INN participates institutionally as a co-founder in the following master programs:
(1) Microsystems and Nanodevices, NTUA Greece
The purpose of this postgraduate program is to educate new scientists in the subject area of Microsystems and nanotechnology. This subject area is characterized by a continuous development, not expected to face decline in the years to come. Microsystems fabrication is quite similar to that of the integrated circuits and it is based on the so called batch fabrication. Batch fabrication is considered as a key point in the development of classical microelectronics.
The program has been designed in such a way that provides adequate knowledge at two levels: a) Understanding technological issues at a molecular level e.g. solid state physics of nanomaterials. b) Understanding technological issues at the nano-macro-scale or system-level.
The aim of the Postgraduate Program in Microelectronics is the specialization of young scientists and engineers in the field of Microelectronics, an area with great importance for modern technology and strong interdisciplinary character. Also, the program will deliver PhD students having the capability of conducting scientific and technological research in their own right. Finally, the Program is expected to be able to satisfy the educational, research and development needs of the country in a rapidly changing environment.
(3) Physics and Technological Applications, NTUA Greece
The master program “Physical and Technological Applications” deals with the specialization and training of high-level science and engineering scientists in the fields of Physics and Technology Applications, to augment their academic abilities required to work in research and development, staffing of research centres or academic units, as executives of Public and Private Enterprises and Organizations as well as executives in Tertiary Education (AEI, TEI)
This program focuses on the optoelectronics science and technology and its applications in industry, informatics and communications, energy, biomedicine, the environment and citizen security, covering both theoretical technological and practical aspects.
INN researchers supervise annually more than 50 master students in the broad area of multidisciplinary research of the Institute, as structured in five research programs (https://inn.demokritos.gr/programs/ .)
The majority of these Master thesis are awarded by the above-described master programs, co-founded institutionally by 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.