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Date
Monday 08 May 2017 -
19:00 to 20:30

Find out more about the science that surrounds us in the series of Café Scientifique events we're organising in Thessaloniki in collaboration with the French Institute and Science Center and Technology Museum of Thessaloniki, NOESIS.

Join us for coffee and take part in a series of stimulating discussions on topical scientific issues with our invited experts in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

A 20-million-year-old subtropical forest: The Petrified Forest of Lesvos – A unique natural monument

The Petrified Forest of Lesvos, a prestigious 150,000 acre natural monument in western Lesvos, is one of the most beautiful and significant geological heritage monuments worldwide. In recent years, findings of particular scientific importance have come to light as a result of the systematic excavations that are being carried out in the area by the Natural History Museum of the Lesvos Petrified Forest.

Dr. Katerina Vassiliadou from the Natural History Museum of the Lesvos Petrified Forest will join us at this May’s Café Scientifique talk and guide us through this miracle of nature.

When Monday 8 May 2017, 19.00
Where French Institute
2A Stratou Avenue
546 40 Thessaloniki
Telephone 2310 821 231

All I need to ask about earthquakes … and my own safety

Since 1978 – a milestone year for Thessaloniki – the science of seismology in Greece has made considerable progress. Seismologists today are aided by data and tools that were not available in the past. But how far has this progress in seismology led? Can it provide answers to questions such as: Why are there so many earthquakes in Greece? Do earthquakes in neighbouring countries affect us? Are there any early warning earthquake systems in place that could assist us? How can we assess the safety of our homes?

Anastasia Kiratzi, Professor of Seismology and Director of the Laboratory of Geophysics at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, will join us at this month’s Café Scientifique to provide answers to the above and many more questions.

When Monday 13 March 2017, 18.30
Where Science Center and Technology Museum ‘NOESIS’
6th km Thessaloniki–Thermi Road
570 01 Thessaloniki

Anthropogenic climate change: from global to local climate change in Greece

Despite some areas of uncertainty, the current prevailing scientific view is that human activity is highly likely to have contributed to the phenomenon of global warming over the past two centuries due to the intensification of the greenhouse effect. This anthropogenic climate change is not evenly distributed across the entire planet, but shows variations from region to region.

Join us at this January’s Café Scientifique, where Prodromos Zanis, Associate Professor in the Department of Meteorology and Climatology, School of Geology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, will discuss a variety of climate models, which are useful tools in providing more detailed information on the climate and local climate change, particularly with regard to areas with complex morphological and topographical features, such as Greece.

When Monday 16 January 2017, 18.30
Where French Institute
2A Stratou Avenue
546 40 Thessaloniki
Telephone 2310 821 231

Axios Delta-Loudias-Aliakmonas Protected Area: Watching Nature

Dr. Lydia Alvanou, responsible for monitoring biodiversity at the Axios-Loudias-Aliakmonas Management Authority, will guide us through the coastal wetlands, dunes, rivers and lagoons to observe nature and explore a different path towards our return to it. The scientific monitoring of habitats, plants and animals found in protected areas (and elsewhere) is a valuable tool that allows us to implement a reliable and scientifically ‘secure’ approach to biodiversity, and plan its future preservation, restoration and/or upgrading in a sustainable manner.

When Monday 12 December 2016, 18.30
Where French Institute
2A Stratou Avenue
546 40 Thessaloniki
Telephone 2310 821 231

Greek aromatic medicinal plants and their use in our daily diet

Due to popular demand, we have invited Nikos Krigas (Laboratory of Systematic Botany and Phytogeography, School of Biology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki) and Diamando Lazari (Assistant Professor, School of Pharmacy, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki) to repeat last February’s Café Scientifique.

Once again they will guide us through the wonderful world of the aromatic medicinal plants of Greece and introduce us to their use in our daily diet. They will talk about the constituents, nutritional value and beneficial properties of selected plants, and will share their recommendations, precautions and secrets regarding their use.

Nikos Krigas is a Biologist with PhD studies at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, who has specialised in systematic botany and the classification of plants. Diamanto Lazari is a pharmacist with PhD studies at the National University of Athens, whose areas of expertise are pharmacognosy and phytochemistry. Both speakers are members of the team of writers who co-authored the book Me…Nou, Aromatokipos kai Evexia (Patakis Publications 2015).

When Monday 17 October 2016, 19.00
Where French Institute
2A Stratou Avenue
546 40 Thessaloniki
Telephone 2310 821 231

The reality about generic drugs

At this April’s Café Scientifique, Professor Giorgos Bashiardes, University of Poitiers, will talk about and respond to questions we all have about generic pharmaceutical products.

When Monday 11 April 2016, 19.00
Where French Institute
2A Stratou Avenue
546 40 Thessaloniki
Telephone 2310 821 231

Cosmology: The science of the birth and the evolution of the Universe

This March we welcome Professor of Observational Astronomy Manolis Plionis from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki to our Café Scientifique and invite you to discuss with us issues related to the beginning and evolution of the universe, dark matter and dark energy.

When Monday 21 March 2016, 19.00
Where Science Center and Technology Museum 'NOESIS'
6th km Thessaloniki–Thermi Road
570 01 Thessaloniki

Greek aromatic medicinal plants and their use in our daily diet

At this February’s Café Scientifique, Nikos Krigas (Laboratory of Systematic Botany and Phytogeography, School of Biology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki) and Diamando Lazari (Assistant Professor, School of Pharmacy, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki) will guide us through the wonderful world of the aromatic medicinal plants of Greece and introduce us to their use in our daily diet. They will talk about the constituents, nutritional value and beneficial properties of selected plants, and will share their recommendations, precautions and secrets regarding their use.

Nikos Krigas is a Biologist with PhD studies at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, who has specialised in systematic botany and the classification of plants. Diamanto Lazari is a pharmacist with PhD studies at the National University of Athens, whose areas of expertise are pharmacognosy and phytochemistry. Both speakers are members of the team of writers who co-authored the book Me…Nou, Aromatokipos kai Evexia (Patakis Publications 2015).

When Monday 8 February 2016, 19.00
Where French Institute
2A Stratou Avenue
546 40 Thessaloniki
Telephone 2310 821 231

Patients’ co-responsibility for their health issues: Self-monitoring health care

Speaker:

  • Ioanna Chouvarda, Lecturer, Medical Informatics, Medical School, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki; Research Associate, Informatics Big Bio-data Lab, CERTH-INAB
When Monday 11 May 2015, 19.00
Where French Institute
2A Stratou Avenue
546 40 Thessaloniki
Telephone 2310 821 231

Medication safety: The extent of the problem and modern approaches using biomedical informatics technology

Speakers:

  • Chrysanthos Zamboulis, Emeritus Professor of Pathology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
  • Vassilis Koutkias, Researcher INSERM-UPMC, Paris, France
When Monday 20 April 2015, 19.00
Where French Institute
2A Stratou Avenue
546 40 Thessaloniki
Telephone 2310 821 231

Information technology and behaviour: Eating disorders

Speakers:

  • Christos Maramis, Post-doctoral Research Associate, Information Processing Laboratory, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Informatics Big Bio-data Lab, CERTH-INAB
  • Panagiotis Nikiforidis, psychotherapist

Facilitator: Lela Kesidou, journalist (specialising in health writing)

When Monday 2 March 2015, 18.30
Where French Institute
2A Stratou Avenue
546 40 Thessaloniki
Telephone 2310 821 231

Electronic health

Speakers:

  • Ioanna Chouvarda, Lecturer, Medical Informatics, Medical School, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki; Research Associate, Informatics Big Bio-data Lab, CERTH-INAB
  • Niki Stavrogianni, Department of Hematology, Georgios Papanikolaou General Hospital of Thessaloniki
When Tuesday 20 January 2015, 18.30
Where French Institute
2A Stratou Avenue
546 40 Thessaloniki
Telephone 2310 821 231

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