Thousands flock to European Researchers’ Night in Nicosia

Thousands of visitors among them many students visited the European Researchers’ Night event in Nicosia, on Friday, which celebrated science, research and innovation, the Research and Innovation Foundation has said in a press release.


The visitors engaged with scientists who manned more than 60 kiosks and headed many activities. The event was under the auspices of the President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades.


The European Researchers’ Night is an initiative of the European Commission and is organized simultaneously in more than 350 cities across Europe.


This year’s event held under the slogan “Mission Inspire” and the central theme was “European Missions”.


Chief Scientist and head of the board of the foundation, Dr. Nicolas Mastroyiannopoulos said that there is a huge progress in Cyprus the last years in the areas of research and innovation. He also said that Cyprus ranked tenth in the European Innovation Scoreboard.


Director of the foundation Theodoros Loukaides said that the student competitions allow the children to get acquainted with the fields of science, innovation and research and the future is promising.


During the event awards were presented to researchers from Cyprus funded by the European Research Council, within the framework of the “Excellent Science” Pillar of Horizon 2020, the European Union’s Framework Program for Research and Innovation 2014-2020.


Also, the winners of the foundation student competitions for science were announced as well as those for a writing competition of a short story and an eBook.


Source: Cyprus News Agency