Theo Anagnostopoulos
Author: Falling Walls Foundation
2022

Theo Anagnostopoulos

MI’19 – Educator

bringing education outside the lab

meet theo

Theo Anagnostopoulos, who was initially an academic professional in molecular genetics, discovered a deep gap of knowledge between scientists and the general public. He founded SciCo, short for Science Communication, a non-profit organization aiming to communicate science in a simple and interactive way. Anagnostopoulos has been a change maker in the field of science communication and science education in Greece and internationally. His work over the last twelve years has been pivotal in combating scientific illiteracy through his large scale awareness projects, and by empowering thousands of educators and students through stem education with a focus on underprivileged areas.

bringing education outside the lab
Nominated by: Theo Anagnostopoulos
Class of 2022 Location Greece
Theo at Patras Science Festival
Theo at Patras Science Festival

There has hardly been a more important time in recent history when public understanding of science and critical thinking are as crucial as they are today. The current pandemic, climate change, protection of biodiversity, future technologies, etc., all require that empowered citizens who embrace science and technology know how to find reliable information in order to make decisions that protect both society and themselves. My work focuses on making science simple and relatable to everyday life, and cultivating the next generation of thinkers and problem solvers.

“These STEM programs empower educators and students in underprivileged areas of Greece, and around the world, to address local social and environmental challenges through science and technology.”

- Theo Anagnostopoulos
Author: Maria Vranopoulou

To achieve this, I founded SciCo in 2008, to communicate science in a simple, interactive way. SciCo consists of a team of like-minded individuals who work within two main pillars: awareness and empowerment. We have run more than 200 high-impact outreach activities, some of which have become important milestones in the Greek national curriculum, and for Greek citizens. These include a series of popular annual science festivals since 2014, including Athens, Thessaly, Patras, Ioannina, Aegean and Mediterranean Science Festivals, which are visited by an audience of 50,000 per year. Mind the Lab is a science festival taking place at metro and train stations around the world. Celebrity Science is a popular YouTube show which brings engagement through the contribution of social media influencers. Also, we have created a number of STEM empowerment programs. These STEM programs empower educators and students in underprivileged areas of Greece, and around the world, to address local social and environmental challenges through science and technology. They also encourage the participation of girls in science. These programs have been running since 2017, benefitting more than 90,000 students and teachers in 107 remote areas to date. A recent project that targets the isolated population of the Pomaks in Northern Thrace is supported by National Geographic.

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