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27.03.2017 / Announcements

PRESS RELEASE | THE ONASSIS FOUNDATION, THE ONASSIS CULTURAL CENTRE, AND THE ONASSIS CARDIAC SURGERY CENTRE COME TOGETHER AT ATHENS SCIENCE FESTIVAL!

Monday, 27 March 2017. Browse at the digital applications of the Onassis Library; get to know works that bring together art and science; try a game of virtual reality looking at the heartbeat from a distance. The Onassis Foundation, the Onassis Cultural Centre, and the Onassis Cardiac Surgery Centre actively participate at the 4th Athens Science Festival with a stand. One of the largest celebrations of science and innovation, the Festival takes place from 29 March to 1 April 2017 at Technopolis City of Athens.

The three ‘members’ of the Onassis Foundation family could not be absent from the Athens Science Festival. Since 1975, the Onassis Foundation has contributed to the development of research and innovation in a number of ways: through scholarships and academic collaborations with institutions and bodies of higher education, sponsorships in interactive high profile scientific lectures and meetings, provision of technological and educational material at school units, further training and learning of scientists and researchers, and other important initiatives. All these actions aim at supporting Education and the Sciences. The digitization of the Onassis Library and the Cavafy Archive pave the way for open access to their rare intellectual wealth for the wide public. In this way, they support and safeguard the promotion and dissemination of our cultural heritage, also ensuring that this will continue to be part of the future. The Onassis Cultural Centre of the Onassis Foundation is the home of contemporary culture: it is the meeting point of daring ideas, arts, and people exploring the limits between science, art, and society. Since 1993, the Onassis Cardiac Surgery Centre has been identified with innovation. It has changed the health map of our country and opened new paths in heart surgery. Their shared presence at the Athens Science Festival is complemented by the Scholars’ Association of the Onassis Foundation, which co-organizes this scientific Festival.

The Onassis Foundation stand will be open during the entire five-day Festival (Wednesday 29th, Thursday 30th, and Friday 31st March from 11.00 to 19.00; the first weekend of April, 1 and 2 April from 11.00 to 19.00). On Wednesday, 29 March, four educational workshops will take place for students.

Our Educational Workshops at Athens Science Festival

Homer’s Odyssey: In Search of Ithaca
Wednesday, 29 March | 10.00–12.00 & 12.00–14.00 (students aged 9 to 17 years old)
Organizing Body: Onassis Library

Presenter: Alexandros Papandreou, PhD Candidate at the Computational Intelligence Laboratory of the National Centre of Scientific Research ‘Demokritos’; Founder of the organization CHARISMATHEIA
Through the adventures of Odysseus, students get to know the main principles of game theory as well as models of leadership and management. This educational workshop of the Onassis Foundation allows students to see the differences between a good leader and a manager. It will also provide answers to a number of questions such as the following. How can we use scientific tools in order to make the most reliable decisions? Was Odysseus a good leader? How did his choices shape the future of his companions? How would children act, if they were in his shoes?

Net Art: Art – Science, Mark Χ
Wednesday, 29 March | 09.00–10.30 (students aged 13 to 17 years old)
Organizing Body: Onassis Cultural Centre
Presenter: Nikos Vogiatzis, digital media designer / visual artist

The artist and the scientist traditionally represented two different worlds. While the scientist had to be objective and use approved methods and available technological tools for depicting and explaining reality, the artist ‘had to’ remain subjective, deconstruct established methods or invent new ones, and to loudly insist on his/her opinion about reality. Nowadays there is a convergence of and cross-fertilization between these two roles, stemming from the first photographic techniques. This workshop of the Onassis Cultural Centre gives participants the opportunity to design online narratives with regard to the convergence of art and science. This is achieved by utilizing material from scientific archives and by learning the main principles of online design, which they will view as a scientific, technological, and cultural tool.  

A Day in the Search Machine
Wednesday, 29 March | 09.00-10.30 (students aged 13 to 17 years old)
Organizing Body: Onassis Cultural Centre
Presenter: Kyriaki Goni, visual artist

This workshop is addressed to teenage students. It focuses on personal data and the online traces they leave on the Internet. An imaginative narrative that includes contemporary pop culture of adolescence, the workshop aims to inform and alert young users of the Internet. An informed young user is also a responsible one. By gathering data and creating a personal map/diary, participants will learn about some aspects of persona data: what they are and how they are collected. They will also learn possible ways of protecting this information, thus gaining the needed knowledge that leads to a more pleasant and effective use of the Internet and of digital tools.

“Hack” your Classroom: Turn your Classroom Into What you Like!
Wednesday, 29 March | 12.00-13.00 (students aged 13 to 17 years old)
Organizing Body: Onassis Cultural Centre (OCC)
Presenters: Thanasis Deligiannis, expert in open technologies; Ioanna Volaki, architect
 
An original workshop by OCC of the Onassis Foundation, in which students design the classroom of their dreams through new technologies. During the workshop, students experiment with designing and printing out three-dimensional objects, using basic equipment and tools. We learn how to locate existing classroom problems and how to find the solutions ourselves. We discover new ways of making everyday routine more interesting and functional, and finally how to create together a school environment that can inspire us and be in the service of teaching.
 

All workshops are intended for students. Reservations can be made by the schools. Information:  210 3692337 | info@athens-science-festival.gr | www.athens-science-festival.gr

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