Greek Women in STEM tales
A story of Science & Empowerment
Shortly before the beginning new (academic) year , we took a step back to follow all the brilliant scientists we were lucky to meet, what they taught us from their own experience, what we learnt about their studies, careers or lives in general and all the things they made us wonder about. Then we thought it would be great if we would share it with all of you.
In the field of Technology, we met a wonderful confident women with a vision and an air of change! Dr. Agapi Mesodiakaki explained to us why 5G networks are completely secure, how they will improve our daily lives and how they will help us use the technology to our advantage. Magy Kontou, co-founder and Lead Product & UI / UX Designer of the award-winning tech startup SimpleApps, spoke to us about her career and the demanding lifestyle of a female entrepreneur as well as the growing world of computer science. We couldn’t fail to mention Joanna Vaiou, search engine optimization (SEO) specialist, who shared with us many secrets for better use of SEO and branding name but also tips for self-empowerment. The co-founder of Tenebra Studios, the largest gaming company in Greece, Konstantina Bethani together with her collaborators Irini Theochari, Anna-Maria Linkof and Katerina Tsoukala spoke about their careers in the gaming industry but also about their dreams and expectations for this field of technology.
Moving on to the biomedical fields, we learned about the role of RNA in causing diseases by Dr. Vassiliki Stamatopoulou. We became familiar with the actions of smooth muscle cells and their contribution to the pathophysiology of the respiratory tract by the specialist in lung physiology Dr. Rodopi Stamatiou, while we were informed about the pandemic and the COVID-19 virus by Dr. Aspasia Karavelia. We also had a peek into cancer research from the Evolutionary Biology point of view together with Dr. Stefania Kapsetaki but also from Genomics’ view with Dr. Paraskevi Mallini, while Dr. Theano Panagopoulou introduced us to immunotherapy, and in particular T-cell therapies, which have opened new therapeutic horizons against cancer. Finally, thanks to Dr. Eleni Gourni we learned how Radioactivity contributes to Nuclear Medicine and more specifically how Radiopharmaceutical Chemistry can shed light on processes that take place inside the cell, aiming at disease diagnosis and treatment.
In the field of natural sciences, we met Dr. Eleni Vardoulaki, the excellent astrophysicist who specializes in observational astrophysics, that is, the study of the universe using telescopes, and specifically the study of galaxies when the universe was younger. In a parallel trajectory, the geologist Eirini Poulaki spoke to us about her research in understanding the great tectonic problems concerning the evolution and shaping of the morphology of the Earth’s surface, as we know it today through the prism of millions of years. Leaving the past behind, Dr. Areti Mourka introduced us to the modern trends of nanotechnology and specifically the field of 3D printing and its applications.
We finish our ‘trip’, with the Engineers of the bunch! We met Dr. Alkistis Karabela, the chief engineer who manages the subsoil construction of hyperTunner – a startup company that develops innovative methods for the construction of tunnels that will lead to safer, cheaper and environmental friendly constructions. We also talked to Dr. Sotiria Tsochataridou, who is senior engineer for Smart Separations, a company that creates ceramic membranes and antiviral coatings. From England, we went to the Netherlands and Dr. Pavlina Nanou, who is the technical leader in the field of biomass upgrading at the research organization TNO and at the same time co-founder and CEO of the newly established Torwash BV. We also made a stop in Switzerland, meeting the next generation of engineers represented by Ioanna Tsimouri, the doctoral researcher who spoke to us about Polymers and their applications in everyday life.
These are the ladies with whom we discussed, learned and shared scientific – and not only – stories. Go through the relevant articles and get to know them with us. We are looking forward to the next ones we shall meet. Are you one of them?
Dr. Barbara Mavroidi studies new compounds with high pharmacological interest
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