Students from Greece are trying to change the future of the cities in which they live through reports that will be presented at the European Student Parliament on Science. These presentations are going to be carried out as part of the Euroscience Open Forum (ESOF) 2014 between July 20-22 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The ESOF is one of the largest European congresses for scientists and research organizations of all scientific fields.
The attendance of five Greek students at one of the most important pan-European institutions of Science is a very positive sign regarding the younger generation’s involvement in activities that aim at strengthening the dialogue and participation in decision-making concerning issues of several fields of science and research.
Getting to know the students
Dimitris Ksinos is a student at the Experimental Lyceum of Evangelical School. He has pointed out that through the National Student Parliament, the students that would represent Greece in Copenhagen got the opportunity to learn "the way that a parliament functions and we realized the reasons why our politicians argue so much when they have different opinions." Dimitris will present in the European Congress proposals concerning the thematic issue of "City and Climate Change." "We think that this will be a good way to find out what is happening in our neighborhoods, and maybe this will lead to possible solutions to the problems," he concludes.
Eleni Papailia-Voutsina has tried to listen to the needs of Athens concerning the transport structures’ modernization. She is a student at the 1st Experimental Gymnasium in Athens. Her report’s topic is "Future Means of Transport: A New Approach in the City." It is very optimistic to listen to one Gymnasium student express her opinion in the public debate to seek alternative solutions to improve public transportation, as far as quality, speed and structures are concerned. In her report she presents many possible changes that will also be environmentally friendly.
A very encouraging report for the city’s future is the one that Dimitris Marousis, who is a student at the 3d Gymnasium in Glyfada, will present. His report’s subject is "Smart City: Life Networking in the City Centers." Dimitris wishes for a smart city and has searched for a way that this could be achieved "through technological achievements, which will be adapted to the city in order to make it smarter and more functional for citizens."
A more specialized issue will be presented at the conference by Giannis Katahoritis, who is a student at Giannopoulou Education School. His report’s topic is the "Energy-smart and Bioclimatic Houses." What he wants to research are the ways that people could improve energy efficiency in housing. Giannis thinks of his assignment in the wider scientific field’s dialogue as "a trigger in order to give motivation and produce ideas which could be substantiated for the good of the country and the society."
"Demographic Developments" is a tempting field for Melina Megalogianni, who is a student at Zanneio Experimental Lyceum in Piraeus. As she highlights in her report, this specific field presents great inclusiveness. Melina refers to the reasons that our society is so tired and examines in her report the issue of low birth rates. She focuses on the point that we need to find solutions, be responsible for changes and she emphasizes that "we, young people, are the ones that should improve this situation in the future."
The Greek Student Parliament was organized by the Science View in cooperation with the Faculty of Philosophy, Pedagogy and Psychology of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and the "Ellinogermaniki Agogi," under the aegis of the Greek Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs.
Do students in your country participate in similar conferences? What are the main issues that young people want to research?
The original article, published in Greek, can be found here.
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