Exciting news – PhD student Sisem Ektirici has been selected to participate in the 14th International High Performance Computing (HPC) Summer School 2024, in Kobe, Japan, hosted by the RIKEN Center for Computational Science. The summer school will familiarize the best students in computational sciences with major state-of-the-art aspects of HPC and Big Data Analytics for a variety of scientific disciplines, catalyze the formation of networks, provide advanced mentoring, facilitate international exchange and open up further career options. Congratulations Sisem!



Congratulations to former SimEA postdoc and current collaborator Dr Petra Bacova who has been awarded an MSCA individual fellowship for the project “Polymer Informatics Tools for Sustainable 3D printing” (PITS3D)!

Focused on sustainable 3D printing, the initiative will propose a systematic bottom-up study of of biodegradable polymers widely used in 3D printing techniques. The project also aims to bridge the gap between the theoretically studied systems and those used for the 3D printing. 

A well-deserved achievement!

More information is available here: https://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/101105208



Congratulations to PhD student Nikolaos Patsalidis for the "Best Oral Student Presentation" award at the "XXVII Panhellenic Conference on Solid State Physics & Materials Science". The title of his presentation was “Properties of Alumina/Polymer Interfaces via a Multi-Scale Computational Methodology”.



Congratulations to PhD student ELeftehrios Christofi who was accepted to the Computational Neuroscience Acadamy summer school, which focuses on physics and machine-learning-based approaches to neuroscience. The event will last a week and will take place from 17th to 23rd July 2023, on-site in Kraków, Poland. 



Join us for the next set of talks in the summer semester! For further information and updates on all the talks, you can visit our meetup page: https://www.meetup.com/high-performance-computing-cyprus/

 CaSToRC Seminar Series Summer 2023 v5



The SimEA team participated in this years 2023 sCYence Fair that was held at the Cyprus Institute. 

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The CaSToRC Spring seminar series has begun! This is a joint effort of several major projects in CaSToRC, one of the being the SimEA project. Many talks will take place physically at the Cyprus Institute. However you can also join virtually via the Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/9947402955?pwd=Um8wdTdHeStFMTM3LzNRL3l3Umc5QT09. Most talks this semester are at 1 pm (Cy time). For further information and updates on all the talks, please visit our meetup page: https://www.meetup.com/high-performance-computing-cyprus/

CaSToRC Seminar Series Spring 2023 V2



Congratulations to Prof. Harmandaris who has been listed in the “Updated science-wide author databases of standardized citation indicators”, published by Stanford University (USA), which is based on a number of indicators focusing on the impact of published work of millions of scientists worldwide and throughout their academic career, and specifically on the citations they receive according to the Scopus database.



We are advertising a 6-month internship to support the dissemination and outreach efforts of the SimEA and other large European projects. A mentor will work with you to write and promote content for various online channels. If you are interested, you can apply here! https://www.cyi.ac.cy/index.php/education/training-programs/year-round-internships.html



Our innovation scout Christos Chrstodoulou and research fellow Panayiota Katsamba from our SimEA team, alongside machine learning and data science experts Valeria Filippou and Nikolas Theodosiou represented SimEA, CaSToRC and The Cyprus Institute at the Reflect Festival in Limassol. 

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Our innovation scout Christos Chrstodoulou and research fellow Panayiota Katsamba from our SimEA team, alongside machine learning and data science experts Valeria Filippou and Nikolas Theodosiou, represented SimEA, CASTORC and The Cyprus Institute at Reflect Festival in Limassol. Reflect is the biggest tech & entrepreneurial festival in Cyprus where the region's doers network, brainstorm and learn from their peers. The team presented SIMEA 's research and innovation activities and established connections with approximately 30 industrial partners, entrepreneurs, start ups and SMEs. Christos was invited to give a plenary talk.



A big thanks to all SimEA members who participated in this years "INSPIRE" Researchers Night 2022 in Nicosia, Cyprus. The team had the opportunity to interact with so many students, explaining the importance of our work and its potential impact on society!


Congratulations to Prof. Harmandaris and others who contributed to the proposal "Machine Learning Aided Design of Novel NANOCATalytIc Materials" (ML-NANOCAT) that was recently funded under the RIF's CO-DEVELOP call. The project will be coordinated by Prof. Harmandaris and carried out in collaboration with CyI research centre CARE-C and Cypriot company Novamechanics. 



Please join us for the next set of Simea/EuroCC webinars scheduled for the Fall semester! Talks can be accessed via the Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/9947402955?pwd=Um8wdTdHeStFMTM3LzNRL3l3Umc5QT09. For further information, please visit our meetup page: https://www.meetup.com/high-performance-computing-cyprus/. Several of these talks will be held in hybrid mode so do feel free to join us at the institute!

CaSToRC Seminar Series fall 2022 V4


Congratulations to Dr. Anastassia Rissanou who has recently been appointed to the position of principal researcher at The National Hellenic Research Foundation, Athens, Greece, where she will work on the computational modelling of materials with molecular simulations and/or machine learning methods.



Congratulations to Eirini Gkolfi who was awarded a scholarship to participate in the High Performance Computing summer school in Cambridge in September 2022, organised under the auspices of the Gianna Angelopoulos Programme for Science Technology and Innovation. The overall aim of this two-week course is to provide course attendees with a strong background in elements of high performance computing techniques suitable for general science and technology projects.



We are very proud of PhD student Maria Arnittali as she was awarded the prize for the best oral presentation in the Physical Chemistry - Thermodynamics thematic area at the international conference “13ουΠανελλήνιου Επιστημονικού Συνεδρίου Χημικής Μηχανικής”. This is a significant achievement given that she was selected amongst a large group of speakers. The title of her presentation was “Molecular  Dynamics Simulations and Free Energy Calculations of Proteins”.

Her presentation and awards ceremony can be viewed here and here


3/5 - 12/7/2022

Please join us for the next set of Simea/EuroCC webinars scheduled for the Summer semester! Talks can be accessed via the Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/9947402955?pwd=Um8wdTdHeStFMTM3LzNRL3l3Umc5QT09. For further information, please visit our meetup page: https://www.meetup.com/high-performance-computing-cyprus/.

CaSToRC Seminar Series Summer SE final2


26/6 - 1/7/2022

Congratulations to Prof. Harmandaris who was invited to speak in this years EFP European Polymer Congress, which hosts leaders in polymer research who deliver plenary lectures and present current and future trends in polymer science and technology. Further details about the conference and invited speakers can be found here.


15/4 - 16/4/2022

The SimEA team participated in this years 2022 sCYence Fair, organised by CyI under the auspices of the Minister of Education, Culture, Sport and Youth, and co-organized with the Aglantzia Municipality. The event took place at Skali Aglatzias, and was open to all school science groups, ages 9-18, from both the private and public sectors. A big thank you to Eirini Gkolfi (lead scientist), Eleftherios Christofi, Kathy Christoforou, Panayiota Katsamba, Nikolaos Patsalides, and Ioannis Tannis for their participation! More info on our booth can be found here.

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Congratulations to Dr Petra Bacova whose proposal came second place in the prestigious 3rd Call for H.F.R.I. Research Projects to support Postdoctoral Researchers. The Call aims to support the implementation of selected research projects of high scientific quality and excellence, for which Principal Investigators (PIs) are Postdoctoral Researchers (PR-PI), thereby supporting them in establishing their own independent research teams.



The Cyprus Institute (CyI) had impressive success in the latest evaluation results announced in April 2022 for the highly competitive and prestigious “Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions” (MSCA) programme. Five proposals out of a total of six submitted were selected for funding by the European Commission. Two of the five proposals were awarded to the Computation-based Science and Technology Research Centre, namely AQTIVATE and MELOMANES. Prof. Harmandaris is the CyI Principal Investigator of MELOMANES



A warm welcome to Dr. Georgios Pavlou who will be coming to the institute as a visiting researcher, based on an existing collaboration with Prof. Harmandaris! 



Congratulations to PhD student Eirini Gkolfi and potdoctoral researcher Dr. Petra Bacova as their paper "Size and Shape Characteristics of Polystyrene and Poly(ethylene oxide) Star Polymer Melts Studied By Atomistic Simulations" was selected to be included in the "Women in Polymer Science" issue of the Journal of Polymer Science. This edition highlights the work of research groups led by women investigators worldwide, including well-recognized leaders as well as rising stars in the polymer community. The link to this edition is: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/toc/10.1002/(ISSN)2642-4169.women-in-polymer-science. 


Please join us for the Winter-Spring Simea/EuroCC seminar series! Talks can be accessed via the Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/9947402955?pwd=Um8wdTdHeStFMTM3LzNRL3l3Umc5QT09. For further information, please visit our meetup page: https://www.meetup.com/high-performance-computing-cyprus/.

CaSToRC Seminar Series Winter Spring 2022 V5



Congratulations to Assist. Prof. Nikos Savva who has recieved funding under the RIF’s “EXCELLENCE HUBS/0421” for his project "Controllable Droplet Transport in Heterogeneous Environments" (CoDeTHreE). This project aims to explore the synergies between applied mathematical analysis, data-driven modelling approaches and large-scale simulations for wetting phenomena, towards the development of novel modelling and computational tools to enhance our fundamental understanding of how to control droplet transport. Further details can be found here



Modeling/simulations of molecular systems

The SimEA research team hosted an online training event that aimed to introduce participants to modelling and simulations using supercomputers. The training consisted of the following topics:

  • Create a molecular configuration by minimising the energy of a system
  • Calculate the energy of a molecular system using Density Functional Theory (DFT)
  • Analyse the physical movement of molecules using molecular dynamics (MD)
  • Use machine learning/deep learning to reduce the computational complexity of atomic structure calculation- predict atomic structures using coarse-grained configurations.

Recordings of this training event are available here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLBJMOOBU0RMeaNbpviGJ0ohgHLKKKtc2g 


14/10/2021 - 16/10/2021 

 MicrosoftTeams-image_5.jpeg  MicrosoftTeams-image_4.jpeg The Cyprus Institute participated in the Reflect Festival 2021
"an event that celebrates the future, highlights tech advancements,
and brings forward the best of innovation while connecting the doers
from Europe and the Middle East".



A warm welcome to two visiting PhD students from the University of Crete, Eirini Gkolfi and Maria Arnittali.



Yet another group of excellent researchers lined up for the SimEA seminar series in the Autumn semester...please do join us! For further information, please visit our meetup page: https://www.meetup.com/high-performance-computing-cyprus/.



3/07/2021 - 10/07/2021

NANOTEXNOLOGY 2021 (Thessaloniki, Greece) - Presentation to be given by Prof. Vangelis Harmandaris. 


28/06/2021 - 30/06/2021

UNCECOMP 2021 (streamed from Athens, Greece) - 4th International Conference on Uncertainty Quantification in Computational Sciences and Engineering: Presentation to be given by Prof. Vangelis Harmandaris. 


28/06/2021 - 29/06/2021 

Training for industry: "AI and HPC for Industry". More information about the event can be found here: http://castorc.cyi.ac.cy/events/training-for-industry-06-2021


17/05/2021 - 28/05/2021

SIAMMS21 (virtual) - SIAM Conference on Mathematical Aspects of Materials Science. Participation of Prof. Vangelis Harmandaris.  



After a successful run of seminars in the Spring semester, we have another group of outstanding researchers lined up for the SimEA Seminar Series in the Summer semester. For a detailed list of our upcoming seminars, please see our poster below. Also, should you wish to recieve notifications on these events, please feel free to join our meetup group: https://www.meetup.com/high-performance-computing-cyprus/.



All recordings of past seminars can be found in the Seminar Series tab.



A warm welcome to Dr. Hilal Reda who has been awarded a Marie Curie Individual Fellowship to work on the project "NANOMEC" under the supervision of Prof. Vangelis Harmandaris. 



Women in Applied Mathematics worshop: Presentation given by Dr. Petra Bacova titled "Connecting mathematics, chemistry and physics: on modelling of complex polymer materials" (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1jboExBUl6cUGYi35TRD5657xEti6ui79/view).



Participation in European Researcher's Night - the SimEA research team has contributed two videos towards this years event.



Commencement of seminar series: Inaugural seminar given by the ERA chair, Professor Harmandaris, titled "Computational Science and Engineering of Complex Materials: The SimEA ERA Chair Initiative". This seminar is available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQsGHkYkX1s&feature=youtu.be



We are pleased to announce a number of additions to the SimEA team this month! Welcome to our two new PhD students, Eleftherios Christofi and Nikolaos Patsalidis. We would also like to welcome the Innovation Scout of CaSToRC, Dr Christos Christodoulou, and the Scientific Coordinator, Dr Kathy Christoforou, who will be part of the Management and Innovation Office in CaSToRC. Wishing you all a fruitful journey at CyI!



We are proud to announce that the first summer internships have started work under the guidance of Assist. Prof. Nikos Savva:

  • Eleanor Krige working on the project "Parameter Estimation for Wetting Hydrodynamics using Machine Learning Techniques".
  • Anastasia Polyviou and Savvas Shiakas working on the project "Iterative solvers for nonlinear partial differential equations".



We are excited to announce the recruitment of Dr Panayiota Katsamba for the SimEA post-doc position! Under the guidance of Prof. Harmandaris, she will be involved in the area of multiscale modelling of solid/liquid interfaces. Welcome Panayiota! Wishing you an amazing journey at CyI!