adriana Bruggeman

Water is an essential element for the existence of human life, vegetation and ecosystems, and largely determines land use management. The activity focuses on interactive methods, where visitors can have a hands-one experience on how land use choices affect the ecosystem, and specifically water resources and soil.

Team: Efthymia Nikita, Evi Margaritis, Angelos Hadjikoumis, Kyriaki Tsirtsi, Panagiotis Koullouros, Mahmoud Mardini, Gkampriella Selempa, Anna Spyrou, Jelena Zivkovic, Maria Dikomitou

‘Archaeology & Science’ presents the wonderful world of laboratory-based archaeological research. What happens to the excavation findings after they are lifted from the ground? What kind of specialized analyses do we perform on them to decipher key aspects of past living conditions? Participants in this activity will transform to archaeological scientists and learn interactively how we study different artefacts (pottery, glass, metal) but also human and animal bones, as well as ancient seeds. In addition to familiarizing with the laboratory methods we use in each of the above domains (archaeological materials, osteoarchaeology, archaeobotany), the students will see actual case studies across Cyprus that elucidate important aspects of the past of the island.

Team: Nikolas Theodosiou, Andreas Athinodorou, Stelios Erotokritou

Computational Science is nowadays considered an important tool for new research and innovation. Through the power of supercomputers, we are able to simulate physical phenomena which expand from too big – such as stars, or too small – such as microbes, in the past – such as palaeontology, or in the future – such as climate change. In this way, we can study them to at a greater level of detail than what would have been possible otherwise, and able to come up with new knowledge, products and services for the benefit of humanity, across various fields of society.

  1. We will present the PRACE, EuroCC, EuroHPC and NI4OS-Europe European Research and Infrastructure projects which Greece and Cyprus are taking part of. The above projects aim to provide computational resources and services to computational researchers working on various fields such as Computational Physics, Climatology, Life Sciences, Digital Cultural Heritage as well as Machine Learning. These computational resources include High Performance Computers (HPC) as well as data storage space and data management. In the festival, we will present these projects through interactive scientific applications which the projects support, video games and discussions.
  2. Designing new materials! Understanding how fluids flow! Teaching computers how to learn!  What do all of these mean and what do they have in common? Come on a journey with us as we show you how computational modelling can be used to gain insights into all of these fields of research; to better understand the world around us; to solve real world problems!
  3. How to transmit messages without anyone other than the target being able to decode it, has been a very interesting question since ancient times. We present a solution used back in the days by Greeks and Spartans soldiers, and a more sophisticated solution used nowadays.

Team: Florence Dubart, Jonilda Kushta, Corey Evans McClintock

Cyprus and the whole Middle East Region will likely be greatly affected by climate change. National inventories are one key part of monitoring. To learn more about Cyprus’ national inventory, visitors can use various colourful threads to help construct a 3-D Emission Web that traces pollutants back to their various sources. Visitors can also participate in digital activities to contextualize emissions in Cyprus, particularly as relates to the impact of COVID-19 lockdowns on CO2 emissions.

Tour time slots: 10 AM, 12 PM, 2 PM, 4PM          |          15 persons max per tour

Team: Alaric Montenon

The Linear Fresnel Collector (LFC) at the Cyprus Institute is the first prototype of its kind in Cyprus. It is integrated in the built environment and has been in operation since its completion in July 2016 under STS-MED project. It supplies heating and cooling to the Novel technology Laboratory (NTL) by utilising 288 tracking mirrors with a global area of 184 m2 reflecting direct solar radiation on a 32m long absorber using mineral oil as the Heat Transfer Fluid (HTF).

The HTF is heated up to 180°C and stored in a thermal storage unit of pressurised water in temperatures up to 145°C that ensures 2 hours of continuous operation for cooling in the summer or 4 hours of operation when the solar resource declines in the winter.

Team: Magdalene Charalambous & Iasonas Giraud

MESH is a solution that provides comfort and energy efficiency through the modulation of the building’s micro-climate. It is a smart façade system that, based on its adaptive design, improves the thermal performance of the building, while offering protection from environmental stress and demanding very little maintenance. The MESH façade system changes its function according to the season (heating, cooling).

MESH will impact our buildings and cities in terms of improved indoor environment by increasing thermal comfort and total building energy consumption reduction. The MESH system will contribute a highly positive role in urban heat island effect mitigation, supporting the achievement of the zero and positive energy districts and communities. It will also improved public space and streetscape.

MESH will improve architectural aesthetics and visual impact of ageing building stock by increasing their formal character through a new design identity.

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