The Organisation

SciCo 2020_2

The Organisation

SciCo is a Non Profit Organisation whose aim is to communicate scientific issues to the public via innovative and entertaining means. SciCo was founded in 2008 and it consist of scientists, academics, educators, artists and people with an interest in everyday science. SciCo operates as a social enterprise.


The goals of “SciCo” are to:

  • Promote the correct popularization and communication of science
  • Strengthen the picture of the researcher /scientist in society
  • Create the interest of young people for science
  • Inform the public on questions that concern their everyday routine and are related to scientific actions and discoveries

The Team

Theo is a science communicator and a social entrepreneur. He holds a PhD in Medical Genetics from Kings College London and his Post-Doctoral Research work was in hereditary cancer. He is the Co-Founder and General Manager of SciCo and SciCo Cyprus.
Theodore has led a number of corporate social responsibility campaigns such as the award-winning “Ygeia En Gnosei”, “Healthy Kids” and “Through Earth’s eyes” for various organizations and corporations. Among others, he has co-founded and developed the Athens, Mediterranean, Thessaloniki and the Patras Science Festivals as well as School Lab, which is also expanding in Ireland. He has co-organised the “Impact Series”, the first workshops on social entrepreneurship via science and technology in Greece and he is also the curator and founder of TEDMED Live Athens and Health Forward.
Theo has been nominated by UNESCO Greece for the Kalinga Science Popularisator Prize (2011), by British Council UK Alumni with the Social Impact Award (2017), while he has trained with Al Gore to become one of Climate Reality Project Ambassadors (2012), has been the TEDxAthens and the TEDxLimassol host presenter since 2011 and 2014 respectively and has been the President of the Onassis Foundation Scholar’s Association since 2013. He is the first ever person to be an Ashoka Fellow from Greece for his work in science education. Theo has travelled to over 85 countries and in his spare time composes music for the piano.
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Yiorgos Angelopoulos
Born in 1976. He studied Physics at Patras University and Acting in Athens. He attended workshops of Devised and Physical Theatre with Marcello Magni, Annabel Arden and Linda Kerr-Scott of the Complicité Theatre.

He has been working as a professional writer, director, theatre trainer and actor in Greece and France, since 2002. He is a member of AbOvo Theatre Group and 8-kick Improv Comedy Group. He co-created and participated in various TV shows and has performed in a number of corporate events. He is also the founder of a small theatre in Patras.

He is a creative member of SciCo since 2013.

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Marion Glava
Senior Project Leader & Financial Executive Manager
Marion is a Biologist. She obtained her M.Sc. in “Medicinal Chemistry: Design and Development of Medicinal Products”.  She is the project manager of STEMpowering Youth which evolved to Generation Next, in June 2019 and is now the most innovative program aiming to disseminate STEM education in remote areas of Greece through, both extra-curricular workshops and a digital platform.
Her responsibilities also include financial monitoring for all SciCo projects.
She is also a member of the organization teams of the Athens Science Festival, the Researchers’ Night and Mind the Lab.
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Elpiniki Pappa
Educational Program Consultant & Project Leader
Niki holds a major in Biology and a master in Neurosciences from the VU University of Amsterdam. The last three years she explores the field of Science Communication. Niki has participated in the designing and facilitation of many science communication events, such as the Athens Science Festival, the Researcher’s Night and the Mind the Lab. She is currently passionately working for the international expansion of Mind the Lab by building strategic partnerships with organisations around the world (Berlin, São Paulo, Madrid). At the same time, she has begun her doctorate thesis on the impact of non-formal science education environments on students’ learning at the University of Patras.
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Giannis Sarakatsanis
John Sarakatsanis has studied mathematics but graduated an actor. Since then he plays, directs , writes and teaches theater , television and cinema.
He is the founder of the theater group AbOvo and the artistic director of Bob Theatre Festival.
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Anna Christodoulou
Anna has studied Physics in the University of Athens and has been distinguished in science communication in international competitions. She has published popular science articles in magazines and websites and she is the author of two science theatre shows presented in Greece in various occasions. She is experienced in the design and implementation of educational programmes, creating projects for partners like the Athens Music Hall and the National Hellenic Research Foundation.
She is also experienced in project management, having worked with the British Council and SciCo in many occasions, undertaking the organisation, development and management of many programmes such as School Lab (digital learning programme) and Big Dance (the educational programme of the London Cultural Olympiad 2012) for the needs of each she coordinated more than 1000 participants nationwide.
She has been contributing Athens Science Festival as Head of the Visitors’ Experience and Evaluation. She has worked with high-level co-organisers and key partners and she has supported the training and coordination of the Athens Science Festival volunteers. She has been also leading SciCo’s participation at the European Network MARCH collaborating with partners from Greece, Bulgaria, Portugal, Serbia, Germany, Lithuania and UK and she is experienced in science dissemination in European level. Since 2016 she lives and works in the UK.
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Eleni Konsolaki
Eleni Konsolaki is Associate Research Coordinator at the Department of Psychology at the University of Athens and part-time instructor at the Department of Psychology at Deree-The American College of Greece.She obtained her B.Sc. in Psychology and her first M.Sc. in Cognitive Science with Distinction from the University of Athens. After completing her second M.Sc. in Statistics at the Athens University of Economics and Business, she received her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the Biomedical Research Foundation of the Academy of Athens (in collaboration with the University of Athens) which was supported by Onassis and Propondis Foundations fellowships and Foundation for Education and European Culture financial support.Her work has been published in peer-reviewed journals and awarded from the University of Athens. She is member of the organization SciCo for Science Communication.
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Michalis Stangos
Michalis is a creative entrepreneur. He is the founder and co-founder of innovative and traditional companies and organizations.

He is the co-founder of Industry Disruptors – Game Changers (ID-GC), a non-profit organization established with the vision to create an ecosystem that promotes entrepreneurship in the wider Mediterranean and Balkan region, focusing on start-ups and extroversion. He is the Director of Founder Institute in Athens, the world’s largest entrepreneur training and startup launch program, helping aspiring founders to build enduring technology companies. From 2012 onwards he is the organizer and coordinator of the Global Entrepreneurship Week in Greece. He is also the Curator and Co-founder of Ted Med Live Athens, which took place for the first time in Greece in 2013 as well as co-founder of Scico.
Michalis is the Managing Director and CEO of MSCOMM, an integrated communication agency. He is co-founder of SciCo, and SciCo by belief.


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Panagiotis Giannios
Consultant & Senior Project Leader
Panos, holds a PhD in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and has a strong academic background in Molecular, Cell biology, Biophotonics and Genetics.

He has worked as adjunct lecturer of Molecular Biology Applications at the Department of Medical Laboratories, TEI of Athens. He is experienced in most educational settings, science communication and project management both in Greece and abroad.

Panos is currently working as researcher at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona), funded by a Marie Curie Fellowship.

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Stamatina Thermou
Senior Consultant
Stamatina holds a civil engineering diploma from Democritus University of Thrace. During her studies she focused on the conservation and awareness of cultural heritage of Old Town at Xanthi and she was a member of Cultural Association of the University Students “Gefyra”.
Since 2012, Stamatina has been working as a consultant and so far she has an interesting background in consultant services, elegant leadership, and project management on development projects, computer systems, strategic planning and business development.
Currently, Stamatina is a team member at SciCo and her passion is to develop new strategies, as well as to contribute to the achievement of SciCo organization’s goals.
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Marilena Andrilopoulou
STEM Educational Program consultant & coordinator
Marilena is a mathematician with experience in teaching and designing alternative lesson plans both in Mathematics and STEM field. She began as a Math-teacher but she also has experience in educational robotics with Lego EV3 and Arduino. Strong believer in kinesthetics, project-based and inquiry-based learning, trying to apply them as her teaching methods in every chance. Currently working at SciCo in the position of Coordinator and Education Manager on SciCo's STEM projects "STEMpowering Youth", "Maths in Motion" and "SciTEAM".
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Zoe Cournia
Dr. Zoe Cournia is an Investigator – Lecturer Level at the Biomedical Research Foundation of the Academy of Athens working on developing anti-cancer therapeutics.
She studied Chemistry at the University of Athens and then pursued doctoral studies at the University of Heidelberg, Germany and post-doctoral studies at Yale University.
Zoe strives to disseminate health-related issues to other scientists and the public and has served as a co-President of the Yale Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Society in 2008, is an active member of the Editorial Board of the «Chemistry in Cancer Research«-AACR, where she publishes material to raise public awareness of cancer research, and works with SciCo on science outreach activities and maintains SciCo’s blog for science and everyday life.
She also writes in her own “Life is Chemistry” blog, which aims to promote public awareness and understanding of chemistry in everyday life. For her research and social achievements she has earned the AACR Fellowship for Cancer Research in Angiogenesis, the American Brain Tumor Translational Grant, the National Cancer Center Fellowship, and honored with the “Women of Innovation Award” from the Connecticut Technology Council, USA.
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Michalis Fragiadakis
Michalis Fragiadakis was born and raised in Heraklion, but now lives in beautiful New Smyrna. He studied physics at the University of Athens and has a Master of Nuclear and Particle Physics from the same university. Shortly after acquiring his degree, he turned to theater studying Acting at the Drama School "Archi".As part of his studies in Physics, he participated in the ALICE experiment at CERN, and has several publications.He has worked as an actor, director and assistant director in many theater and dance theater productions, and has participated in a series of television advertisements. He has also collaborated with many well-known actors, directors, and choreographers.Working with SciCo has been going on for several years. SciCo enabled him to combine his two great loves, science and theater. As an actor, he has participated in the performances ""Ygeia En Gnosei" (health based on knowledge)" and " The Science of Christmas", but also deals with the scientific , creative and managerial part in various projects.
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Julie Kyriazi
ΗR Manager & Environmental Science Educator
Julie Kyriazi is a biologist with graduate studies in Environmental Biology, specializing in molecular mechanisms in species evolution. She holds a PhD in Ecology Education from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. She is a member of the non-profit organization SciCo (Science Communication), also working as environmental consultant and scientific advisor for activities regarding Education for the Sustainable Development. Over the last eight years she has designed and applied programs of Education for Sustainability for children aged 4-18 years.

Julie is also serving as Human Resources and Content Manager of the organizing team of the Athens Science Festival. During the last year she has also been involved as a consultant for organizing Science Festivals in Thessaloniki, Patras and Cyprus.

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Aspasia Daskalopoulou
Science & Data Journalist
Aspasia is a science and data journalist and a vigorous member of SciCo’s team. She studied environmental science at the University of the Aegean in Greece and completed her master’s degree in Science and Medical Journalism at Boston University’s College of Communications in the USA. She took documentary courses at Harvard University and worked in science documentary production for the National Geographic Channel and NOVA series of PBS television. After her return to Greece in 2010, she worked at "Kathimerini" newspaper, at the television documentary series Protagonistes and as an in-house science journalist at the National Center for Scientific Research “Demokritos”. In 2017, she specialized in Data Journalism at Columbia University of New York. Today she lives and works in London.
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Nefeli Boni-Kazantzidou
Content Editor and Web Manager
Nefeli grew up in Rhodes and studied Chemistry at the University of Athens. She recently completed her graduate studies in Molecular Biomedicine in the Medical School of the same university and will soon be starting her PhD in Cancer Proteomics at the University of Liverpool. Outside the lab, she is part of a choir and sometimes remembers to practice French and the piano. Her collaboration with SciCo started after her participation in the second wave of the Ambassadors Project in October of 2016- and has given her the opportunity to combine her creativity and love of writing with her love for science and its communication to the public!
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Christiana Kazakou
Science Festival Consultant
Christiana Kazakou is an interdisciplinary curator, cultural producer and multi-disciplinary artist based in Athens & London. Her curatorial practice explores interdisciplinarity with an emphasis on art and science projects.

She perceives her role as a curator/programmer to be an active part of the community that communicates concepts to wider audiences. Driven by novel ideas; her curatorial practice explores the performativity of exhibition displays, audience participation and interaction, immersive environments, sound art, art – science and performance while she explores collaborative and alternative processes of interpretation through new media and site specification.

Christiana studied Art & Science (MA) at Central Saint Martins and she has also attended a ‘Digital Curation’ course at the UCL & ‘Expanding exhibitions: Innovative approaches to curating’ at the Node Center of Curatorial Studies in Berlin. In addition her academic record includes Financial Economics (BSc), Arts Management (MA) and Creative Writing & Practical Journalism (Dip) at Goldsmiths. In her free time she enjoys researching & creating, travelling and exploring new cultural destinations.
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Julianna Photopoulos
Julianna is a science writer, filmmaker and general science communication nerd. She holds a biology degree with masters in both developmental genetics and science communication.
She has produced and presented award-winning radio programmes, written and translated articles for various print and online publications, and has been involved in numerous film productions for the BBC Natural History Unit, The Royal Institution of Great Britain, the European Parliament and many others. Additionally, she has worked on various direct science communication projects in the UK, including science festivals and events. In 2011, she ran the UK national science film competition SciCast for schools and young people.
She has been a member of SciCo since 2014 and is part of the organisational team of Athens Science Festival and Thessaloniki Science Festival.


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Mariya Fatakdawala
Founder & President/ SciCo USA
Mariya Fatakdawala, founder and president of SciCo USA, studies Biology at the University of Texas at Austin. She plans to pursue a career in medicine in the near future. With a strong passion for teaching, Mariya serves as an undergraduate teaching assistant for various science courses at her university and is a mentor for a research lab as well. Due to her interest in medicine and serving marginalized populations, she also volunteers as an equestrian instructor for children with physical and developmental disabilities. Mariya and her team were able to expand the efforts of SciCo to help underserved populations of students in Austin, Texas and hope to implement the program throughout the nation.
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Niti Sawant
Founder & Vice-President/SciCo USA
Niti Sawant, co-founder and vice-president of SciCo USA studies Chemical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, USA. During her time at the university so far, she has mentored students ranging from elementary school students to first year college students through organizations such as Women in Engineering, UTeach, Student Engineers Educating Kids (SEEK), and of course, SciCo USA. This semester, with SciCo and UTeach, she has been visiting schools for outreach programs twice a week in addition to her rigorous engineering coursework. However, her passion for teaching and encouraging students to learn started long before college. Coming from a long line of educators, Niti believes that every child deserves an exceptional education.
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