- “Adaptation to Climate Change: A Bioarchaeological Journey through Time & Zoo-Archaeology: Exploring the Human-Animal Relationship”: Human societies have always had to adapt to environmental changes. This adaptation took many forms: changes in the diet and economic practices, human mobility, warfare etc. Bioarchaeology examines organic remains (seeds, human and animal bones) from archaeological contexts. Through this activity, we will see how we identify on organic remains evidence of adaptation to different environments in the Eastern Mediterranean. Additionally, almost wherever we dig, we find animal bones. Why are there so many in the soil? What happened to the animals they once belonged to? What can they tell us about the life of humans in the past? Zooarchaeology is the key with which we can unlock the knowledge hidden in the ancient animal remains, answer these questions and many more.
- “How Does Water Flow? Hydrology in Action!”: When water flows from the mountains to the plains, it converges or diverges based on the shape of landforms. The distribution of water leads to watersheds which play an important role in our agroecosystems and determine the availability of water resources. The dynamic behaviour of watersheds demonstrated with an interactive augmented reality sandbox, where participants are able to change landforms and explore in real time the importance of water relative to the study of hydrology and earth sciences.
- “I Never Thought Trees Were so Important to the City”: The proposed action was a synergy between four projects of Τhe Cyprus Institute: the Erasmus+ CliCCHE, the Horizon 2020 COLLECTiEF, the Horizon 2020 NI4OS-Europe and the Horizon 2020 EMME-CARE projects, as well as the Municipality of Strovolos. The activity related to the role of “nature-based solutions” applied to the city. Participants were able to use interactive data visualisation technologies to stimulate questions on climate change and its possible impacts on human health, and the role of possible urban adaptation interventions. Building-integrated smart technologies were also exhibited, along with mobile applications used to control them.
- “Using Computers to Model the Real World”: Designing new materials! Understanding how fluids flow! Teaching computers how to learn! What do all of these mean and what do they have in common? Come on a journey with us as we show you how computational modelling can be used to gain insights into all of these fields of research; to better understand the world around us; to solve real world problems!