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Athens Science Festival 2018

Science without Borders
Technopolis City of Athens
24th – 29th April 2018

Athens Science Festival (ASF18) returns for the 5th consecutive year with a program beyond… limitations, full of new ideas and creativity. As an educative and cultural landmark that has enthused the audience of Athens and the whole of Greece with Science, Technology and Innovation, this coming April ASF18 aspires to present the most exciting, attractive and creative scientific advancements free of limitations, prejudice and political conventions to people of all ages.
From the 24th to the 29th of April, at Technopolis City of Athens, a diverse program with a rich set of exhibitions, presentations, workshops, screenings and discussions – speeches by prominent Greek and foreign scientists, will give visitors the opportunity to engage with and celebrate the liberating power of science. With this year’s motto “Science without Borders” we will all indulge into how scientific discoveries can go beyond geographic, cognitive and conceptual boundaries and create new perspectives and new ways of exploring the human intellect.

The Athens Science Festival is organized by

  • the educational non-profit organization in Science Communication, SciCo,     (Theo Anagnostopoulos, PhD Founder and General Manager, SciCo, Ashoka Fellow m:+306977431304 | e:theo@scico.gr | w:www.scico.gr)
  • the British Council,
  • Technopolis City of Athens,
     the Onassis Foundation Scholars’ Association and the General Secretariat for Research and Technology.
  • It is launched in collaboration with academic, research and educational institutions.
    Leading people in the world of science are present at the Athens Science Festival  at Technopolis City of Athens 94 interactive events (50 interactive and 46 experimentalexhibitions) 35 workshops for children | 22 workshop for adults | 45 speeches |5 competitions and many moremorning and evening artistic events for all ages How do great scientists explore the great mysteries of the universe at CERN? How will our digital future be? Why should we be interestedin Martian pebbles? These and many more exciting questions will be answered to visitors of Athens Science Festival who are returning this year, more dynamically, for the 5th consecutive year.

From the 24th to the 29th of April, people of all ages will attend an exciting program with more than 200 different events, which will hopefully excite every advocate of knowledge and scientific avant-garde.

Some of the outstanding speakers will be:

Vasilios Nassis, an academic and a successful entrepreneur, founder of Netronix and pioneer in the field of Internet of Things. He will explain why millions of objects available online – from watches and cars to refrigerators and pressure gauges – can change the world, but also what business opportunities can arise through the vision of the Internet of Things.  Title: IoT: The Evolution of a New Industrial Revolution || Date & Time: April 25, 20:00 * With the support of the US Embassy in Athens.

James Beacham is one of the “stars” in experimental high-energy physics and a talented musician and movie director. In his speech he will explain how and why CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) can solve universal mysteries such as: What is Dark matter? Why gravity is so weak compared to other physical forces?
Title: A Big Bang on the Moon || Date & Time: April 29, 20.00

Vassilis Ntziachristos, an award-winning scientist, is the director of the Biological Imaging Center at Munich’s Polytechnic University. He will discuss about innovative applications and uses of light in medicine and biology that have opened new paths to diagnosis, treatment, and have led to the advancement of medical science. Title: Light and Sound: Magic, Science and Entrepreneurship || Date & Time: April 29th, 6pm * With the support of Goethe-InstitutAthen.

Carsten Mahrenholz, the co-founder of ColdPlasmaTech, will present a revolutionary product from this award-winning German company. By exploiting the properties of cold plasma, he has devised a bandage that activates the body’s own-repair mechanisms, enabling healing of chronic wounds and repairing serious skin lesions. Title: Med Tech: Science Fiction in Medical Practice || Date & Time: April 27, 19.00 * With the support of Goethe-InstitutAthen.

Joseph Sifakis, is a world’s leading computer scientist, who has been awarded the Turing Prize, or what is called the “Nobel Prize in Informatics”. A very exciting talk on the ways in which modern and emerging technologies improve our quality of life and help protect the environment. Title: Understanding and Changing the World || Date & Time: April 25, 19.00

Gábor Domokos, an award-winning academic and head of the Department of Engineering, Materials and Structures at the University of Technology and Economics in Budapest. He will share with us his fascinating experience duringhisquestfor the existence of bodies with stable and unstable points of balance – the Gömböc bodies, that were initially only theoretically proved to exist but eventually were discovered for real on planet Mars! Title: Gömböc, Earth and the gravel on Mars || Date & Time: April 25th, 6pm * With the support of the Hungarian Embassy in Athens.

With the help of science and people working in it andlook into things with no constraints or conventions, our world is changing.

Come and find out how, at the Athens Science Festival 2018.

Join us to discover a world free of boundaries, stereotypes and conventions at the
Athens Science Festival 2018.

Soon, with more science news in a festive mood! Stay tuned!

Days & Hours of Operation:
Tuesday 24 April: Opening Ceremony at 18.30
Wednesday 25th to Friday 27th April: 09:00 to 23:00
Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 April: 11:00 to 23:00

Information:
http://www.athens-science-festival.gr/

http://www.athens-science-festival.gr/en/press/

Technopolis City of Athens: Pireos 100, Gazi, 213 0109300, 213 0109324
press@athens-technopolis.gr ,

www.technopolis-athens.com

eTwinning project Space Adventures

In the past year, my students and I have participated in an eTwinning project called Space Adventures. Our partners were from France, Italy and Poland.

The main aim of the project is to acquire knowledge of the planets of the solar system, of exoplanets and of the ways to detect them.

Meanwhile, we also hope that students will expand their scientific English vocabulary. Not only due to the specific multilingual glossary of astronomy but also due to the collaborative activities and teamwork through which students had to gather material on famous astronomers, on planets and their environments and on modern exoplanet detection systems.

Coding was also part of the project together with the programming of software like Stellarium and of robots or drones to explore the schools. Students should improve their skills in this area too.

Final products:

  • A multilingual glossary of astronomy
  • Videos of school exploration
  • Biographies of Galileo, Copernicus, Le Verrier and Noordung
  • Jigsaw puzzles on planets
  • A scale model of the Solar System
  • An E-book for a report on the conference with scientists working on exoplanets

We planned the following activities:

Activity 1 : What do we know about the other countries?
Activity 2 : Create and vote for the best logo.
Activity 3 : A collaborative multilingual glossary of astronomy.
Activity 4 : Astronomers’ biographies.
Activity 5 : School exploration by “robots”.
Activity 6 : A video conference or a visit from an astronomer/astrophysicist as a role model. A discussion with scientists (from France and form Slovenian about exoplanets.
Activity 7 : Games for students about astronomy

Events with scientists:

Mr. Sean Raymond is an astronomer working at the Laboratory of Astrophysics in Bordeaux. In video conference meeting he explane us how they can find exoplanets.

Dr. Marija Strojnik (Scholl) is a senior professor at the Optical Research Center in Leon, Mexico. She visited Slovenian school beginning March when she visited Slovenia. Students asked her questions about exoplanets and about her work in Mexico. The questions were prepared with the cooperation of all partners.

All activities are on our TwinSpace: https://twinspace.etwinning.net/47471/home