“I am delighted to be with you for the ceremony celebrating the establishment of the A.G. Leventis Chair in Archaeological Sciences at The Cyprus Institute. It is with great pleasure that I accepted the invitation of the institute’s president, Costas Papanicolas professor, to address this important event. In my capacity as minister of transport, communications and works, I oversee the work of the Department of Antiquities of the Republic of Cyprus, which is responsible for the management and protection of our rich cultural heritage. In order to carry out its mission in the most effective manner possible, the department cooperates closely with a multitude of stakeholders.
Within this framework, I became acquainted with the exciting work of STARC (Στάρσί) - The Cyprus Institute’s Science and Technology in Archaeology and Culture Research Center, especially in the fields of archaeology and cultural heritage research. The close and fruitful collaboration between STARC and the Department of Antiquities is framed through a memorandum of understanding and extends to an array of activities. I should mention in particular, the preparation of important European research proposals such as the SIMDAS (Σίμντας) TEAMING proposal for the establishment of a Center of Excellence for Simulation and Data Science in Cyprus.
The recently signed memorandum of understanding for the establishment of the Cyprus Dendrochronology Laboratory at STARC, which also involves collaboration with Cornell University, is another significant step in our joined efforts.
Overall, STARC and The Cyprus Institute contribute greatly to the study, analysis, preservation and protection of the rich cultural heritage of our island. STARC’s foundation and impressive growth has been, and continues to be aligned with the needs of specialists of the field. It supports and enhances the work of responsible authorities such as the Department of Antiquities, our museums, cultural foundations, institutions and foreign archaeological expeditions.
More specifically, STARC has been a pioneer in Cyprus, in the fields of archaeological sciences, digital cultural heritage, scientific visualisation, bioarchaeology and art characterisation. Its work has significantly strengthened research in the island, offering opportunities to young researchers and students. It thus contributes directly to our efforts to transform Cyprus into an economy driven by knowledge and innovation.” […]