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School teacher the new face of science

By Staff Reporter

HOW the mess left in a freezer by a forgotten soft drink is connected to the survival of fish in frozen lakes has led school teacher Christodoulos Santziakki to an international competition, representing the island.

Santziakki has been named the national winner of the FameLab competition and will represent Cyprus at the International Final at the Cheltenham Science Festival in the UK.

His presentation A life-saving anomaly used humour to explain how water saves the lives of fish when it comes to frozen lakes!

Christodoulos studied Educational Studies at the University of Cyprus and got a Bachelor’s Degree in Primary School Teaching in 2005. Then he got a Master of Arts in Science Education in 2006 at the University of York in UK.

After his studies, he started working as a teacher at local primary schools. For the last four years he has worked at Frenaros Primary School teaching Science, Maths and Design and Technology.

Organised by the British Council Cyprus and the European Office of Cyprus and co-organised by the Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation, FameLab helps young scientists acquire valuable skills to communicate their work to a non-scientific audience. By doing so, researchers not only change the common stereotype of the scientist as “the geek in the white lab coat busy doing strange things”, but also justify public funding for their research.

Second place was awarded to molecular biologist Elena Kamilari and third place to researchers Marc Srour and Orestis Marangos. This year’s finalists had chosen a mind-expanding selection of topics to bring under the microscope fromThe effects of laughing on human health, and The Rusting of the Earth to The gecko’s guide to climbing.

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