Sir Edward du Cann KBE


Sir Edward du Cann died on 31st August­­ aged 93.   He had been the President of the Cyprus Branch of the Oxford University Society for many years.

There have been long obituaries in the English newspapers recalling some of Sir Edward’s achievements as a senior politician and as a businessman before his retirement to Cyprus sixteen years ago.   Until his health began to fail, he attended every meeting of the Society, travelling from his home near Paphos to Limassol or Nicosia, always happy to give a spontaneous vote of thanks or to delight a rapt audience with humour and casually censored reminiscence.

When he arrived at an event, he would glide into a room, attended by a shoal of companions.   Then, with a mischievous look, he would head for someone who caught his eye, perhaps to offer a complimentary word about a tie, but in a way which was calculated to leave the wearer unsure whether the tie was a sartorial marvel or a grotesque aberration.   Sir Edward had an urbane impishness.   Unerringly considerate and polite, however insignificant one’s own contribution to an occasion, he would always telephone his thanks and congratulations the next day.

When the Society held a party each year for students about to go up to Oxford, he would join in with enthusiasm.   I remember one such occasion in a taverna in the old part of Nicosia with Edward holding court and eight or nine Freshers taking in every word.   He was a charmer to the end.

(Charles Dodd, Chairman, Oxford University Society in Cyprus)

Innovation, Technology Transfer, and Entrepreneurship in Cyprus Academia


The Oxford University Society in Cyprus and the Cyprus University of Technology have the pleasure of inviting you to a talk by Prof. Andreas Anayiotos, Rector of the Cyprus University of Technology, with the title

Innovation, Technology Transfer and Entrepreneurship in Cyprus Academia

Date and time: 22nd September 2017, 6.30pm

Venue: Amphitheatre 2, Tassos Papadopoulos Building, Cyprus University of Technology, Themidos and Ifigenias corner

The talk will be followed by discussion and a reception.

Note: the talk will be in English.

RSVP by the 19th of September: Charles Dodd,

For more details check the Facebook event.

You can read the talk of Prof. Anayiotos here.

Talk by Dr Anastasia Constantinou: Let’s talk about innovation!


The Oxford Society’s next meeting will be on the evening of Wednesday, 14th of June at Hilton Cyprus, Nicosia. Our speaker will be Dr Anastasia Constantinou, Director of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Centre (ENTICE) and IDEA Programme coordinator at the Cyprus International Institute of Management.

Brief outline: Much is said about innovation, which has become a major buzz word, creating a veil of mystery around it as being rare, complicated and strictly scientific! In my presentation, I will try to demystify innovation by discussing the basic concepts, the drivers and the types and sources through examples from our everyday lives. I will conclude with some remarks on the importance of protecting intellectual property in the innovation process.

Speaker profile: Dr Anastasia Constantinou is the director of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Centre, ENTICE, of the Cyprus International Institute of Management, CIIM, and a member of the CIIM resident faculty, teaching Entrepreneurship and Innovation related topics. She is behind the initiation, design and development of the IDEA programme cofounded by CIIM and the Bank of Cyprus which she coordinates from the side of CIIM and is an executive member of its steering committee.

Anastasia combines academic, industrial, business and consulting background in the fields of Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Research for more than 25 years having lived and worked in three countries, UK, Greece and Cyprus. She actively supports the development of start-ups in Cyprus and has played an instrumental role in the creation of two academic spin-offs in Greece. She is involved in the patenting of technologies and in negotiating licensing agreements for the exploitation of research results from Universities and research institutions in Greece and in Cyprus. She is also the main inventor of an international industrial patent.

Anastasia holds a BSc in Metallurgy from UMIST, UK, an MSc in Materials Research and a PhD in Materials Engineering from Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, UK and an MBA from CIIM, Cyprus. She is a Chelsea fan by birth!

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Message from the Chairman for 2017

The committee of the Cyprus Branch met last week and began planning the arrangements for 2017.  The committee consists of five of us: Katerina Kaouri (Hon. Secretary), Artemis Yiordamli, Loukia Taxitari, Nicolas Kyriakides and myself as Chairman. As usual, we are putting together a programme of events and activities for the year. Suggestions and recommendations are always most welcome.

The Branch met five times in 2016: We started the year with a presentation by Dr Loukia Taxitari on language development in young infants; in May Dr Odysseas Michaelides, the Auditor General of the Republic, addressed the Society on the role of the Audit Office in ensuring transparency and accountability in the public sector; later in the year we hosted a party for Freshers going up to Oxford, undergraduate and (most of them) postgraduate; in November the Branch collaborated with Terra Cypria in a well-attended launch of the book “Wildlife in Cyprus”; and on 20th December a number of us attended the Society’s Christmas dinner at the Coudounari House in Limassol.

Charles Dodd

Oxford University Society in Cyprus Christmas Dinner

Christmas Dinner at the historic Coudounari House the oldest house in Limassol still lived in by its owners and soon to incorporate a private museum on Tuesday, 20th December, 2016 at 75 Irini Street, Limassol. Artemis Coudounari Yiordamli, a member of the Oxford Society, has offered her recently restored home as the venue for the Oxford Society Christmas dinner.

7.15 pm   Welcome with a glass of champagne and tour of house

8.00 pm   Dinner – Music and mince pies

Please note: the grand dining room takes only a limited number of guest – Responses will be accepted on a ‘first-come’ basis. A town plan will be e-mailed to guests. Parking available on the corner of Irinis and Enoseos Streets. €35 for three-course dinner and wines

Dress: (black-tie optional)

An Introduction to the Wildlife of Cyprus

The Oxford University Society is collaborating with Terra Cypria in launching a new publication, entitled “An Introduction to the Wildlife of Cyprus”, edited by Dr David Sparrow and published by Terra Cypria (the Cyprus Conservation Foundation).

The presentation of the publication will be at the Limassol Town Hall at 6.30 pm on Wednesday 30 November.

The programme will be introduced by Dr Artemis Yiordamli; and Dr Costas Kadis, the Minister of Education and Culture, will make a short address.   Dr David Sparrow will then present the publication, and the evening will end with refreshments free of charge and the opportunity to purchase copies of the book.

Freshers’ event (and networking drinks)

s usual at this time of year, we are organising a small, informal party for the new intake of undergraduates and postgraduates before they start the academic year at Oxford.

Most of the nine ‘Freshers’ live in or near Nicosia, and so the event will be held there:
starting at 6.00 pm on Wednesday 21st September at To Potopolio, 46E John Kennedy Street (telephone number 22-420507)

Please let us know by sending an email to Charles Dodd ( whether you will be able to come.

Find the Facebook event here.

Talk by the Auditor General

Dr Odysseas Michaelides, the Auditor General of the Republic of Cyprus, will outline the mandates of the Audit Office of the Republic, its constitutional provisions and the principles of its independence, its role concerning the use of public funds and resources, and its duty to improve transparency and accountability. The title of the talk will be ‘The role of the Audit Office in ensuring transparency and accountability in the public sector’.

Meeting at the Hilton Hotel, Makarios Avenue, Nicosia on 19 May 2016
7.30 p.m. A cash bar
8.00 p.m. Presentation by Dr Michaelides followed by Dinner at the Hotel

The cost per person is thirty euros inclusive of dinner with wine/soft drinks.

Please email Charles Dodd (Chairman) at whether you will be attending. Please indicate the numbers in your party and any vegetarian preferences. Deadline for reservations: 16th May the latest.

Find the Facebook event here.

Talk by Dr Loukia Taxitari

‘In the beginning was the word’

Talk summary

How language develops in babies? In this talk will see what the language abilities are at different ages, how the infants use their words to refer to the objects around them and how their knowledge about objects in general affects their word use. In particular, I am leading a research project investigating how children in Cyprus develop linguistically compared to children in other countries. This is the first time language development is studied so extensively in Cyprus, and we aim to answer questions such as how infants’ language development is affected when a regional dialect and a standard language are used.

Short bio

Loukia has obtained a BA in Greek Philology at the University of Athens, with a specialisation in Linguistics. She then continued with post-graduate studies at the University of Oxford, from where she obtained an M.Phil. in General Linguistics and a D.Phil. on language and cognitive development. Her interests lie in first language acquisition, that is the manner in which humans acquire language, especially at the early stages of this process. She is currently based at the Cyprus University of Technology.

Details about the event

Meeting at the Columbia Plaza, Limassol
7.00 p.m. a cash bar
7.30 p.m. Presentation by Dr Loukia Taxitari
The cost for Members and their guests will be twenty Euros, inclusive of light refreshments with wine/soft drinks following the presentation.
Please let me Charles Dodd (Chairman) know as soon as possible, and certainly by Monday 25th January, whether you will be attending, and, if so, please indicate the numbers in your party. Please reply to (telephone 99474811).

Find the Facebook event here.

What’s in a Name? The Federal Republic of Cyprus – Talk by Alper Riza

Alper Riza

The next meeting of the Oxford University Society in Cyprus will take place on Tuesday 10th November at the Poseidonia Beach Hotel on the seafront in Limassol. Our speaker will be Alper Riza QC. The title of his presentation is “What’s in a Name? The Federal Republic of Cyprus”.

Alper Riza is a London-based barrister. He was called to the Bar in 1973, became a Queen’s Counsel in 1991 and a part-time judge in 1992. He was appointed a Recorder of the Crown Court in 2000. His practice has been mostly concerned with the defence of immigrants and refugees in the context of Criminal law, Constitutional and Administrative law, EU law and Human Rights law, and International and Refugee law. He describes hisbackground as “old school Cypriot – down to Turkish father and Greek mother, English language and culture – and proud of it! A few more like us and there would be no Cyprus problem.” His interests outside law are British politics, journalism (you may have read some of his incisive articles in the local press), music and chess.

The evening will start with a cash bar at 7.00 pm for 7.30 pm. Alper Riza’s presentation will be followed by dinner at the hotel. The cost per person is the usual charge of 30 euros, inclusive of dinner and wine/soft drinks.

To help with planning this event, we would be grateful for an early reply. Please let Charles Dodd know as soon as possible whether you will be coming, and certainly by Thursday 5th November. If you are bringing guests, please let us know.

Find the Facebook event here.