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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!


Universal Competition of Educational Robotic Research and Innovation FIRST® LEGO® LEAGUE (FLL), "HYDRO DYNAMICS"

Have you ever wondered how we get the water we use in our everyday life? Whether it is to brush our teeth, to quench our thirst, to cook, or even to swim – everyone needs water! Does it come from the ground, from a river or from a lake? How can we be sure that it is safe to drink it, and what happens when it falls down the drain?

We will try to answer all these questions and even more along with the children but we will also learn about the amazing mechanisms used to protect the most valuable liquid good - water - in the context of the Universal Competition of Educational Robotic Research and Innovation FIRST® LEGO® LEAGUE (FLL), "HYDRO DYNAMICS", whose semi-final for the region of Thessaly and Central Greece will be exclusively organized by the University of Thessaly and the TALOS project team, on February 10 & 11, 2018 in Volos. At this important event, under the auspices of the President of the Republic for the school year 2017 -2018, and in which 80 more countries in the world will take place, the teams that will stand out will be able to represent their country in World Competitions in Europe, Asia and America.

The competition is for children aged 9 to 16, and has been designed to help them discover and love science and technology in the most experiential and playful way, by gaining confidence in their abilities and at the same time gaining valuable social and cognitive skills. This is the result of a collaboration between the Non-Profit Organization FIRST (R) ( For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) and the Education Sector of LEGO (R). Since 2013 it has also been organized in our country with great success by the non-profit organization eduACT (Action for Education).

Registrations have already begun online at: http://firstlegoleague.gr

For more information regarding the semi-final of Thessaly and Central Greece, please contact the local partner (University of Thessaly) at phone numbers 6974007962 (Mr. Proias), 6944965406 (Mr. Kourias) or talos.uth.gr website.


Ιnnovative  Eco Friendly Traps for the Control of Pine Lepidoptera in Urban and Recreational Places

We are happy to announce you the successful completion of the program LIFE PISA – Ιnnovative  Eco Friendly Traps for the Control of Pine Lepidoptera in Urban and Recreational Places.  Pine Lepidoptera can cause important problems to public health such as asthma, conjunctivitis, dermatitis, etc., especially to children, while they downgrade the recreational character of parks, public places etc. 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.  Α theme from the scientific work titled “Evaluation of pheromone trap devices for the capture of Thaumetopoea pityocampa (Lepidoptera: Thaumetopoeidae) in southern Europe” was chosen   by The Journal of Economic Entomology, which is published by the Entomological Society of America, 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. 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.

More information: http://www.lifepisa.eu/


European Mobility Week 2017

The European Mobility Week in the city of Volos was successfully conducted under the motto: SHARING GETS YOU FURTHER. The Week was completed on Friday, September 22, 2017, with the “Car-Free Day”, when various local clubs, institutions and schools took part in events aimed at easier, safer, and more affordable travel, air pollution reduction and the protection of our planet from climate change, in order to ensure a healthy living environment for future generations.

During the events, co-organized by the Municipality of Volos – Department for Sustainable Mobility, the University of Thessaly – Traffic, Transportation and Logistics Laboratory (TTLog) and the “Ippokampos” – Association of people with disabilities, the following actions took place:

  • Traffic education courses
  • Painting competitions
  • A mini bike tour
  • A symbolic blockade of the city’s main roads etc.

See more photos and videos from the “Car-Free Day”


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


The Department of Civil Engineering of the University of Thessaly announces its participation as a partner / beneficiary in the project "Networking for Reciprocal Safe Cross Border Water Supply towards a Worth Living Environment – SaveSafeWater" (Funding: ΙNTERREG IPA II Cross-border Cooperation Programme Greece-Albania 2014-2020, 2nd Call for Ordinary Project Proposals). Associate Professor V. Kanakoudis is the scientific coordinator of SaveSafeWater.

Specifically, 200 proposals were submitted by the two countries (Greece and Albania) participating in the CBC Program, of which 18 were approved, under Priority Axis 1. Promotion of the environment, sustainable transport and public infrastructure. SaveSafeWater received the highest score.

The main objective of SaveSafeWater is to increase the cross border infrastructure capacity in water management through efficient networking for reciprocal Safe cross border Water Supply (WS) towards a Worth Living Environment. For the implementation of the project, the University of Thessaly will cooperate with the following organizations from the two countries involved: 1) Association of Water Supply basin of Ioannina, Greece (Lead Partner), 2) Municipal Enterprise for Water Supply and Sewerage of Igoumenitsa, Greece, 3) Municipal Enterprise for Water Supply and Sewerage of Kefallonia, Greece, 4) Korça Water Supply and Sewerage Utility sh.a., Albania, 5) Regional Council of Korca, Albania.

The coordination of the research project by the Civil Engineering Department of the University of Thessaly will contribute to linking academic research with the market’s needs 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)


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