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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.


The University of Thessaly strengthens its international collaborations

Within the framework of the Erasmus+ International Credit Mobility KA107 and upon the relevant invitation from IKY (the State Scholarships Foundation), the University of Thessaly submitted four (4) new proposals for funding, for the 2017-2019 period. These new proposals have been positively assessed and approved.
The University accomplished four new and very important international collaborations with the following Universities:
1. Volgograd State University of Architecture and Civil Engineering, Russia (Department of Architecture Engineering)
2. Arcadia University, USA (Department of Special Education)
3. Simon Fraser University, Canada (Department of History, Archaeology and Social Anthropology)
4. University of Ottawa, Canada (Department of Physical Education and Sport Science)


Closure Conference of the European Program of Creativity in Action to promote YOung enteprerNeurShip

On Thursday, June 22 2017, at 3 pm, at the Building of the Department of Economics of the University of Thessaly, the Closure Conference of the European Program of Creativity in Action to promote YOung enteprerNeurShip (CRAYON'S) was organized, along with the Workshop of Business Idea Development using LEGO® Serious Play®. The CRAYON'S program was carried out within the framework of the ERASMUS + program, with the participation of 5 countries, Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, Spain and FYROM. Greece was represented by the Department of Economics and the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Unit of the University of Thessaly. More than 80 participants from 12 different countries (participants from the 5 countries of the consortium as well as from Turkey, Slovenia, Italy, France, Norway, India and Russia) took part in the closure conference and the workshop. The conference’s chairman was: Professor Zoumboulakis Michel, Head of the Department of Economics, who presented the work and history of the Department of Economics, and the Assistant Professor, Mr. Stamboulis Yeoryios, who is responsible for the entrepreneurship classes in the University of Thessaly. He presented the projects and actions of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Unit. The invited speaker was Mr. Kokkinos Michalis, member of the Entrepreneurship Academy and founder of the tourism technology company Moptil Inc.

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Summer Camp of Social Entrepreneurship

From 19th to 23rd of June the Summer Camp of Social Entrepreneurship was held in Volos with great success. The Summer Camp took place under the IDEANNOVASHIP ERASMUS + European Program, and was organized by 6 partners from 6 different countries (Greece, Bulgaria, Spain, Turkey, Italy, Slovenia). During the week's training, 18 young participants with business concerns and social sensitivities from all 6 countries attended the Summer Camp. They were trained on entrepreneurship and, in particular, social entrepreneurship issues within the general context of education. They were also taught core and critical principles using non-conventional means of education. During the training, three innovative social business ideas were developed and presented to the project partners.

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