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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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Honoring of TALOS Team in the Educational Competition ‘Build your own seismograph’

A total of 25 school groups took part in the educational competition “Build Your Own Seismograph’. In the competition participated 147 students and 39 teachers from junior high schools and senior high schools throughout the country. The organizing committee congratulates all the participating groups on the quality of their projects. At the event, apart from the schools which were distinguished, there were also awards for the scientific validity and innovation of the projects that were carried out in the context of the competition.



Summer Program of Creative Activity for Children

The program is realised with the solid support and counselling of distinguished faculty members of the University of Thessaly and the workshops are carried out by a group of post-doctorate students, PhD candidates, researchers, and specialised scientists.



The Usefulness of Educational Robotics

Last Friday, 31/ 3/ 2017, the University of Thessaly and more specifically the team of instructors and coordinating supervisors of the self-financed project “TALOS 1: Creative workshops of robotics, programming and original creation for children”, participated in the great technology fest “Athens Science Festival” that was once more at the Technopolis of Athens, in Gazi. The University of Thessaly exhibited its own booth where students, educators and parents had the opportunity to get familiar with the use of educational robotics for all ages and also to experiment with programmable games, such as Lego WeDo 2.0 and EV3, within the framework of the suggested educational script “Robomars” with the subject: “planet Mars”. More than 500 people of all ages conversed with the instructors of the team, were informed about the new trends and the use of innovative tools in the modern classroom, and were briefed on how to operate constructions through visual programming environments. It is noteworthy that with the presence of TALOS in Athens Science Festival 2017, several visitors were also informed in detail about the educational activities of the team and the University of Thessaly in general, on the field of the educational utilisation of ICT, and expressed their awe for the achievements of our young programmers in the European Space Agency (ESA) competition titled Astro Pi.



The processionary pine moth on pine trees- University of Thessaly in the front cover of an international scientific journal

The Journal of Economic Entomology, which is published by the Entomological Society of America, has chosen a theme from the scientific work titled “Evaluation of pheromone trap devices for the capture of Thaumetopoea pityocampa (Lepidoptera: Thaumetopoeidae) in southern Europe” 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. 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. 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.


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

The Civil Engineering Department of the University of Thessaly announces its participation as a partner / beneficiary in the project "Water resources efficiency and conservative use in water supply systems - WATER RESCUE" (Funding: Cooperation Programme INTERREG VA "GREECE - BULGARIA 2014-2020", 2nd Call for Proposals). Coordinator of the proposal was Associate Professor V. Kanakoudis.
Specifically, 210 proposals were submitted by the two countries (Greece and Bulgaria) participating in the Cooperation Program, of which 49 were approved (23% success rate) and the WATER RESCUE proposal received the highest score.
The research project’s aim is the sustainable management of cross-border water resources and the achievement of conservative water use through the improvement of water quality throughout the whole water supply cycle, the increase of water efficiency and the reduction of the vulnerability of water resources to climate change. For the realization of the project, the University of Thessaly collaborates with the following organizations from the two countries involved: 1) Municipal Water Supply and Sewerage Company of Komotini, Greece (Lead Partner), 2) Municipal Water Supply and Sewerage Company of Thermi, Greece, 3) Municipality of Kardzhali, Bulgaria, 4) Municipality of Gotse Delchev, Bulgaria, 5) Municipal Water Supply and Sewerage Company of Thermaikos, Greece.
The coordination of the research project by the Civil Engineering Department of the University of Thessaly will contribute to linking academic research with the needs of the market 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)


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