CNA and Cyprus Institute sign MoC to promote research and innovation

CNA and Cyprus Institute sign MoC to promote research and innovation

The Cyprus News Agency (CNA) and the Cyprus Institute (CyI) signed on Wednesday a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) which aims to promote research, innovation and technology.

The MoC was signed by the Chairman of the CNA Board Larcos Larcou and President of CyI Professor Costas Papanicolas, in the presence of CNA Acting Director/Editor in Chief George Penintaex and members of the Institute.

In statements after the signing ceremony, Larcou said that through this cooperation, CNA will contribute to the promotion of the innovative work being done in the Institute so that its role becomes increasingly known in the Cypriot public but also beyond, since CNA has a network of activities in the EU, the Balkans and the Middle East.

“Our cooperation relates to an important field. It aims to highlight issues in the area of technology, innovation, innovative thinking, in a country which needs to do more in these areas. The Institute is a pioneer in this area and CNA wants to promote this pioneering thinking and creation”, he added.

Professor Papanicolas praised the important role of CNA in providing accurate information in Cyprus and the wider region and said that the CyI is looking forward to this cooperation.

“We hope that through this cooperation, we will have an important tool in achieving our common goals to the benefit of Cyprus and the wider region”, he said.

He pointed out that the cooperation will promote the work being done in the Institute, the Cypriot science and innovation, as well as the regional cooperation.

The CyI comprises three specialized multidisciplinary research centers, developed in partnership with leading international institutions in their respective thematic areas: Energy, Environment and Water Research Center (EEWRC), partnered with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT),Science and Technology in Archaeology Research Center (STARC) partnered with the Centre de recherche et de restauration des musées de France (C2RMF) and Computation-based Science and Technology Research Center (CaSToRC) partnered with the University of Illinois.

Multi-level founding partnerships with internationally prominent institutions ensure the development of the Centers in close collaboration with world leaders in their respective fields. Additional collaborations with other research and academic institutions together with local authorities further enhance the development.

Having launched its first research center in late 2007, with only a few years in operation, the CyI has demonstrated its keen ability to successfully conduct scientific research and to attract scientists of international repute. It is now pursuing a large number of research projects, many of them funded by the European Commission, including an ERC Advanced Grant.