Environment and Sustainable Development at the front line of the Athens Re-Science Festival

26 March, 2019 News

Change is coming!

Athens Science Festival 2019
Technopolis Municipality of Athens

April 3 – 7, 2019

Environment and Sustainable Development

are at the front line of

Athens Re-Science Festival


This year, Athens Science Festival returns for the 6th consecutive year! The festival will be held from 3rd until the 7th of April, at Τechnopolis City of Athens. The main goal of the innovative festival is to promote change, and to show that environmental consciousness and actualization of a sustainable reality for our future is not only feasible, but exciting, as well!

Major societal challenges such as natural resource exhaustion, energy depletion, limited food resources, environmental degradation and climate change, require a new form of development, such as this of bio-economy and of circular economy based on modern technologies which will mimic nature. The transition to this form of development also concerns our country. In order to achieve this goal, we need to deepen our knowledge and understanding of the world that surrounds us.

With this vision, Athens Science Festival 2019 is coming with an exciting, but also extremely educating and fun schedule. This year’s program is designed so as to change the way we think and live, and also change how we face our everyday life.

Some of this year’s activities:

Dionysis Assimakopoulos and Fragiskos Kolisis, Professors at the NTUA, and Dr. Electra Papadopoulou from the Greek Bioeconomy Forum will explore the best ways of managing natural resources and how bioeconomy is a promising response to the challenges we face.
Topic of the discussion:
Major environmental challenges and bio-economy || Date & Time: Friday, April 5th, 6 pm

Professors Dimitrios Kouretas and Giorgos Skarakis, along with molecular biologist and journalist Spyros Manouselis, will discuss the applications of the exciting and controversial, at the same time, the science of biotechnology. Biotechnology plays a key role for bioeconomy thus the aim of the discussion will be to provide accurate information on related environmental, ethical and practical issues. The debate will be coordinated by Professor Emeritus Frangiskos Kolissis.
Topic of the discussion: Biotechnology: Panacea or Pandora’s box? || Date & Time: Friday, April 5th, 7 pm.

Vasilis Liogkas, Mechanical Engineer, Advisor to the Deputy Minister of Environment and Energy, and coordinator of the inter-ministerial project management team for the cyclical economy, will present the actions of the country’s business plan for the next two years.
Talk Title: The National Strategy for cyclical economy || Date & Time: Saturday, April 6th, 19.00

Launching new strategies related to bio-economy and the cyclical economy is also being discussed on the round table titled “A new business model for a sustainable planet” Prof. Konstantina Kottaridis. Panagiotis Kollas CEO & Founder – UNISCRAP, Eleni Spanidis, Environmental Technician – APIVITA SA and architect Spiros Kizis – Kizi Design Studio, will discuss how both business and productivity could work better and develop in our country, with illustrative examples.
Round Table Title: A new business model for a sustainable planet || Date & time: Sunday, April 7th, 18.00.

Antonis Kokosis, Professor at the School of Chemical Engineering of the NTUA, and Xenophon Bakouras, Environmental Engineer and Special Advisor of the Deputy Minister of Economy and Development, will show us that by adopting technological changes and by converting research investment into innovative business ideas as well as maintaining leadership in low carbon dioxide emissions and in cyclical economy, we will be able to properly prepare the foundation for a smart, innovative and sustainable industry. The discussion will be coordinated by Vasilis Liogkas, Mechanical Engineer and Advisor of the Deputy Minister for the Environment and Energy.
Round Table Title: Investing in smart, innovative and sustainable industry || Date & time: Sunday, April 7th, 19.00.

A group of researchers from the National Center for Social Research, Ioanna Tsiganou, Roxani Kaftantzoglou, Nikos Demertzis, Christina Varouxi, Nikos Georgarakis, Kallisthenis Avdelidis and Alice Mouriki will present interesting viewpoints on what we need to know so as to re-evaluate our relationship with the environment.
Round Table Title:
 Searching the world that surrounds us || Date & time: Sunday, April 7th, 19.00. With the support of the General Secretariat for Research and Technology

From the National Hellenic Research Foundation, historians Maria Leontsini, Kelly Mavrommatis and Maria Aliesandratos will lead us to a stunning tour which will illustrate the amazing connection among human beings and economy with the forest, in the past, present and future.
Talk Title: “Taming” the forest || Date & time: Sunday 7th April, 20.00. With the support of the General Secretariat for Research and Technology

In addition, at this year’s Athens Science Festival, more than 15 environmental workshops for kids will take place. What problems can the presence of nets in the sea bottom cause? What would have happened to our planet if there had been no mass extinction of species? What happens in a dump? Who stole the flowers from Melissochora? Can you save water?

Find all these answers in Athens Re-Science Festival, in Technopolis!

Don’t miss it!

See the on-line program here.


Buy your tickets here and from Viva Wallet.

*Athens Re-Science Festival is organized by the educational non-profit organization Science Communication-SciCo, British Council, Technopolis City of Athens, Onassis Foundation Scholars Association, Ministry of Environment and Energy and the General Secretariat for Research and Technology, in collaboration with academics, research institutions and educational organizations. Under the auspices of the General Secretariat of Research and Technology and Ministry of Environment and Energy .The Strategic Partner of the Festival is the State Scholarship Foundation.