Achievements

Outstanding performance of the University of Patras in ranking systems curated by research institutions (Webometrics and CWTS Leiden Ranking)

The University of Patras was distinguished in two more rankings, this time in systems supervised by research institutions. More specifically, it is ranked 569th among 12,000 universities in the world and 4th in Greece based on the Webometrics system, and 556th in the world and 4th in Greece in the open version of CTWS Leiden, which examines 1,411 institutions. The Webometrics Ranking of World Universities is compiled by Cybermetrics (CCHS), a unit of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), which is the main research institution in Spain. This ranking includes around 12,000 universities worldwide and it is obtained after examining 31,000 universities from 200 countries on the basis of their online presence and the impact of their research work. Among them, there are a total of 66 Greek universities, public education institutions, as well as colleges and private training institutions. The position of the University of Patras appears stable in relation to last year’s levels, ranking 569th globally and 4th nationally this year. A remarkable performance of our institution is the 3rd place nationally and 382nd worldwide in the Openness criterion. The distinction of 3rd place in Greece in the total number of citations to our published work in Google Scholar with 1,306,118 citations is also significant. Based on the results of Webometrics, the following universities are ranked in the top ten in Greece:
– 247 National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
– 262 Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
– 423 National Technical University of Athens
– 569 University of Patras
– 688 University of Crete
– 740 University of Ioannina
– 918 University of Thessaly
– 1100 Democritus University of Thrace
– 1124 University of the Aegean
– 1208 Harokopio University
CWTS Leiden Ranking is a system curated by the Research Centre for Science and Technology at Leiden University in collaboration with the Curtin Open Knowledge Initiative, Sesame Open Science and OurResearch. In this annual report there are two versions, the ‘classic’ version with data from the Web of Science and the ‘open’ version with data from OpenAlex, a new bibliographic database that leverages 9.3 million publications. Both versions use bibliometric data from 2018-2021 for this report. In the open edition, the University of Patras ranks 4th in Greece, 178th in Europe (out of 470 institutions) and 556th in the world (out of 1,411). In the criteria categories, our positions among the nine Greek institutions were:
– Scientific Impact: 4
– Collaboration: 3
– Open Access: 3
In the classic version, the University of Patras is also ranked 4th in Greece, 224th in Europe and 701st in the world. In the criteria categories, our positions were:
– Scientific Impact: 4
– Collaboration: 4
– Open Access: 4
– Gender: 3
As the classic version contains historical data, it is observed that the University of Patras has stabilized its position, since in 2022 it was 4th in Greece, 228th in Europe and 705th in the world. The stable ranking of the University of Patras becomes more significant when one notices the increase in the number of institutions participating in the ranking list (about 100 new institutions were added). The Rector’s Office, faithful to the power of continuing efforts of previous Rector’s Authorities, makes good use of them, enhances them and congratulates the researchers and all the staff of the University of Patras who contributed with their work to this important distinction of the University of Patras.

Award of the “Panagiotis Kanellopoulos” Outstanding Publication Award of the University of Patras for the year 2023

The Evaluation Committee of the nominations submitted for the “Panagiotis Kanellopoulos” Award for Outstanding Publication for the year 2023 decided to award the prize to the paper Lecocq T. et al. “Global quieting of high-frequency seismic noise due to COVID-19 pandemic lockdown measures” with co-author Professor of the Department of Geology of the University of Patras Mr. Efthymios Sokos.
The award ceremony took place at the celebration of the Three Hierarchs and the Day of Letters which took place at the Ceremonial Hall of the University of Patras on 30.1.2024

Award of the “Evangelos Papanoutsos” Outstanding Teaching Award 2023

The Evaluation Committee decided to award the “Evangelos Papanoutsos” Outstanding Teaching Award to the Professor of the Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering of the Faculty of Engineering, Mr. Spilios Fasoes. The awarding ceremony took place at the celebration of the Three Hierarchs and the Day of Letters that took place at the Ceremonial Hall of the University of Patras on 30.1.2024.

The School of Humanities and Social Sciences in the THE and QS international rankings (2024)

The School of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Patras has achieved significant success in the last two rankings of THE (Times Higher Education (2024) and QS World University Rankings (2024). In the THE (Times Higher Education) ranking, the University of Patras is ranked 801- 1000, while it is ranked in eight individual subject fields. The School is ranked in two of the eight scientific fields: “Education” and “Arts and Humanities”. In the field “Education” the University of Patras is ranked 301-400, which is the highest rank within the subject fields’ ranking at our University. In addition, in this field, our University is ranked 1st in the country, together with the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and the University of Crete. It should be noted that the specific subject field is ranked for our University in recent years. In the Arts and Humanities field, which is related to research fields of the entire Faculty, the University of Patras appears for the first time and is ranked 601+ (3rd in the country after the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki). In the QS World University Rankings, the University of Patras is ranked 791- 800, and in the 501-550 ranking by subject.

Award for a faculty member of the Department of Theatre Studies

The Professor of the Department of Theatre Studies, Mr. Stavros Tsitsiridis, will be awarded by the Academy of Athens for his latest book entitled: “Seneca: Decomposition. Introduction – translation – commentary” (Athens 2023)”.

Andreas Mentzelopoulos Foundation –   Branded Academic Positions

The Andreas Mentzelopoulos Foundation will financially support one Branded Academic Position each year. Each Branded Academic Position will have a duration of 3 years and the financial support will be 40.000 Euros per year. This means that in 2023 one Branded Academic Position will start (in the Department of Medicine), in 2024 there will be two Branded Academic Positions and in 2025 there will be three Branded Academic Positions “Andreas Mentzelopoulos ” at the University of Patras. The Senate of our University has already accepted the relevant Memorandum of Cooperation. The idea and the approval for the Branded Academic Positions resulted from the meeting held by the Coordinator of the Scholarship Committee A. Mentzelopoulos Prof. Vassilis Anastassopoulos, the Committee member Emeritus Professor Georgios Dassios, and the Rector Christos Bouras, with the Donors last summer.

University of Patras ranking in the QS World University Rankings: Sustainability 2024

The University of Patras participated in the second edition of QS World University Rankings.
In total, out of 1403 institutions worldwide, the University of Patras was ranked 339th and 151st among 493 European institutions. Our institution was ranked 1st among the ten Greek universities that participated, performing greatly in the areas of environmental research, health and well-being, and knowledge exchange. This ranking is improved compared to last year’s ranking, where the University of Patras was ranked between 401-150 out of 700 institutions worldwide, with 303 of them being European and four of them Greek. More specifically, the rankings of the Greek universities are the following:
=339: University of Patras
=349: Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
=453: National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
821-840: National Technical University of Athens
1001-1050: Athens University of Economics and Business
1051-1100: University of Crete
1051-1100: University of Ioannina
1101-1150: University of the Aegean
1201+ : International Hellenic University
1201+ : Technical University of Crete

Gold medal for the research student team “Patras Medicine iGEM 2023” at the iGEM World Synthetic Biology Competition in Paris

The members of the student research team “Patras Medicine iGEM 2023” returned to Greece been awarded with the gold medal from the iGEM World Synthetic Biology Competition held in Paris on November 2-5. The team consists of 10 undergraduate and postgraduate students from the Departments of Pharmacy, Biology, Chemistry and Computer Engineering and Informatics of the University of Patras. The members of the team were awarded the Gold Medal, among 400 teams from 66 countries from all over the world, maintaining the team’s tradition of excellence for the second consecutive year. In fact, the Patras Medicine iGEM 2023 team is the only Greek team that was awarded with a Gold Medal in the “Undergraduate” category.
The aim of the iGEM (international Genetically Engineered Machine) Global Synthetic Biology Competition is to highlight innovative ideas for solving everyday problems (health, environment, industry, etc.) through Synthetic Biology. Synthetic Biology is a rapidly evolving and innovative discipline that combines Biology and Engineering. The iGEM Competition was launched in 2003 by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and is now run annually by the iGEM Foundation.

Faculty members of the University of Patras in the list of the 2% top scientists of the University of Stanford

The research team of Prof. Ioannis Ioannidis from the Meta-Research Innovation Center of the University of Stanford posted at:  https://elsevier.digitalcommonsdata.com/datasets/btchxktzyw  the updated ranking lists of scientists based on their influence in the international literature taking into account the published scientific work until the end of 2022. This research group ranks around 9 million scientists using the Scopus database. In the following links:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1cnnQ1R3p-gUDafoBNFJE954OYpuxAcPq/view?usp=sharing
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1FbN5EiQSz-0rmBv7vTWwOJNl-Y1ISD5l/view?usp=sharing
there are specific tables (Career-Long-2022 and Single-year-2022) showing the results of this ranking for the University of Patras. More specifically, in the first list, which shows the impact of the published work during the whole research career (career-long), 83 scientists of the University of Patras are included. In the second list, which shows the impact of the published work for the year 2022 (single-year), 66 scientists of the University of Patras are included.

Times Higher Education World University Rankings system

The results of 2024 World University Rankings of Times Higher Education have been published. The University of Patras is ranked in the top 1000 institutions, within 1904, specifically ranked in 801-1000. It is ranked fifth (5th) among 16 Greek universities that participated the specific system ranking this year. The performance of the University of Patras was particularly remarkable in the area of Research Quality and its connection with industry. It is worth mentioning that the number of institutions evaluated by Times Higher Education is increasing on an annual basis, creating a highly demanding and competitive environment.
Times Higher Education
The Greek universities in the top 1000 of the ranking list are:
501-600 University of Crete
501-600 National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
601-800 Harokopio University
601-800 National Technical University of Athens
801-1000 University of Patras
801-1000 University of the Aegean
801-1000 Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
801-1000 Athens University of Economics and Business
Times Higher Education World University Rankings attempts to compare universities in the areas of teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. It uses five categories of indicators: [a] teaching (learning environment), [b] research (size, income and reputation), [c] research (strength, excellence & influence), [d] international outlook (staff, students & research) and [e] industry linkage (knowledge transfer). To release the results, based on its new methodology, THE’s system utilized demographic/statistical data for the year 2021 and bibliometric data for the five-year period 2018-2022.

Ranking list Research.com for 2023

Research.com is an important academic platform for researchers around the world. For 2023, the University of Patras is ranked 570th out of 2000 universities included in this ranking list, showing excellent performance in a number of subject areas such as Electronics and Electrical Engineering, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Mathematics, Computer Science, Ecology and Evolution, Earth Science, Engineering and Technology, Environmental Sciences, Materials Science, Chemistry, Neuroscience, Biology and Biochemistry. On a national level, the University of Patras ranks 4th among 23 Greek Universities included in this ranking system. The overall performance of the University of Patras in the 2023 ranking may be found at the following link: https://research.com/university/university-of-patras

Georgios Kampitsis one of the new faculty members of our School, assistant professor in Power Electronics, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, received a European Research Council (ERC) starting grant in 2023. The project title is Reinventing Power Electronic Architectures for a Fully Integrated Power Converter-on-a-Chip (ENRICH). The project proposes a fundamental reconsideration of the entire electric power conversion chain, by co-design novel multilevel converter topologies with new semiconductor structures, based on wide band gap materials, mainly Gallium Nitride (GaN). The ambitious research spans across the fields of Power Electronics, Material Science and Control Theory, and aims to bring numerous benefits with important technological and socioeconomic impact in the automotive, aerospace and renewable energy generation sectors. This is a 5 year research grant, one of the very few that were awarded to Greek scientists, and the first one awarded to a researcher of our School. Some statistics on the ERC research grants for 2023  can be found in this document

Ranking of the University of Patras in the top 800 Universities of the world according to Shanghai Ranking – Academic Ranking of World Universities

Link: https://www.shanghairanking.com/institution/university-of-patras

The “Shanghai Ranking – Academic Ranking of World Universities” was announced. University of Patras appears to have been particularly improved, as it is now ranked 701-800, after three years of absence from the top 1000 best universities worldwide. The last time the institution was ranked 901-1000 was in 2019, which makes this impressive comeback of the University of Patras a milestone reflecting the significant initiatives and reforms that have taken place and will continue to take place. It is noted that the University has an excellent performance in various subject areas, such as:
* 151-200 Civil Engineering
* 201-300 Atmospheric Science
* 201-300 Mechanical Engineering
* 301-400 Electrical & Electronic Engineering
* 401-500 Chemical Engineering
* 401-500 Biotechnology
* 401-500 Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences
The six Greek Higher Academic Institutions ranked in the 1000 institutions of the specific ranking system are:
301-400 National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
501-600 Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
701-800 University of Patras and University of Crete
801-900 National Technical University of Athens and University of Thessaly
The Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) was first published in 2003 by the Center for World Class Universities, Graduate School of Education (formerly the Institute of Higher Education) of Shanghai University Jiao Tong, in China, and since 2009 has been published by Shanghai Ranking Consultancy. ARWU uses six indicators to rank world universities, including (a) the number of graduates who won Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals, (b) the number of staff members who won Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals, (c) the number of researchers with high performing reports from Clarivate Analytics (d) the number of articles published in Nature and Science (e) the number of articles indexed in the Web of Science Science Citation Index – Expanded and Social Sciences Citation Index, and (f) the per capita performance of the university. More than 2500 universities are actually ranked by ARWU each year, but results are published for the top 1000. Information on the methodology can be found at the following link: https://www.shanghairanking.com/methodology/arwu/2023. The Rectorate congratulates all those who contribute in every way to this outstanding success and promises to support every effort for the continuation of a lasting quality educational and research work.

The University of Patras ranked 571 among 12000 universities in the world and 4th in Greece

Link: https://www.webometrics.info/en/Europe/Greece

The “Webometrics Ranking of World Universities” consisted by Cybermetrics (CCHS), a unit of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Spain’s main research institution, has been announced. This ranking includes around 12.000 universities worldwide and it results after examining 31.000 universities from 200 countries on the basis of their online presence and the impact of their research work. Among them, there are a total of 66 Greek universities, public education institutions, but also colleges and private training institutions. University of Patras appears to have been improved compared to last year’s levels, ranked 4th nationally and 571st globally this year. Information on the methodology followed by webometrics can be found at: https://www.webometrics.info/en/Methodology

University of Patras was awarded with the International Diamond Prize for Excellence in Quality 2023

The University of Patras has been awarded by the European Society for Quality Research with the International Diamond Prize for Excellence in Quality 2023 in the Diamond Category, in recognition of all the initiatives of the University of Patras in quality management strategies at all levels of the institution. The award ceremony took place on Sunday July 9th, 2023, in Brussels.

The University of Patras ranked 791-800 among 2963 institutions in the world in the QS World University Rankings

QS World University Rankings announced the ranking of the world’s best universities for the year 2024. After evaluating a total of 2963 institutions, the University of Patras was ranked 791-800 globally and fifth nationally. The position is an improvement over the previous year, especially if the increase in competition with the expansion of the universities under consideration is taken into account. This ranking is formed based on a specific methodology described below, but it is important to underline that the University of Patras performed very well in the sustainability indicator and in the percentage of foreign students attending the University. Detailed information on the University rankings in the QS World University Rankings 2024 can be found at the following link: https://www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings/world-university-rankings/2024. The University of Patras performs very well in various thematic areas, such as: Biological Sciences (601-650), Chemistry (501-550), Computer Science & Information Systems (351-400), Education (351-380), Engineering – Chemical (251-300), Engineering – Electrical & Electronic (251-300), Engineering – Mechanical, Aeronautical & Manufacturing (251-300), Environmental Sciences (351-400), Materials Science (401-420), Medicine (501-550). Detailed information on the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023 can be found at https://www.topuniversities.com/subject-rankings/2023. The 2024 version of QS uses the following nine indicators to assess institutions: (1) Academic Reputation: this indicator is derived through a QS Academic Reputation Survey, which is conducted by QS and involves academics from around the world. This indicator reflects the quality of the scientific work produced in universities. The weight of this indicator in the overall score is 30%. (2) Citations per faculty: this ratio measures the average number of citations received by published scientific work per faculty member over a five-year period. This indicator is used to assess the research impact of each university. The weight of this indicator in the overall score is 20%. (3) Employer Reputation: This indicator is obtained through a questionnaire survey addressed to employers (QS Employer Reputation Survey). Institutions are assessed based on the opinions that employers globally have formed about university graduates. Index weighting: 15%. (4) Graduate employment (Employment Outcomes): this indicator reflects the ability of institutions to ensure a high level of professional employment for their graduates. Indicator weighting: 5%. (5) Faculty/Student Ratio: an indirect measure of the quality of education provided by the institution to its students. Indicator weighting: 10%. (6) Percentage of foreign professors working at the university (International Faculty): this criterion reflects how attractive the university is to foreign professors who want to work at the university. Indicator weight: 5%. (7) International Research Network: this indicator assesses the effectiveness of institutions in establishing stable research partnerships with other higher education institutions from different regions/locations. Indicator weight: 5%. (8) Percentage of foreign students attending the university (International Students): This criterion measures the internationalisation of the university and how attractive it is to students from abroad. This indicator provides an indication of a university’s ability to attract talent from around the world. Index weighting: 5%. (9) Sustainability: assesses the social and environmental impact of universities as centres of education and research. The score for this criterion is obtained from the analysis of the stand-alone ranking for sustainability of universities conducted by QS. Index weighting: 5%. Detailed information on the methodology of the QS World University Rankings 2024 can be found at https://www.topuniversities.com/qs-world-university-rankings/ .

Award to Anastasia – Maria Moschovis, a graduate of the University of Patras

Dr. Anastasia-Maria Moschovi is a graduate from the Department of Materials Science of the University of Patras and holds a PhD degree from the Department of Chemical Engineering of the University of Patras. She works as Head of the Research & Innovation Department of Monolithos company and was declared as 2023 “Woman in Energy” receiving the corresponding award from the European Union (European Sustainable Energy Awards – EUSEW) https://sustainable-energy-week.ec.europa.eu/awards/eusew-2023-awards-winners_en. The nominees for the award had to discover ways to wean the European economy from “critical materials” coming from third countries. Ms Moshovy’s nomination was for a pioneering method she discovered at the recycling company Monolithos based on which precious metals such as platinum, rhodium and palladium are recovered from fuel cells and other combustion devices used to produce hydrogen energy.

University of Patras ranked 824th among 20531 institutions in the world.

The Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) has announced the ranking list of the 2000 best universities in the world for the year 2023.  After evaluating a total of 20531 institutions, the University of Patras was ranked 824th worldwide and 6th nationally. This ranking list is not based on the submission of data by the institutions under evaluation but on data collected directly by the evaluators using external sources. The CWUR World University Ranking Center evaluates the quality of students’ education, their professional success, the prestige of faculty members and the quality of their research. More specifically, the following indicators are used:
1) The quality of education which is assessed by the number of graduates of a university who have earned significant academic honors relative to the size of the university (25%)
2) The professional employment of graduates. This indicator reflects the professional success of a university’s graduates and is measured by the number of graduates who hold positions of responsibility in prestigious companies relative to the size of the university (25%)
3) The prestige of future faculty members, which is reflected in the number of faculty members who have received prestigious academic awards (10%)
4) The research carried out at the institution: i)The research output of the institution as reflected by the total number of research articles published. The data are taken from the Science Citation Index Expanded, Social Sciences Citation Index and Arts & Humanities Citation Index included in the Web of Science database (10%),ii) High quality publications: measured by the number of research articles published in top tier journals (10%), iii) Influence: measured by the number of research articles appearing in high impact journals (10%), iv) Citations, measured by the number of high-impact research articles (10%)
Detailed information can be found at the following link: https://cwur.org/2023.php.
Congratulations to all those who worked for this success for our University.

Honorary Doctorate at the University of Armenia Sotirios Baskoutas

Sotiris Baskoutas, Professor of the Department of Materials Science of the University of Patras, was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Armenia Russian-Armenian. The distinction is due to his particularly significant contribution to Nano-sciences as well as his valuable assistance in strengthening the research activity of the Russian-Armenian University in the scientific area of nanomaterials through joint European projects.

Honorary award for the Interventional Radiology Unit of the Clinical Laboratory of Radiology of the Department of Medicine of the University of Patras

The Interventional Radiology Unit of the Clinical Laboratory of Radiology of the Department of Medicine of the University of Patras was honored by the Ministry of Health for its clinical and scientific work and the high quality of health services provided to patients. The honorary award took place on Wednesday 22 February 2023 at a ceremony held at the Hippocrates Hospital in the presence of the Prime Minister Mr. K. Mitsotakis.

Best Paper Award  Performance Analysis of MIMO using Machine Learning in 5G

Performance Analysis of MIMO using Machine Learning in 5G
C. Bouras, I. Prokopiou, A. Gkamas, V. Kokkinos
The Eighteenth International Conference on Wireless and Mobile Communications (ICWMC 2022), Venice, Italy, May 22 – 26, 2022

 Best Paper Award  Resource Allocation in 5G and Beyond Networks for  Mu – MIMO systems

Resource Allocation in 5G and Beyond Networks for  Mu – MIMO systems
E. Barri, C. Bouras,  A. Gkamas, V. Kokkinos, A. Koukouvela
The Twenty – First International Conference on Networks, (ICN 2022), Barcelona, Spain, April 24 – 28, 2022

Spyridon Pandis, Professor of the Department of Chemical Engineering received the Nikolai Albertovich Fuchs Memorial Award 2022

Spyros Pandis, Professor of the Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Patras and Associate Member at FORTH/ICE-HT, received the Nikolai Albertovich Fuchs Award 2022 for his contribution to the understanding of atmospheric aerosol formation and behaviour. The Fuchs Memorial Award recognizes and rewards outstanding and original work in aerosol science and technology and it is considered the highest honor for researchers in the field. It is presented every four years. The award was established in honor of the late Professor Nikolai Albertovich Fuchs, the great Russian scientist considered by many to be the “father of aerosol science”. Τhe awards are presented every four years at the International Aerosol Conference.

Executive Board of BSUN

Link: https://bsun.org/pages/members/members.php

Professor Christos J. Bouras, Rector of the University of Patras, has been selected as a member of the Black Sea Universities Network (BSUN) Executive Board.

“Evangelos Papanoutsos” Award for Outstanding Teaching 2022-23

The Committee decided to jointly award the 2022-23 prize to:
Athanasios SKODRAS, Professor of Digital Systems at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Technology of the Faculty of Engineering, and
Athanasios KARALIS, Professor of Lifelong Learning and Adult Education at the Department of Early Childhood Education and Education Sciences of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Award of the “Panagiotis Kanellopoulos” Award for Outstanding Publication for the year 2022

The Committee decided to award the 2022-23 prize to:

Authors: George J. Xydopoulos, Kyriakoula Tzortzatou, Argiris Archakis
Publication Title: The Perception of Greek National Orthography and Greeklish at the Threshold of the Post-Modern Era: Investigating Attitudes Towards Orthography in Greek Education
Publication Journal: Journal of Modern Greek Studies

Authors: Nikos Chatzistamoulou, Kostas Kounetas, Kostas Tsekouras
Publication Title: Technological hierarchies and learning: Spillovers, complexity, relatedness, and the moderating role of absorptive capacity
Publication Journal: Technological Forecasting & Social Change

Authors: Christos Pavlou, Maria Giovanna Pastore Carbone, Anastasios C. Manikas, George Trakakis, Can Koral, Gianpaolo Papari, Antonello Andreone & Costas Galiotis
Publication Title: Effective EMI shielding behaviour of thin graphene/PMMA nanolaminates in the THz range
Publication Journal: Nature Communications

Authors: Natalia-Maria Christopoulou, Despina P. Kalogianni, Theodore K. Christopoulos
Publication Title: Macromolecular crowding agents enhance the sensitivity of lateral flow immunoassays
Publication Journal: Biosensors & Bioelectronics

Authors: Nikoleta Giarimoglou, Adamantia Kouvela, Ioanna Patsi, Jinwei Zhang, Vassiliki Stamatopoulou & Constantinos Stathopoulos
Publication Title: Lineage-specific insertions in T-box riboswitches modulate antibiotic binding and action
Publication Journal: Nucleic Acids Research

“People of the Year” 2022

Link: https://www.prosopaxronias.gr/candidates-2022/timis-eneken-2022/panepistimio-patron/

In the annual competition of the newspaper “Peloponnisos”, the Rector of the University of Patras, Prof. Christos BOURAS, and all members of the Rectorate were announced “Persons of the Year – Honoris causa” in Team/Collaboration “The big hug” for the year 2022. The University of Patras is a vibrant organization of knowledge and development which was amply reflected during 2022, with the peak initiative of the student welcome festival organized last October. The students spend in Patras-city about a million euros a day, supporting the city which would otherwise be in dire financial straits. This year’s welcome event was the first ever organized. A special reference should be made to the following fact: the awarding of the University of Patras with the “Quality Choice Prize Barcelona 2022”, a prize administered by the Lausanne-based “European Society for Quality Research”, awarded to selected public and private institutions from all over the world, reflects the outstanding work carried out by the teaching, research, technical and administrative staff of the institution.

“People of the Year” 2022

Link: https://www.prosopaxronias.gr/candidates-2022/timis-eneken-2022/nikos-karamanos/

In the annual competition of the newspaper “Peloponnisos”, Mr. Nikos Karamanos, Professor in the Department of Chemistry and former Vice Rector, was named “Person of the Year – Honoris causa” in the international top 11 for the year 2022. The University of Patras is now on the list of researchers with the most bibliographic references at international level. This is due to the research work of the Professor of the Department of Chemistry and former Vice Rector, Nikos Karamanos, who is now the first one of the academic community of the University of Patras in the world’s elite researchers, and one of the 11 Greeks who have succeeded in being included in world’s elite researchers list. Nikos Karamanos earned his inclusion in the elite group of researchers by his remarkable influence on research, evidenced by his writing of multiple highly-cited papers. This distinction opens new horizons for international collaborations and research activities in innovative directions related to translation research, while it gives great prestige to the University of Patras internationally and significantly supports the improvement of its position in international rankings.

Professor Dimitris Damaskos, representative member of the German Archaeological Institute in Berlin

The Professor of the Department of History – Archaeology of the University of Patras Dimitris Damaskos has been elected representative member of the German Archaeological Institute in Berlin.

Award for Outstanding University Teaching in memory of V. Xanthopoulos – St. Pnevmatikos of the Foundation for Research & Technology

On December 21, 2022, in the hall of the old Parliament in Athens, the President of the Republic, Mrs.Katerina Sakellaropoulou will award the Outstanding University Teaching Award in memory of Vassilis Xanthopoulos and Stephanos Pneimatikos, to Professor, Mr. Lambros Liavas of the Department of Music Studies of the University of Athens for the year 2022 and to Emeritus Professor, Mr. Michalis Fardis of the Department of Civil Engineering of the University of Patras for the year 2021. The work of the honorees will be presented by Professor Maria Efthymiou and Emeritus Professor Theodosis Tasios, respectively. The selection of the awardees is made by a committee of distinguished academic teachers, representing all main fields of science. Once selected, each of the awarded automatically becomes a member of the Committee.

Global success of the student team of the Department of Chemical Engineering

The student team of the Department of Chemical Engineering, consisting of the students Valentini Vassiliou, Irini Mikou, Erifili Moraitis, Sophia Savellona and Angeliki Soulou, took part in the Annual Chem-E-Car Student Competition of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE 2022) in Phoenix, USA. 37 Universities participated in the competition and qualified after internal State competitions (while our team participated in a national competition). The goal of the competition is to build a shoebox-sized car driven by a chemical reaction and to travel a given distance, which is known to the teams before the competition starts and stops accurately due to a chemical reaction. The team representing our University was named Lamborgenius and came in third place, stopping just 36 centimeters short of the target distance (which was 22 meters). The difference between our team and the first-place team from the University of Toledo was only 6 centimeters. The Patras team also received the prize for the best team-name for the original title LAMBORGENIUS.

Distinction of the Patras_Medicine student team

The Patras_Medicine student team participated in the World Synthetic Biology Competition “iGEM 2022” (International Genetically Engineered Machine), held in Paris, 26-28 October 2022. A total of 356 teams from 42 countries and distinguished universities worldwide participated in the competition. The student team Patras_Medicine with its Project “syn-PNOIA – Redefining Lung Cancer Diagnosis” after been evaluated by a Jury of 5 judges won the following in the Undergraduate category:
1st Prize in the category “Diagnostics” (Best Diagnostics Project)
1st Prize for best website (Best Wiki Award)
Gold Medal (achievement of specific competition objectives)

Important Distinction for the University of Patras (QS STARS)

The University of Patras is pleased to announce that following its participation in the QS Stars program of QS Quacquarelli Symonds Ltd, known for QS Rakings (Top Universities), it has received the distinction of four stars out of five. With this distinction, the University of Patras, the first institution in the country to be evaluated by an international “house” of recognized value, proves once again that it is a high-quality educational and research pillar for our country.

First place for the team of the Department of Chemical Engineering in the Panhellenic Chem-E-Car competition

In June 2022, the student competition CHEM-E-CAR was successfully completed in the framework of the 13th Panhellenic Conference of Chemical Engineering (13th PESXM). The competition, which is held under the auspices of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), is aimed at undergraduate students of Chemical Engineering Schools and attracts entries from all over the world. In his competition teams are to design a small dummy car powered by chemical energy with innovative technology, other than the established ones such as internal combustion or commercially available batteries, but with a braking mechanism activated by a chemical process. The champion team was the team from the Department of Chemical Engineering of the University of Patras, consisting of female students: Angeliki Soulou, team leader, Sophia Savellona, Erifili Moraitis, Valentini Vassiliou, Irini Mikou. The team of the Department of Chemical Engineering worked under the guidance of faculty members Mr. Dimitris Kouzoudis, Georgios Pasparakis, and Alexandros Katsaounis.

The Quality Choice Prize Barcelona 2022 was awarded to the University of Patras

link: http://www.esqr.org/en/info/_convention

The University of Patras was nominated and received the “Quality Choice Prize Barcelona 2022”. The award is administered by the European Society for Quality Research based in Lausanne (Switzerland), and is presented to Public Organizations and Companies from all over the world in recognition of their exceptional success in quality management strategies. This is a special honor for our Institution reflecting the exemplary work of our Faculty, Technical and Administrative Staff.

The University of Patras among the four hundred best institutions in the world and third in Greece for 2022

According to the “Top Universities by Top Google Scholar Citations” Webometric’s ranking announced on 26 January 2022 the University of Patras is ranked 375th in the world and 3rd in Greece. This ranking list includes more than 5000 universities, including 24 Greek universities. The ranking is based on the number of Google Scholar citations of professors and researchers of the institutes.

Award of the “EVANGELOS PAPANOUTSOS” Outstanding Teaching Award 2021

The Committee decided to award the prize to:
Spyridon Pandis, Professor of the Department of Chemical Engineering
Andreas Terzis, Professor of Physics

“PANAGIOTIS KANELLOPOULOS” Awards for Outstanding Publication 2021

The Committee decided to award the prize to:
“Aristotle on the Scope of Practical Reason”, Pavlos Kontos, Professor of the Department of Philosophy
“Direct modulation of T-box riboswitch-controlled transcription by protein synthesis inhibitors” , Vassiliki Stamatopoulou, Maria Apostolidi, Shuang Li, Katerina Lamprinou, Athanasios Papakyriakou, Jinwei Zhang and Constantinos Stathopoulos

“People of the Year” 2021

Link: https://www.prosopaxronias.gr/timis-eneken-2021-bouras

In the annual competition of the newspaper “Peloponnisos”, the Rector of the University of Patras, Prof. Christos BOURAS, and all members of the Rectorate were announced “Persons of the Year” for the year 2021.

International Achievements Research Center: Christos BOURAS among the winners of the “Rector of the Year 2021”

Link: https://achievementscenter.com/Christos-Bouras

Christos BOURAS was among the Winners of the “Rector of the Year 2021” competition conducted by the International Achievements Research Center.

International Achievements Research Center: University of Patras among the winners of the “University of the Year 2021”

Link: https://achievementscenter.com/University-of-Patras

The University of Patras has been awarded the title “University of the Year 2021” for Governance and Leadership by the International Achievements Research Center.

Updated science-wide author databases of standardized citation indicators 2021

The August 2021 data-update for “Updated science-wide author databases of standardized citation indicators” by J. Baas, K. Boyack, J. P.A. Ioannidis (https://elsevier.digitalcommonsdata.com/datasets/btchxktzyw/3), a study ranking scientists according to a composite bibliometric index based on individual Scopus indices, obtained a list which includes the top 100,000 scientists regardless of their scientific field, as well as those in the top 2% of the subfield in which they are active, a total of 186,000 people. Among them, 829 distinguished scientists with a Greek university/institution/organization web domain appear, 9.4% of whom are affiliated to the University of Patras.

World Distinction of Emeritus Professor of the Department of Civil Engineering, Dimitrios Beskos

It is with great pleasure and pride that the Department of Civil Engineering announces that the Chinese Academy of Engineering has elected Emeritus Professor of the Department of Civil Engineering, Dimitrios Beskos, as its “Foreign Member”. The Chinese Academy of Engineering has as its members 970 Chinese scientists with voting rights and 120 foreign scientists without voting rights. The Academy elects 20-30 Foreign Members every two years, of which 1-2 are Civil Engineers. The election of Professor D. Beskos to the Academy of Engineering of China is a highly honorable act in recognition of the significant impact of his research in the field of Engineering, as well as his contribution to the promotion of Greek-Chinese cooperation in the scientific field of engineering. The Department of Civil Engineering cordially congratulates Emeritus Professor D. Beskos and expresses its immense pleasure to have him as a member. Professor D. Beskos has been instrumental in fostering a climate of research excellence in the Department, and in establishing it as one of the best Departments of Civil Engineering in the world.

The University of Patras establishes Research Excellence Award

The “Panagiotis Kanellopoulos” Award for Outstanding Publication, established in 2021, aims at emphasizing the importance of basic and applied research by recognizing and rewarding any outstanding research work carried out at the University of Patras.

The University of Patras establishes Teaching Excellence Award

The “Evangelos Papanoutsos” Award for Teaching Excellence, established in 2021, aims at emphasizing the importance of high quality of teaching by to recognizing those members who serve teaching as an ideal with exceptional ability and dedication.

Updated science-wide author databases of standardized citation indicators 2020

Fifty-five (55) faculty members of the University of Patras are included in the ranking of the world leading scientists according to the study “Data for updated science-wide author databases of standardized citation indicators” presented for the year 2020 by a group of Stanford University Professors. The lists include the top/leading 100,000 scientists worldwide from all scientific fields, as well as the top 2% of scientists in their scientific subfield who have published at least five articles. The evaluation was based on the impact of their research work and specifically on the citations received according to the Scopus database until the end of 2019.

University of Patras becomes first Greek University to receive IChemE accreditation

Link: https://www.icheme.org/about-us/press-releases/patras-becomes-first-greek-university-to-receive-icheme-accreditation/

The Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) has awarded the Department of Chemical Engineering at University of Patras (ChemEngUP), international accreditation for its Integrated Master Diploma (2017). Patras is the first University in Greece to receive the recognition, joining some of the world’s top ranked higher education establishments.

George DASSIOS among the corresponding members of the Academy of Athens

The Academy of Athens, in its Plenary Session of June 15, 2017, elected Georgios DASSIOS, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at the University of Patras, as a corresponding member of the Academy of Athens in the field of Mathematics entitled “Applied Analysis” in the Class of Sciences.

Konstantinos VAGENAS among the full members of the Academy of Athens

The Academy of Athens, in its Plenary Session of June 4, 2010, elected Konstantinos VAGENAS, Professor of the Polytechnic School of the University of Patras, as a new full member of the Academy of Athens in the field of “Chemical Sciences (Computational, Theoretical and Experimental Chemistry)”.