The Cyprus Institute sCYence Fair

CyI Athalassa Campus
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2121 Nicosia, Cyprus

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sCYence Fair

Welcome to the 2020 “Scyence Fair” organized by The Cyprus Institute on 3rd and 4th April.

“SCYENCE FAIR 2020” is a 2 day-long celebration of research, technology and innovation pioneered by The Cyprus Institute’s 4 research centers, and by young students presenting their scientific explorations.

The public will have the opportunity to visit the facilities and laboratories of The Cyprus Institute, and get acquainted with 4 major areas of research on Energy, Environment and Water Resources, Climate and Atmosphere, Archaeology and Computational Science.

Free entrance!


Lecture Schedule

Friday, 3rd April

08:30 - 14:30 11th SEMEP Students Training UNESCO Conference
About

The SEMEP international project is coordinated by UNESCO and promotes scientific research and research on environmental issues and studies on technological, economic, social and cultural issues as well as peace and human rights issues. The 11th Student Training Conference is entitled: "Biodiversity of Eucalyptus - Lonely Bees in Cyprus".

10:00 - 12:00 "StarLab" Mobile Planetarium
About
StarLab Nicosia

As part of Scyence Fair 2020, parents and students will have the opportunity to observe the simulation of the starry sky through the mobile planetarium "Starlab" of the Nicosia Observatory, and to explore distant constellations in the Milky Way and our Solar System. “StarLab” is approved by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports and Youth.


Schedule

Friday, 3 April

1st presentation: 10:00 -10:30
2nd presentation: 10:30 - 11:00
3rd presentation: 11:00 - 11:30
4th presentation: 11:30 - 12:00

Saturday, 4 April

1st presentation: 10:00 - 10:30
2nd presentation: 10:30 - 11:00
3rd presentation: 11:00 - 11:30
4th presentation: 11:30 - 12:00

11:00 - 11:45 Vikexploratorium Science & Technology
Bio
Viken Tavitian Viken Tavitian is a laser physicist, researcher, inventor, patent holder, author, science communicator, science comedian, teacher, projects manager in multidisciplinary scientific and engineering fields and the creator and performer of Vikexploratorium Science & Technology and Vikomedy Shows.
Abstract

The Vikexploratorium Science and Technology is a highly educational and entertaining show. The show is the brainchild of his son Viken Jr. where based on his curiosity in sciences and obsession with the fabulous Mythbusters Discovery Show, in order to further develop his mind. Viken created and developed thousands of highly educational fun and very entertaining experiments and demonstrations in physical sciences and technological applications, that are very much hands-on down to earth and most of all, without a lot of talking. This is a unique show in that combines entertainment and education together (edutainment). The show has been developed in such a way where by using rubbish or unwanted materials of daily life products I turn them into science.

The Vikexploratorium is a highly educational and entertaining science and technology show created and developed by Viken Tavitian. It consists of hands-on approach to complicated science phenomena unveiling them in a fun way through simple experiments. Many laws of physics are not so reachable to young minds when they are being introduced first time. But when they see science phenomena from practical side that leaves a great impression on them for the rest of their lives. The show mostly relates to the physical science phenomena. The idea of these hands-on experiments is to convey that science is all around you and there is nothing to fear of science. The show is approved by the Ministry of Education for Primary and Secondary Departments of Cyprus.

The Show lasts total time 60-75 minutes. In this time 15-25 experiments are performed with full interaction with the students. The audience or students are invited to the stage and the secret of the phenomena are revealed together. The reason the number of experiments vary because of the curiosity of students and the time taken to answer the questions. None of the demonstrations/experiments are dangerous to perform as it is a frequently brought up concern by various institutions/organizations. Several hundred of shows have been performed all over Cyprus in major schools universities institutions and other media platforms.

15:00 - 15:45 Climate Change in the Mediterranean: From the Past…to the Future
Bio
George Zittis

Dr. Zittis holds a BSc in Geology and an MSc in Meteorology, Climatology and Atmospheric Environment from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. He received his PhD in Environmental and Atmospheric Sciences from The Cyprus Institute in April 2015. In the past he has worked as a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz, Germany and at The Cyprus Institute. He currently works as Associate Research Scientist of Climate and Atmosphere Research Center at The Cyprus Institute.


Abstract

Climate change is the most important environmental issue of the last decades. Anthropogenic activities, mainly since the industrial revolution, have significantly contributed to the warming of our planet. Cyprus and the broader Mediterranean region have been affected, since prolonged droughts, heat waves and extreme weather events are already part of our life. In this interactive presentation we will try to understand the drivers behind modern climate change, we will see how the climate of our region has already changed, while we will also present the future climate projections.

16:00 - 16:45 Coronavirus
Bio
Michalis Voniatis

Dr Michalis Voniatis is a Public Health Specialist with a demonstrated track record of working in the hospital and health care industry. He is skilled in Epidemiology, Prevention, Reproductive Health, Global Health, and Healthcare Management. He offered strong professional healthcare services with a Consultants Training in Developing a National Strategic Plan for TB Care and Control focused on Tuberculosis from the World Health Organization.


Abstract

Dr. Michalis Voniatis will focus on the issue of the “Coronavirus” spreading, following the international alarm. The eminent Cypriot Epidemiologist will answer questions such as: How much should we worry? What are the first symptoms? What are the appropriate preventive measures? How the World Health Organization will proceed?

17:00 - 19:00 1st "TeachMeetCY" Meeting
About
Michalis Voniatis

A "TeachMeet" is an organised but informal meeting (in the style of an unconference) for teachers to share good practice, practical innovations and personal insights in teaching. Participants volunteer to demonstrate good practice they've delivered over the past year, or discuss a product that enhances classroom practice. “TeachMeet” events are open to all and do not charge an entry fee.


Abstract

The topic of the Meeting is "Exploiting the Learning Project: Organizing, Implementing, Evaluating, Learning Benefits". The participants will share their experiences on the “Project Learning” approach. The exchange of experiences/opinion will help teachers to enrich their knowledge of the subject, which is also part of the new student evaluation system. Teachers of all levels and specialties can attend the meeting.

 

 

Saturday, 4th April

09:30 - 11:30 Journalistic Article Competition on Maths 2020
About
The Cyprus Mathematical Society

The Cyprus Mathematical Society (CY.M.S.) is a non-for-profit organization established in Cyprus since 1983. The Cyprus Math Society is manager and developed by volunteering work of its members. Its purposes are to promote Mathematics Education and Science.

It’s a member of the European Mathematical Society (EMS) and a founding member of the Mathematical Society of South Easter Europe (MASSEE).


Abstract

The Cyprus Mathematical Society (CY.M.S.) is organizing a journalistic article competition on philosophical reflection and expression of ideas on the topic: "The Role of Mathematics in Medicine". The competition is under the auspices of the Director of Secondary Education of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport and Youth.

The article will be an exploratory / proof type and it is expected that the participants will refer to the role of Mathematics in Medicine and present documented placements for this purpose. Pupils of the Secondary and Secondary Education of Public and Private Schools of Cyprus are eligible to participate in the Competition.

12:30 - 16:00 FameLab Cyprus 2020
About
FameLab Cyprus

FameLab Cyprus 2020 is organized for the 10th consecutive year by the British Council and the Research and Innovation Foundation (RIF), which also acts as the main sponsor of the event, in collaboration with SciCo Cyprus. Since 2011, the competition has offered opportunities to many young and talented scientists.

Individuals over 18 years old who are working, studying or graduating in fields such as technology, engineering, medicine, biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, etc. are eligible to participate. FameLab also provides opportunities for collaboration and networking with other scientists in Europe and Cyprus, as well as opportunities to participate in British Council events in Cyprus and abroad.

The qualifying round will take place on Saturday, 4 April during the sCYence Fair. Participants will have three minutes to present a scientific topic of their choice in a fun and comprehensible way to the general public. The jury will then select the ten finalists who will go to the grand final. The ten finalists, will attend a free two-day Masterclass in Science Communication from experts in Cyprus Communication, preparing them for the national final. All events are open to the public.

The grand final will take place on Wednesday, 13 May, at the Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation’s premises in Nicosia. The winner of the final, will be awarded a cash prize of 1000 euros and travel to the Cheltenham Festival in Britain in June with all expenses covered, to compete the rest of the other countries’ winners in the International FameLab 2020. The two runner ups of the national final, will also be awarded cash prizes; 500 euro and 250 euro respectively.

FameLab© is a registered trademark of the Cheltenham Festival, one of the UK's most renowned cultural organizations, which hosts four of the country's leading jazz, literature, music and science festivals. Created in 2005 at the Cheltenham Science Festival and following the great success of competition in Britain, in collaboration with the British Council, it began traveling around the world, first pressing for Southeast Europe and then for the rest of Europe, Asia, Oceania, the Africa and America. The competition is currently being held in more than 30 countries.

10:00 - 12:00  
About
StarLab Nicosia

As part of Scyence Fair 2020, parents and students will have the opportunity to observe the simulation of the starry sky through the mobile planetarium "Starlab" of the Nicosia Observatory, and to explore distant constellations in the Milky Way and our Solar System. “StarLab” is approved by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports and Youth.


Schedule

Friday, 3 April

1st presentation: 10:00 -10:30
2nd presentation: 10:30 - 11:00
3rd presentation: 11:00 - 11:30
4th presentation: 11:30 - 12:00

Saturday, 4 April

1st presentation: 10:00 - 10:30
2nd presentation: 10:30 - 11:00
3rd presentation: 11:00 - 11:30
4th presentation: 11:30 - 12:00

14:00 - 14:45 Vikexploratorium Science & Technology
Bio
Viken Tavitian Viken Tavitian is a laser physicist, researcher, inventor, patent holder, author, science communicator, science comedian, teacher, projects manager in multidisciplinary scientific and engineering fields and the creator and performer of Vikexploratorium Science & Technology and Vikomedy Shows.
Abstract

The Vikexploratorium Science and Technology is a highly educational and entertaining show. The show is the brainchild of his son Viken Jr. where based on his curiosity in sciences and obsession with the fabulous Mythbusters Discovery Show, in order to further develop his mind. Viken created and developed thousands of highly educational fun and very entertaining experiments and demonstrations in physical sciences and technological applications, that are very much hands-on down to earth and most of all, without a lot of talking. This is a unique show in that combines entertainment and education together (edutainment). The show has been developed in such a way where by using rubbish or unwanted materials of daily life products I turn them into science.

The Vikexploratorium is a highly educational and entertaining science and technology show created and developed by Viken Tavitian. It consists of hands-on approach to complicated science phenomena unveiling them in a fun way through simple experiments. Many laws of physics are not so reachable to young minds when they are being introduced first time. But when they see science phenomena from practical side that leaves a great impression on them for the rest of their lives. The show mostly relates to the physical science phenomena. The idea of these hands-on experiments is to convey that science is all around you and there is nothing to fear of science. The show is approved by the Ministry of Education for Primary and Secondary Departments of Cyprus.

The Show lasts total time 60-75 minutes. In this time 15-25 experiments are performed with full interaction with the students. The audience or students are invited to the stage and the secret of the phenomena are revealed together. The reason the number of experiments vary because of the curiosity of students and the time taken to answer the questions. None of the demonstrations/experiments are dangerous to perform as it is a frequently brought up concern by various institutions/organizations. Several hundred of shows have been performed all over Cyprus in major schools universities institutions and other media platforms.

16:00 - 16:45 Schools and Learning of the Future
Bio
Gregory Makridis

Professor Gregory A. Makridis is a Mathematician and holds a Ph.D. He is the President of the Cyprus Mathematical Society, the President of the THALES Foundation, the President of the European Association of ERASMUS Coordinators, and the President of the European Association of Career Guidance.


Abstract

The education systems in most countries today are placing at the stage of Education 2.0 and very few countries are making reforms that are characterized by Education 3.0 parameters. This presentation will discuss the characteristics of education from stage 1.0 to stage 4.0 and the vision of the future reforming of schools. Reference will also be made to actions through European Programs related to the evolution of Education.


Join us and be Inspired!

Great Success for CyI’s “2019 sCYence Fair”

With the participation of hundreds of students from 25 Public and Private Schools in Cyprus, the pioneering and multidimensional Science Festival "sCYence Fair 2019", organized for the first time by The Cyprus Institute under the aegis of the Ministry of Education and Science, with the support of the Aglantzia Municipality, took place on Friday and Saturday 15-16 March. The aim of the festival was to attract young people and people of all ages to science, technology and innovation and to inspire and encourage young people to broaden their scientific quests and vision a career in science.

The science fair also included a variety of innovative and entertaining events such as scientific and educational interactive events, exhibitions, presentations, screenings and informative lectures, experiments and workshops, as well as speeches by renowned scientists from The Cyprus Institute and abroad. During this time, The Cyprus Institute opened its doors, enabling young researchers and the broad public to explore its impressive infrastructures and facilities.

During the fair, students presented innovative scientific activities, while the best and most imaginative activities and presentations from Primary, Secondary and High Schools were awarded in their category on the basis of science, impact, and overall presentation. The winners in the three categories were the Third Dali Elementary School with the "Hydraulic Robotic Hand" activity, the Katholiki Gymnasium in Limassol with the activity "Stars: Birth-Life-Death" and the Lyceum of Agios Ioannis Limassol, with the activity " Study of water in the Troodos area". The prizes were awarded by Prof. Costas Papanicolas, President of The Cyprus Institute, Dr. Petros Kareklas, President of the “Friends of The Cyprus Institute” Association, and Dr. Michalis Yiangou, Vice-President for Operations of the Institute.

The success of the science festival and the great resonance it had with both the participating students and the visiting public, is a guarantee for the establishment of the “sCYence Fair” as an annual event by The Cyprus Institute.

Sponsors of sCYence Fair 2019: Medochemie, ColourPix Digital Printing, XM.com, Supporters: Aglantzia Municipality, Agro Falls, Vienna Bakeries. Grand Sponsor: Research Promotion Foundation. Communication Sponsors: DIAS Group, Sigma TV


Day 1

Day 2

Φεστιβάλ Επιστήμης “sCYence Fair 2019” στο Ινστιτούτο Κύπρου

Ένα πρωτοποριακό και πολυδιάστατο Φεστιβάλ Επιστήμης με τίτλο: “sCYence Fair 2019” διοργανώνει για πρώτη φορά το Ινστιτούτο Κύπρου, με στόχο να προσελκύσει το ενδιαφέρον μαθητών, αλλά και ανθρώπων κάθε ηλικίας, για την επιστήμη, την τεχνολογία και την καινοτομία, και να εμπνεύσει και να παροτρύνει τους νέους να διευρύνουν τις επιστημονικές τους αναζητήσεις και να οραματιστούν μια καριέρα στους τομείς της επιστήμης.

Το “SCYENCE Fair 2019” που θα πραγματοποιηθεί στις 15 και 16 Μαρτίου 2019 στις εγκαταστάσεις του Ινστιτούτου Κύπρου στη Λευκωσία, έχει τεθεί υπό την αιγίδα του Υπουργού Παιδείας και στηρίζει ο Δήμος Αγλαντζιάς. Το Φεστιβάλ Επιστήμης περιλαμβάνει ποικίλες, καινοτόμες και συνάμα διασκεδαστικές εκδηλώσεις, όπως επιστημονικά διαδραστικά δρώμενα, πειράματα και εργαστήρια, και ομιλίες από καταξιωμένους επιστήμονες του Ινστιτούτου Κύπρου και από το εξωτερικό. Οι μαθητές που θα συμμετάσχουν στο “SCYENCE Fair 2019”, θα έχουν την ευκαιρία να παρουσιάσουν καινοτόμες δραστηριότητες και δικές τους επιστημονικές έρευνες, ενώ η καλύτερη και πιο ευφάνταστη δραστηριότητα ή παρουσίαση θα βραβευθεί.

Tο κοινό θα έχει τη δυνατότητα να περιηγηθεί στα επιστημονικά εργαστήρια και τις εγκαταστάσεις του Ινστιτούτου Κύπρου, να παρακολουθήσει πρωτότυπες εκδηλώσεις, εκπαιδευτικά δρώμενα, εκθέσεις, παρουσιάσεις, προβολές και ενημερωτικές διαλέξεις, ενώ θα μπορεί να απολαμβάνει φαγητό και μουσική από μαθητικά συγκροτήματα των σχολείων που θα συμμετέχουν.

Η πρόσκληση για συμμετοχή στο Φεστιβάλ Επιστήμης “SCYENCE Fair 2019” είναι ανοικτή σε όλες τις σχολικές ομάδες και αφορά μαθητές από 9 έως 18 χρόνων, χωρίς οποιαδήποτε χρηματική επιβάρυνση, ενώ μπορούν να συμμετάσχουν από το ίδιο σχολείο περισσότερες από μια επιστημονικές ομάδες. Το ΙΚυ θα μεριμνήσει επίσης για τη δωρεάν μεταφορά σχολικών ομάδων από άλλες πόλεις.

Τα ενδιαφερόμενα σχολεία μπορούν να υποβάλουν αίτηση μέχρι τις 20 Φεβρουαρίου,  ηλεκτρονικά ή να συμπληρώσουν την αίτηση συμμετοχής και να την αποστείλουν με ηλεκτρονικό μήνυμα ή με φαξ.

Για περισσότερες πληροφορίες: Τηλ: 22208702, Φαξ: 22208625

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The Cyprus Institute Organizes “SCYENCE FAIR 2019”

The Cyprus Institute organizes for the first time the SCYENCE FAIR 2019 on 15-16 March 2019, under the auspices of the Minister of Education and Culture, and with the support of Aglantzia Municipality.  The event will be hosted at The Cyprus Institute’s facilities in Nicosia, and is open to all school science groups, ages 9 -18 from both the private and public sectors. Participation is free of any fees, and free transportation will be provided to school groups from cities outside Nicosia. Depending on the level of participation, more than one science group can participate from the same school.

The SCYENCE Fair 2019 aims to stimulate scientific interest and to encourage participation by young students and support the next generation of scientists from Cyprus. The event provides an opportunity of our young scientists to increase their awareness of the wonders of science, add to their knowledge, and broaden their scientific horizons. Students will get the chance to demonstrate their scientific projects to the public, and will get a chance to tour The Cyprus Institute’s facilities, attend related lectures, and enter a contest for the best presentation.  

School bands are welcomed to participate as long as they are approved by the responsible committee, and food and music will be available during the fair. The full program and updates for the SCYENCE Fair will be announced at a later stage.

Interested schools can apply until February 20, either online or complete the application form and send it by e-mail or fax.

For more information: Phone 22208702 Fax: 22208625

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Last updated: 06 December 2018


 

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