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Chief Scientist Of Cyprus Meets With NASA JWST Scientist

Chief Scientist of the Republic of Cyprus for Research, Innovation and Technology, Demetris Skourides has held a meeting with Dr. Alexandra Lockwood, NASA James Webb Space Telescope Scientist, in  Cyprus at the invitation of the United States Embassy in Nicosia.


During their meeting, which took place on 21 May, Skourides presented the work of the Research and Innovation ecosystem of Cyprus, while making special reference to the 2022 – 2027 Space Strategy of the Deputy Ministry of Research, Innovation and Digital Policy.

He underlined that Cyprus’ geographical position favors the further development of the ecosystem in the space sector, which currently consists of about 50 unique entities, including 33 companies with research activities in robotics, earth observation and navigation systems.

Dr. Lockwood informed the Chief Scientist on the capabilities of the James Webb Space Telescope and the features it offers to humanity, enhancing the ecosystem. She also said that NASA is investing in Artificial Intelligence, creating the position of Chief AI Officer to lead efforts in the field.

Skourides referred to the important role of artificial intelligence in the search for exoplanets and gravitational waves since the process can be significantly simplified with the use of new technologies.

Digital Transactions: A Green Approach To Finance In Cyprus

As Cyprus increasingly embraces digital transactions, the environmental benefits of this shift are becoming evident. A recent report highlights that digital payments significantly reduce the carbon footprint associated with traditional banking operations. By decreasing the reliance on physical branches, paper-based processes, and the transportation of cash, digital transactions are contributing to a more sustainable financial ecosystem. This transition is in line with global initiatives to combat climate change and underscores Cyprus’ commitment to promoting a cleaner, more efficient financial landscape.

Digital transactions are not only more convenient and efficient but also significantly less resource-intensive. Traditional banking often involves extensive paperwork, the use of physical infrastructure, and the transportation of money, all of which contribute to higher carbon emissions. In contrast, digital transactions streamline these processes, resulting in lower energy consumption and reduced waste.

The environmental advantages of digital transactions are complemented by their economic benefits. By lowering operational costs and enhancing transaction speed and security, digital payments provide a compelling case for broader adoption. This shift supports sustainable development goals and aligns with the global push towards greener, more resilient economies.

Furthermore, the widespread adoption of digital transactions in Cyprus is expected to drive innovation within the financial sector. With the integration of advanced technologies such as blockchain and artificial intelligence, the digital financial landscape is set to become even more efficient and secure. These innovations not only enhance user experience but also contribute to environmental sustainability by further reducing the need for physical resources.

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