Press Release
Athens, 17 December 2012

Successful participation of the NCSR “Demokritos” in the Festival of Science and Technology 2012 (FEST12)


FEST12, a science and technology festival that aims to familiarize the general public with the secrets of scientific thought, as well as with applications of research in everyday life, took place from Thursday 13th until Sunday 16th of December 2012 at the National Hellenic Research Foundation in Athens. This year, researchers from the NCSR “Demokritos” and other large Greek Research Centers presented recent scientific developments in various research fields.

At Demokritos’ pavilion, young and older visitors had the opportunity to discover the “magical” properties of some of the most innovative advanced materials, whose applications have brought revolution in science and technology. Specifically, the Center’s researchers presented a “flying” train that floats just a few centimeters above its rails in order to provide evidence of the ability of a superconductor to levitate above a material that is permanently magnetized.

At the same time, another research team from the NCSR “Demokritos”, in an attempt to explain how nanotechnology can be used in order to develop new materials, gave the opportunity to visitors to experiment with the piezoelectric phenomenon. Causing vibration on specially processed flexible surfaces, which are covered with a layer of nanofibers, the participants observed and understood how mechanical energy is converted into electrical.

The festival’s program also included educational events, theater shows, children’s crafts, scientific discussions, science movie screenings and live musical program.

Photographs from the participation of the NCSR “Demokritos” in the Festival of Science and Technology 2012 (FEST12):




















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.


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