The journey of the Olympic Flame

In the archaeological site of Ancient Olympia, in front of thousands of spectators, the journey of the Olympic Flame began on April 16. The Flame travelled 5,000 kilometres across Greece for 11 days, from the island of Corfu, in the Ionian Sea, to Santorini in the Cyclades and, passing through Kastellorizo, to the south-east of the country. It was handed over to the French organizers on April 26, at the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens, the site of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896. The Flame left the next day for France, by sea, on the Belem, a historic 127-year-old three-masted barque.

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With the trireme Olympias accompanying it, the Olympic Flame bids farewell to Greece

The Olympic Flame bid farewell to Greece and began its journey to France and the 2024 Olympic Games, with the historic three-masted barque Belem, on Saturday 27 April 2024. The Olympic Flame was escorted by another historic ship, the trireme of the Hellenic Navy, Olympias, while 25 sailing boats accompanied Belem from the port of Piraeus to Mikrolimano where it sailed to Marseille, a city founded by the Greeks in 600 BC. On the occasion of this journey, a group of 15 young people, including a Greek girl, were selected from different regions of France to accompany the Flame as passengers on the Belem.

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Our Ocean Conference 2024 – 469 commitments to protect the seas

With 469 commitments for the protection of the seas, totalling USD 11.35 billion, the 9th “Our Ocean Conference” (OOC-9) concluded on Wednesday afternoon, April 17, 2024 and Greece passed the ” torch ” to South Korea for the 10th “Our Ocean Conference”. In the framework of OOC-9, the Greek government announced 21 commitments, totalling over $800 million, while the Greek Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, announced the launch of the Decarbonization Fund for the Greek islands, funded by the EU Emissions Trading System funds.

The 9th OOC numbers:

– 469 commitments to protect the oceans, worth a total of $11.35 billion

– 21 Greek commitments, with a budget of more than $800 million

– 119 countries and more than 3,500 delegates participated in its work

Find out about Greece’s key commitments

and read more about the 9th “Our Ocean Conference” (corresponding link from each foreign language website)

International Award to the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki for the protection of electric car charging stations

The International Award in the field of applied research “2024 Power Systems Protection Committee Prize Paper Award” by IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), the world’s largest technical professional organization, was awarded to the research paper titled “Protection of electric vehicle charging stations using surge protection devices”. The paper discusses methods to protect charging stations in order to limit the failures of electricity distribution equipment and the possibility of loss of functionality of interconnected electric vehicles due to lightning strikes. The proposed methodology is based on a model for determining the level of protection provided to charging stations, which was developed on experimental data obtained at the High Voltage Laboratory of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, in the framework of the PhD thesis of doctoral candidates Evangelos Staikos and Alexandros Hatzikostas, under Thomas Tsovilis, Associate Professor at the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

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Two new English-language undergraduate programs at the University of Western Macedonia

From the new academic year 2024-2025, the University of Western Macedonia will offer two new English-language undergraduate programs for students from abroad. These are “Economics and Sustainable Development” in Kastoria and “Creative Writing, Arts, and Humanities” in Florina. The first two foreign-language undergraduate programs of the University are addressed to foreign students and the Diaspora, designed in accordance with international standards, offering prospects for professional development in dynamic professions and contributing to the strengthening of outward-looking and internationalization of Greek universities.

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AI application identifies and digitizes historical books

The Digital Document Processing team of the Computational Intelligence Laboratory of the National Centre for Scientific Research “Demokritos” has developed an innovative artificial intelligence platform that aims to digitally represent and organize the texts of historical Greek books written in polytonic orthography. The aim of the project is to develop new techniques and methodologies for the recognition of texts, mainly written in polytonic orthography, for the scientific documentation of cultural heritage, including texts by Adamantios and Pantelis Kontogiannis.

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