Education – About

The educational activities of INN are supervised by the Committee for Education and Dissemination (CED) which consists of five researchers for each of the five programs of INN respectively.

The activities of CED concern students of all levels of educational hierarchy (with focus on undergraduate and postgraduate students) as well as the general public:

  • University level students: Here the aim is to build a framework supporting the synergy of research and educational activities in a cross-fertilization spirit: students are coming to INN during their undergraduate or postgraduate studies to benefit from the advanced infrastructure, cutting-edge research topics and networking provided by INN research groups while at the same time they share their enthusiasm, fresh ideas, open-ended questions and devotion to the research topics they are involved in. The mutually beneficial interaction of research and education and the high level research results of INN students has been demonstrated by the upsurge of the interest of local industries which recently led to a program funded by Stavros Niarchos Foundation and business partners for the financial support of doctoral and postdoctoral fellowships.

The triangle of the mutually beneficial interaction of research, education and industry which maps the educational philosophy of INN.

  • Primary and secondary schools and general public:

Besides university-level students, the educational activities of INN have been expanded to include actions aimed at pupils from primary and secondary schools as well as at the general public in close collaboration with the Educational Office (EO) of Demokritos, within the context of our “Open Doors” initiatives. These also include various short educational videos of physical phemomena, chemical processes which have been produced by the EO and can be found at the EO channel at youtube.com (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVimFQesO2kyzistGFRRKRg). This expansion helps to exploit the research experience of INN in order to open new channels for a) the communication of the scientific knowledge about nanotechnology and its applications given their increased penetration to multiple aspects of our everyday life and b) the dissemination of research attitude and culture to invigorate innovation in life-long learning within the social environment.

To achieve the above aims and activities, INN participates in all types of education: formal, nonformal and informal.

  • Concerning the formal education, INN is a co-founder of master programs in collaboration with National Universities while researchers of INN participate with lectures and experimental trainings in several other national and international undergraduate and postgraduate programs. Furthermore, an intense activity of INN researchers is the supervision of PhD University students exploiting its unique research experience, facilities and infrastructure of INN.
  • The contribution of INN to nonformal education mainly includes the participation of its researchers in summer schools organized by NCSR “Demokritos” offered to postgraduate students or in cooperation with the Hellenic Society of Physicists for secondary school students from all Greece. Also, CED has designed and organized a series of seminars for postgraduate students in order to a) expand their professional and technical skills and boost their research careers and b) present a holistic view of horizontal scientific topics such as microscopy and other analytical techniques.
  • Regarding outreach activities of informal education type towards the more general public, INN researchers design and present innovative activities to share their knowledge and expertise in two large-scale events: a) the Researcher’s Nights organized by NCSR Demokritos and other research Institutes with approximately 10-20 contributions per year and b) Athens Science Festivals organized by the non-profit Science Communication organization SciCo.

Finally, in the same context of informal education, CED and INN researchers provide their scientific input to the hands-on experimental and game-based activities of the Educational Office of Demokritos presented during the numerous visits of primary and secondary schools to Demokritos Campus (http://schoolvisits.demokritos.gr/ ) which are approved by the Ministry of Education of Greece.