Press Release
Athens, 08 October 2012

Successful participation of NCSR “Demokritos” in the pan-European event
“Researchers’ Night” 2012


On Friday, September 28th, 2012, NCSR “Demokritos” participated in the largest yearly pan-European festival of science and research, “Researchers’ night”. The event took place from six o’clock in the evening until late at night at the National Hellenic Research Foundation in Athens. Scientists from “Demokritos” and other large Greek research organizations presented their research projects in young and older participants.

Demokritos’ pavilion captured the attention of the event’s enthusiastic visitors, due to the variety of scientific activities that were presented. Researchers from the fields of biosciences, computer science, environmental radiation and advanced materials, informed the general public and let them experiment with cutting-edge scientific research that will change our future.

The Night concluded with a star party, with live music and observation of Athens’ sky.

Participants from the NCSR “Demokritos”:

a. Institute of Informatics and Telecommunications:

- Personality-enabled human-computer interfacing
Dr. Stasinos Konstantopoulos, Dr. Vangelis Karkaletsis, Theodoros Varvadoukas, Giannis Mouchakis, Leonidas Papadopoulos
- Gov. Insight
Dr. George Giannakopoulos, Dr. George Paliouras, Dr. Ilias Zavitsanos

b. Institute of Advanced Materials, Physicochemical Processes, Nanotechnology and Microsystems:

- Magnetic levitation
Dr. Michalis Pissas, Dr. Demosthenes Stamopoulos, Manos Zeibekis, Irini Aristomenopoulou
- Vibrational Energy Harvesting
Dr. Christos Tsamis, Dr. Eleni Makarona, George Niarchos, George Voulazeris

c. Institute for Nuclear and Radiological Sciences and Technology, Energy, and Safety:

- Innovative tools and technologies for the integrated  assessment of the radiological status of the  environment  and human health
Dr. Eleni Florou, Dr. Panagiotis Kritidis, Chrisoula Psomiadou-Lykomitrou, Maria Sotiropoulou, Eleni Tzempelikou, Dr. Georgia Trampidou

d. Institute of Biosciences and Applications:

- Genes and Disease: Linking Molecular Biology with Nephropathies
Dr. Garyfalia Drossopoulou, Sophia Verouti
- Aromatic plants: sources of new natural repellents for protection against infectious diseases transmitted by mosquitoes and other blood-feeding invertebrates
Dr. Kostas Iatrou, Dr. Maria Konstantopoulou, Dr. Kostis Koussis, Dr. Panagiota Tsitoura, Dr. Georgia Kythreoti, Alexandra Amaral-Psarris, Dr. Luc Swevers, Dr. Vassiliki Labropoulou
- Pain remedy and drug addiction: Two sites of the same coin
Dr. Iro Georgoussi, Maria Papakonstantinou, Evi Vrana, Αnna Kritharidou, Lamprini Tsoutsi

Photographs from the event:

Demokritos’ pavilion at “Researchers’ night 2012” event
Demokritos’ pavilion at “Researchers’ night 2012” event
Demokritos’ pavilion at “Researchers’ night 2012” event
Dr. Georgia Trampidou performs radiation measurements in environmental materials
Dr. Garyfalia Drosopoulou explains how vitamin D can protect renal cells under normal and diabetic conditions
Dr. Iro Georgoussi explains why understanding of the mechanism of action of opioids can help develop new nonaddictive analgesics
Dr. Maria Konstantopoulou explains how aromatic plants can be used as sources of new natural repellents for protection against infectious diseases transmitted by mosquitoes and other blood-feeding invertebrates
Dr. Michalis Pissas explains the phenomenon of magnetic levitation by demonstrating a “flying” train
George Niarchos invites the visitors to apply vibrations in nanomaterials and experiment with the phenomenon of piezoelectricity
Dr. George Giannakopoulos explains how the web application gov.insight can process data from open government initiatives
Giannis Mouchakis invites the visitors to communicate in spoken natural language with an advanced human-computer interaction system
Dr. Stasinos Konstantopoulos presents the robot that is used in the lab in order to improve a human-computer interaction system

For the N.C.S.R. "Demokritos"

The National Center for Scientific Research (NCSR) "Demokritos" is the largest multidisciplinary research center in the country with substantial scientific research, technological and educational activities in the areas of: Health, Biology and Biotechnology, New Materials Micro & Nanotechnology, Environment - Energy and Sustainable Development, Information Technology & Telecommunications, Nuclear Physics & Elementary Particle Physics, Nuclear Technology & Radiation Protection, Cultural Heritage.


For more information please contact:

N.C.S.R. "Demokritos"
Public Relations & Press Office
Τel. +30-210-650-3002, 3040
Fax: 210-650-3260