NEWS & ACTIVITIES | 2015-18


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Contribution to the U.N. COP14 CBD | Sharm El Sheik, Egypt

13-29 November, 2018 | 14th Meeting of the Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity

As part of the participation of Future Earth MENA Regional Center (FEMRC), ACTIVATE contributes a green energy thematic from our EM/MENA Project at the COP’s ‘CEPA Fair’ (Communication, Education & Public Awareness), ‘Solar Cooking in the MENA Region’ alongside FEMRC’s talks in the 6th Global Biodiversity Summit of Local and Subnational Governments, an official parallel COP event.

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E.U. Interreg MED Programme | ARISTOIL | Málaga, Spain

6-7 November, 2018 | 4th Partnership Meeting | Steering Committee (CY)

Interreg Med supports projects in the region that develop innovative concepts, practices, and the sustainable growth & use of resources. The ARISTOIL Programme’s goal is the reinforcement of Mediterranean olive oil sector competitiveness through development and application of innovative production and quality control, and includes partners from Greece, Italy, Cyprus, Croatia, Spain.

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Activate’s EM/MENA Project | Seoul Biennale | S. Korea

2 September - 5 November, 2017 | Seoul Biennale of Architecture & Urbanism | Imminent Commons

Imminent Commons was about identifying opportunities and challenges for future cities, and providing a forum for debate to policy makers, experts and citizens to propose creative ways to address urban problems of the 21st century, such as rapid urbanization, changing climate conditions, scarcity of resources, and privatization of commons. Organized along two major exhibitions, the Cities and the Thematic, the EM/MENA Project participated with projects & live presentations in both sections.

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Fieldwork Trip | North Coast & South Sinai, Egypt

Jan-Feb, 2017 | Research for the ‘Seoul Biennale of Architecture & Urbanism’ and the ‘COP14-CBD 2018’

This was the first of our fieldwork visits to Egypt in 2017. With scientists from the Bibliotheca Alexandrina and their colleagues, the purpose of this trip was to begin to compile on-site knowledge on critical local environmental issues. This was in preparation for the projects relating to Egypt for the Seoul Biennale, presented within both sections of this event, the Cities and Thematic Exhibitions in Sept-Nov of 2017.

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“WATER PREPPERS” Exhibition | Seoul, S. Korea

8 November-1 December, 2016 | “Dongdaemun Design Plaza” by Zaha Hadid

This exhibition is part of the ongoing research, exhibitions and presentations on critical issues related to the global water & environmental crisis organized prior to the opening of the Seoul Biennale of Architecture & Urbanism 2017. For this exhibition, ACTIVATE presented a documentary research project on Cyprus: “A Mediterranean Story: An Island of Water Preppers”.

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FUTURE FOREST | “Save the Earth” Exhibition | NY, USA

27 September-6 October, 2016 | UN Headquarters | New York City
In collaboration with the UNCCD, the Korean NGO Future Forest presented an exhibition to highlight the importance of anti-desertification and sustainable land management efforts for the well-being of human life on earth - the latest initiative of its ongoing “Save the Earth Green Corps” campaign. The exhibition opened parallel to the 71st session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA71).

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PERMACULTURE DESIGN COURSE | Cyprus

10-22nd June, 2016 | Atsas Training Center | Skourisotissa/Katydata
Designing for Dryland Resilience: PDC Full-curriculum Course

ACTIVATE joins the Cyprus “Mission for Change” movement with the internationally-recognised Permaculture Design Certificate, a full-immersion course specifically adapted for the particular semi-arid conditions of Cyprus.

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INTERNATIONAL WORLD WATER DAY of 2016 | Cyprus

Saturday, 19th of March, 2016 | 10.00-13.00 | Pera Orinis, Cyprus
Pedieos River Project #1:  Environmental clean-up & Presentation at the Tamassos Reservoir

ACTIVATE event in partnership with the ‘Energy, Environment & Water Research Center’ of The Cyprus Institute, with the support of Community Council of Pera Orinis for World Water Day of 2016.

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WATER MATTERS | InKo Centre - Chennai, India

8-19th January, 2016 | Project — Artistic Intervention as Social Responsibility
Event 12 Jan | “Water Matters” Panel Talk at the Indo-Korean Cultural Centre, Chennai

Speakers: Hyewon Lee, Curator & Art History Professor; Guiyoung Hwang, Artist; Pa. Madhavan, Founder & Festival Director of Coovum Art Festival; and Melina Nicolaides, Artist & Founder of ACTIVATE

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PEOPLE’S CLIMATE MARCH | Nicosia, Cyprus

29th November, 2015 — The Cyprus edition of the global People's Climate March

that preceded the inauguration of the UN Paris Climate Summit COP21 was

organized by the local affiliate of the “Friends of the Earth” Nonprofit Organization.

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BUILDING BRIDGES Conference | Nicosia, Cyprus

15-17th July, 2015 | The Cyprus Institute—Research Technology Innovation
Energy, Water & Climate Change in the Mediterranean Conference Series
EWACC 2015 theme: ‘Building Bridges between Europe, the Middle East & North Africa

ACTIVATE Talk, Poster & Video Presentation:
“The Role of the Activist-Artist in Building Bridges Between Art, Science and Politics”

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