ARC explains at Researchers’ Night 2020 how to discover supermassive black holes in galaxies and how through Connectivity Science Astrophysics is related to Neuroscience and other sciences

The Aristarchus Research Center (ARC) of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering of European University Cyprus participated in the event “Researchers’ Night 2020”, organised virtually for the first time, on Friday 27th of November 2020. The Researchers’ Night event was organised by the Research & Innovation Foundation (RIF) in collaboration with academic and research institutions as well as other organisations in Cyprus. The event is held annually across Europe and is an initiative of the European Commission which aims to bring researchers closer to the public, to promote the importance of research, technology, and innovation.

ARC participated in the event with two inspiring activities: In the first one entitled “How to discover supermassive black holes in galaxies” the researchers introduced the public to the work of the Aristarchus Research Center (ARC) related to the recent discovery by members of the center of the phenomenon of the destruction of a star by a supermassive black hole, known as a tidal disruption event (TDE).

In the second activity of ARC, entitled “Connectivity Science: From Astrophysics to Neuroscience and more” the public had the opportunity to see, in a visualized graphical way, how network science and connectivity science can be utilized in order to discover hidden properties of galaxies, find common genomes on various diseases and unfold the hidden properties of complex data sets.

The activities presented are supported by current research funded projects of ARC including the Marie Skłodowska-Curie ITN project  i-CONN (#765813) funded by the European Commission, the Excellence  Hub GRATOS (EXCELLENCE/1216/0207) funded by the Cyprus Research & Innovation Foundation and the CYGNUS project funded by the European Space Agency (ESA).