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Lunchtime Symposia Series | Covid-19 and the Cypriots Diaspora in the UK | May – July 2021

The Cyprus High Commission and the Cyprus Centre at the University of Westminster are pleased to announce a series of on-line lunchtime symposia themed on Covid-19 and its manifold and diverse impact on people of the Cypriot diaspora in Britain.

Attendance is free. To register, please email:

Symposium 1: HEALTH

Thursday 20th May

12.30pm – 1.30pm (GMT)

The impact of the pandemic on the community in terms of health, physical and mental, will be discussed. Issues of mortality, dealing with grief and isolation, and questions arising from the disproportionate impact of Covid-19 on the community will be considered. An exploration of available statistics would be welcome as would a comparison of the experiences of those who are more isolated in terms of community support. Following the panellist’s presentations, discussion will move to the floor.

The virtual event will take place on Blackboard Collaborate. Please email to with your name and affiliation (if appropriate) to receive the relevant links.


Welcome Address:

His Excellency, the High Commissioner of Cyprus, Mr. Andreas S. Kakouris


Dr Linda Papadopoulos: Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, Author and Broadcaster.

Dr Athina Mavrou: Cyprus Medical Society.

Dr Huseyin Cakal: Assistant Professor, Keele University.

Michael Yiakoumi: Author and journalist, Parikiaki.

Lorna Vassiliades: Journalist - Mental Health and Heritage Researcher.

Guest panellist: Dr George Kassianos CBE UK National Immunisation Lead for the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP).


Symposium 2: Culture

Thursday, 10th June, 12.30pm – 1.30pm (GMT)

The panel will explore the impact of Covid-19 on the culture of the Cypriot community. Mostly anecdotal in nature, there will be an exploration of the reflections of those both participating and offering cultural experiences.

Symposium 3: Next Generation

Thursday, 1st July, 12.30pm – 1.30pm (GMT)

The panel will explore the reactions and effects of the pandemic in the younger generation. How it has affected expectations, income, business, SME’s, work prospects, hope and trust. Here graduates, youth bodies and aspiring professionals will be invited to talk of their experiences.

Organised by the Cyprus Centre – University of Westminster

In collaboration with the Cyprus High Commission in the UK – Cultural Section

And with the support of the A.G. Leventis Foundation.

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