MENTORS

A mentor is a young, talented scientist, finalist of the contest Famelab for the Communication of Science. Famelab was created at the Cheltenham Festival and is organized every year by the British Council in more than 20 countries. All mentors will act as guides throughout the program's duration and will pay visits to schools in Greece's highly populated cities (Athens, Thessaloniki). Students, along with the mentors' assistance, will be able to develop their subject while getting exposed to scientific research methods.

Ourania Anagnostopoulou
Ourania AnagnostopoulouMy name is Ourania Anagnostopoulou and I am 26 years old. I am an undergraduate student of the department of the Geology and Geoenvironment of the University of Athens.
I chose to study Geology because I wanted to find answers about how earthquakes and volcanoes were made.
I always had a great interest about fossils like dinosaurs and petrified forests. In all jobs I have taken so far, I try to work with excitement with the rest of the team.
I've worked as a guide at the Dinosaurs Exhibition of the Natural Museum of London that took place in Marousi. I am looking forward to work with you!

Anna Varsamou
Anna VarsamouMy name is Anna Varsamou. I'm a writer and a teacher specialized in Science Education. As a student I dreamt of becoming a guitarist in a rock-band. I hated studying as I couldn't understand -at that time- the beauty of Science. But now I can really appreciate it! Science is like 3D glasses: seeing through Science reveals hidden dimensions of the things we see (what we call "phenomena"), making your life experience richer, more satisfying and more exciting. Science uncovers the many aspects of the world you were missing till then: a much fuller, much funnier or scarier, magical and unbelievable, a much more awesome place than you ever realized you lived in! If you decide to take a look at this amazing place, wear your Scientific Glasses (SD) and join me with your team. I'd love to be your guide in this extraordinary journey and help you find impressive ways to share your new perspective for the world; the fascinating prospect through your magical SD glasses!

Kostas Karpouzis
Kostas KarpouzisKostas Karpouzis was born sometime in the early 70’s, just a bit after Wembley’s epos and a bit before the uprising at the National Technical University of Athens. These two events proved to be his life’s milestones : since a very young age he became a supporter of the “Clover” sports team whilst turning into an ecologist and a big punisher of incandescent light bulbs. At the same time, he developed “a crush” for anything that’s key-related and, consequently, he got involved with computers. Growing up, he got jealous of Commander Kirk in Kobayashi Maru so he started creating his own games so that he : a) always win, and b) play games without having to get himself up the couch. In his effort to achieve this, Kostas allied with him the renowned human-like robot Nao, whom he teaches to understand and react to his expressions and looks.

Giolanta Kogianni
Giolanta KogianniGiolanta Kogianni is a biochemist who was locked up in a laboratory for several years observing cells and their reactions to various drugs while searching for answers to a whole bunch of conditions and diseases of the organism. She believes that science concerns us all, young and old, and therefore scientists in addition to wearing their white aprons and do crazy, interesting, strange and pioneering experiments in a laboratory, can also transmit this knowledge to all of us in order to make our lives better. In such an effort she was won the Openscience audience award in the science communication Contest Famelab for scientists with talent in science communication. Since then she participates voluntarily in the dissemination and promotion of science in schools but also to a wider audience by giving lectures and seminars in various cities of Greece and the Balkans.

Christina Melidou
Christina MelidouChristina always asked questions: How was the Earth made? Why is the sky blue? Why does baking soda fizz when you add vinegar? In order to start answering these questions, she studied Geology in Thessaloniki. She then completed a postgraduate course on coastal zone management in the UK. Today, she teaches in Secondary Education in Thessaloniki and she is involved in various science communication projects. She likes science not just because it helps her explain what she sees but also because it helps her think more critically and laugh at the absurd things that she hears. She has new questions every day, she seeks the answers and she then tries to explain in simple terms what she understood!

Nikos Papadimitriou
Nikos PapadimitriouNikos was born in 1981 and during his childhood, he was not a wonderkid, he didn’t want to save the world (even though he liked Batman), didn’t know what he’ll do when he grows up and he didn’t like poetry. He liked outdoors games though (PlayStation was not invented yet). Also, he liked analyzing and exploring anything that triggered his curiosity. Consequently, he became a Chemical Engineer. When he was a student, he always tried to combine studying with having fun. Therefore, he never kicked the habit of investigating and researching about anything. Back in the past, he used to de-construct toy-cars and re-construct them just to figure out how they work. Now, he is a Researcher at Demokritos where he studies the construction of cars fueled by hydrogen. He believes that science is simple and one does not have to be a genius to figure it out; the only thing needed is observation and critical thought for the simple things that happen every day around us.

Anna Christodoulou
Anna ChristodoulouAnna decided to study Physics at the University of Athens thanks to the stories she heard from her parents about Laika, the first dog that traveled in space. Well, she hasn't sent any other mammals to orbit the Earth, but she has learnt a lot of new, fascinating stuff and when she participated in FameLab, the British Council's science communication competition, she realised how much she liked to talk about this stuff to other people. She likes science theatre very much and she has organised and performed in shows where Santa was running with the speed of light and Romeo was falling for Juliet in a scientific way. She also likes experiments a lot, especially the ones where glasses are disappearing and plastic frogs are appearing from nowhere thanks to Physics tricks! Ιn July 2012 she took part in the FameLab Olympics that were organised in Dublin among FameLab finalists from ten countries, where she won the bronze medal. This is the third year she participates in School Lab and she is very happy about it. She is looking forward to discover again with her teams new exciting topics in science and technology!
British Council
Science Communication
Educational Radiotelevision
Greek Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs
Microsoft