Biomedical Research Foundation Academy Of AthensAcademy Of Athens
Outreach Program

The high school outreach program of the Biomedical Research Foundation of the Academy of Athens was established in 2004 and takes place throughout each academic year. With enthusiasm and dedication, BRFAA researchers host students in their lab and share their knowledge and experience. Tens of reseachers of all levels, along with PhD Candidates, Technicians and Students of BRFAA contribute to the success of this Program.

Active Members:

Aristidis S. Charonis, Investigator

Dimitris Beis, Investigator

Zoe Cournia, Investigator

Stamatis Pagakis, Research Scientist

Demetris Arvanitis, Senior Technician

Liza Vafiadaki, Post-doctoral Fellow

Ieronimos Zoidakis, Post-doctoral Fellow

Vasiliki Prapa, Educator

Themistoklis Gkion, Designer of Learning Experiences

The program includes:

  • Presentations of impressive biomedical achievements with direct applications in daily life
  • Demonstrations of experiments based on the high school curriculum, aiming to bridge theory with practice.
  • Discussions on education choices at the University level, to facilitate informed decision making.
  • Overview of career paths that can be combined with Biology and what each one entails.
  • Descriptions of a Researcher life.
  • Laboratory tour at the cutting-edge facilities of BRFAA.

During its first 15 years the High School Outreach Program has hosted over 5,000 students and 200 teachers from tens of Public and Private school from across Greece. For its contribution to Secondary Education, it has received two awards from the American Society of Human Genetics and the Panhellenic Bioscientists Association. 

Despina Sanoudou, PhD, FACMG CIbiol
Affiliated Investigator
Molecular Biology Division
Organizer and Coordinator of the High School Outreach Program
Associate Professor, Medical School, University of Athens