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“Saxophone Soundscapes” concert

A special concert, “Saxophone Soundscapes”, will take place on Wednesday, July 4, 2018, at 20:30, in the “I.KORDATOS” auditorium -  University Seafront Complex Building. The Saxophone Quartet of Athens, one of the most important Greek chamber music groups, will perform songs by S. Bach, Dinos Konstantinides, Nickitas Demos, W. A. Mozart, Athanasios Zervas, Dimitris Themelis and Thodoris Karathodorou. The diversity of this programme broadens the boundaries of the sound of saxophone, aspiring to create a fruitful dialogue in a repertoire of different stylistic direction. At the same time, the presence of new pieces of work of Greek composers in the programme explores new aesthetic directions that broaden the horizons of quest in the creation of contemporary art (entechni) music.


Diving Tourism: Benefits for the Marine Environment and the Local Communities

On Sunday, July 1st, at 10 am, in the "Kordatos" Auditorium (Papastratos Seafront Complex), a conference will be held on "Diving Tourism: Benefits for the Marine Environment and the Local Communities".
The Conference is the result of a partnership between the Scuba Divers Club of Volos and members of the University of Thessaly, in an effort to highlight the potentials and prospects for sustainable development that will result from the promotion of Diving Tourism in Magnesia, respecting the aquatic ecosystems and the emergence of the rare marine flora and fauna of Pagasitikos and the North Sporades group.

The speakers are:
Dr. Kostas Dounas, Research Director, Hellenic Centre for Marine Research
Dr. Maria Salomidi, Researcher at the Institute of Oceanography, Hellenic Centre for Marine Research
Kostas Thoktaridis, Diver - Underwater Researcher
Dr. Alexios Lolas, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Thessaly

During the Conference, Mr. Pierre-Yves Cousteau (Cousteau Society) will briefly address, through teleconference, the participants of the conference, in the context of certain actions that have been developed for the protection of the marine ecosystem in Santorini.

We will be honored with your presence at the conference.


How is love born? And how does it survive? Or does it end abruptly? And how do people define it all?

"Love makes a fool of everyone ..."
A tale full of trouble and misunderstandings, humor and excitement, cheer and spontaneity, tells the story of four young people who suffer from the woes of love (and the teasing of the shrewd fairies of the forest!)
A modern version of Shakespeare’s masterpiece, a product of teamwork and group experimentation.
Unexpected love, desires, social aspirations and stereotypes are approached with humor, reflecting contemporary concerns and timeless questions.

"A show here will take place, shall we watch it?
How mad those mortals are... We shall rejoice! "

Saturday 23 & Sunday 24 June, time 21:30,
Free entrance
Surrounding open area "Zachos Park"
Tuesday 26 June, Cassavetia Prison

Director, instructor: Maria Karazanou


"Blockchain & Ballerina" Seminar by the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

The Department of Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the University of Thessaly conducts the seminar «Blockchain & Ballerina - A Workshop on Technologies for Next-Generation Applications» on Friday, June 22, 2018, at the Chamber of Commerce of Magnesia (176 Dimitriados Str., Volos).

The speakers of the seminar will be:
• Dr. Marta Piekarska (Director of Ecosystem at Hyperledger)
• Dr. Sanjiva Weerawarana (Founder, President and Chief Architect at WSO2 Foundation)
Hyperledger is a collaborative open source effort created to promote blockchain technologies across industries and businesses. It is a global partnership, which is hosted by Linux Foundation, which brings together leaders in the field of finance, banking, IoT, supply chain, construction and technology.

Ballerina is a generic programming language with written and graphical syntax. It specializes in integration – bringing fundamental concepts, ideas and integration tools of distributed systems to the level of language, providing a safe and concurrent environment for the implementation of applications. These applications include distributed transactions, reliable messaging, information flow processing, workflows and software management platforms.

The speakers

Ms. Marta Piekarska is the director of Ecosystem at Hyperledger. Marta is a Diploma holder of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of the Warsaw University of Technology and a dual Master holder in Computer Science and Information Technology in the Berlin Technical University and Warsaw University of Technology. She received a Ph.D. in "User-Informed Design of Privacy Tools" while working on one of Silicon Valley's most dynamic startups - Blockstream. Moreover, she also taught at the Polytechnic School of Berlin as a post-doctoral student. As part of her position in Hyperledger, Marta supports technology and Open Source in conferences around the world and helps businesses to implement Blockchains.
Mr. Sanjiva Weerawarana is founder, president and chief architect of WSO2, where he directs the design, architecture and development of Ballerina. Prior to the launch of WSO2, he was at IBM Research, where he undertook developing prototypes and technologies for Web services. He is a developer and open source supporter and a member of the Apache Software Foundation board member of the Open Source Initiative and founder and chief scientist of the Institute Lanka Software Foundation.  He is also a volunteer in the Sri Lankan army, where he serves as an IT consultant. He received his Ph.D. in Information Technology from the Purdue University in 1994.

All presentations will be in English.


Granting of an Honorary Doctorate of the Department of History, Archaeology and Social Anthropology and the Department of Special Education of the University of Thessaly

On Thursday June 14, 2018, at 7.00 pm, at the “D. Saratsis” auditorium, in the multiplex seafront building of the University of Thessaly, in Volos, Professor Christos Alexiou will be granted an Honorary Doctorate of the Department of History, Archaeology and Social Anthropology and the Department of Special Education of the University of Thessaly.

His proclamation as an Honorary Doctor commemorates his outstanding educational contribution, his active and multi-dimensional contribution to founding and developing Modern Greek studies abroad, his rich contribution to Modern Greek letters and studies and his distinguished contribution to giving prominence and establishing the scientific field of special education as an independent academic field.

Christos Alexiou was born in Sklithro, Agia, and has worked both in England and in Greece. From 1988 to 1994, he taught Modern Greek Literature at the University of Thessaly and organized its Library. As a Special Secretary of Special Education in the Ministry of Education, he suggested and contributed significantly to the foundation of the first and only Department of Special Education in a Higher Education Institution, up to date.

The event will conclude with his speech "Three great poets envision the post-war world", during which Mr. Christos Alexiou will make references on Aggelos Sikelianos, Giorgos Seferis and Yiannis Ritsos.


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