Public Relations & Press Office
Thursday, July 26 2012

Successful completion of NCSR “Demokritos” Summer School 2012


On Friday, July 20th 2012, the yearly two-week Summer School of NCSR “Demokritos” that takes place at the facilities of the Center in Agia Paraskevi, Attica was successfully completed. It started on Monday, July 9th and was embraced with great enthusiasm as proven by the 900 applications that were received and the large number of participants (more than 350). At the fully occupied Central Auditorium of “Demokritos”, the largest multidisciplinary research center in Greece, acknowledged scientists invited the attendees to explore the recent opportunities in the fields of science research and technology.

The schedule of the Summer School consisted of two lecture circles, one of general interest and one in the specialized study areas of: Environment–Energy–Safety, Advanced Materials and Micro- Nanotechnology, Basic Research in Natural Sciences, Computer Science and Telecommunications, Life Sciences, New Technologies for Cultural Heritage studies.

During the first day of the School, Mr. Vasilis Zorbas, Mayor of Agia Paraskevi, Dr. Nikolaos Kanellopoulos, President and Director of “Demokritos” Research Center and Dr. Christos Tsamis, Head of Education at the Center, gave brief welcome speeches to the participants. In his introductory speech, “In Search of Wisdom through Science”, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at the Athens University Medical School, Georgios Chrousos, reviewed the steps and procedures of scientific research through a philosophical approach. Prof. Chrousos also presented his innovative research on the neuroendocrine factors associated with the stress system.

The participants of this year’s Summer School took a live virtual tour of the facilities of the famous CMS experiment at CERN Research Center in Switzerland, which aims to confirm the discovery of the famous Higgs boson. Dr. Theodoros Geralis, Principal Researcher at Demokritos’ Institute of Nuclear and Particle Physics, presented the Center’s contribution to this large and long-term project that could complete the Standard Model of particle physics and provide an explanation for the creation and function of the universe. Studying the understanding of the cosmos by Ancient Greeks, the Associate Professor in Space Physics at the University of Athens, Xenophon Moussas, uncovered the mysteries of the Antikythera Mechanism, by far the most technologically sophisticated artifact that survives from antiquity.

The participants were given the opportunity to meet and listen to lectures of distinguished scientists that work and teach in foreign institutions. Among the speakers that participated in the lecture circle of general interest, Prof. Nikolaos Mavridis, Director of the Interactive Robots and Media Lab at New York University at Abu Dhabi, invited the participants to explore the future of Embodied Intelligence through human-interaction robots and social networks. Prof. Konstantinos Konstantopoulos, Chair of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at The John Hopkins University, presented integrating engineering and biology methods that can be used to broaden our understanding of metastatic cancer. Furthermore, CERN’s researcher Dr. Jean-Marie Le Goff came to Athens to give a lecture on the industrial and medical applications of accelerators, especially in the radioisotope production.

In the fields of computational biomedicine and imaging, Prof. Dimitris Metaxas, founder of the Computational Biomedicine, Imaging, and Modeling Center at Rutgers - The State University of New Jersey, and Prof. Ioannis Kakadiaris, Director of the Computational Biomedicine Lab at the University of Houston, gave presentations on the results of their different research projects and the applications of these to computer vision, medical image analysis, face recognition, computational behavior analysis and cardiovascular informatics. Furthermore, Prof. Fillia Makedon, Head of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington, explored how intelligent user interfaces are used for behavior monitoring, diagnosis and rehabilitation in different medical conditions, such as Alzheimer's, Cerebral Palsy, Depression, etc.

In the field of advanced materials, Antony Beris, Professor at the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Delaware, presented his research on recent methods of modeling and simulation of flow processes in complex materials, while Doros Theodorou, Professor at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the National Technical University of Athens, suggested innovative approaches to computer modeling of matter. Dr. Athanasios Dimoulas, researcher at Demokritos’ Institute of Advanced Materials, Physicochemical Processes, Nanotechnology and Microsystems, examined the current trends in nanoelectronics and Dr. George Vekinis, Head of the Advanced Ceramics Laboratory of the same institute, explored the grand challenges for advanced materials in human space exploration.

Demokritos’ Summer School 2012 organized two information days, on the topics of “Scholarships and Graduate Studies” and “Innovation and Entrepreneurship”, which were both open to the public. During the first information day, representatives from the State Scholarships Foundation, the Fulbright Foundation, the British Council, the German Academic Exchange Service, the Embassy of the Netherlands and the French Institute informed the attendees of the scholarship and graduate studies opportunities in Greece and abroad. The purpose of the second information day was to point out the importance of enhancing the link between research and development, which constitutes one of the basic steps in order to meet the recent development goals. Also, the thrust on innovation was explored under the prism of entrepreneurship, through a seminar class, lectures and also presentations of startups, companies that have shown positive results and progress for the time being.

Demokritos’ Summer School 2012 is sponsored by the Greek Atomic Energy Commission and TITAN Group, while supported it as communication sponsor.

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