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Official visit of the delegation of Khalifa University of Abu Dhabi at the University of Thessaly

The delegation of Khalifa University in Abu Dhabi visited University of Thessaly on February 22, 2019.
The members of Khalifa University delegation led by Prof. Leontios Hadjileontiadis, President of the Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering, were Ekaterina Bran, Coordinator of the Graduate Studies Office and Sultan Al Breiki Admission Office coordinator. The representatives of Khalifa University were welcomed at University of Thessaly by Prof. Zissis Mamouris, Rector and Prof. Ioanna Laliotou, Vice Rector of Research and Lifelong Learning.



The President of Greece honored the Greek Delegation of the Olympiad on Astronomy & Astrophysics

Last Sunday, February 17th, the President of Hellenic Democracy, Mr Prokopis Pavlopoulos invited the Olympic Team of Astronomy and Astrophysics, so as to honor the Members of the Greek Delegation, which participated in the 12th International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics in Beijing, China. This year Greek Team won 2 bronze medals (BM) and 3 honorable mentions (HM).
The honored students were: Bania Aggelina (BM), Poultourtzidis Ethymios (BM), Gakis Dionysios (HM), Giannissis-Manes Argyrios (HM) and Kakogiannis Christos (HM).
Except for the students, the President honored the teachers or just Members of the Team, who were: Zachilas Loukas, Chief of the Greek Team, Assistant Professor at the University of Thessaly, President of the Society of Astronomy and Space, Papathanasiou Hara, Lecturer in Astrophysics at the University of Leiden, the Netherlands, Vourliotis Manos, Observer, Ph.D. Candidate at the Univ. of Athens, and Xenakis Christos, Counselor of Physics’ teachers.


41 Students from around the World and Refugee Students from the city of Trikala Participated in Games at the Department of Physical Education and Sports Sciences

The Laboratory of Exercise Psychology and Quality of Life of the Department of Physical Education and Sport Science of the University of Thessaly has consistently carried out the refugee training programs in recent years. These programs aim at educating students on intercultural issues by focusing on promoting equality in society through the social integration of refugees and in combating xenophobia and racism by providing equal opportunities for participation in sports and physical activities.


Higher Education project ALIEN

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the University of Thessaly coordinates the Erasmus+ Capacity Building for Higher Education project ALIEN: Active Learning in Engineering Education, which is funded by the European Commission. The aim of the research project is the upgrading of higher education at engineering schools in Asia. The project consortium includes 17 university partners, 12 of which are from Asia, and more specifically Malaysia, Vietnam, Nepal, Cambodia, and Pakistan; 5 from Europe, and more specifically from Portugal, Bulgaria, Estonia, United Kingdom, and Greece. Within the framework of the research programme an active learning methodology is developed for engineering schools. The proposed solution includes the creation of laboratories in Asian universities, the development of a digital platform for active learning, and the training of specialists for the integration of active learning as a basic methodology in higher education curricula. The 2nd Consortium meeting was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 9-11 January 2019 with the participation of the University of Malaya (Malaysia), University Tenaga Nacional (Malaysia), Kathmandu University (Nepal), Tribhuvan University (Nepal), ISRA University (Pakistan), National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences (Pakistan ), Mean Chey University (Cambodia), Institute of Technology Cambodia (Cambodia), University of Battambang (Cambodia), Hanoi University (Vietnam), Hanoi University of Science and Technology (Vietnam), Vietnam National University (Vietnam), University of Gabrovo (Bulgaria), Porto Polytechnic (Portugal), Tallinn University (Estonia), University of Central Lancashire (United Kingdom), and University of Thessaly. During the meeting, the partners of the research programme had the opportunity to collaborate in the design of learning services that combine the problem-central learning with technology. The proceedings of the meeting were officially commenced by the Vice Rector of the University of Malaya Prof. Dr. Kamila Ghazali and the Dean of the Faculty of Computer Science of the University of Malaya, Prof. Dr. Abrizah Abdullah. Scientific coordinator of the research program is Hon. Prof. Elias Houstis and organizing officer is Dr. Hariklia Tsalapatas. More information about the program is available at the http://projectalien.eu.


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.


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