Vassilis Xanthopoulos - Stefanos Pneumatikos Award for Excellence in Academic Teaching

International Award "Vassilis Xanthopoulos" for Research on Gravitational Physics

International Award "Stefanos Pneumatikos" for Research in Nonlinear Phenomena

Distinguished Undergraduate Grant «Stelios Orphanoudakis»

«Stratis V. Sotirchos» Memorial Lectureship


VASSILIS XANTHOPOULOS - STEFANOS PNEUMATIKOS
Award for Excellence in Academic Teaching

The Award for Excellence in Academic Teaching is given every year by the Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas (FORTH) starting in 1991. The Award includes a monetary prize of 3.000 €. The Award is supported by a Trust Fund that has been created through donations by friends and colleagues as well as groups and associations who wished to honour the memory of Vassilis Xanthopoulos and Stefanos Pneumatikos.

Vassilis Xanthopoulos and Stefanos Pneumatikos, professors at the University of Crete and members of FORTH, were murdered in the evening of November 27, 1990, at Heraklion while teaching an advanced seminar.

The concept of Excellence in Academic Teaching
The concept of excellence in academic teaching goes beyond the capacity for clear, comprehensible, interesting teaching while in class. It encompasses all the activities that open new scientific horizons for the student, provide inspiration and guidance through research, impart a sense of scientific values and inspire a quest for truth.

Selection and awarding procedure

  • Eligible for the award are all members of the educational and research staff of Greek universities, specialized scientists and other members of teaching staff, members of research centers with university teaching work, as well as those who used to hold any of the above posts (e.g. professor emeritus) in the past. However, the award will only be bestowed upon living persons.
  • Potential awardees are proposed by one or more persons (e.g. teachers or students) that have personal experience of their educational work. Proposals must be documented and signed, are regarded as confidential and can be examined again along with the new ones in the following years.
  • The award follows a three-year subject cycle (Physical and Chemical Sciences, Humanities and Art, Biomedical Science), without precluding the possibility of awarding persons from related scientific fields in successive years.
  • The Award is decided by a Committee of distinguished Academic Teachers. The Committee encompasses a wide range of sciences. All interested parties can be informed of the identity of the committee members.
  • The Committee evaluates the proposals, collating and possibly searching for additional relevant documentation.
  • The ceremony of the Award is usually held on November 27 or thereabout. November 27 was the date on which Stefanos Pneumatikos and Vassilis Xanthopoulos were murdered.

    Recipients of the Award:

  • In 1991, the first year of the institution, the award was given to the Emeritus Professor at the National Technical University, Mr. Petros Kriezis.
  • In 1992, the award was given to the Archaeology Professor at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Mr. Dimitrios Pantermalis.
  • In 1993, the award was given to the Emeritus Professor of Medicine at the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, Mr. Constantine Gardikas.
  • In 1994, the award was given to the Professor of Space Physics and Technology at the Democritus University of Thrace, Mr. Emmanuel Sarris.
  • In 1995, the award was given to the Emeritus Professor of Law School at the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, Mr. Andreas Gazis.
  • In 1996, the award was given to the Professor of Medicine School at the University of Ioannina, Mr. Panayiotis Soukakos.
  • In 1997, the award was given to the Emeritus Professor at the National Technical University, Mr. John Tegopoulos.
  • In 1998, the award was given to the Emeritus Professor at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Ms. Georgia (Gina) Pesketzi-Politi.
  • In 1999, the award was given to the Professor of Biochemistry of Medicine School at the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, Mr. Constantine E. Sekeris.
  • In 2000, the award was given to the Professor of Mathematics at the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, Mr. Vassilios A. Dougalis.
  • In 2001, the award was given to the Professor of School of Philology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Mr. Panayiotis Moullas.
  • In 2002, the award was given to the Professor of Medicine at the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, Mr. Theodore Moundokalakis.
  • In 2003, the award was given to the Emeritus Professor of Physics Department at the University of Crete, Mr. Panayiotis Lambropoulos.
  • In 2004, the award was given to the Professor of Philosophy Faculty at the University of Crete, Mr. Theodore Chantzipantazis.
  • In 2005, the award was given to the Professor of Pathology at the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, Mr. Charalampos Moutsopoulos.
  • In 2006, the award was given to the Professor of Computer Science at the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, Mr. Ioannis Ioannides.
  • In 2007, the award was given to the Professor of Constitutional Law at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Mr. Antonios Manitakis.
  • In 2008, the award was given to the Professor of Medicine at the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, Mr. Charalampos Roussos.
  • In 2009, the award was given to the Professor of Mathematics at the University of Crete, Ms. Souzanna Papadopoulou.

Submission deadline and other useful information
The submission deadline for the Award for Excellence in Academic Teaching "Vassilis Xanthopoulos - Stephanos Pnevmatikos" for the year 2010 is the 10th of June 2010.

See the Call [in Greek]

For further information:

Xanthopoulos - Pnevmatikos Award Secretariat ICEHT- FORTH
P.O. Box 1414, GR - 265 04, Patras, Greece, Tel.: +30 2610 965300
E-mail: info@iceht.forth.grinfo@iceht.forth.gr

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International Award "Vassilis Xanthopoulos" for Research on Gravitational Physics

The Department of Physics is actively involved in the scientific coordination of the "Vasilis Xanthopoulos" Award which has been instituted and is awarded by Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas (FORTH). The "Vasilis Xanthopoulos" International Award for research on Gravitational Physics was established by FORTH in memorial of the late Professor Vasilis Xanthopoulos. It is given every three years during the General Relativity and Cosmology (GRC) Society Conference.

Candidates must be outstanding researchers in the aforementioned field and must be under 40 years old. Candidates for the "Vasilis Xanthopoulos" Award are considered by nomination only. The nominations must be sent to the secretary of the local and international committees and should be accompanied by the Curriculum Vitae of the candidate. There is no application form and the letter of the nominee, in which the reasons of the nomination are stated, is considered to be enough. The amount of the prize is about $10,000.

From more info: http://www.physics.uoc.gr/Xanthopoulos/index.html

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International Award "Stefanos Pneumatikos" for Research in Nonlinear Phenomena

The Department of Physics is actively involved in the scientific coordination of the "Stephanos Pnevmatikos" Award which has been instituted and is awarded by Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas (FORTH). The "Stephanos Pnevmatikos" International Award for research in nonlinear phenomena in the fields of Nonlinear Physics, Mathematical Physics and Nonlinear Disordered Systems has been established by the Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas in memory of the late Professor Stephanos Pnevmatikos and is awarded every two years.

Candidates must be outstanding researchers in the fields mentioned above and must be under 40 years old. Candidates for the "Stephanos Pnevmatikos" Award are considered by nomination only. The nominations must be sent to the secretary of the local and international committees and should be accompanied by the Curriculum Vitae of the candidate. There is no application form and the letter of the nominee, in which the reasons of the nomination are stated, is considered to be enough. The amount of the prize is about $9,000.

The deadline is the 31st of May of every even year. The candidate should be under 40 years old on this day.

For more info:
http://www.physics.uoc.gr/Pnevmatikos/index.html

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DISTINGUISHED UNDERGRADUATE GRANT «STELIOS ORPHANOUDAKIS»

The Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas (FORTH) establishes, as of the academic year 2007-2008, the award of distinguished undergraduate scholarships to the students of the Computer Science Department of the University of Crete.

The distinguished scholarship will be awarded to any student eligible for it, regardless of age, economic status and nationality. These distinguished scholarships are awarded in order to honor the memory of Stelios Orphanoudakis, who served as a Professor in the Computer Science Department for one decade (1994-2004) and was head of FORTH from 2004 until his demise in March 2005.

The distinguished scholarship "Stelios Orphanoudakis" is particularly honorific, indicative of the student's excellent performance throughout his/her studies. Furthermore, the students awarded the scholarship will have priority eligibility in receiving a specialization scholarship from the Institute of Computer Science of FORTH during their postgraduate studies at the Computer Science Department of the University of Crete.

FORTH reports directly to the Hellenic Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs, and is one of the most important research centers in Greece, enjoying international recognition. Its "excellence" is verified by the results of the latest evaluation of all Greek research centers, organized by the Ministry of Development. According to this evaluation, conducted by a group of high caliber international experts, FORTH is the best research center in Greece.

The Institute of Computer Science of FORTH conducts groundbreaking research on Informatics and Telecommunication, and plays a leading role in the initiation and promotion of Information Society Technology on a national as well as on an international level.

Since its establishment in 1983, the Institute has been in close collaboration with the Computer Science Department of the University of Crete, forming an attraction pole for leading Greek scientists, many of whom have served as distinguished professors in top foreign universities.

Furthermore, many students from the Computer Science Department of the University of Crete can have hands on experience on current developments in the Institute of Computer Science during their studies as specialization scholarship students. More than 100 such scholarships are given to undergraduate and postgraduate students each year.

For more info:
http://www.ics.forth.gr/orphanoudakis_awards

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STRATIS V. SOTIRCHOS MEMORIAL LECTURESHIP

The Institute of Chemical Engineering and High Chemical Temperature Processes of FORTH has created the "Stratis V. Sotirchos Lectureship" to honor the memory of one of its most distinguished Researchers, Professor Stratis V. Sotirchos, who lost his life in a tragic traffic accident in Brussels, on June 13, 2004. This Award is supported by the "Stratis V. Sotirchos Trust Fund" which has been created from donations by friends and colleagues.

The SVS Lectureship will be awarded every second year to an engineer-scientist, who has produced original and fundamentally important results in some R&D field within the broader context of chemical engineering. Selection of the most deserving candidate, each time, will be made on an international basis and strictly on grounds of merit. All candidates should be younger than 40 years of age on the day of the SVS Lecture.

For more info:
http://www.iceht.forth.gr/svslectureship/svslectureship.html