Education

Presentation of “Space Physics” textbook at Eugenides Foundation 

On Monday, May 20th, the presentation of the “Space Physics” textbook, organized by the Eugenides Foundation and the Hellenic Space Center, took place. The event, called “Beyond the Limits of Our Planet: The Exciting World of Space”, was attended by the former Rector of the UOA, Professor Emeritus, Dimosthenis Asimakopoulos, the Professors of the UOA Physics Department, Despina Hadjidimitriou and Elena Flokas, the Professor of the UOA Pedagogy and Primary Education Department, Alexandros-Stamatios Antoniou, the Professor Emeritus of the UOA Physics Department, Kanaris Tsiganos, as well as students and other attendees.  

The book presentation was followed by an extensive discussion with the audience. The event was recorded and is available through the Diavlos platform

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Presentation of “Space Physics” academic textbook 

The Eugenides Foundation and the Hellenic Space Center are organizing the presentation of the first academic textbook on Space Physics in Greek, titled “Space Physics”. The book will be presented by Dr. Stamatis Krimizis, President of the Academy of Athens. Talks will be given by the authors of the book: 

  • Prof. Ioannis A. Daglis, President of the Hellenic Space Center 
  • Dr. Christos Katsavrias, Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Physics, UOA 
  • Dr. Nick Sergis, CEO of the Hellenic Space Center 
  • Dr. Marina Georgiou, Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Physics, UOA 

The event, entitled “Beyond the Limits of Our Planet: The Exciting World of Space”, will take place on Monday, May 20th, at 19:00, at the Eugenides Foundation. A discussion with the audience will follow. Entry is free and as long as there are free spots available. The event will be broadcasted live through the Diavlos platform.

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EU Sparks for Climate

The «EU Sparks for Climate» is a European Commission initiative for the first European Hackathon Championship for citizens and researchers. The Hackathon for Greece and Cyprus will be hosted by the Hellenic FIWARE iHub – AI Catalyst between May 29th and June 1st. The winners will represent the two countries in the finals which will take place in Brussels. More information is available through the Athens Hackathon page. Registration deadline: May 16th. Register through: https://eusparks.eu/  

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BLS/AED training for the HSC personnel by the Hellenic Red Cross  

On Friday, April 26th, the training program “Basic Life Support and Automated External Defibrillator (BLS/AED)” took place at the premises of the Hellenic Space Center. The training was carried out by Ms. Christina Chondrou, from the Training Department of the Samaritans, Rescuers and Lifeguards Sector of the Hellenic Red Cross

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HSC Workshop at the Athens Science Festival 

The Hellenic Space Center successfully participated in this year’s Athens Science Festival, organizing a workshop for children, called “Astronaut Academy”. On Wednesday, April 17th, the Outreach and Education Team of the HSC held the workshop twice, covering 2 hours, with the participation of a total of 70 students from High Schools of Athens and their accompanying teachers.  

The organization and execution team consisted of:   

  • Moutsouroufi Konstantina (HSC President Secretariat and Governing Board Secretariat, Science Communication) 
  • Nasi Afroditi (HSC Communications Office)   
  • Farmakakis Tryfon (HSC Scientific Personnel, Space Systems) 

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The HSC at the Athens Science Festival 

The Hellenic Space Center participates in the year’s Athens Science Festival, which will be hosted in the Technopolis of the City of Athens, between April 16 and 21.  

The Outreach and Education Team of the HSC organizes a workshop for children, called “Astronaut Academy”, which will be held on Wednesday, April 17th, at 11:00-11:45 and 12:00-12:45, in the INNOVATHENS facility.  

Workshop description:  

Children will learn in an interactive way about the peculiarities and difficulties of the daily life of astronauts as they hover above Earth in a spacecraft. At the same time, they learn about the purpose and operation of the International Space Station, but also become astronauts for a while as they are confronted with a real orienteering challenge. Finally, they take part in a fun quiz, completing their training!  

A ticket purchase is required for entering the Festival, through the more.com platform.  

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Workshop: Terrestrial Analogues for Solar System studies 

A few deadlines are coming up for the Terrestrial Analogues workshop, organized by the HSC.  

We are delighted to host a 4-day workshop dedicated to terrestrial analogues for extraterrestrial studies in the Greek volcanic island of Milos.  

Terrestrial Analogues for Solar System studies 
3-6 June 2024 
Milos Conference Center 

Our workshop aims to bring together planetary scientists from all over the world including students and early career scientists in a location of great relevance for planetary geologic topics – the island of Milos in Greece. This region has experienced young volcanism and tectonism (Mars, Venus, Pluto), has undergone atmospheric shaping of volcanic deposits, and carving into yardangs (Mars, Titan, Venus, Pluto), and has current hydrothermal and fumarolic activity (Venus, Io, exoplanets). The workshop will offer a combination of lectures, scientific discussions and field trips, with a central focus around the field. 

There is no registration fee and financial support will be offered to 10 students/early career scientists. 

Feel free to share this announcement! 

Organizer: Hellenic Space Center (HSC) 
Sponsors: EGU, Europlanet Society, HSC 

For queries please contact:  
Anezina Solomonidou anezina.solomonidou@hsc.gov.gr 
Stamatios Xydous stxydous@aua.gr  
Nantia Moutsouroufi konstantina.moutsouroufi@hsc.gov.gr 

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The Summer School Alpbach – An in-depth learning experience, on space science and engineering 

The “Summer School Alpbach” will be held in 2024 in Austria and will welcome 60 participants from ESA member states, including Greece. The School topic is: “Moons of the Giant Planets”, and the deadline for applications is February 29, 2024. Learn more (in greek)

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Public talk by the HSC President at Livadia

On Sunday, January 21, the President of the HSC, Prof. Ioannis Daglis, gave a public lecture on “The exploration and understanding of Space with spacecraft observations” in Livadia, Greece. The lecture is part of the series “Traveling through our solar system”, organised by the Public Central Library of Livadia, the Directorate of Secondary Education of Boeotia and the Friends of the Livadia Library cultural association, with free admission, and under the coordination of Prof. Loukas Vlachos. The recording of the talk is available on YouTube (in greek).

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The HSC at the World Space Week of the UOA 

The Hellenic Space Center successfully participated in the event organised by the Section of Astrophysics, Astronomy and Mechanics of the UOA Department of Physics in the scope of World Space Week, on Sunday, October 22th, 2023, at the Department of Physics in Panepistimiopolis, Zografou.  

The HSC carried out an educational activity for elementary pupils, titled “Constructing microsatellites”, demonstrating how a microsatellite gets developed, including a presentation and the construction of a paper microsatellite. 

The HSC team consisted of: 

  • Moutsouroufi Konstantina (HSC President Secretariat and Governing Board Secretariat, Science Communication) 
  • Mylonas Dimitris (HSC Scientific Personnel, Space Systems)  
  • Nasi Afroditi (HSC Communications Office) 
  • Farmakakis Tryfon (HSC Scientific Personnel, Space Systems) 

More information about the event is available (in greek) in the Physics Department announcement and the Facebook event page.  

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