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Pan-Hellenic Award for the PhD candidate at the University of Thessaly, Giorgos Proia

Pan-Hellenic Award for the PhD candidate at the University of Thessaly, Giorgos Proia, and for his research work on "Timeless evolution of suspended particles PM10 in the atmosphere of Volos". He was awarded the first prize on the sidelines of the 14th International Conference on Meteorology, Climatology and Atmospheric Physics held in Alexandroupolis from 15 to 17 October. The problem of air pollution in the city of Volos is timeless. Airborne particles(particulate matter PM10) are one of the most important pollutants in urban areas and are a complex mixture of tiny particles coming from both man-made and natural sources. From the results it is confirmed that a very important factor in the formation of the concentration levels of the suspended particles is both the value of the wind speed and the direction.


Beijing, International Olympiad on Astronomy – Astrophysics One more great Greek success: 2 bronze medals and 3 honorable mentions

On Monday, November 12th, 2018, the Greek Team arrived in El. Venizelos Airport, having participated in the 12th International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics, in Beijing, China (Nov. 2nd to 12th).
This year, Greek Team got two bronze medals (Themis Poultourtzidis, student in Kilkis High School, and Aggelina Bania, former student in Nafpaktos High School and now student of the Medical School of the Univ. of Patras).
Greek Team, also, got three honorable mentions.
The two Team Leaders were Loukas Zachilas, Assistant Professor at the Univ. of Thessaly and Hara Papathanassiou, Lecturer at the Univ. of Leiden, the Netherlands.
The total number of participating countries was 38, while the total number of students was 200 (approx.) Those are the best of the best students of each country!
The competition consists of three parts: (a) Theoretical problems (total examination time: 5 hours), (b) Data Analy-sis problems (total: 5 hours) and (c) Observational problems (total: 30 minutes). The best student of this year was Russian origin and he solved the 89,5% of the problems (which is a great record).
The five members of the Greek Team are chosen (each year) from a National Olympiad, which takes part is 4 suc-cessive stages. This competition is organized by a Club of Amateur Astronomers of Volos and by the University of Thessaly.
Let us specifically note that the five students worked too hard during summertime of 2018, while there were trained and helped by a group of astronomers, astrophysicists and Physics teachers in the facilities of the Universi-ty of Thessaly at Volos.
The main sponsor of the Greek Team is “The Onassis Foundation”, which covers the expenses of the air-tickets to and from the hosting country.

In the photo we may distinguish (from left to right):
L. Zachilas, M. Vourliotis, A. Bania, Arg. Giannisis-Manes, E. Poultourtzidis, D. Gakis, Ch. Kakogiannis and H. Pa-pathanassiou


Cultural Routes in the city of Volos

The Department of Early Childhood Education (course: Designing, organizing and evaluating intercultural actions) in cooperation with the Second Chance School of Volos and the NGO Arsis participate in the European Project entitled R.O.U.T.E.S. – Reshaping Our Universe Through Educational Synergies. The project aims to promote  cultural and educational chances through actions of non-typical education. The participants are university students, young asylum seekers and students of the Second Chance School of Volos. Through the actions of the project the participants will have the chances to know better the town of Volos as well as to develop intercultural competences and especially empathy to the other cultures.


Hellenic Competition for Educational Robotics, Research and Innovation for children

You are invited on the 30th season of FIRST LEGO LEAGUE! Get ready to check out the engines, take off, and get into orbit. The biggest Hellenic Competition for Educational Robotics, Research and Innovation for children and this year in Volos!

The FIRST LEGO League for this school year 2018 - 2019 is under the auspices of the President of the Greek Republic, Mr. Prokopios Pavlopoulos, has the title "Into Orbit". More than 300,000 children around the world imagine traveling with their team to space, to explore, learn, and find solutions as universe scientists and engineers. During the season, teams will choose and solve a real problem within the Project. They will build, test and plan an autonomous robot to solve a set of missions in the Robot Game. During the preparation and duration of the contest, the children will work together and discover new research paths

There are qualifying games in Athens, Volos, Veria, Thessaloniki, Crete & Xanthi. Only the 1/3 of the participating teams will take part in the big final competition on March 2019 in Thessaloniki. In Volos, for second year, on February 2, 2019 at the University of Thessaly (Argonafton and Filellinon) more than 120 children from Larissa, Trikala, Karditsa and Volos will take part to the semi-final competition solving a realistic problem about space and its mysteries. An exclusive organizer for Greece and Cyprus is the eduACT (Educational and Non-profit Association), which aims to promote innovative educational practices and technology. Strategic partner and co-organizer for the whole region of Thessaly is the University of Thessaly through the Development and Management Company University of Thessaly
An informative meeting and a brief presentation of the Competition, the track and this year's missions to coaches and mentors who are interested in taking part with their teams will take place on Friday 16 November 2018 at 19:30. at the Amphitheater of the former French Institute (G. Kartali-Rozou, Volos). For more information, please call 6944965406 (Mr. Kourias) and 2421074636 & 6974007962 (Mr. Proias) or visit www.eadp.uth.gr


First Prize at the European Xilinx Open Hardware 2018 Competition

The students Nikos Katsaros and Nikos Patsiatzis received the first prize in the Xilinx Open Hardware Design Contest 2018 competition, organized by Xilinx, the world's largest FPGA manufacturing company. Their project "Real Time HOG Implementation", first among European universities, was part of their thesis (supervisor Nick Bella). About a hundred teams of undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral students from around Europe took part in the competition. The two students were awarded at a ceremony held at Xilinx headquarters in Dublin.


Research project GAIA (Diophantos and TALOS University of Thessaly)

The research team Diophantos has developed and continuously expanded an Internet of Things infrastructure into school buildings in Europe to save energy. The target is to develop relevant teaching content addressed to all levels of education. At present, Diophantos coordinates the European project “Green Awareness In Action” (H2020 GAIA, http://gaiaproject.eu/), which involves schools from Greece, Italy and Sweden. GAIA aims to save energy in school buildings through an educational approach by changing the behavior of the educational community. Students and teachers will take detailed measurements about the energy consumption. In this context, collaboration begins with the TALOS educational robotics, programming and constructions team, University of Thessaly. Diophantos will directly expand the infrastructure with sensors in the building where the group (ex. French Institute, G. kartali 72 and Rozou str.)) and the 8th Gymnasium of Volos. With this research program, access will be given to environmental data from these sensors at the university team TALOS, as well as to students and teachers, in order to implement new educational actions based on modern ICT technologies. At the same time, it will bring together students and teachers with their respective educational communities from 22 schools and 3 countries.

More information soon on our website ... www.talos.uth.gr and www.eadp.uth.gr.


The Inauguration of the New Rectorate

On 14-09-2018, a Ceremony and a Press Conference about the Inauguration of the New Rectorate of the University of Thessaly was held at the Conference Room of the Rectorate Hall of the Papastratos building, with the presence of the current Rector and the members of the Rectorate Council. The former Rector, Professor George Petrakos, wished every success, presented a brief overall report of the work during the four-year period, 2014-2018, and placed himself at the disposal of the new Rector. The new Rector, Professor Zissis Moumouris, thanked Mr Petrakos for the work of the previous administration and referred to the main issues that will concern the Administration of the University of Thessaly in the new four-year term.


Hippocrates. The Eternal Return.

A series of events called “Hippocrates -The Eternal Return” has been successfully concluded for the second consecutive year, in honor of the father of Medicine. The series of events were under the auspices of H.E. the President of the Hellenic Republic Mr Prokopios Pavlopoulos, co-organized by the School of Medicine of the University of Thessaly, the Region of Thessaly, the Municipality of Larissa, the Association "Hippocrates in Larissa", the Medical Association of Larissa and the Panhellenic Medical Association.


University of Thessaly and TALOS project

University of Thessaly and TALOS project. This year marks the second anniversary of the seamless operation of the innovative robotics, programming and creative craft workshops which continue with tremendous success this year for hundreds of students between the ages of 5 to16.

Since 2016, the University of Thessaly, by making full use of material and human resources, co-ordinates and implements with great success the self-financed project TALOS. In the framework of the programme, apart from the innovative creation and expression workshops involving children in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team of highly trained scientists and trainers (faculty members, PhDs, Doctoral Candidates, postgraduate students), several distinctions in domestic and international competitions have already been noted (the team qualified for the finals of the FLL international robotics competition among 170 teams from all over Greece, ranking among the 10 most prominent teams in the European AstroPiest ESA competition among 250 teams from all over Europe, also receiving an award for the original robotic seismograph in the relevant Pan-Hellenic Competition and receiving a team award by the President of the Hellenic Republic for innovative educational actions in the wider region of Thessaly etc.). For the year 2018-2019, TALOS's is going to carry out a series of enriched workshops based on new partnerships on both a local and national level, always focusing on bringing children into creative youth development technological scenarios as well as involving them in scenarios in which the use of modern tools is necessary, focusing on issues of aesthetic and tactile creation.


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