INN researchers supervise annually more than 100 PhD students, in collaboration with a broad range of University departments that awarded the doctoral theses, including Departments of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Physics, Material Sciences, Informatics and Telecommunications, Applied Mathematics and Physical Sciences, Electrical and Computer Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.
Funding of PhD students
The vast majority of PhD students are supported financially by
their participation in National or European (Horizon) projects coordinated by their INN supervisor researcher
During the period 2013-2017, INN hosted a constant amount of more than 100 PhD students per year (see bar diagram below).
PhD theses supervised by researchers of INN per year during the period 2013-2017
Noteworthy, during the reporting period about a half of the PhD students who completed their thesis at INN, obtained their doctoral degree from Universities established in the area of Athens (NTUA, NKUA). On the other hand, approximately 27% obtained their PhDs from the University of Ioannina and of Patras and the rest from universities situated all over Greece, including Crete, Thrace and Aegean as well as from Universities abroad (see map below).
The network of postgraduate collaborations of INN with Universities all over Greece based on the PhD theses completed during 2013-2017.
The contribution of the funding sources of PhD students during the reporting period is shown in the pie chart below. One can easily notice the dominant role of European and National projects which share more than 90% of the total funding.
Funding sources of postgraduate students during the 2013-2017 .
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.