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Welcome to the national SGAC page of Cyprus. Here, you can find an overview on Cyprus’ space sector and some information regarding scientific organisations in Cyprus and their upcoming events.
There is a selection of events listed below, but if you would like to attend more of them, or become a member of any society, please use one of the links provided in the appropriate section to explore the organizations and meet the people involved in them.
For any queries you have regarding the given information, or any help you may need in order to contact scientific communities in Cyprus, please do not hesitate to contact the National Point of Contact of Cyprus.
Space Activities Overview in Cyprus
The government of Cyprus has taken steps towards providing opportunities for, and expanding the national scientific sector. On the 6th of July, 2016, Cyprus extended its collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA) by signing a 5-year agreement, becoming the 11th country to sign ESA’s ‘European Cooperating State Agreement’. Government officials have also embraced the idea for the construction of a national observatory – an infrastructure highly desired by many scientists awaiting to take advantage of Cyprus’ clear skies.
For the past years Cyprus has experienced an increase of interest from the public towards astrophysical phenomena. A plethora of events are organised and are open to all, whether they involve observations, talks, or short courses for amateur astronomers. However, we would like to see even more people and young scientists becoming a part of the scientific network of Cyprus.
So come along! Join a society, expand you scientific knowledge and help us make a difference.
The Kition Planetarium & Observatory:
Established in 2008, the Kition Planetarium & Observatory – based in Larnaca – offers a variety of presentations, events and workshops available in Greek, English and Russian.
A selection of the projects the Kition Planetarium & Observatory is involved in, or coordinates, include: the “Cosmic Light Reaches Cyprus 2016” and NASA’s “Radio JOVE Project”. Also offered are several courses like the “Read the Sky” course for beginners and “The Sky is Alive” course, both expanding over 4 sessions.
A visit to the Kition Planetarium & Observatory will also give you the chance to take a look into the universe through telescopes and admire a collection of fossils and mineral rocks at their museum.
Take a look at the official website and find out about everything that is going on there, some free of charge events you can attend and many other fascinating opportunities that will get you a step closer to the universe. People of all ages and educational backgrounds are welcomed.
The Cyprus Astronomy Organization
Since 2015, the Cyprus Astronomy Organisation – based in Nicosia – is operating with the aim to share the outstanding natural beauty of the universe with the citizens of Cyprus.
Open to all ages and educational backgrounds, the Cyprus Astronomy Organisation offers free of charge events to everybody who wants to explore this exciting hobby and enjoy plenty of star parties and observations. With stargazing being the main focus of this community, the Cyprus Astronomy Organisation promises a character building experience in an organisation that will strive to adapt to whatever serves its members best. Workshops are organised for both newcomers and seasoned astronomers of the community.
Events are usually not planned months in advance but the community invites the public to keep an eye on the community’s website and social media page where it is easy to keep up to date with any spontaneous and interesting opportunities that might arise.
The Cyprus Space Exploration Organization
The Cyprus Space Exploration Organization (CSEO) was established by key international people in industry and academia with the primary mission to advance Cyprus as a prime sustainable space industry location. The CSEO promotes scientific research and development in the field of space exploration, enhances and actively develops the local space industry, and bridges the academic and industrial collaborations. It aims to lead to advancements in the high-tech industry and form collaborations with other space-faring nations in scientific, space and planetary missions. The CSEO’s mission and vision is to galvanise the local talent into applied high-tech innovation and produce results that are of public benefit.
CSEO has formed strategic partnership with a number of governmental organisations, ministries and bodies, most universities of Cyprus, EU officials, research institutions, the private sector and the media. Thus, it actively builds – locally and internationally – the future generation of scientists, via education and outreach. For all announcements of events, refer to the organisation’s official website and social media page.
The Science & Space Cafe:
Since its doors opened in 2015, the Science & Space Cafe in Nicosia has been organizing events with the collaboration of scientific societies in Cyprus and welcoming guest speakers from every scientific area.
Do not miss out and take a look at the cafe’s social media page and mark on your calendars any planned events. You can expand your scientific knowledge while enjoying a coffee with friends in a cozy environment decorated just appropriately for science lovers.
Country-Specific Events in 2016
Cyprus Science Festival 2016: The Cyprus Science Festival will take place from 10-11th December, 2016. You can find the festival at the UCLan Cyprus fascilities in Pyla, Larnaca, starting from 11:00 and ending at 19:00. For more information, check the official website.
“From Earth to the Universe” Family Program and Observations of Venus: At 17:00 on the 17th of December, 2016, enjoy a presentation (in English) on the topic “From Earth to the Universe” at the Kition Planetarium & Observatory, followed by observations of planet Venus. For details on how to go to the Kition Planetarium & Observatory (in Larnaca), visit their official website.
“The Star of Christmas” Family Program and Observations of the Orion Nebula: The Kition Planetarium & Observatory gives you the opportunity to attend a family program on the 28th of December, 2016. “The Star of Christmas” presentation starting at 19:00 will be given in Greek and will be followed by observations of the Orion nebula. Consult the official website to find your way to the Kition Planetarium & Observatory (in Larnaca).
Interesting Web Links for the Young Generation in Cyprus
Kition Planetarium & Observatory
Social Media Pages:
Young scouts attending a presentation on the Moon in November 2016 at the Kition Planetarium & Observatory
Workshop at a kindergarten organised by the Kition Planetarium & Observatory in November 2016
A meeting of the Paphos Astronomy Club in November 2016
Observation night in September 2016 organized by the Cyprus Astronomy Organisation and the Cyprus Alzheimer’s Association