Scientific Advisory Board
Assistant Professor of Ancient Theatre
University of the Peloponnese, The Theatre Studies Department
Fields of expertise: Ancient theatre, masks and costumes, ancient Greek clothing, architecture and scenography of the ancient Greek theatre, Boeotia and the islands of the northeastern Aegean under Roman rule
Dr Maria Mikedaki is Assistant Professor at the Department of Theatre Studies of the University of the Peloponnese, where she has been teaching Ancient Theatre since 2009. She graduated from the Faculty of History and Archaeology of the University of Athens. She holds both a Master’s degree and a PhD in Classical Archaeology from the University of Vienna, Austria. As an archaeologist, she participated in various excavations in Greece and Cyprus and worked at the Hellenic Ministry of Culture (Directorate of Byzantine and Postbyzantine Monuments, Epigraphical Museum). She also participated in five research programmes, supervised by the Academy of Athens, the Archaeological Society at Athens, the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and the University of the Peloponnese. She teaches at the Postgraduate Program of the Department of Mediterranean Studies of the University of the Aegean and at the Postgraduate Programs of the Department of Theatre Studies of the University of the Peloponnese. She has written three monographs and a series of articles published in peer-reviewed journals, conference proceedings and collective volumes. Finally, she has participated in conferences and has given many lectures as a guest speaker. She is a member of the Archaeological Society at Athens.
Adj. Assistant Professor (School of Environmental Studies, Queen’s University) and Director (Environment) of the RMC Green Team at the Royal Military College of Canada
Royal Military College of Canada & Queen’s University
Fields of expertise: Geochemistry, Environmental Geology/Risk Assessment, Field Learning, Distance Education/E-Learning/Qualitative Data Analysis
Dr. Skordaki is the Director (Water/Environment) of the RMC Green Team at the Royal Military College of Canada and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the School of Environmental Studies at Queen’s University. An alumna of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens in Greece as well as Queen’s University, Trent University and Athabasca University in Canada, Dr. Skordaki has conducted research at the Royal Military College of Canada for 15 years. She has also worked in the industry as a geochemist, in Canada and internationally. As a professional teacher in Ontario, Dr. Skordaki taught science in secondary and post-secondary settings and has published on blended learning methods for scientists. She has received multiple scholarships from several Universities in Canada and participated in Greek government research programs (ΕΠΕΑΕΚ). As the Director (Water/Environment) of the RMC Green Team at the Royal Military College of Canada, Dr. Skordaki has led Canada-wide programs, including the Arctic region, regarding soil and water quality on military installations and specifically on training ranges, landfills, firing ranges, water/wastewater treatment facilities, stormwater collection systems and monitoring wells, as well as energy-related programs with respect to military activities and energy consumption. Dr. Skordaki and her team routinely conducts environmental field data collection and analysis, and has an expertise on the use of qualitative research in the interpretation of environmental risks. An active member of the Canadian Geotechnical Society of Canada, Dr. Skordaki has a special interest in military geosciences and is keen in supporting research collaborations between Canada and Greece.
Tsitsanoudis - Mallidis Nikoletta
University of Ioannina
Fields of expertise: Linguistics and Greek Language, Media and media language
Nikoletta Tsitsanoudis – Mallidis (Ph.D.) is Associate Professor of Linguistics and Greek Language at the Department of Early Childhood Education of the University of Ioannina in Greece. She has taught language, mass media and journalistic discourse in several Greek universities. More than 70 issues and papers of her have been published in refereed journals and conference proceedings in Greece, Europe and United States. She is the author of 14 scientific and literary books. Recent scientific books of her are used as textbooks in University departments of Ioannina, Athens and Thessaly. She is associate editor of international linguistic journal in USA and reviewer in several international journals. She has been till now academic coordinator of three major programs of Greek Language teaching in the International Cultural Center “Stavros Niarchos” in Ioannina. She is awarded by the International Union of Writers and Artists, municipalities, humanitarian and cultural associations. Besides, she is the resipient of the 2013 “Untested Ideas Outstanding Research Scholar Award” and “Untested Ideas Outstanding Journal Reviewer Award”. She excelled after evaluation as “2014 Ioannina Fellow” in the Harvard-Olympia Program - Comparative Cultures Seminar, Center for Hellenic Studies of Harvard University. President of Global Academic Affairs of Euro – American Women’s Council (EAWC). She is the Academic Director of the 5 International Summer Universities “Greek Language, Civilization and Media”. The last three of them were held under the auspices of His Excellency The President of Hellenic Democracy Prokopios Pavlopoulos. She has worked for many years as a journalist for major newspapers in Greece and managed regional television and radio media. She is an active member of Association of European Journalists (AEJ).
Archaeologist in International Olympic Academy & Responsible for Hellenic Olympic Committee Historical Archives / Teaching Staff for the Acquisition of Academic Experience at the University of Peloponnese in Department of Sports' Organization and Management since 2017.
International Olympic Academy
Fields of expertise: History of the Ancient Olympic Games and Modern Olympic Movement, Olympic and Sports Education, Cultural Aspects of the Olympic Games, Olympic Philately, History of the Hellenic Olympic Committee
Vassiliki Tzachrista studied Archeology at the School of Philosophy at Athens University and modern Greek urban music at the Music Department “Directory” of the University Club of Athens. She is a Doctor of the Department of Social and Educational Policy of the University of the Peloponnese. Since 1997, she has been working as an archeologist on the Hellenic Olympic Committee and the International Olympic Academy. Initially she was involved in classification, the electronic records of the Museum of the Modern Olympic Games in Ancient Olympia. Subsequently, she worked in the Historical and Photographic Archives of the Hellenic Olympic Committee and the International Olympic Academy (classification and electronic recording), under the supervision of the Professor of Modern History at the Panteion University, Christina Koulouri. She is a member of the Coordinating Committee of the International Master’s Degree Programme in Olympic Studies of the International Olympic Academy, the University of the Peloponnese. From 2017 until now she taught in the Department for Sports Organization and Management in Sparta at the University of the Peloponnese, as part of the Programme for the Acquisition of Academic Teaching Experience in New Sciences. Her research and writing activity relates to the ancient and modern history of the Olympic Games and the Olympic Movement.
Royal Military College of Canada & Queen’s University
Field of expertise: Geotechnical / Geological Engineering, Numerical Modelling, Tunnel Support Design, Ground Support
Dr. Vlachopoulos is an Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at the Royal Military College of Canada where he has taught since 2000. He also holds a Cross-Appointment with the Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering Department and at the School of Environmental Studies at Queen's University. Dr. Nicholas Vlachopoulos has had a distinguished 20+ year career in the Canadian Armed Forces as a Military Engineer Officer; whereby he was also deployed to multiple international operations. He is the Founder and Director of the RMC Green Team, an organization that addresses Environmental and Infrastructure issues within Canadian Armed Forces Bases and Wings. He is also a Research Director within the GeoEngineering Centre at Queen’s-RMC. His research interests include topics in Geotechnical, Geological and Environmental Engineering. He uses physical testing and/or field scale observation combined with analytical techniques in order to improve the state of the art. He was recently named as the 2019 Thomas Roy Award recipient from the Canadian Geotechnical Society. The award letter is within the “Other Supporting Material” folder. The award is in recognition of “outstanding contributions to engineering geology in Canada and Internationally”. Dr. Vlachopoulos is always open to working on engineering projects within his realm of expertise. He is a professional engineer with over 25 years experience in geotechnical / geological, geo-environmental engineering and project management on major construction and research projects. He has worked at well over 100 locations nationally and internationally.
Professor, Laboratory of Archaeometry Director, Director of Post Graduate Program CultTech
University of the Peloponnese, Department of History, Archaeology and Cultural Resources Management
Field of expertise: Archaeometry, Digital Humanities, Palaeoenvironment
Nikos Zacharias studied Chemical Engineering at the National Technical University of Athens (Metsovion) and carried out his MSc and PhD at the NCSR Demokritos in the field of luminescence dating supported by a scholarship from the Ministry of Research and Development. He then realized 2 post-doctoral programmes at Bonn University (GEOPRO/FP5) and at Demokritos (IKY/State Scholarships Foundation). From 2004 – 2009 he worked as researcher at Demokritos and as visiting staff member at the Technological Educational Institute of Piraeus. Since 2009 he has joined the University of the Peloponnese (Chair of the Dept. of History, Archaeology and Cultural Resources Management, November 2015-). He is member of the Board of the Hellenic Society for Archaeometry, and Member of the International Symposium on Archaeometry Standing Committee. He has published extensively (over 140 peer-reviewed papers, book chapters and symposia proceedings) in the fields of luminescence dating, pottery and glass analysis, characterization and provenance.
Professor of Diplomatic History
University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece
Field of expertise: Diplomatic History, Theory and History of Diplomacy, International History, History of U.S. Foreign Relations, Immigration History
Theodosios Karvounarakis is Professor of diplomatic History at the Department of International and European Studies, University of Macedonia. He studied Law at the University of Athens, Greece, International Relations and History at the University of Cambridge, U.K. He has been director of postgraduate programs for 10 years and is currently director of two programs taught in English, “Master’s in International Public Administration” and “Human Rights and Migration Studies”. He is academic coordinator of ThessisMUN, Greece’s largest International Organizations simulation event, organized annually at the University of Macedonia and for the past 18 years he is in charge of the American Studies Seminar, an educational endeavor jointly organized by the University of Macedonia and the American Consulate in Thessaloniki. Professor Karvounarakis is the author or editor-contributor of 6 academic books as well as a collection of short stories. He has also written many articles in English and Greek published in Academic Journals.