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Professor of the University of Thessaly Dimitrios Kouretas Candidate for the Canada ARRELL FOOD INSTITUTE Award for Innovation with Social Impact.

The Professor of the Department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology, Demetrios Kouretas, is among those selected last week to be candidates for the Arrell Food Institute of Canada's Food Innovation Award.

The nominations were many and from various countries. Candidates proposed universities from different countries. The Greek candidate proposed the University of Athens and in particular the Biological Chemistry Laboratory of the Medical School of the University of Athens.

Mr. Kouretas is a professor and director of the Laboratory of Animal Physiology in the Department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology in the University of Thessaly, Larissa, and has been distinguished many times for the foundation of a standard laboratory research facility in Europe.

The Arrell Food Institute awards two scientists, annually, in recognition of their global research contribution to the fields of nutritional innovation and health improvement with a strong social impact. The prize amounts to 100,000 Canadian dollars. Professor Mr. Kouretas and his scientific team at the University of Thessaly have been recognized repeatedly, both on a national and international level, for their scientific research and for their business implementation.

With funding from national and European programs, Mr. Koureta's research team conducts basic and applied research to elucidate the mechanisms of action of bioactive molecules with antioxidant properties and ultimately to create biofunctional foods with a clear claim to improve the antioxidant defense of the body. The creation of bioactive foods based on goat milk and the creation of an innovative measuring equipment for antioxidants in the blood are two of the many innovations of Mr Kouretas' laboratory and are nominated for the Arrell Food Institute's international prize.

Professor Koureta's proposal for this candidacy was made by the University of Athens, in recognition of his outstanding scientific research, his unrelenting effort to promote scientific and public perception of human nutrition, food production and consumption, and his dedication to utilize its achievements in a way that eliminates many of the negative consequences of the economic crisis that has afflicted Greece.

 

Conservation and management of the Lesser Kestrel (Falco naumanni) at three Greek SPA sites

The LIFE Nature program "Conservation and management of the Lesser Kestrel (Falco naumanni) at three Greek SPA sites" (Falco naumanni) in 3 Special Protection Areas (SPAs) of Greece was selected as one of the three Best of Europe's Best LIFE Nature projects.
The program was implemented from June 2012 to October 2016 with the coordinator of the Laboratory of Ecosystems Management and Biodiversity of the University of Thessaly (Project Manager: Professor Athanassios Sponggaris) and collaborators of the Hellenic Ornithological Society Conservation Consultants Ltd. (NCC), the Riga Feraiou Municipality and the Carls-Mavrovouni-Kefalovrysos Velestinos Management Agency. It included two axes: 1. The conservation of the kestrel population in Thessaly, 2. The management of the locust habitats, which essentially concern the rural ecosystems and the meadows of Eastern Thessaly.
Because the kestrel is a globally threatened migratory species, the three Special Protection Areas (SPAs) of Thessaly host more than 75% of Greece’s population and 6% of the European Union’s population. At the same time, due to the fact that the species nest in buildings within villages and feed on crops and meadows, any management measures for landfill sites were basically a management intervention in the countryside and grassland ecosystems of the area. Moreover, because the main food of the kestrel are locusts and other crop invertebrates, the influence of the applied agricultural practices on its survival is pivotal. Finally, farmers and stock-breeders can, on the one hand affect the kestrel population, and, on the other hand, can benefit from the kestrel management measures.

 

Τhe Audi-o-Mentia Group of the University of Thessaly (Department of Computer Science and Biomedical Informatics) was awarded at the international IEEE Region 8 (54 countries)

The Audi-o-Mentia team of the University of Thessaly (Department of Computer Science and Biomedical Informatics) was awarded at the international IEEE Region 8 (54 countries) competition. The distinguished students of the University of Thessaly are Lena Bouba, Argyris Gkogidis, Ioanna Charalambou and the Ph.D. candidate Evi Kokkinou, while Argyro Daliani (Department of Informatics, University of Piraeus) also participated. Mentor of the group is the Assistant Professor Athanasios Kakaroundas. The group's proposal concerns the development of a home-based support system for people with dementia and their relatives, and is based on the principles of music therapy, extending the tools of health care professionals outside the clinic, throughout the day. The technology is based on intelligent speakers and an application to associate people with sensible sounds / music by the dementia sufferer. The first prize amounts to a $ 750 cash prize and a $ 10,000 funding through EPICS to students for the realization of their idea. It should also be mentioned that the whole project was realized with the the assistance of the scientific advisor Dr. Vasileios Kokkinos of the Department of Neurosurgery, Medical School, University of Pittsburgh, PA, USA) who contributed significantly to the scientific documentation of the idea. Please note that the Audi-o-Mantia is a group member of the A2rTEST creative team with approximately 50 students from the School of Sciences of the University of Thessaly (and not only) participating in numerous exhibitions and competitions.

 

Award of the IEEE Student Annex to the School of Sciences of the University of Thessaly

The IEEE Student Branch awarded the School of Sciences of the University of Thessaly the Region 8 Exemplary Student Branch for the 9th consecutive year. The University of Thessaly (Lamia) IEEE Student Branch is considered to be one of the most active student branches in the world, the only one that has received this distinction so many times, setting an informal record in the IEEE Region 8 (with 54 countries being involved). The award ceremony took place during the six-month meeting of representatives of the countries participating in IEEE, which this year was held in Athens.
Inset photo (from right to left): Maria Sapounaki (Vice-president of the student branch, University of Thessaly - Lamia), Sofia Tsaiopoulou (winner of IEEE Region 8 Educational Activities Acceleration Program, University of Thessaly - Lamia) Prof. Athanasios Kakaroundas (Vice President of IEEE Greece Section), Prof. Nektarios Koziris (President of IEEE Greece Section), Stamatis Dragoumanos (Head of Educational Activities IEEE Greece Section).

 

Award to the Student Sophia Tsagiopoulou of the University of Thessaly

A student of the University of Thessaly (Department of Computer Science and Biomedical Informatics) was awarded at the international competition “IEEE Region 8 Educational Activities Acceleration Program” (with 54 countries being involved). The proposal of the student Sofia Tsaiopoulou and the Supervisor Assistant Professor Athanasios Kakaroundas won the first place in the "University Education" category. The proposal concerns the creation of alternative educational material based on electronic games to enhance education on issues related to the formal curriculum. The proposal is the outcome of a 2.5 year-study in which students used computer games during a course in "Logical Design" and demonstrated a higher performance in successful completion than students who did not use this material.
The inset photo shows (from right to left): Maria Sapounaki (Vice-president of the student branch, University of Thessaly - Lamia), Sofia Tsaiopoulou (winner of IEEE Region 8 Educational Activities Acceleration Program, University of Thessaly - Lamia) Prof. Athanasios Kakaroundas (Vice President of IEEE Greece Section), Prof. Nektarios Koziris (President of IEEE Greece Section), Stamatis Dragoumanos (Head of Educational Activities IEEE Greece Section).

 

Memorandum of Cooperation of the University of Thessaly with the Ministry of Rura lDevelopment and Food and the Ministry of Digital Policy, Telecommunications and Information

The University of Thessaly has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Rural Development and Food and the Ministry of Digital Policy, Telecommunications and Information to promote actions that modernize agricultural production and use precision farming methods. The Memorandum was signed at a special event in Karditsa on March 15, 2018 between the Ministers Apostolou and Pappa and the Rector of the University of Thessaly, Professor Georgios Petrakos. The Memorandum stipulates the development of research and pilot actions with operational capabilities in a range of applications that will improve the productivity of the agricultural sector.

The first application concerns the development of autonomous flying vehicles (drones) with multi-spectral and thermal cameras and appropriate software, which will record, process and transmit useful data to improve the efficiency of agricultural production.The cooperation is planned to be extended to a wide range of precision farming applications, in which the University, its Schools and Laboratories have the expertise and the technical know-how.

 

A Candidate Doctor of the Department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology of the University of Thessaly in an Ancient Ride with 43 Nobel Prize-winners

This year the world-renowned science forum, held annually in Lindau, Germany, will take place from 24 to 29 June 2018. The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings (http://www.lindau-nobel.org), as they are known, are a world-renowned forum, during which prominent and promising young scientists meet to exchange knowledge and insights through seminars, discussions and social events organized specifically for the occasion. Within the week, the new generation of scientists is inspired, trained and networked by this unique opportunity to reach out to the most important representatives of science.

The 2018 Forum is dedicated to Medicine / Physiology and 43 Nobel Prize-winners along with 600 young scientists (up to 35 years old) from around the world will participate. These young people were selected after a thorough assessment with strict criteria of their scientific training, their interest in research, their momentum for development, and above all, whether they belong worldwide to the top 10% of young scientists in their industry today. The process of evaluation and selection of young scientists has just been completed and among them is the Ph.D. candidate of the Department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology of the University of Thessaly, Mr. Efthimis Kyriakis, who is preparing his doctoral thesis, with a scholarship from IKY, inthe Laboratory of Structural and Functional Biochemistry of the Department under the supervision of Prof. Dim. Leonidas in the field of drug-directed drug design. It is the first time that a student of the Department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology is selected. This success, in addition to the scientific excellence of Mr. Kyriadis, also highlights the high level of scientific research and education in the Department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology.

 

Intensive course in Sport and Exercise Psychology


Α high quality postgraduate intensive course organized by the European Master in Sport & Exercise Psychology will be held in Trikala, Greece, at the Department of Physical Education & Sport Science of the University of Thessaly, from the 22nd to the 27th of January 2018.
This intensive course follows up last year's successful one, when our Department hosted 41 postgraduate students from 24 countries around the world, who attended classes delivered by 15 field experts. Participants enjoyed a multicultural experience, and had the opportunity to discover the Greek culture and hospitality.
"Our university often attracts international students," says the director of the postgraduate program and the  Dean of the School οf Physical Education and Sport Science of the University of Thessaly, Papaioannou Athanasios. And he continues, "The European Master in Sport & Exercise Psychology has been attended by more than 50 international students from 30 countries around the world, as well as from Greece, of course. Everyone always leaves with the best impressions. "
From the evaluation upon the end of the program:
“A great, once in a lifetime experience,  in 6 days you get to meet so many students and teachers from so many different countries”
“This was the greatest and most beneficial week I’ve had for a really long time»
«It was inspiring, informative, made my future clearer. I feel like I have a better understanding of my studies and what areas I am interested in.”
For more information about the program please visit the web site of the “European Master in Sport & Exercise Psychology” of the University of Thessaly

 

New Space Adventures for the TALOS Team of the University of Thessaly

 

In March 2017 five teams from Greek schools had the honour of being among the 45 winning teams selected to participate in the third phase of the first European Astro Pi competition, as announced by the European Space Agency (ESA). The students of these teams saw their experiments being performed at the International Space Station (ISS).

The competition included a total of 184 teams from 15 European countries and more than 1,800 students designed experiments for the ISS (International Space Station).

The five teams from Greece that participated in the final phase of the competition were: TALOS ed-UTH-robotix (Laboratories of Educational Robotics of University of Thessaly), Weightless Mass (Intercultural High School of Evosmos), 49th Astro Pi Teamwork (49th Primary School of Patras), Astro Traveller (12th Primary School of Petroupolis) and GKGF-1 (High School of Kanthos).

Astro Pi is the name of a small computer developed by the Raspberry Pi Foundation, in collaboration with the United Kingdom Space Agency and ESA (European Space Agency). There are already two Astro Pi on the International Space Station, where they are equipped with sensors that can be used to "run" scientific experiments. The first Astro Pi competition had as a goal for the students to design a scientific experiment that can "run" using Astro Pi sensors and write the programming code of Astro Pi so that this experiment could be performed on the ISS. The data generated by the experiments in space would be sent back to Earth and be distributed to the teams. Thus the students had the opportunity to work as real scientists and to analyze data collected in space.

In October 2017 TALOS students attending programming and algorithmic thinking courses took part in ESA's Astro Pi Competition with the aim of running the code of their experiments on ISS!

Our team's name this year is ASTROCODE and the idea submitted as a proposal in the first phase of the competition concerns the detection of ISS oscillations or rotations around its axis due to various causes such as possible cargo shift, connection to another space vehicle, accidental impact with a micrometeorite, change of solar collectors’ position etc. For the detection of all the above and the trigger of appropriate alarms, in case of violation of measurement values beyond the acceptable limits, the accelerometer and gyroscope sensors will be used.

The equipment that pupils will have at their disposal is a special sensor breadboard called Raspberry Pi SenseHat.

ESA (European Space Agency) informed us that our idea qualified for Phase 2, during which (7/11/2017) - 7/2/2018 our students will write their code and will plan Astro Pi to run their experiment at the International Space Station (ISS).

The third phase will concern data analysis and qualitative conclusions. Yet another great success for the TALOS team, the instructors, the children and the University of Thessaly along with the great prominence that will be given through this competition.

We, for our part, wish good luck to our programmers and our little astro-scientists!

 


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