Designing Climate Ecosystems Conference & EIT Awareness Day

Our laboratory successfully organised the Designing Climate Ecosystems and the EIT Awareness Day on the 26th and 27th of June at the Royal Hall in Nicosia. Attendees represented all sides of the Knowledge Triangle – Business, Education and Research – and even more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Designing Climate Ecosystems Conference that took place on the 26th of June aimed at raising awareness among relevant national stakeholders about best practices from around the world on how Cyprus can be transformed into a Climate Innovation & Entrepreneurship Hub and a reference point between Europe and the MENA Region. The conference began with welcoming speeches from Frances Lanitou and Nicoletta Kythreotou , representatives for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment. The main session of the conference comprised of presentations from Kirsten Dunlop (Climate-KIC‘s CEO), Christopher Lee (Climate-KIC Australia), Anna Nagamine (Okinawa University-Japan), Meir Dardashti (IdealityRoads-Israel), Christina Karapataki (Breakthrough Energy Ventures) and Kyriacos Kokkinos (National Chief Scientist-Cyprus). A round table discussion followed with Thanh-Tam Le, Managing Director at Climate-KIC SAS, acting as a moderator.

 

 

The EIT (European Institute of Innovation and Technology) Awareness Day was carried out the next day (27th of June) and it aimed at raising awareness of the EIT Community, its activities and, in particular, of cooperation opportunities among relevant national stakeholders. Chrysanthos Fakas, Board Member of Nicosia Municipality and Themis Christophidou, European Commission’s Director-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture kick started the event by welcoming the audience. An introduction to the EIT was then given by Alice Fiser, EIT’s Head of Unit Relations and Communications. Moving forward, the Knowledge Innovation Communities (KICs) were introduced one-by-one by their representatives. Kirsten Dunlop and Constantinos Loizou, Founder & CEO of EMBIO Diagnostics (a start-up company) delivered the first pitch. KiNNO, EIT InnoEnergy Hub was then introduced by Paris Rallis, followed by Asimina Katsiapi representing the Regional Centre in Greece for EIT Raw Materials. Katalin Szaloki and Elvira Domingo presented their work with EIT Health and EIT Food, respectively. The last pitch was delivered by Cristina Carneiro and it involved EIT Manufacturing, one of the newest member of the KICs. Right after a networking lunch, Harris Georgiades, Minister of Finance gave a keynote speech. The speech followed a panel discussion on how the EIT Community can assist in enhancing innovation capacity in Cyprus. The panel consisted of Elpida Kervanou-Papailiou, Former EIT Governing Board Member, Anthi Charalambous, Head of Energy & Environment Division at OEB, Kirsten Dunlop CEO of Climate-KIC, Philippos Patsalis, Head of the National Council for Research and Innovation and Alexandros Charalambides, Associate Professor at Cyprus University of Technology. The discussion was moderated by Menelaos Menelaou, Executive Director at Youth Board of Cyprus. The last session of the event was the closing remarks made by Androulla Vassiliou, Former European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth.