THE ONASSIS FOUNDATION SUPPORTS THE PARTICIPATION OF GREEK STUDENTS TO SCIENTIFIC INTERNATIONAL OR BALKAN OLYMPIADS
Monday, 30 January 2017. The Onassis Foundation continues to support the participation of Greek students and their teachers escorting them to International or Balkan Scientific Olympiads for 2017. This important announcement was made in an event organized today by the Onassis Foundation at the Onassis Library (Amalias 56) by Marianna Moschou, Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Onassis Foundation, in the presence of the Minister of Education, Research, and Religious Affairs, Kostas Gavroglou. The event honoured 24 students who were distinguished in scientific Olympiads in 2016, and were awarded medals (golden, silver, bronze) or an honourable mention.
‘What we began at the Onassis Foundation two years ago has not reached its end. We continue to do so in 2017. For 2017 the Onassis Foundation will fund the participation of distinguished students in International or Balkan Scientific Olympiads, supporting the state during such difficult times. We hope that new students will find recognition, that they will be distinguished, and that all of us will feel proud that Greece is moving forward’, said Marianna Moschou. Addressing the students who had received awards, she noted: ‘We are greatly moved by your achievements. You have made us, your teachers, and parents proud. We are all pleased that Greece is mentioned abroad through such stories of success. This is the aim of the Onassis Foundation: to unleash potential in society, supporting those who can and wish to succeed in their goals.’
On his part, the Minister of Education, Research, and Religious Affairs Kostas Gavroglou noted: ‘I felt it was my obvious duty to be here today, and in this context I would like to thank the Onassis Foundation for this initiative. I would like to share with you my own experience from working in universities all these years. My experience has taught me that the level of Greek students is very high indeed. And this is not because excellence is in our DNA. This success is due to our schools, which continue to help create another Greece despite the incredible lack of resources and problems they face. Because this is the other Greece.’ In addressing students who were distinguished in 2016 Scientific Olympiads, Mr Gavroglou highlighted the following: ‘Among the books of the Onassis Library there is a book open by Chrysanthos Notaras (‘Introduction to the Geographics and Sphericals’, 1716). A priest who lived during the eighteenth century, he was one of the first people to bring new scientific ideas to Greece. Before the Greek War of Independence, it was not clear whether such ideas would in fact reach Greece. You see, however, priests were intellectuals, scholars of the time who began to gradually bring new ideas to our schools about physics, chemistry, and other sciences. This means that we have a tradition: that our scholars, those who excel and are distinguished, always return to their place, be it through their physical presence or through their support regardless of where they are. We are, therefore, certain that you too will have as a reference point the place that made you who you are.’
Finally, in her opening remarks the Director of Communication of the Onassis Foundation, Afroditi Panagiotakou, referred to the extensive work of the Onassis Foundation over the years in Education: ‘Thousands of fellows, support of primary education throughout the country, focus on Special Education, support of Greek Studies abroad. We have supported education and knowledge which promote culture, because knowledge becomes a useful force in society when it is connected with education and culture; when scientists are also citizens. The Onassis Foundation assumed its share of responsibility in supporting the state, in order to contribute in shaping democratic and open societies. At a time of crisis, we cannot make concessions on our visions, goals, and dreams. On the contrary, the dreams become stronger. They have to. The students who are here today, their teachers and parents, represent Greece at its best.’
It should be reminded that 57 students and 22 teachers escorting them took part in the International or Balkan Scientific Olympiads in 2016; out of 57 students, 24 students were awarded medals (gold, silver, bronze) or honourable mention. Overall in two years, 103 students along with 44 teachers participated in the International or Balkan Scientific Olympiads.
List of the 24 students who were honoured
GREEK MATHEMATICAL SOCIETY
1.Gavrilopoulos Georgios, 57th International Mathematical Olympiad (Bronze Medal) & 33rd Balkan Mathematical Olympiad (Sliver Medal)
2. Georgiadis Vasilios, 57th International Mathematical Olympiad (Honourable Mention) & 33rd Balkan Mathematical Olympiad (Bronze Medal)
3. Digalaki Korina, 57th International Mathematical Olympiad (Honourable Mention)
4. Kotsovolis Georgios, 33rd Balkan Mathematical Olympiad (Bronze Medal)
5. Lignos Oresis, 20th Junior Balkan Mathematical Olympiad (Bronze Medal)
6. Lolas Dimitiros, 20th Junior Balkan Mathematical Olympiad (Golden Medal)
7. Melas Dimitrios, 33rd Balkan Mathematical Olympiad (Bronze Medal)
8. Miliori Irene, 20th Junior Balkan Mathematical Olympiad (Sliver Medal)
9. Misiakos Panagiotis, 57th International Mathematical Olympiad (Honourable Mention) & 33rd Balkan Mathematical Olympiad (Bronze Medal)
10. Pliaridis Orfeas, 20th Junior Balkan Mathematical Olympiad (Bronze Medal)
11. Tsatalmpasidis Orestis, 20th Junior Balkan Mathematical Olympiad (Bronze Medal)
12. Tsiamis Raphael, 57th International Mathematical Olympiad (Bronze Medal) & 33rd Balkan Mathematical Olympiad (Sliver Medal)
GREEK SOCIETY OF PROFESSIONAL INFORMATICS & COMMUNICATIONS
13. Ketsetsidis Raphael, International Balkan Informatics Olympiad 2016 (Bronze Medal)
14. Markopoulos Petros, Junior International Balkan Informatics Olympiad 2016 (Bronze Medal)
15. Pipis Charilaos, International Balkan Informatics Olympiad 2016 (Bronze Medal)
16. Rontogiannis Aristophanes, International Informatics Olympiad (Bronze Medal) & International Balkan Informatics Olympiad 2016 (Silver Medal)
17. Rontogiannis Dimitris, Junior International Balkan Informatics Olympiad 2016 (Honourable Mention) & International Tournament in Informatics (Bronze Medal)
ASTRONOMY & SPACE SOCIETY
18. Valmas Antonis, 10th International Olympiad in Astronomy and Astrophysics (Bronze Medal)
19. Vogiatzis Giannis, 10th International Olympiad in Astronomy and Astrophysics (Honourable Mention)
20. Papahatzakis Georgios, 10th International Olympiad in Astronomy and Astrophysics (Bronze Medal)
PANHELLENIC ASSOCIATION OF BIOSCIENTISTS
21. Koutouratsas Tilemachos, 27th International Olympiad of Biology (Bronze Medal)
22. Laskaratos Achilleas, 27th International Olympiad of Biology (Bronze Medal)
23. Tsampras Thodoris, 27th International Olympiad of Biology (Honourable Mention)
GREEK SOCIETY OF PHYSICS & DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS
24. Kitsios Panagiotis, 47th International Olympiad of Physics 2016 (Honourable Mention)
Onassis Foundation & Education
From 1978 to today the Onassis Foundation has given over 6700 scholarships in Greek and foreign students and scientists. Through its Scholarship Scheme, the Onassis Foundation has given more than 200 scholarships annually.
PRIMARY & SECONDARY EDUCATION
From Astypalaia and Stavroupoli Xanthis to Elefsina and Kamateros, the Onassis Foundation donates educational material and technological equipment to schools of border areas, urban deprived neighbourhoods, and cultural centres of Greek communities living abroad facing financial problems. Also, it consistently supports Greek students in order to excel abroad. In 2015 and 2016, the Onassis Foundation covered the participation expenses of Greek teams in International or Balkan Scientific Olympiads.
The Onassis Foundation financially supports research projects in Greek universities; it also supports university libraries and publications, providing technological equipment and other materials.
SUPPORTING SPECIAL EDUCATION
In the area of Special Education, the Onassis Foundation has supported special schools and integration classes for decades through donating books, equipment, and technical aid in order to facilitate the efforts of educators. Moreover, established since 1978, its scholarship progamme includes the areas of Special Education for postgraduate studies and doctoral research in institutions of higher education in Greece and abroad.
SUPPORTING GREEK STUDIES
The Onassis Foundation financially supports professorships, departments, or programmes that promote and teach Greek Studies in Europe, the USA, Canada, South America, Africa, Australia, and Asia. The Foundation’s financial support covers teaching of ancient and Modern Greek language, Greek philology, literature, history, philosophy, archaeology, and Greek culture. The Foundation has supported more than 100 educational institutions in 40 countries.
Overall, the Onassis Foundation has sponsored almost 6000 cultural and educational bodies.
In Brief: Onassis Foundation
The Onassis Foundation was founded in 1975 according to the instructions of Aristotle Onassis’ will. Its aim has been to contribute to crucial aspects of Greek society: health, education, culture, and social solidarity. The efforts and actions of the Foundation have consistently aimed (and continue to do so) at ensuring the access of as many people as possible to institutions, opportunities, and services, necessary for social prosperity and cohesion. Its long-term aim has been to release the creative potential of Greek society and ensure a better present and a more optimistic future.