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The Mayor of Nicosia visits The Cyprus Institute

The Mayor of Nicosia Mr. Constantinos Yiorkadjis visited The Cyprus Institute’s premises in Athalassa Campus on Wednesday, 18th December. The Mayor was accompanied by Mr. Chrysanthos Fakas, Municipal Councillor.

During the meeting the CyI President, Prof. Costas N. Papanicolas presented the Institute overall vision and achievements and briefed Mr. Yiorkadjis about the progress on its strategic development plan. Particular emphasis was given to the significant achievements in the areas of preservation of Cultural Heritage, Climate Change Research and Computational Science. These scientific areas highlight the regional nature of the Institute and establish it as a leading research institution in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Reference was also made on the existing collaborations between The Cyprus Institute and the Nicosia Municipality in the areas of the study, documentation and visualization of the architectural heritage of the walled city and the application of the innovative Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) technology on archaeological objects and works of art. The two parties discussed the prospects of strengthening the existing cooperation between The Cyprus Institute and the Nicosia Municipality in areas of common interest such as the Holistic Rehabilitation of the municipality through the EU Program Horizon 2020 - Smart Cities, the bio-climatic upgrading of the urban area and the possibility of energy upgrades to municipal buildings.

The Mayor visited a number of laboratories of the Institute where CyI staff presented some of its main research activities.

Mr. Yiorkadjis stated that the visit to The Cyprus Institute fills him with hope and optimism for the future. He remarked that the scientific programs presented -such as the creation of a digital library of the Ancient Cypriot Literature, the Unmanned Aircraft Research Facility and the Cy-Tera Supercomputer- promote the purpose of diffusing knowledge and education in Cyprus. At the same time, he stressed, the innovative programs carried out at CyI motivate young Cypriot scientists to repatriate, offering them the opportunity to conduct significant scientific work in Cyprus. He concluded by saying that the two sides should collaborate, exchange ideas and develop joint actions to tackle various problems and improve the quality of life for Nicosia citizens.