Cyprus celebrates Italian Research Day in the World

The Italian Research Day in the World was celebrated on Tuesday in Nicosia during an event which took place at the Cyprus Institute (CyI), in the presence of the Ambassador of Italy.

The event was co-organised with the Embassy of Italy in Cyprus, in the context of Italian Research Day in the World, as part of a series of events organized by Italian Embassies in over 50 countries to highlight the significance of Italian research and researchers, the quality of the Italian educational system and the national technological know-how.

Prof. Salvatore Carlucci gave a lecture on “Challenges and Opportunities in the Modeling and Simulation of the Built Environment”. Salvatore Carlucci is Professor of Building Performance Simulation at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and Head of the Building Performance Simulation Laboratory.

His research focuses on the indoor environmental quality (thermal, visual and acoustic comfort, and indoor air quality), sustainable, smart and low-energy buildings, occupant behavior and actions, and building performance simulation and optimization.

He has contributed to several European projects and to three Annexes approved by the International Energy Agency (IEA). Currently, he is one of the subtask leaders of the new IEA-EBC Annex 79 on Occupant-centric building design and operation.

Prof. Carlucci, together with his coauthors, received the 2018 Best Paper Award from the Building and Environment Journal and the (second) 2016 Best Paper Award from the Energies Journal.

Earlier on, President of the Cyprus Institute, Prof. Costas N. Papanicolas spoke about the Italian science noting that Italy continues today to produce amazing results all over the world.

He referred to Italian scientists who collaborate with the Institute and said that the ties of the Institute with Italy are becoming even stronger.

In his opening statement at the event, Ambassador of Italy in Cyprus, Andrea Cavallari said that the Italian Research Day in the World is an initiative of the Ministry of Education, University and Research of Italy together with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The idea, he said, is to promote Italian research abroad, support Italian researchers and enhance bilateral and multilateral cooperation.

He noted that this day was chosen because of the birthday of Leonardo da Vinci, who was born on the 15th of April 1519, thus this year marks the anniversary of 500 years since his birth.

The Ambassador spoke about the cooperation with the Institute, as well as about the role of women in science, saying that Italy has an active role both nationally and internationally in this area.

After the speeches, Dr. Mia Trentin, CyI Postdoctoral Fellow gave a lecture on “Revealing the unseen’ the hidden heritage of San Marco graffiti”, while Dr. Dante Abate, CyI Associate Research Scientist gave a presentation on “Fragmented Frescoes Recomposition. From a Manual to a Fully Automated Photogrammetric Approach”.

Source: Cyprus News Agency