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Intensive course in Sport and Exercise Psychology

Α high quality postgraduate intensive course organized by the European Master in Sport & Exercise Psychology will be held in Trikala, Greece, at the Department of Physical Education & Sport Science of the University of Thessaly, from the 22nd to the 27th of January 2018.
This intensive course follows up last year's successful one, when our Department hosted 41 postgraduate students from 24 countries around the world, who attended classes delivered by 15 field experts. Participants enjoyed a multicultural experience, and had the opportunity to discover the Greek culture and hospitality.
"Our university often attracts international students," says the director of the postgraduate program and the  Dean of the School οf Physical Education and Sport Science of the University of Thessaly, Papaioannou Athanasios. And he continues, "The European Master in Sport & Exercise Psychology has been attended by more than 50 international students from 30 countries around the world, as well as from Greece, of course. Everyone always leaves with the best impressions. "
From the evaluation upon the end of the program:
“A great, once in a lifetime experience,  in 6 days you get to meet so many students and teachers from so many different countries”
“This was the greatest and most beneficial week I’ve had for a really long time»
«It was inspiring, informative, made my future clearer. I feel like I have a better understanding of my studies and what areas I am interested in.”
For more information about the program please visit the web site of the “European Master in Sport & Exercise Psychology” of the University of Thessaly


New Space Adventures for the TALOS Team of the University of Thessaly


In March 2017 five teams from Greek schools had the honour of being among the 45 winning teams selected to participate in the third phase of the first European Astro Pi competition, as announced by the European Space Agency (ESA). The students of these teams saw their experiments being performed at the International Space Station (ISS).

The competition included a total of 184 teams from 15 European countries and more than 1,800 students designed experiments for the ISS (International Space Station).

The five teams from Greece that participated in the final phase of the competition were: TALOS ed-UTH-robotix (Laboratories of Educational Robotics of University of Thessaly), Weightless Mass (Intercultural High School of Evosmos), 49th Astro Pi Teamwork (49th Primary School of Patras), Astro Traveller (12th Primary School of Petroupolis) and GKGF-1 (High School of Kanthos).

Astro Pi is the name of a small computer developed by the Raspberry Pi Foundation, in collaboration with the United Kingdom Space Agency and ESA (European Space Agency). There are already two Astro Pi on the International Space Station, where they are equipped with sensors that can be used to "run" scientific experiments. The first Astro Pi competition had as a goal for the students to design a scientific experiment that can "run" using Astro Pi sensors and write the programming code of Astro Pi so that this experiment could be performed on the ISS. The data generated by the experiments in space would be sent back to Earth and be distributed to the teams. Thus the students had the opportunity to work as real scientists and to analyze data collected in space.

In October 2017 TALOS students attending programming and algorithmic thinking courses took part in ESA's Astro Pi Competition with the aim of running the code of their experiments on ISS!

Our team's name this year is ASTROCODE and the idea submitted as a proposal in the first phase of the competition concerns the detection of ISS oscillations or rotations around its axis due to various causes such as possible cargo shift, connection to another space vehicle, accidental impact with a micrometeorite, change of solar collectors’ position etc. For the detection of all the above and the trigger of appropriate alarms, in case of violation of measurement values beyond the acceptable limits, the accelerometer and gyroscope sensors will be used.

The equipment that pupils will have at their disposal is a special sensor breadboard called Raspberry Pi SenseHat.

ESA (European Space Agency) informed us that our idea qualified for Phase 2, during which (7/11/2017) - 7/2/2018 our students will write their code and will plan Astro Pi to run their experiment at the International Space Station (ISS).

The third phase will concern data analysis and qualitative conclusions. Yet another great success for the TALOS team, the instructors, the children and the University of Thessaly along with the great prominence that will be given through this competition.

We, for our part, wish good luck to our programmers and our little astro-scientists!


Universal Competition of Educational Robotic Research and Innovation FIRST® LEGO® LEAGUE (FLL), "HYDRO DYNAMICS"

Have you ever wondered how we get the water we use in our everyday life? Whether it is to brush our teeth, to quench our thirst, to cook, or even to swim – everyone needs water! Does it come from the ground, from a river or from a lake? How can we be sure that it is safe to drink it, and what happens when it falls down the drain?

We will try to answer all these questions and even more along with the children but we will also learn about the amazing mechanisms used to protect the most valuable liquid good - water - in the context of the Universal Competition of Educational Robotic Research and Innovation FIRST® LEGO® LEAGUE (FLL), "HYDRO DYNAMICS", whose semi-final for the region of Thessaly and Central Greece will be exclusively organized by the University of Thessaly and the TALOS project team, on February 10 & 11, 2018 in Volos. At this important event, under the auspices of the President of the Republic for the school year 2017 -2018, and in which 80 more countries in the world will take place, the teams that will stand out will be able to represent their country in World Competitions in Europe, Asia and America.

The competition is for children aged 9 to 16, and has been designed to help them discover and love science and technology in the most experiential and playful way, by gaining confidence in their abilities and at the same time gaining valuable social and cognitive skills. This is the result of a collaboration between the Non-Profit Organization FIRST (R) ( For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) and the Education Sector of LEGO (R). Since 2013 it has also been organized in our country with great success by the non-profit organization eduACT (Action for Education).

Registrations have already begun online at: http://firstlegoleague.gr

For more information regarding the semi-final of Thessaly and Central Greece, please contact the local partner (University of Thessaly) at phone numbers 6974007962 (Mr. Proias), 6944965406 (Mr. Kourias) or talos.uth.gr website.


Ιnnovative  Eco Friendly Traps for the Control of Pine Lepidoptera in Urban and Recreational Places

We are happy to announce you the successful completion of the program LIFE PISA – Ιnnovative  Eco Friendly Traps for the Control of Pine Lepidoptera in Urban and Recreational Places.  Pine Lepidoptera can cause important problems to public health such as asthma, conjunctivitis, dermatitis, etc., especially to children, while they downgrade the recreational character of parks, public places etc. The work was funded by the European Program LIFE PISA and carried out by the Laboratory of Entomology and Agricultural Zoology, at the Department of Agriculture, Crop Production and Rural Environment, under the scientific supervision of Prof. Christos Athanassiou.  Α theme from the scientific work titled “Evaluation of pheromone trap devices for the capture of Thaumetopoea pityocampa (Lepidoptera: Thaumetopoeidae) in southern Europe” was chosen   by The Journal of Economic Entomology, which is published by the Entomological Society of America, for the front cover of its issue for June 2017. It is a photo capturing a procession (litany) of larvae of the processionary pine moth (Thaumetopoea pityocampa comes from the Greek θαυματοποιός= miracle maker), at the urban environment. It is of great interest that, in the frame of LIFE PISA, the pine larva was studied for the first time simultaneously in three different Mediterranean countries, while scientific research has discovered and named a new pine moth species in science, Thaumetopoea hellenica, which can be found in Greece.

More information: http://www.lifepisa.eu/


European Mobility Week 2017

The European Mobility Week in the city of Volos was successfully conducted under the motto: SHARING GETS YOU FURTHER. The Week was completed on Friday, September 22, 2017, with the “Car-Free Day”, when various local clubs, institutions and schools took part in events aimed at easier, safer, and more affordable travel, air pollution reduction and the protection of our planet from climate change, in order to ensure a healthy living environment for future generations.

During the events, co-organized by the Municipality of Volos – Department for Sustainable Mobility, the University of Thessaly – Traffic, Transportation and Logistics Laboratory (TTLog) and the “Ippokampos” – Association of people with disabilities, the following actions took place:

  • Traffic education courses
  • Painting competitions
  • A mini bike tour
  • A symbolic blockade of the city’s main roads etc.

See more photos and videos from the “Car-Free Day”


Important Distinction for the Department of Civil Engineering: Financing Research through the European Programme ΙNTERREG V-A "GREECE - BULGARIA 2014-2020"


The Department of Civil Engineering of the University of Thessaly announces its participation as a partner / beneficiary in the project "Networking for Reciprocal Safe Cross Border Water Supply towards a Worth Living Environment – SaveSafeWater" (Funding: ΙNTERREG IPA II Cross-border Cooperation Programme Greece-Albania 2014-2020, 2nd Call for Ordinary Project Proposals). Associate Professor V. Kanakoudis is the scientific coordinator of SaveSafeWater.

Specifically, 200 proposals were submitted by the two countries (Greece and Albania) participating in the CBC Program, of which 18 were approved, under Priority Axis 1. Promotion of the environment, sustainable transport and public infrastructure. SaveSafeWater received the highest score.

The main objective of SaveSafeWater is to increase the cross border infrastructure capacity in water management through efficient networking for reciprocal Safe cross border Water Supply (WS) towards a Worth Living Environment. For the implementation of the project, the University of Thessaly will cooperate with the following organizations from the two countries involved: 1) Association of Water Supply basin of Ioannina, Greece (Lead Partner), 2) Municipal Enterprise for Water Supply and Sewerage of Igoumenitsa, Greece, 3) Municipal Enterprise for Water Supply and Sewerage of Kefallonia, Greece, 4) Korça Water Supply and Sewerage Utility sh.a., Albania, 5) Regional Council of Korca, Albania.

The coordination of the research project by the Civil Engineering Department of the University of Thessaly will contribute to linking academic research with the market’s needs in order to create mechanisms for detecting potential entrepreneurship and research excellence, especially in the field of drinking water management.


Further information: Associate Professor Vasilis Kanakoudis (bkanakoud@uth.gr)


University Of Thessaly Selected To Host Greek Diaspora Fellow

Volos, Greece,  04 Sep. 2017 – The University of Thessaly was selected to host a Greek Diaspora scholar from the United States to work on a collaborative project on the microbial diversity of Greek geothermal springs. Kostas Kormas will lead the project, along with Kostas Konstantinidis, a Fellow from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanata, USA.



Education and Refugee Identity

On Saturday 16/9/2017, at the International Fair of Thessaloniki, the workshop: “Education and refugee identity” took place. The workshop was conducted by the University of Thessaly. Among the participants were candidate and in-service teachers of Primary and Secondary Education. The participants approached, through experiential activities, issues concerning the inclusion of refugee pupils in Greek schools as well as a number of aspects focusing on the relation between the refugee identity and the educational processes. The conclusions of the workshop focused on the equal participation of refugee children in the official school classes as well as the appropriate intercultural training of teachers in order to support the effective inclusion of refugee pupils. The workshop was brought to fruition by K. Magos, Assistant Professor and G. Simopoulos post Phd researcher in the Department of Pre-school Education of the University of Thessaly.


Professor Athanasios Papaioannou has made unique and lasting contribution to ISSP and World Sport Psychology.


Professor Athanasios G. Papaioannou received the Honor Award of the International Society of Sport Psychology (ISSP), during the activities of the 14th World Congress of Sport psychology in Seville, Spain. The ISSP is the oldest and largest global society of Sport Psychology, with thousands of members all over the world

ISSP Justification for the ISSP Honor award:

Professor Athanasios Papaioannou has made unique and lasting contribution to ISSP and World Sport Psychology.  He served ISSP for 16 years, as vice-president, treasurer and member at large of the Managing Council of the ISSP from 2001 till 2017.

In 2001 he was the Director of the 10th World Congress of Sport Psychology in the beautiful Skiathos island, Greece,

which is remembered as one of the most successful and entertaining ISSP Congresses ever. This Congress involved more than 1000 Congress participants, produced 5-volume proceedings with 616 papers from 46 countries and generated one of the largest ISSP Congress incomes ever.

From 2008 until now professor Papaioannou has been the editor-in-Chief of the international Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, the official journal of the ISSP.

During his tenure as Editor, the journal enjoyed a fourfold increase of manuscript submissions, while its ranking quality improved significantly according to the SCImago index of SCOPUS which measures journal prestige, suggesting that the journal is ranked in the middle of international sport science journals and above other older journals in the field. In 2010 and 2015 Professor Papaioannou oversaw long and successful negotiations of the ISSP with the Publisher of the journal. He ensured that all ISSP members have free electronic access to all issues of the journal without any additional cost, thus decreasing the cost of regular ISSP membership from $80 US in 2009 to $40 US in 2016. Moreover, under the latest agreement with the Publisher, ISSP will get a new important income from journal sales, which is comparable to the income of its World Congress. From 2008 until 2017 professor Papaioannou also led the ISSP publications committee.

Together with professor Dieter Hackfort, Papaioannou co-edited the latest volume of the ISSP “Routledge Companion to Sport and Exercise Psychology”, a book with 62 chapters written by 144 authors deriving from 24 countries across the world.

Professor Papaioannou has been also an accomplished scholar in the international field of Sport and Exercise Psychology. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters in the area of motivation in sport and promotion of physical activity and well-being, which received more than 3000 citations according to Google Scholar.  He led successfully several research projects in his own country, Greece, but also at a European level in collaboration with sport psychology scholars from other European countries.

From 2009 until 2013 he collaborated with colleagues from 8 European institutions for the implementation of the “Promoting Adolescent Physical Activity – PAPA project”, one of the largest ever sport psychology interventions aiming to promote youth physical activity, health and well-being. This project involved more than 8000 youth athletes and 800 coaches across 5 European countries and resulted to numerous research and publication outputs.

In 2010 Professor Papaioannou collaborated with European colleagues to establish the European Masters in Sport Psychology
Erasmus Mundus program (EMSEP), a consortium of 4 European universities which awards Master degrees after 2-year studies including courses, research and internship in sport and exercise psychology.

Until now more than 100 international students from over 30 countries from all continents graduated from this program, most of them with scholarships from the European Commission.

Moreover, more than 50 world-class sport psychology scholars have been invited to teach to this program, thus providing unique expertise and international experiences to the international students of this program.
Professor Papaioannou completed his first degree at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece and he did his Master and Doctoral studies at the University of Manchester in UK. After his studies he returned to Greece where he worked as lecturer and associate professor at the university of Thrace and as professor at the university of Thessaly. In 2013 he moved as a professor at the university of Northumbria in UK and then he returned back to Thessaly, Greece, where he is affiliated until now.

Papaioannou Athanasios, or Sakis as friends call him, is married with a lady who is admirable for her patience to withstand him for over 30 years. Together they have a young daughter who is passionate with sports.


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