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13.02.2018 / Announcements

THE ONASSIS FOUNDATION MAINTAINS ITS SUPPORT TO GREEK SCHOOL TEAMS TAKING PART IN INTERNATIONAL SCIENTIFIC OLYMPIADS IN 2018!

There are some teams who represent Greece internationally and achieve a lot.
But we know little about them. The Onassis Foundation continues to support them.



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For some students, Robotics, Maths, Physics, Chemistry, IT, Biology and Astronomy are not just sciences or subjects they study at school. They are a passion around which their whole lives revolve; an opportunity to compete and a way of distinguishing themselves; a dream and a challenge wrapped into one. They are also an opportunity to represent Greece internationally—and to represent Greece at its best. The Onassis Foundation will continue to support these kids in 2018. For the fourth consecutive year, the Foundation will be covering the expenses of the young scientists and the teachers who accompany them when they travel to this year's International Science Olympiads.

As a key driving force behind both social and personal development, education is one of the main pillars of the Onassis Foundation's public-benefit activities. The Foundation has been supporting the right to equal access to Education, Health and Culture for decades now; its ultimate goal being to release the potential of those who want to get ahead in their careers, to distinguish themselves in their chosen field, to pursue their dream. Committed to rewarding excellence, the Onassis Foundation both supports such efforts and, to the extent that this falls within the scope of its activities, raises public awareness of them. The success of Greek school teams and delegations can both inspire others to follow in their footsteps and serve as a mirror in which we can view today's Greece the way we want to see it.

All in all, 46 school children and 23 accompanying teachers took part in International Scientific Olympiads in 2017 with the support of the Onassis Foundation, with 27 of the participants coming away with a medal (Gold, Silver, Bronze) or an Honourable Mention. Over the last three years, a grant total of 154 young scientists have taken part in International or Balkan Scientific Olympiads. Accompanied by 67 of their teachers, they have won no fewer than 81 awards for Greece!

The young scientists who distinguished themselves at International Scientific Olympiads in 2017 with the support of the Onassis Foundation were as follows (arranged by science, and alphabetically within each discipline):


HELLENIC MATHEMATICAL SOCIETY


Dionysios Adamopoulos, 21st Junior Balkan Mathematical Olympiad—Bronze Medal
Vasileios Georgiadis, 58th International Mathematical Olympiad—Gold Medal / 34th Balkan Mathematical Olympiad—Gold Medal
Orestes Lignos, 21st Junior Balkan Mathematical Olympiad—Bronze Medal
Dimitrios Lolas, 58th International Mathematical Olympiad—Silver Medal / 34th Balkan Mathematical Olympiad—Bronze Medal
Minas Margaritis, 21st Junior Balkan Mathematical Olympiad—Bronze Medal
Dimitrios Melas, 58th International Mathematical Olympiad—Silver Medal / 34th Balkan Mathematical Olympiad—Silver Medal
Efthymios Dokas, 21st Junior Balkan Mathematical Olympiad—Bronze Medal
Sotiris Papasotiriou, 34st Balkan Mathematical Olympiad—Honourable Mention
Anastasios Skoularikis, 21st Junior Balkan Mathematical Olympiad—Bronze Medal
Rafail Tsiamis, 58th International Mathematical Olympiad—Silver Medal / 34th Balkan Mathematical Olympiad—Silver Medal
Dimitrios Tsintsilidas, 58th International Mathematical Olympiad—Silver Medal
Rafail Psyroukis, 58th International Mathematical Olympiad—Bronze Medal / 34th Balkan Mathematical Olympiad—Bronze Medal

GREEK COMPUTER SOCIETY

Dimitrios Iatrakis, Balkan Olympiad in Informatics 2017—Bronze Medal
Anastasios Panagopoulos, European Junior Olympiad in Informatics 2017—Silver Medal
Evaggelos Pipis, European Junior Olympiad in Informatics 2017—Bronze Medal
Charilaos Pipis, International Olympiad in Informatics—Bronze Medal / Junior Balkan Olympiad in Informatics 2017—Silver Medal
Giannis Tyrovolas, International Olympiad in Informatics—Bronze Medal
Panagiotis Hatzimichos, European Junior Olympiad in Informatics 2017—Bronze Medal

ASTRONOMY & SPACE SOCIETY

Christos Kakogiannis, 11th International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics—Honourable Mention
Aggeliki Bania, 11th International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics—Honourable Mention
Rafail Tsiamis, 11th International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics—Honourable Mention

PANHELLENIC UNION OF BIOSCIENTISTS


Alkmini Zania, 28th International Biology Olympiad—Bronze Medal
Evgenia Matthaiakaki, 28th International Biology Olympiad—Honourable Mention
Konstantinos Meggos, 28th International Biology Olympiad—Bronze Medal

HELLENIC PHYSICS SOCIETY & ATHENS UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICS

Korina Digalaki, 48th International Physics Olympiad—Honourable Mention
Nikolaos Mitrakos, 48th International Physics Olympiad—Honourable Mention

ASSOCIATION OF GREEK CHEMISTS

Alexandros Terzopoulos, 49th International Chemistry Olympiad—Bronze Medal
Evstratios Tsakalidis, 49th International Chemistry Olympiad—Bronze Medal


A few words about the Onassis Foundation:

The Onassis Foundation was created in 1975 in line with instructions left by Aristotle Onassis in his will. Its goal: to support Greek society in the crucial areas of health, education, culture and social solidarity. The Foundation's efforts and activities have been underpinned from the start by a commitment to ensuring that as many of our fellow human beings as possible enjoy access to these social goods—goods that are critical to our well-being and cohesion as a society. Our ultimate goal is to help release the creative potential of Greek society, ensuring Greece a better present and a more optimistic future.

Onassis Foundation & Education

Blazing Trails in Scholarships
The Onassis Foundation has been providing support to young academics, researchers and artists for forty years now, placing Education at the very centre of its activities with a view to benefiting society as a whole. True to the leading role it has played in the field of academic scholarships since 1978, the Onassis Foundation has granted over 7000 scholarships through its programmes for Greeks and non-Greeks.

Supporting Hellenic Studies

From Europe to the US and Africa, and from Australia to Asia, the Onassis Foundation provides support to university departments and courses which feature Hellenic Studies though its integrated Hellenic Studies support programme. It also supports classical primary and secondary schools in Europe and the US in which Ancient Greek language and civilization are taught. To date, it has provided financial support to over a hundred educational institutions in 40 countries.

Onassis Library: from the Enlightenment to the Cavafy Archive

Functioning as an international research centre in miniature, the Onassis Library collects and houses writings from the Renaissance and the Neohellenic Enlightenment through to the era of C.P. Cavafy. The Onassis Foundation acquired the Cavafy Archive in 2012, in so doing ensuring that it would remain both in Greece and intact. The Foundation set about protecting the material archive and creating the conditions required both to make the Archive accessible to researchers and the public and to raise awareness of the poetry of C.P. Cavafy and its universal nature. The Archive forms part of the Onassis Library, which holds two other major book collections: the Hellenic Library (formerly the Konstantinos Staikos collection) and the Travel Accounts Collection. The Library has been open to the general public since 2016. It offers educational programmes for children and adults, researchers and people with disabilities. The Onassis Library hosts 110,000 digitized documents along with two free digital applications for accessing them on web, tablet or smartphone. (www.onassislibrary.gr).

Onassis Lectures at the FORTH
Seventeen Nobel Laureate speakers, 1600 students and 24 lecture series since 2001: the statistics to date for the annual Onassis Foundation Science Lecture Series staged in association with the University of Crete's Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas (FORTH). The lectures, which are in English, relate to the Natural Sciences (Physics, Biology, Chemistry, IT and Mathematics) and are given by leading scientists from around the world.

Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings

Sixty young scientists from Greece have been given the opportunity to attend an internationally recognized forum for scientists where research is already being conducted into the technologies that will shape our future. They have been able to do so because the Onassis Foundation has been Greece's representative at the annual Scientific Meetings for Physics, Chemistry and Medicine/Physiology in Lindau, Germany—the so-called Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings—since 2009.

Other activities
For decades now, the Onassis Foundation has been providing educational material and equipment to schools in border zones and deprived urban areas, as well as to Greek cultural centres abroad which are facing financial difficulties. In addition, as a firm supporter of Greek students in their efforts to excel abroad, the Onassis Foundation has been covering the costs of Greek groups participating in International and Balkan academic Olympiads since 2015. The Foundation's activities in the field of Education also include the hundreds of educational programmes staged every year by the Onassis Library, the Cavafy Archive, the Special Education section and the OCC, the Foundation's primary cultural arm.

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