Partner 2. University of Macedonia "UoM", Thessaloniki, Greece
The University of Macedonia (UOM) was established in its current form in 1990 and is located in Thessaloniki, in Northern Greece. It is a State University under the responsibility of the Ministry of Education. It is a dynamic institution with four faculties consisting of eight undergraduate academic departments covering thirty graduate programs in disciplines with a high demand in the labour market. About 16.000 undergraduate and 2.000 graduate students attend courses in the University of Macedonia. The University of Macedonia has implemented projects under most of the former Erasmus programme, former framework (FP7) and Industrial Relations and Social Dialogue programme as well as many European Territorial Cooperation Programme.
Currently UoM participates as a coordinator or a beneficiary in projects under the Erasmus+ programme, as well as the Horizon 2020 programme. Τhe scientific team of the project belongs to the department of Business Administration which is conducting research and educating students on issues of decision-making and Business Administration analysis.
In EcoPodcasts UOM is the leader of the EcoPodcasts teachers training programme. Its team cooperates with all partners in order to produce a comprehensive teacher training programme that facilitates the implementation of the project’s curriculum within different schools, educational levels and national contexts. UOM also develops the “Using radio and podcasts in class” module. Additionally, UOM is responsible for the development of a handbook on “Care for the Environment”.
Jason Papathanasiou is an Associate Professor at the Department of Business Administration, University of Macedonia, Greece. He holds a PhD in Operational Research and Informatics and a degree in Physics, both from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He has worked for a number of years at the Alexander TEI of Thessaloniki and at the University of Western Macedonia. He has organised and participated in a number of international scientific conferences and workshops and has published papers in international scientific peer-refereed journals; in all he has more than 100 papers published in conferences, books and journals.
In EcoPodcasts Jason Papathanasiou is the project manager from UOM and he participates actively in all project results.
Giota Digkoglou is a PhD candidate in the Department of Business Administration. She graduated from the University of Macedonia with a Master’s Diploma in Business Administration. She holds a Master’s degree (MsC) in Information Systems from the University of Macedonia. For the last three years she has been working as a project manager in the implementation of research and educational projects supporting continuous professional and personal development, as well as projects related to enhancing active citizenship, critical thinking, media literacy and digital skills in different target groups and age groups.
In the project Giota is involved in the development of the EcoPodcasts Curriculum and the teachers training programme.
Marivi Belioka is a PhD candidate in the Department of Business Administration. She holds a Master’s Degree (MsC) in Chemical Engineering with a specialization in Nanomaterials and Polymers. She has a strong interest in sustainability issues and green solutions and she combines it with decision support systems and multiple criteria decision making. She has been working as Research Engineer in the Department of Fiber Technology at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, investigating the new properties of biodegradable polymeric nanomaterials. She has participated in projects that enhance media literacy, active and critical thinking, as well as digital skills in different groups.
In EcoPodcasts Marivi is responsible for the quality assurance of the project, and also participates in the development of the EcoPodcasts Curriculum, the Online Platform and the EcoPodcasts Resource Hub.