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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.

 

Lifelong Learning Centre (KEDIVIM)

Lifelong Learning Centre (KEDIVIM) (Video)

 

4th Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility (CSUM2018)

The University of Thessaly, Department of Civil Engineering, Traffic, Transportation and Logistics Laboratory – TTLog, organized the 4th Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility – CSUM2018 which was held at “THE SKIATHOS PALACE HOTEL”, in Skiathos Island, Greece on 24 – 25 May 2018. The Conference focused on Data analytics: Paving the way to sustainable urban mobility, as a sequence on the themes of the previous three events on green modes of transport, the impact of ITS in transit services and behavior, and the anthropocentric approach in urban mobility planning. The increasing and demanding needs for transport services, alleviating at the same time the consequences on the sustainability of the urban agglomeration and environment, place the emerging technologies as the top priority of the involved stakeholders. In the era of big data and digitization, the interest is set to meet the challenge of providing high level mobility services through exploring the new capabilities opened to the domain. Data mining, data analytics and machine learning techniques are in play. GPS and smart personal appliances, point detectors and social media are indicative sources providing ample information, which when handled properly is transformed to vital knowledge for better planning and achieving sustainable mobility.
The geospatial perspective of big data is discussed in some researchers’ work, which focuses on social networking and the usage of crowdsourcing in affecting mobility planning and travelers behavior. Urban space plays an important role in the livable city and its preservation is associated to eco friendly travel activities and transportation infrastructure design and some conference papers demonstrate that. Controlling CO2 emissions is the main concern of policy makers, who promote and favor mobility as a service and collaborative and cooperative transportation systems. Relevant topics are covered by researchers, in various applications. Incident detection, demand and traffic management, trip planning, shared infrastructure, shared connected and autonomous vehicles constitute some of the areas of research involving big data, depicted in another group of papers. Their applicability raises cyber security issues and the associated legal aspects, which are still under investigation, are addressed.
The above topics and many more were the content of CSUM2018. Delegates from 28 countries shared their interests, findings and experience. Following at least a three-round open review process, 103 papers of 268 authors were selected out of the 168 submitted, and were presented at the Conference, with the addition of three keynotes and two stakeholders’ presentations.

CSUM2018 was sponsored by:
- ATTIKI ODOS
- Marathon Data Systems
- SKIATHOSlife (media sponsor),

and, was supported by:
- European commission H2020 – PROJECT ALLIANCE (Enhancing excellence and innovation capacity in sustainable transport interchanges
- Region of Thessaly – Regional Unit of Magnesia and Sporades
- European commission H2020 – Project NOVELOG (New cooperative business models and guidance for sustainable city logistics).


Conference’s thematic areas were:
- Data-driven infrastructure management
- Transport data and analytics
- Big data and transport modelling
- Big data in transport system optimization
- Social networks and traveller behavior
- Traffic emissions and environmental impacts
- Public transport and demand responsive systems
- City logistics systems
- Application of big data technologies in transport
- Data security and legal issues

For more information about the programme and the activities of CSUM2018, please visit our website: http://csum.civ.uth.gr/.

On behalf of the Organizing Committee of CSUM2018,
CSUM2018, CONFERENCE SECRETARIAT
University of Thessaly, Department of Civil Engineering
Traffic, Transportation and Logistics Laboratory - TTLog
Pedion Areos, GR-38334
Volos, Greece
Tel.: +30-2421074164, +30-2421074158, +30-2421074191
Fax: +30-2421074131
E-mail: infocsum@civ.uth.gr
Conference website: http://csum.civ.uth.gr/

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Press Release For The 2018 Fish Farming Conference On "The Greek Fish Farming As The Leader Of Development Of The National Economy"

The 2018 Fish Farming Conference on "The Greek Fish Farming as the Leader of Development of the National Economy" was held at Domotel Kastri Hotel on 22 & 23 June 2018, under the auspices of the Presidency of the Hellenic Republic.

The main purpose of the conference was to bring together everyone involved in aquaculture; scientists and professionals both from Greece and the European Union, and to start a fruitful dialogue on the issues that concern the sector in Greece.

The President of the Hellenic Republic, Prokopis Pavlopoulos, gave a welcome speech and among the keynote speakers of the conference was the Rector of the University of Thessaly, Professor Georgios Petrakos. The Professor of Urban Planning of the University of Thessaly, Mr. Dimitris Economou, expounded on his proposition on "Special Spatial Planning for Aquaculture: Axes of a Future Review". Assistant Professor Panagiotis Verilis of the Department of Agriculture, Ichthyology and Aquatic Environment of the School of Agricultural Sciences of the University of Thessaly, expounded on his proposition on “Greek Aquaculture: Research and Development for Global Leadership".

 

Centaurus Racing Team achievement

The Centaurus Racing Team, comprised of students from the Mechanical Engineering Department of the University of Thessaly, managed 1st place in the Engineering Design category of the Formula Student (Class 2) competition, which took place in Silverstone, UK, (11-15 July 2018). In the competition, which hosted 32 international student teams, the Centaurus Racing Team ranked 2nd in the Class 2 competition.

 

“Saxophone Soundscapes” concert

A special concert titled "Saxophone Echocopia" was held on Wednesday, July 4, 2018 at 20:30 at the amphitheater "G. KORDATOU "University of Thessaly, Volos. The Athens Saxophone Quartet, one of the most important ensembles of chamber music, performed works by J. S. Bach, Dinos Constantinides, Nickitas Demos, W. A. ​​Mozart, Athanasios Zervas, Dimitris Themelis and Thodoris Karathodorou.

The primary purpose of the Quartet, as reflected in the structure of the program, is the promotion and dissemination of contemporary Greek art, and the interpretation of selected works from world music literature. Mr. Athanasios Zervas, founding member of the Quartet, in his greeting and his introductory position, said:

"It is a great honor for the Athens Saxophone Quartet to be near you today to share with you an interesting, appreciated, musical program. The scholarly differentiation reflected in the structure of the program, with academic projects and projects characterized by a certain communicative immediacy, creates interesting correlations. At the same time, we feel great joy and thrill that we are in this place that has provided so much, with the University, the Greek culture, the arts and the sciences. On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the founding of the University of Thessaly, my colleagues and I personally wish this spiritual institution to continue to pioneer and contribute to a pulsating research with the primary purpose of disseminating useful research results to society. "

The concert was attended by teachers from the university's university community, students, music students, and a crowd from the volunteer audience of Volos.

 

Professor Stavroula Kaldi from the Department of Primary Education, speaker in the international conference IV INTERNATIONAL FORUM ON TEACHER EDUCATION in the Kazan Federal University in Russia

From May 22 to May 24 2018, Professor Kaldi Stavroula, from the Department of Primary Education of the University of Thessaly, was an invited speaker to the IV INTERNATIONAL FORUM ON TEACHER EDUCATION on the subject of “PROFESSIONALISM OF THE TEACHER AS A CONDITION OF THE QUALITY OF EDUCATION”. The conference took place in the Kazan Federal University in the republic of Tatarstan in the Volga Federal District, Russia.

The conference was realized under the auspices of the Ministry of Science and Education of the Russian Federation and the Russian Academy for Education in collaboration with the International Study Association on Teachers and Teaching. Mrs. Kaldi received a formal invitation to present, in a keynote speech, subjects related to her scientific interests upon her collaboration with Professor Roza Valleva from the Institute of Psychology and Education of the Kazan Federal University. The keynote speech on “Student teachers’ journey to teaching: self-efficacy beliefs, motivation and sources of support during school practicum” was about the teaching practices of prospective instructors.  During the conference, issues related to the professional development of educators as a prerequisite for the quality of education were presented and discussed by both distinguished and young scientists in the field of pedagogy and education. The conference met with great success. The organization of the conference was excellent and its public exposure was strengthened by the participation and speeches of the Rector of the Kazan Federal University, of the Deputy Minister of Science and Education of the Russian Federation as well as that of the Rector of the Pedagogical University of Moscow. The conference coordinators, who were Russian scientists and staff, were praised for their impeccable hospitality to all participants and particularly to the invited speakers. In tandem with the scientific programme of the conference, the participants were also made familiar with the Russian and Tatar culture ascertaining the peaceful coexistence of various different nationalities and religions. It is worth mentioning that the Russian colleagues of the Kazan Federal University, upon communication with Professor Kaldi, organized a visit to a Kazan public school (the 122nd School of Kazan where 1500 pupils of Primary and Secondary Education study). Mrs. Kaldi was pleasantly surprised to discover that the students had chosen to allot some space dedicated to Greece quite a while ago.

The conference was an opportunity to meet and cooperate with internationally distinguished scientists in the field of Pedagogy and to explore a possible future collaboration with the University of Thessaly.  

 


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