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Closure Conference of the European Program of Creativity in Action to promote YOung enteprerNeurShip

On Thursday, June 22 2017, at 3 pm, at the Building of the Department of Economics of the University of Thessaly, the Closure Conference of the European Program of Creativity in Action to promote YOung enteprerNeurShip (CRAYON'S) was organized, along with the Workshop of Business Idea Development using LEGO® Serious Play®. The CRAYON'S program was carried out within the framework of the ERASMUS + program, with the participation of 5 countries, Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, Spain and FYROM. Greece was represented by the Department of Economics and the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Unit of the University of Thessaly. More than 80 participants from 12 different countries (participants from the 5 countries of the consortium as well as from Turkey, Slovenia, Italy, France, Norway, India and Russia) took part in the closure conference and the workshop. The conference’s chairman was: Professor Zoumboulakis Michel, Head of the Department of Economics, who presented the work and history of the Department of Economics, and the Assistant Professor, Mr. Stamboulis Yeoryios, who is responsible for the entrepreneurship classes in the University of Thessaly. He presented the projects and actions of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Unit. The invited speaker was Mr. Kokkinos Michalis, member of the Entrepreneurship Academy and founder of the tourism technology company Moptil Inc.

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Summer Camp of Social Entrepreneurship

From 19th to 23rd of June the Summer Camp of Social Entrepreneurship was held in Volos with great success. The Summer Camp took place under the IDEANNOVASHIP ERASMUS + European Program, and was organized by 6 partners from 6 different countries (Greece, Bulgaria, Spain, Turkey, Italy, Slovenia). During the week's training, 18 young participants with business concerns and social sensitivities from all 6 countries attended the Summer Camp. They were trained on entrepreneurship and, in particular, social entrepreneurship issues within the general context of education. They were also taught core and critical principles using non-conventional means of education. During the training, three innovative social business ideas were developed and presented to the project partners.

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Honoring of TALOS Team in the Educational Competition ‘Build your own seismograph’

A total of 25 school groups took part in the educational competition “Build Your Own Seismograph’. In the competition participated 147 students and 39 teachers from junior high schools and senior high schools throughout the country. The organizing committee congratulates all the participating groups on the quality of their projects. At the event, apart from the schools which were distinguished, there were also awards for the scientific validity and innovation of the projects that were carried out in the context of the competition.

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Summer Program of Creative Activity for Children

The program is realised with the solid support and counselling of distinguished faculty members of the University of Thessaly and the workshops are carried out by a group of post-doctorate students, PhD candidates, researchers, and specialised scientists.

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The Usefulness of Educational Robotics

Last Friday, 31/ 3/ 2017, the University of Thessaly and more specifically the team of instructors and coordinating supervisors of the self-financed project “TALOS 1: Creative workshops of robotics, programming and original creation for children”, participated in the great technology fest “Athens Science Festival” that was once more at the Technopolis of Athens, in Gazi. The University of Thessaly exhibited its own booth where students, educators and parents had the opportunity to get familiar with the use of educational robotics for all ages and also to experiment with programmable games, such as Lego WeDo 2.0 and EV3, within the framework of the suggested educational script “Robomars” with the subject: “planet Mars”. More than 500 people of all ages conversed with the instructors of the team, were informed about the new trends and the use of innovative tools in the modern classroom, and were briefed on how to operate constructions through visual programming environments. It is noteworthy that with the presence of TALOS in Athens Science Festival 2017, several visitors were also informed in detail about the educational activities of the team and the University of Thessaly in general, on the field of the educational utilisation of ICT, and expressed their awe for the achievements of our young programmers in the European Space Agency (ESA) competition titled Astro Pi.

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The processionary pine moth on pine trees- University of Thessaly in the front cover of an international scientific journal

The Journal of Economic Entomology, which is published by the Entomological Society of America, has chosen a theme from the scientific work titled “Evaluation of pheromone trap devices for the capture of Thaumetopoea pityocampa (Lepidoptera: Thaumetopoeidae) in southern Europe” for the front cover of its issue for June 2017. It is a photo capturing a procession (litany) of larvae of the processionary pine moth (Thaumetopoea pityocampa comes from the Greek θαυματοποιός= miracle maker), at the urban environment. The work was funded by the European Program LIFE PISA and carried out by the Laboratory of Entomology and Agricultural Zoology, at the Department of Agriculture, Crop Production and Rural Environment, under the scientific supervision of Prof. Christos Athanassiou. It is of great interest that, in the frame of LIFE PISA, the pine larva was studied for the first time simultaneously in three different Mediterranean countries, while scientific research has discovered and named a new pine moth species in science, Thaumetopoea hellenica, which can be found in Greece.

 

Important Distinction of the Civil Engineering Department: Financing Research through the European Programme ΙNTERREG V-A "GREECE - BULGARIA 2014-2020"

The Civil Engineering Department of the University of Thessaly announces its participation as a partner / beneficiary in the project "Water resources efficiency and conservative use in water supply systems - WATER RESCUE" (Funding: Cooperation Programme INTERREG VA "GREECE - BULGARIA 2014-2020", 2nd Call for Proposals). Coordinator of the proposal was Associate Professor V. Kanakoudis.
Specifically, 210 proposals were submitted by the two countries (Greece and Bulgaria) participating in the Cooperation Program, of which 49 were approved (23% success rate) and the WATER RESCUE proposal received the highest score.
The research project’s aim is the sustainable management of cross-border water resources and the achievement of conservative water use through the improvement of water quality throughout the whole water supply cycle, the increase of water efficiency and the reduction of the vulnerability of water resources to climate change. For the realization of the project, the University of Thessaly collaborates with the following organizations from the two countries involved: 1) Municipal Water Supply and Sewerage Company of Komotini, Greece (Lead Partner), 2) Municipal Water Supply and Sewerage Company of Thermi, Greece, 3) Municipality of Kardzhali, Bulgaria, 4) Municipality of Gotse Delchev, Bulgaria, 5) Municipal Water Supply and Sewerage Company of Thermaikos, Greece.
The coordination of the research project by the Civil Engineering Department of the University of Thessaly will contribute to linking academic research with the needs of the market in order to create mechanisms for detecting potential entrepreneurship and research excellence, especially in the field of drinking water management.

Further information:
Associate Professor Vasilis Kanakoudis (bkanakoud@uth.gr)

 

Important Distinction of the Civil Engineering Department: Financing Research through the new European Programme ΙNTERREG BALKAN-MEDITERRANEAN 2014-2020

The Department of Civil Engineering of the University of Thessaly announces its participation as a partner / beneficiary in the project "Urban water-energy cycle: from its source to its end-users and back to the environment - WATenERgy CYCLE" (Financing: Transnational Cooperation Programme Interreg Balkan- Mediterranean 2014-2020, 1st Call for Proposals). Coordinator of the project proposal was Associate Professor V. Kanakoudis.
Specifically, 384 proposals were submitted by the 5 countries (Bulgaria, Greece, Cyprus, Albania, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia) participating in the Transnational Cooperation Program, of which 37 were approved (9.6% success rate) and WATenERgy CYCLE proposal received the highest score.
WATenERgy CYCLE research project aim is to promote innovative technologies and strengthen transnational cooperation to improve environmental protection and water resources efficiency and energy efficiency among the 5 countries involved. For the implementation of the project, the University of Thessaly will cooperate with the following organizations at national and European level: 1) Municipal Water Supply and Sewerage Company of Larissa, Greece (Lead Partner), 2) Special Secretariat for Water, Ministry of Environment and Energy, Greece 3) Municipal Enterprise of Water Supply and Sewerage of Kozani, Greece, 4) Joint Stock Company Water Supply and Sewerage Korce, Albania, 5) Water Board of Nicosia, Cyprus, 6) Bulgarian Water Association, Bulgaria, 7) Public Communal Enterprise Water supply and Sewerage-Prilep, FYROM, 8) National Federation of Water Associations (EurEau), EU as an observer, 9) Water Supply and Sewer Association of Albania, Albania as an observer.
It is worth noting that EurEau's involvement ensures the European dimension in the joint formulation of drinking water lifecycle policies, in line with the EU 2020 Strategy, specifically on climate change and energy efficiency objectives and in line with the objectives of the Water Framework Directive 2000/60/EC. The coordination of the research project by the Department of Civil Engineering of the University of Thessaly will contribute to linking academic research with the needs of the market to create mechanisms for detecting potential entrepreneurship and research excellence, especially in the field of drinking water management.

Further information:
Associate Professor Vasilis Kanakoudis (bkanakoud@uth.gr )

 

2nd Erasmus+ Staff Training Week

On Friday 7 April 2017 the 2nd ERASMUS+ STAFF TRAINING WEEK was successfully concluded. The Staff Training Week was hosted by the Department of Cultural Exchanges and Public Relations of the University of Thessaly. Seventeen (17) staff members participated in the Staff Week, from sixteen (16) different Universities all around Europe; Germany, Denmark, USA, Spain, Italy, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey and Czech Republic. During the Training Week there were sessions, discussions, and presentations of all the Universities by their respective attending representatives, aiming for the exchange of good practices and methods as well as for the strengthening of relations among the Universities. The participants had the opportunity, among others, to attend a 3-hour course on the Greek language and Greek traditional dances by the student dance group of the Department of Physical Education and Sport Science. The activities were extended beyond the facilities of the University of Thessaly, a visit to the traditional villages of Pelion and a visit to the Archaeological Museum of Volos were also part of the week’s programme. The visit to the Archaeological Museum was realized thanks to the impeccable collaboration with the Association of Friends of the Athanasakeion Archaeological Museum of Volos, offering a comprehensive tour of the museum in English.
The week’s activities covered any demands on professional knowledge and experience as well as the familiarization of the participants with the Greek culture and the University of Thessaly. This initiative falls into the wider range of activities for the internalization of our University within the Erasmus+ framework.

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