• Cyprus Science and Research Centre

    Cyprus Science and Research Centre

    A centre of excellence for science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM) education research, science communication and innovation will be established in Cyprus.
  • Our aim is to create the first interactive science centre in Cyprus

    Our aim is to create the first interactive science centre in Cyprus

    Providing education and research resources to the people of Cyprus and Eastern Mediterranean region.
  • Funded by the European Union

    Funded by the European Union

    The project (Phase I) has been funded by the European Union under the Horizon2020 “Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation-Teaming”
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Member Organizations of the Consortium

University of Cyprus

P1 (Coordinator)

University of Cyprus

Overview

The University of Cyprus is a public University that was established in 1989 and received its first students in 1992. It now includes five Schools (School of Letters, School of Economics and Business Administration, School of Humanities, School of Natural Sciences and the School of Engineering) and sixteen departments. It offers undergraduate and graduate programs (Masters and PhD). All departments are active in research and there are very strong links that facilitate close collaboration between the University and many parts of the Government of Cyprus. The Department of Educational Sciences has 25 members of faculty, and 55 associate or assistant personnel. We have two undergraduate (primary and pre-school education) programs and four postgraduate programs at the Masters and PhD level (Learning in Science, Mathematics Education, Educational Administration and Psychology). Science Education has four members of the faculty who are active in research into conceptual models, epistemology, alternative conceptions and conceptual understanding. The Department has two laboratories specifically for science, one human behaviour research laboratory, one computer laboratory, a range of teaching laboratories and it also has access to other University facilities. The University Library hosts around 20 scientific periodicals in the area of Science and Technology Education.

Below you will find a description of the departments of the University of Cyprus which are directly involved with the project together with their sub-groups:

 

Dept. of Education

Department of Education

The Department of Educational Sciences has 25 members of faculty, and 55 associate or assistant personnel. We have two undergraduate (primary and pre-school education) programs and four postgraduate programs at the Masters and PhD level (Learning in Science, Mathematics Education, Educational Administration and Psychology). Science Education has four members of the faculty who are active in research into conceptual models, epistemology, alternative conceptions and conceptual understanding. The Department has two laboratories specifically for science, one human behaviour research laboratory, one computer laboratory, a range of teaching laboratories and it also has access to other University facilities. The University Library hosts around 20 scientific periodicals in the area of Science and Technology Education.

 

Learning in Science Group

The Learning in Science Group at the University of Cyprus conducts a co-ordinated program of research, curriculum development and instruction. Directed by Dr. C. P. Constantinou, the group includes faculty, research associates, graduate students and a small administrative staff. Graduate students in the group select science and technology education as their field of research for the PhD degree in Learning Sciences. The group is currently engaged in three major projects: development of practicing teachers and preparation of future teachers to teach science and technology as socially relevant processes of inquiry; developing support and motivation mechanisms for achieving improvement of student learning in science; integration of information and communication tools in innovative learning environments. Through in-depth investigations of student understanding, the group seeks to identify and analyze common difficulties that students encounter in their effort to construct meaning in science and to develop the reasoning, investigative and communication skills that are important in decision making situations. Computer based tools are incorporated into these activities both as investigatory probes and as instructional media. The Group has extensive experience with designing curriculum for teacher training especially in the area of science and mathematics. We also have experience with (a) web-based learning environments for reflective inquiry, from an ongoing project on the design and validation of an e learning platform for science learning, (b) distance learning, from a project that aimed to provide internet based resources for in service teachers of rural schools and (c) Science Communication activities. Furthermore, we have a lot of experience with evaluating the development of reasoning and scientific method skills as well as changes in student attitudes and perceptions. Finally, the Group is taking a leadership role in the efforts of the University of Cyprus to implement its eLearning strategy through a series of pilot projects including topics such as CIT in science and the school practicum in the context of teacher preparation. The Learning in Science Group has participated in EU funded projects continuously since 1998, with emphasis on Science with and for Society activities especially on Science Education research, innovation and professional development.

Group of Mathematics Education

The Group of Mathematics Education at the Department of Education consists of three academics and four teaching/research associates. The group is responsible for the undergraduate courses on the teaching and learning of mathematics in pre-primary and primary school level. The research interests of the mathematics education group focus mainly on students’ cognitive development on mathematics, as well as on the integration of new technologies in mathematics teaching. Additionally, the members of the group have published a significant number of journal articles, conference proceedings, book chapters and books. Furthermore, members of this group were appointed by the Ministry of Education and Culture as members of the scientific committee for the (a) development of the Cyprus Mathematics Curriculum for Preschool to Grade 12 and (b) the development of new mathematics textbooks for Grades 1-11.

 

 

Dept. of Engineering

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) is one of the four departments of the School of Engineering at the University of Cyprus. The Department provides high quality degree programs at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. These programs emphasize fundamental principles that prepare young engineers to meet society's needs in a rapidly changing environment. They undertake investigation, research, planning and design in an academic environment that is based on cooperation between faculty, students, industry, research and professional organizations. The students study in a dynamic environment and have the opportunity to work with and learn from research teams at the forefront of knowledge.

 

NIREAS

Nireas-International Water Research Center (Nireas-IWRC) of the University of Cyprus is a research organization established in 2011, with activities devoted to the study and the advancement of scientific research in water-related issues. Nireas-IWRC is the first water research Center in Cyprus and its main activities include among others the presence of microcontaminants in water and wastewater, water quality, advanced technologies for water and wastewater treatment, water reuse, salt-water intrusion, water loss to evaporation, urban water distribution networks, water infrastructure integrity, water sustainability, water problems faced by small arid islands, development of smart sensors for water loss detection; just to name a few. The Center is very active in the research area of water and wastewater treatment, management and reuse and since its launch it has taken up various projects (with budget more than 12 million EUR), at an international and national level, through funding from the European Union’s structural Funds and the Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation, and the European Union. Nireas-IWRC is very active in targeted dissemination/training modules for scientists, engineers, public agencies, SMEs and the general public.
Additional training elements include: (1) dissemination to prospective users of emerging tools, techniques and technologies arising from the individual projects, (2) provision of comprehensive, timely, accessible, and reliable data to support and promote the developed tools, techniques and technologies, (3) fostering a general understanding within the target user groups of developments in engineering-focused technology tools, (4) actively disseminating the findings of quality research evidence and promoting their use in practice and policy. Much of this activity involves raising awareness by distilling key messages from the research outputs and providing them in easily accessible formats (such as newsletters, flyers, etc.), and promoting the work of the research group through peer-reviewed journal publications and presentations at conferences and workshops. To-date, there has been involvement of Nireas-IWRC in many public outreach activities, local and international competitions, training seminars, public lectures, etc., including, but not limited to: Stockholm Junior Water Prize, World Water Monitoring Day, Researcher’s Night, Nireas-IWRC “When Ideas Flow” Speaker Series, the Water Development Department Open Day, Café Scientifique, S-Factor, and Famelab.

Department of Architecture

The Department of Architecture is a constituent member of the School of Engineering at the University of Cyprus and it includes nine faculty members (four tenured and five in a tenure process path) engaged in a variety of research activities as spelled out in the institutional description above. It is also supported by a number of topic specific adjunct faculty members and more than thirty doctoral candidates and post-doctoral researchers. Within the broader scope of the department’s research activities one entity is singled out as providing project specific research support and relevance to proposed partner activities for the project. These is the research initiative / laboratory for “Negotiations in Urban and Transportation Studies” headed by A. L. Savvides. The former initiative is an attempt to couple research that overlaps urban and regional planning concerns with transportation planning challenges under the broader heading of sustainable and transit oriented design and development. Projects so far have included investigations of relevant typological and master-planning investigations; environmental design parameters for user comfort in various indoors and outdoors spaces; intermodal urban mobility initiatives; other related topics following research-by-design methodological approaches.

Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

The Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (MME) is one of the four Departments in the School of Engineering at the University of Cyprus. Mechanical and Manufacturing engineering is a key discipline that is part of nearly every aspect of daily living and at the heart of any new technological developments. The Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering provides high quality degree programs at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. These programs emphasize fundamental principles that prepare students for leadership roles in a challenging and rapidly changing technological world. Research and innovation is achieved in an environment that fosters cooperation between faculty, students, industry and research organizations.

Centre for Entrepreneurship

The Centre for Entrepreneurship of the University of Cyprus (C4E) was established at the end of 2014 and began operations in January 2015. Its mission is to promote entrepreneurship and innovation within the University community by: (i) promoting a culture of entrepreneurship on campus and engagement with entrepreneurs and businesses beyond UCY’s boundaries, (ii) coordinating the education of young leaders for an innovation-driven society, and (iii) facilitating the commercialization of research results by faculty and students.

The University of Cyprus Technical Services (TS) and the Campus Development Office (CDO)

The University of Cyprus Technical Services (TS) and the Campus Development Office (CDO) are the entities responsible for the planning, development and implementation of all University buildings/facilities, including the provision of all necessary furniture and equipment, as well as the overseeing of the maintenance of the premises. The Technical Services and CDO are subdivided into the following sectors: (i) Planning and Design; (ii) Construction and Project Management; (iii) Electromechanical Services Section; (iv) Operation and Maintenance; (v) The Service Support Office.

Strategic Planning, Business Development and Quality Assurance Sector

Strategic Planning, Business Development and Quality Assurance sector’s mission is to develop and implement University’s strategic plan, implement quality standards and assist the entities within the University to develop and implement their business plans.

 

 Project Team

  • Constantinos P. Constantinou
  • Olia Tsivitanidou
  • Demetra Pitta-Pantazi
  • Despo Fatta-Kassinos
  • Andreas Savvides
  • Christina Marina Zachariadou Sierepekli
  • Mathew Zevros
  • Marios D. Dikaiakos
  • Vassilis Panayiotou
  • Zacharias Aristidou
 

Relevant Publications

Kyza, E. A., & Constantinou, C. P. (2007). STOCHASMOS: a web-based platform for reflective, inquiry-based teaching and learning [software]. Cyprus: Learning in Science Group.

Tsivitanidou, O. E., & Constantinou, C. P. (2016). A study of students' heuristics and strategy patterns in web-based reciprocal peer assessment for science learning. The Internet and Higher Education, 29, 12-22. DOI:10.1016/j.iheduc.2015.11.002

Christou, C., Pitta-Pantazi, D., Mousoulides, N., & Pittalis, M. (2010). Teaching geometry in primary school with the use of dynamic geometry software (P. Sophocleous & G. Philippou, Eds.). Nicosia, Cyprus: University of Cyprus. (In Greek)

I. Michael, A. Achilleos, D. Lambropoulou, V. Osorio Torrens, S. Pérez, M. Petrović, D. Barcelo, D. Fatta-Kassinos, 2014. "Proposed transformation pathway and evolution profile of diclofenac and ibuprofen transformation products during (sono)photocatalysis", Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 147, 2014, 1015-1027. (IF: 8.328)

Savvides, A., Michael, A., Malaktou, E. and Philokyprou, M. (2016). “Examination and assessment of insolation conditions in outdoor public spaces of settlements in the Eastern Mediterranean area,” Habitat International. 53 (16), pp. 442-452.

 

 

 

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