Dr. Sofoklis Sotiriou

Dr. Sofoklis Sotiriou

Head of R&D Department of Ellinogermaniki Agogi

http://www.ellinogermaniki.gr/sotiriou/

Dr. Sofoklis Sotiriou has worked at CERN, at the National Center for Scientific Research "DEMOKRITOS" in Athens and in the Physics Laboratory of Athens University. He holds a PhD in Astrophysics and a PhD in Technology Enhanced Science Education. He is the Head of R&D Department of Ellinogermaniki Agogi, the first research department that operates in the school environment in Greece, where has been active in the co-ordination and development of research projects on implementation of advanced technologies (e.g. mobile applications, wearable computers, VR and AR applications, robotics) in science education and training. Since 2001 he is the Director of the Ellinogermaniki Agogi Center for Science Teachers Training. His main research field is the design, application, and evaluation of virtual and digital media environments that could bridge the gap between formal and informal science learning. He has been involved in a long series of EC joint research and technology funded projects. He is a member of the European Academy of Sciences (since 2003), member of the board of ECSITE (2004 - 2009) and member of the NAP (Network of Academics and Professionals) Executive Committee of EDEN. He has be appointed by the EPS (European Physical Society) to lead the design and development of the European Science Education Academy, which will support the effective integration of Inquiry Based and Problem Based approaches in the teaching, through the development of effective Professional Development Programmes. He has also act as a consultant to the development of the FP7's Science in Society Work programme. He is author of numerous articles, publications and teachers guides on the use of ICT in science education. He is also author of the Science Textbooks that are used in all primary Greek schools since 2003.