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The FF-IPM project targets three highly polyphagous fruit fly (FF) species (Tephritidae) that cause devastating losses to fresh fruit producing industry;the Mediterranean fruit fly (Ceratitis capitata), a serious emerging pest in northern temperate areas of Europe, the Oriental fruit fly (Bactrocera dorsalis) and the peach fruit fly (B. zonata), two major new (invasive) pests, which pose an imminent threat to European horticulture. It aims to introduce in-silico (computer) supported prevention, detection and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approaches for both new and emerging FF, based on spatial modelling across a wide range of spatial levels, novel decision support systems, and new knowledge regarding biological traits of the target species, fruit trading and socioeconomics. FF-IPM introduces a fundamental paradigm shift in FF IPM towards “OFF-Season” management of emerging pests targeting the overwintering generation when population undergoes significant bottlenecks, and hence, preventing population build up later in season. “ON-Season” control approaches will be developed for different spatial scales considering both existing and developed tools and services. Innovative prevention tools to track FF infested fruit (e-nose) and rapidly identify intercepted specimens (Rapid-Molecular-Pest-ID tools) in imported commodities and at processing industries will be developed. Species specific e-trapping systems for the three-target FF will be advanced and deployed by novel detection strategies based on spatial modelling. Both “ON and OFF-Season” IPM approaches and detection strategies will be validated in selected locations in 8 different countries. FF-IPM generated data on FF response under stress conditions, overwintering dynamics, establishment and dispersion patterns of low population densities combined with advanced spatial population modelling is expected to contribute towards understanding drivers of emerging and new pest under climate change scenarios.


Important discovery with the contribution of the Laboratory of Molecular Biology and Genomics of the DBB

Isolation of the maleness factor in fruit fly pests

An important discovery that could give new directions in insect control is published today in the prominent journal Science, with the contribution of the Laboratory of Molecular Biology and Genomics of the Department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology of the University of Thessaly
After more that forty years of research, the maleness factor of fruit fly pests was finally isolated, a small gene (Maleness-on-the-Y, MoY) that resides on the Y chromosome of the Tephritid family of flies. MoY controls the sex determination pathway and it is conserved in several insects of this family, including the Mediterranean fruit fly and the olive fly. The Medfly is one of the most destructive insect pests in the world. Female flies leave their eggs in more than 250 different fruits and vegetables and the larvae that hatch destroy them. Similarly, the olive fruit fly leaves its eggs exclusively in olives, thus causing extensive damages in olive production. Silencing or disrupting the MoY function in male XY embryos led to the development of fertile females, whilst overexpression of the gene produced fertile males from female XX embryos.
The discovery of MoY is an important step towards developing environmentally friendly strategies to control the destructive members of this particular fly family, without the need to use chemical insecticides, says the Director of the Laboratory of Molecular Biology and Genomics of the Department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology of the University of Thessaly, Professor Kostas Mathiopoulos. Now, our efforts is to render MoY a useful switch, so that we could conditionally convert insects into males. In this way, large insect rearing factories can produce millions of male insects that, after sterilizing them, will be released into the environment. When these released flies will mate with wild females they will produce sterile eggs, thus reducing natural populations.


KESZTHELY, HUNGARY, 13rd International Olympiad on Astronomy - Astrophysics
the Best Greek Performance:
Two Silver Medals and Three Bronze

Volos, 10/08/2019
On Tuesday, August 13rd 2019, the Greek Olympic Team arrived in Athens, having represented our country in 13rd International Olympiad on Astronomy – Astrophysics at Keszthely, Hungary, from 2/8/2019 to 10/08/2019. In the current organization our team won two (2) silver medals (students: Themis Poultourtzidis, 1st High School of Klikis, and Argyris Giannisis-Manes, Musical School of Volos), and three (3) bronze medals (students: Eftichia Vassileiou, Prototype High School of Ionidios School of Piraeus, Dionysios Gakis, Experimental High School of Patras, and Konstantinos Xyloportas, Experimental High School of Ag. Anargyroi, Athens). It’s the first time that our country wins five (5) medals in this Olympiad.
The Team Leaders of the Greece delegation was: Loukas Zachilas, Associate Professor, Dept. of Economics, University of Thessaly and Dr Hara Papathanasiou, University of Leiden, The Netherlands. Mrs Maria Kontaxi (Teaching Staff of Univ. of Thessaly) participated as an Observer. The total number of participating countries was 46 and the total number of students was 254 from all over the world. Those students are the best from each country. The subjects that the students have to study are: (a) Theoretical Astrophysics (50% of the total marks), Data Analysis (25%) and Astronomical Observations (25%). The first student that solved the 88,94% of the problems, was a Vietnamese boy.
The Greek team was selected from a total number of 200 students all over Greece, and who had participated in the three stages of the 24th Greek Competition on Astronomy. The organizers of the competition are the Astronomical Club of Volos, University of Thessaly and Ministry of Education of our country. The Greek Olympic Team was trained in the facilities of the University of Thessaly (at the Matsaggou Building) by selected former students and Olympic Winners. The transport cost was covered for a 5th time by Onassis Foundation.

From left to right:
Zachilas L., Gakis D., Giannisis-Manes A., Xyloportas K., Vassileiou E., Poultourtzidis E., Papathanasiou H.


Presentation of the proposal of the University of Thessaly for the installation of the CONFUCIUS Institute in Volos at the headquarters of the CONFUCIUS Institute in PEKINO

From July 1 to July 6, 2019, an official visit of a delegate of the University of Thessaly was underway in Beijing, specifically at the headquarters of the Hanban Confucius Institute Headquarters, to present the proposal of the University of Thessaly for the foundation of the Confucius Institute at the University of Volos. The delegate of the University of Thessaly was comprised of the Vice Rector of Academic Affairs and Student Welfare Prof. Ioannis Theodorakis, the former Rector and President of the Center for International Education of the University of Thessaly, Prof. Georgios Petrakos and the Director of the Center for International Education, Maria Adamakou. Professor Michael Dunford, Professor Emeritus of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), and Steve Bakalis, Professor at the Central University of Finance and Economics, also supported the proposal of the University of Thessaly in the official presentation.
The proposal of the University of Thessaly was warmly welcomed by the President of Hanban Confucius Institute Headquarters, Prof. Wang Yong, who noted the importance of Greek and Chinese culture in creating two worlds of thought, habits, social and political formation, affecting people and nations across the world.


Memorandum of Understanding between the University of Thessaly and the Louisiana State University

On Tuesday, July 9, 2019, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the University of Thessaly and the Louisiana State University (and the Agricultural & Mechanical College) in the Rectorate Hall. The University of Thessaly was represented by the Rector, Professor Zissis Moumouris, the Vice Rector of Research and Lifelong Learning, Associate Professor Ioanna Laliotou and the Dean of the School of Engineering, Professor George Stamoulis. The State University of Louisiana was represented by the Dean of the College of Arts and Design, Professor of Architecture, Alkis Tsolakis. The planned activities of the two partner institutions include visits by teachers and students, joint research projects, exchange of experience on innovative teaching methods and pooling of available resources.


Professor Joan Duda and Panayiotis Giannakis are awarded the honorary doctoral degree of the University of Thessaly

According to the World Health Organization, children and adolescents need to do at least one hour of moderate-to-vigorous intensity PHYSICAL ACTIVITY DAILY. To promote this message in Greece, the Department of Physical Education and Sport of the University of Thessaly will award the honorary doctorate of the university to two individuals who contributed the most to promote youngsters’ physical activity: The president of the European College of Sport Science professor of Birmingham University, Joan Duda, and the coach and former head of the national basketball team of Greece, Panayiotis Giannakis.  Duda's scientific work had a worldwide impact on research of youngsters’ motivation in sport. As the only female president of the largest association of sports science in Europe, she also symbolizes the important role of women in sport, which needs to become even more prominent in order to attract larger number of girls in sport. Mr. Panagiotis Giannakis, a graduate of the Department of Physical Education and Sport of the University of Athens, with his example and ethos, helped to attract hundreds of thousands of Greek children in sport. His outstanding athletic achievements as an athlete and coach have been accompanied by his interventions to highlight the principles of effort, progress, participation and sports education aiming at health and well-being of individuals and societies. Because Joan Duda and Panagiatos Yannakis contributed to the achievement of one of the most important goals of the Department of Physical Education and Sport Science, which is to attract and motivate young people in sport and to promote their health and well-being through sport, they are awarded the title of Honorary Doctor of the University of Thessaly. The awarding ceremony will take place on Wednesday, October 9, 2019, at the new auditorium of the Department of Physical Education and Sport Science in Karyes, Trikala, and will be broadcasted online.

Joan Duda Bio
Panayiotis Giannakis


FAREWELL  An Audio Interactive Project

Friday, June 21st, 20:00
The EscapeLab Research Laboratory of the Department of Architecture of the University of Thessaly, participates, with the interactive audio project "Farewell", to the artistic activities with main theme "Enclosures | Pass-throughs" that will take place in the open space surrounding the Music Hall of Thessaloniki and the external fencing, as part of the European Music Day 21 June.


Summer School "Experience and Practice of Infrastructure Investment and Management in the Belt & Road Countries"

Center of International Education for the summer of 2019 organizes a Summer school for Chinese and Greek students entitled ‘Experience and Practice of Infrastructure Investment and Management in the Belt & Road Countries’, from 19th till 23rd of June. In the summer school will participate approximately 30 students from the universities of Central University of Finance and Economics and Hong Kong Polytechnic University. The summer school will address in depth research on improving regional integration, increasing trade and stimulating economic growth. Students will gain immense industry exposure due to their regular interaction with notable industry experts and by attending conferences on infrastructure development and management.
Students of the University of Thessaly are welcomed to attend the Summer School and participate in the lectures in order to exchange knowledge and good practices with their colleagues from the Chinese Institutes.
For more information on the agenda of the Summer School please contact:
Center of International Education (CIE) of UTH.
Email: cie@uth.gr
Tel: +30 2421074880


Official visit of the delegation of Changshu Institute of Technology at the University of Thessaly

The delegation of Changshu Institute of Technology in Jiangsu Province visited University of Thessaly on June 07, 2019.
The members of Changshu Institute of Technology delegation led by the Prof. Zhu Shizhong President of the Changshu Institute, were Prof. Jiang Xuefan, Director of International Cooperation and Exchanges Office, Prof. Hong Qingfu, Dean of Foreign Language School, Prof. Xu Huigang Dean of Electric and Automatic Engineering School and Prof. Xu Benlian, Dean of Mechanical Engineering School. The representatives of the Changshu Institute were welcomed at University of Thessaly by Prof. Zissis Mamouris, Rector and Prof. Ioanna Laliotou, Vice Rector of Research and Lifelong Learning.
After a warm welcome Rector, Prof. Zissis Mamouris mentioned the main mission of the University of Thessaly, to foster scientific knowledge through research. University of Thessaly is known for its contribution to the scientific, cultural and economic development of both local community and the society.  Furthermore, University of Thessaly is also distinguished for its excellent research performance and outstanding scientific achievements.
Prof Zhu Shizhong gave an overview of Changshu Institute of Technology fields of study and emphasized on the possibility of staff and student exchange programs between the two institutions as well as potential areas of practical cooperation, including but not limited to Agriculture, Biology, Technology and Medicine. The two academic leaders agreed on continuing to work towards strengthening their strategic partnership and renewed their meeting for Autumn 2019, in Changshu Institute of Technology, where Professors from the two institutions will participate in a joint workshop investigating common research fields for cooperation.
At the end of the discussion the officials of the two Universities sealed their cooperation with the sign of a Memorandum of Understanding that contain regulations regarding the mutual student-, researcher- and staff exchange as well as the organization of common activities as lectures, seminars and workshops. Rector of the University of Thessaly, Prof. Zissis Mamouris wished to Changshu Institute of Technology team productive results on the basis of the agreed agenda.

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