SciFY Academy: Nanotechnology

Friday, 12 July 2019

SciFY Academy: Nanotechnology

  • Applications that change our lives (?)
  • Threat or Opportunity for Culture & Society
  • Nanotechnology & Artificial Intelligence: The Great Composition

Celebrating the closure of the 4th year of SciFY Academy, we decided to focus on a topic that has been much debated but also very interesting, Nanotechnologies. So, we organized a series of presentations, looking at the issue from a different perspective in each seminar.

"Nanotechnology & Applications that change our lives (?)" was the first topic of the series were Dr. Eleni Makarona, Principal Researcher at the Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology at NCSR "Demokritos" and Dr. Konstantinos Giannakopoulos, Researcher at the Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology at NCSR Demokritos (Laboratory of Electronic Microscopy and Nanomaterials) introduced us to the magnificent world of Nanotechnology. Specifically, we learnt about its applications so far and how it is used in areas such as pharmacology, materials technology, environment etc.  


The second seminar of the series focused on the correlation of Nanotechnology with Society and Culture. More in detail at the event: "Threat or Opportunity for Culture & Society" Prof. Konstantinos Haritidis, Professor of the School of Chemical Engineering and Director of the Advanced, Complex, Nano and Nanotechnology Research Unit at the National Technical University of Athens and Dr. Ioannis Karatassios, Researcher at the Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology at NCSR Demokritos enlightened us on the institutional framework, security, moral limits and the benefits that Nanotechnology has to offer at a social and cultural level.  

Finally, the course on Nanotechnology was concluded with the future steps, the great collaboration with Artificial Intelligence. In the third seminar: "Nanotechnology & Artificial Intelligence: The Great Composition" speakers were Dr. Vassilis Konstantoudis, Researcher at the Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology at NCSR "Demokritos" ans Dr. George Giannakopoulos, Researcher of Artificial Intelligence at NCSR "Demokritos", Co-Founder of SciFY and BoD Member of the Hellenic Society of Artificial Intelligence, where they presented us how the two bigger trends in new technologies can be combined and what are the results of this great synthesis.

You can find all the presentations, as well as the educational material and the videos here (in Greek). In order not to lose any future SciFY Academy you can register here so that you are immediately informed about our next seminars.

We warmly thank INNOVATHENS as well as all of you where you contributed to realizing our vision of the free dissemination of knowledge!

28η SciFY Academy: Digital Transformation

On Thursday, February 28, the 28th SciFY Academy was held on "Digital Transofrmation," while the main question the speakers were asked to answer was: "How can I bring my business to today?" with the audience engaging with interesting and targeted questions.

Initially, Mr. Sergios Dimitriadis, a professor at Athens University of Economics and Business, laid the groundwork for our discussion, explaining what is Digital Transformation and gave us advice on how to implement such systems in our own business as well. Mr. Dimitriadis approached the issue mainly business-wise and you can find his presentation here

Mr. Miltiadis Kalambokas, responsible for Big Data and Analytics of the National Bank of Greece, he approached the issue of Digital Transformation from technological side in order to give to the attendees an overview of how Digital Transformation can work. More specifically, he shoed us examples of how Digital Transformation is being carried out and basically he explained to us the new program of National Bank for Digital Transofrmation and how that is being implemented. You can find Mr Kalabo's presentation here.

Finally, Mrs. Chrysa Kefalas, Pobuca-Sieben's Business Development Manager, was the most appropriate to close this event, as well as giving us practical tips to decipher our business, and gave us also several examples of successful and failed Digital Transformation attempts. You can find Ms. Kefalas's presentation here.

In order not to lose any future SciFY Academy you can register here so that you are immediately informed about our next seminars.
You can see the video of the event here (in Greek).

We warmly thank INNOVATHENS as well as all of you where you once again contributed to realizing our vision of the free dissemination of knowledge!

27th SciFY Academy: STEAM Education

Thursday, 20 December 2018

27th SciFY Academy: STEAM Education
How Interdisciplinarity and Art transform the learning experience

One of the hottest topics at the moment in the field of education is STEM Education and not unfairly. But what about Art? Can Art find a place within the STEM education? Yes. And that's exactly what the 27th SciFY Academy is about: "STEAM Education | How Interdisciplinarity and Art transform the learning experience". On Wednesday, 19th of December, we organized the last SciFY Academy Seminar of the year at INNOVATHENS, where teachers and students of various scientific fields and arts had the opportunity to learn that Art can be integrated into a STEM Education program while enhancing its results.

Initially, Mr. Aris Mavromatis from STEM Education Organization laid the groundwork for our discussion, talking about the basic STEM principles and how to integrate into formal and informal education programs, presenting the implemented educational actions of STEM Education Organization. Also, Mr. Mavromatis explained to us the role of Art in these programs and proved us to be an integral part of science.

Then Mr. Apostolos Papanikolaou from the Herakleidon Museum showed us how we can combine sciences such as Mathematics with Art through applied examples. While referring to a very successful training program that is already in progress.

You can see the video of the event here (in Greek).

We warmly thank INNOVATHENS as well as all of you where you once again contributed to realizing our vision of the free dissemination of knowledge!

26th SciFY Academy
Teaching Astronomy using Digital Tools

The participants of the 26th SciFY Academy: "Teaching Astronomy using Digital Tools" had the chance to take part in a unique experience on Thursday 29th of November at INNOVATHENS. Researchers, teachers and students of science, especially Astrophysics, as well as people interested in Astronomy attended this interactive event organized by SciFY - Science For You along with SciCo - Science Communication.

The aim of the seminar was how can we teach astronomy in the digital age and bring students back to the science that allows them to dream? So we had the opportunity to provide concrete ideas, practical ways and digital tools to the creative educators of the country to help disseminate interest in Astronomy.

SciFY, in particular, Vasilis Giannakopoulos presented us with educational games that SciFY created: "The Moondiver Xperience" the new free astronomy educational game for tablets and smartphones where participants had the chance to try live at the seminar . Then Mr. Vasilis Giannakopoulos presented two more Astronomy games through the Memor-i Studio platform, where everyone can easily create their own educational game.

SciCo then brought the participants into contact with both experiential and digital teaching methods relating to the exploration of space. They presented educational platforms where they were informed about games, digital scenarios of exploratory learning and citizen science projects for introducing students to the fascinating world of astronomy researchers. Participants also took part in experiential activities, using augmented reality applications where they saw our solar system three-dimensionally and explored the red planet.

You can see the speakers presentations as well as the video of the event here (in Greek).

We warmly thank INNOVATHENS and SciCo as well as all of you where you once again contributed to realizing our vision of the free dissemination of knowledge!

25th SciFY Academy
Artificial Intelligence & Digital Humanities

Continuing SciFY Academy Seminar on Artificial Intelligence, on Tuesday, October 30th students and IT and Humanities scientists attended the 25th SciFY Academy on Artificial Intelligence & Digital Humanities. In this seminar, we focused on the Humanities by presenting research groups, infrastructures, practical applications, and examples of projects, while we searched for ways in which we can transform digitally the concept of personal identity.

Speakers of the event were Dr. Giorgos Petassis, Dr Panos Konstantopoulos, Dr. Eleni Katsiadaki and Dr Manolis Patiiniotis. You can see the presentations as well as the event video here (in Greek).

We warmly thank INNOVATHENS as well as all of you where you once again contributed to realizing our vision of the free dissemination of knowledge!

24th SciFY Academy
Artificial Intelligence & Data in Journalism

On Thursday, September 20th, people from fields such as Technology, Information Technology, Journalism, etc were found for another seminar at INNOVATHENS for the first seminar of the new  academic year. SciFY Academy for September and October deals with Artificial Intelligence and Data as tools and how they are used in various scientific fields. Specifically, we refer to the role and applications of new technologies and Artificial Intelligence in Social and Human Sciences.

In September, the first part of the series, the 24th SciFY Academy had the topic: "AI & Data in Journalism" focusing on Journalism where we learned that a journalist can do better and faster research by using open data using Artificial Intelligence tools.

First, Dr. Michalis Vafopoulos from NCSR Demokritos spoke to us about the Google DNI OpJ project, which aims to reinforce the re-use of open economic data by facilitating search and access to the original source of data.

Then Dr. Georgios Petassis, also a researcher at NCSR Demokritos and CEO of Intellitech, presented us with examples (YourDataStories Project) so that we can visualize and analyze open government data to understand and exploit them for purposes of transparency and anti-corruption.

Finally, Dr. Giorgos Giannakopoulos, scientist at SciFY and researcher at NCSR Demokritos analyzed how a NewSum application could be a solution for extracting abstracts from many sources and thousands of news in a way that allows quick and efficient information distribution, always with reference to sources, while maintaining the possibility of verification. Indeed, the fact that this particular application, NewSum, works independently in language, which strengthens journalists and citizens around the world so that the impact could be multiplied.

You can see all event presentations here (in Greek).

We warmly thank INNOVATHENS as well as all of you where you once again contributed to realizing our vision of the free dissemination of knowledge!

23th SciFY Academy
Technology in Ancient Greece

The ancient Greek and Hellenistic technology was the subject of the 23rd SciFY Academy on Thursday, January 25, 2018 at INNOVATHENS.

Professor Theodosis Tassios led us to a charming historic journey from mythology to the beginnings of the Roman Empire.

Ancient Greek culture is impregnated with love in technology, and is practically reflected in its impressive growth in dozens of different areas.

Favored by the social and economic conditions of the time, the ingenuity of the Greeks has inherited amazing samples of technological innovation and application at every level - from small objects and games to large-scale construction projects.

War machines, river diversions, metering mechanisms, aqueducts, automated mines, medicine, machine components, telecommunications, pumps, shipbuilding and dozens of others create a constantly growing list that culminates in the wondrous mechanism of Antikythera.

You can watch Mr. Tassio's entire presentation here (in Greek).

22nd SciFY Academy | eLearning
Tools & Methodology 

On Tuesday 14 of Novemebr SciFY held at INNOVATHENS the 22nd SciFY Academy which was dedicated at: “eLearning: Tools & Methodology” where we understood the basics about eLearning and also learned how to exploit this knowledge as students and teachers as well.

More than 80 people from the field of education attended the seminar, which was aiming to highlighting the value and the practical applications of eLearning.

Initially, Mr Vasilis Giannakopoulos, Marketing & Impact Manager of SciFY, presented us with the new version of Electronic Games for Blind Children, Memori Online. In addition to the educational importance of games, Mr. Giannakopoulos also emphasized the ability of children in the new version to play Online with security with other players or even with their friends without having any significance if one or both players are blind or not. See the presentation of Mr. Giannakopoulos here. 

Then Mr. Yannis Arapoglou, e-Learning Solutions Architect & Moodle Expert and General Manager of WIDE Services, referred to the types of e-Learning and presented us: usage cases, tools and best practices on how to use the open source tool Moodle. See Mr. Arapoglou's presentation here.

Then a brief intervention was made by the Professor and Director of the Laboratory of Bioinformatics and Human Electrophysiology of the Department of Informatics of the Ionian University Dr. Panagiotis Vlamos, where he referred to the Distance Postgraduate Program "Bioinformatics and Neuroinformatics" and to eLearning platforms at Higher education.

Finally, Dr Spyros Doukakis, educator, academic development consultant at Pierce-American College of Greece and specialist consultant in the field of teacher education at the Institute for Educational Policy, talked about the differences between eLearning and etutoring, and informed us about the opportunities of entrepreneurship in the field of education. Also he demonstrated the eTutoring platform that is being used by Pierce College where we had the opportunity to chat with children and teachers during their training. You can find Dr. Doukaki here.

After the end of the presentations the participants had the opportunity to ask their questions to the speakers.

We thank INNOVATHENS and all of you that once again you contributed to realizing our vision for the free dissemination of knowledge!

21st SciFY Academy | Dementia & Technology
Technological solutions for those who forget... a little or not 

On Wednesday, 18th of October SciFY team along with Alzheimer Athens and NRSC "Demokritos" held in INNOVATHENS was held the 21st SciFY Academy on "Dementia & Technology" where we tried to answer: "How does Technology help People with Dementia?"

More than 120 health professionals, caregivers of people with dementia as well as students from related schools attended the seminar that was focused on practical solutions and tools for people with dementia.

Initially Dr. Paraskevi Sakka, Neurologist and Psychiatrist, President of the Company Alzheimer Athens and President of the National Observatory on Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease, talked about Alzheimer's disease, the latest developments and how Greece is affected today in social and economic terms. See the presentation of Dr. Sakka here.

Later on, Ms. Eleni Margioti, Clinical Neuropsychologist from the Alzheimer's Athens Company, referred to the Non Pharmaceutical Interventions for dementia such as: mental empowerment, physical exercise, occupational therapy, speech therapy, etc. You can find the presentation of Ms Margioti here.

The third speaker of the event was Mr Vasilis Giannakopoulos, Marketing & Impact Manager of SciFY, where he presented the application for mobile phones "diAnoia" developed by SciFY for those who take care of people with Dementia. View the full presentation of Mr Giannakopoulos here. 

 

Then SingularLogic's Project Manager of European Projects, Mr Nikos Drosos referred to tools and technologies that help people with dementia. See the presentation of Mr Drosos here.

 

Finally, Dr Vassiliki Rentoumi, researcher at NCSR "Demokritos", on the occasion of the European IASIS Project, refered to the developments regarding individualized medicine for patiens with Alzheimer's. You can find the presentation of Dr Rendumi here.

 

After the end of the presentations the participants had the opportunity to ask their questions to the speakers. Friends from all over Greece asked us to livestream the event and we managed. Hundreds of people watched the live streaming.

For all of you that did not participate in the event you can watch the full event it in this link: http://go.scify.gr/sfacIN21Video

We want to thank the Alzheimer Athens, NCSR “Dimokritos”INNOVATHENS and all of you that you helped us to make our dream of the free dissemination of knowledge a reality!

18th SciFY Academy | Introduction to Digital Marketing
"Introduction to Digital Marketing | Google AdWords Seminar"

On Wednesday, April 12, η the SciFY team, co-organized with the Cooperative of Digital Communication Sociality in INNOVATHENS Innovation and Entrepreneurship Node of the City of Athens Technopolis, another seminar and workshop on Digital Marketing, specifically Google AdWords.  

As always, representatives of the business sector, as well as economics students, members of civil society, as well as people who want to be informed about the developments in the field of advertising, went to INNOVATHENS to attend the 18th SciFY Academy on "Introduction to Digital Marketing | Google AdWords Seminar ".

And in the second SciFY Academy for Digital Marketing, the speaker was Spyros Tzortzis, where his years of experience in online marketing and the fact that he is an official Google partner in Greece make him an expert.

In the first part of the presentation, we remembered what we saw in the 1st Seminar of the Series, at the 17th SciFY Academy:

  • Social Media Marketing 
  • Newsletter Marketing 
  • Analytics

In the second part of the presentation, we deepened the issue of online advertising. We learned the basic concepts and principles of online advertising and also saw in practice how we run a campaign with the help of Google AdWords. To accomplish this, it was very important the knowledge and experience of Mr. Tzortzis, since he is a Google official partner.

Of course, after the end of the presentation, there was time to ask questions from the public and solve questions. Again, a very interesting discussion followed with the participation of all attendees and later with individual discussions with the entire Sociality team.

We warmly thank Mr Spyros Tzortzis, his associates, INNOVATHENS and of course all who attended and participated in the seminar making very interesting comments and questions and especially because they contributed once more to realizing our vision of free dissemination of knowledge!

To be informed about the next events of SciFY Academy you can register here.

Find the 18th SciFY Academy here 

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