Join us at the first-ever Innovation Week – a series of events showcasing experts and innovation from the UK and Greece across the fields of Education, Social Economy, and Science and Technology – which we are co-organising with the British Embassy Athens.


Education: UK University Alumni Innovation Showcase | 13 June 2017

We will celebrate the outstanding achievements of UK alumni and showcase the impact and value of a UK higher education. Our speakers are leaders in their fields who have used their experience of studying at a UK university to make a positive contribution to their communities, professions and country.

Admission is free.

Guest speakers

  • Antigone Dimas
  • Fred Featham
  • Hariton Korizis
  • Marilita Moschos
  • Aggeliki Pappa
  • Joanna Theodorou
  • Myrto Tsima
  • Nikolaos Tsokanos
  • Zoe Zeniodi

The event will be moderated by Dr Theodore Anagnostopoulos, President of the Onassis Scholars’ Association.

Date and venue

When Tuesday 13 June 2017, 19.30
Where Onassis Cultural Centre
107–109 Syngrou Avenue
117 45 Athens

In partnership with the Onassis Scholars’ Association

Social Economy: Innovative Fundraising for the Third Sector | 15 June 2017

Social and solidarity economy organisations will learn about innovative fundraising methods and take part in a Fundathon!

Participants will:

  • learn about new trends in fundraising
  • learn about the use of virtual reality for fundraising
  • discover innovative approaches to financial sustainability from Greek case studies
  • brainstorm new ideas for fundraising
  • receive expert feedback on their fundraising ideas.

The team with the best fundraising idea will win tablets donated by Vodafone.


09.30–10.15           Opening addresses
10.15–10.40 Vodafone World of Difference – an innovative approach to supporting Greek NGOs
10.40–13.45 New trends in fundraising and income generation
– Geof Cox, Social enterprise developer, Director of Social Enterprise Europe
13.45–14.15 Networking lunch
14.15–15.15 Small world, big stories: storytelling for charity and development in an age of rapid change
– Marisol Grandon, Founder & CEO, Unfold Stories
15.15–16.30 Greek case studies: innovative approaches to funding and sustainability
16.30–17.30 Fundathon! Brainstorming fundraising ideas in teams
17.30–18.30 Pitching of brainstormed fundraising ideas to panel of experts
18.30 Announcement of winners

The event will be held in English.

Video recordings of the sessions are available on the Blod website.

Who can participate?

Anyone currently involved in an NGO, non-profit social enterprise or informal citizens’ group addressing a social challenge in Greece can apply to take part either as individuals or in a team of up to four people. 32 participants will be selected on the basis of the following criteria:

  • the potential of the activities of their organisation/group to address urgent social problems in Greece
  • the feasibility of their plans for using the knowledge gained from their participation in the event to benefit the activities of their organisation/group
  • adequate knowledge of English.

Date and venue

When Thursday 15 June 2017, 09.30–18.30
Where Social Dynamo
25 Karneadou Street
106 75 Athens

In partnership with the Bodossaki Foundation

Science and Technology: Innovation from the UK and Greece | 16 June 2017

The event will highlight the important role of science and technology in society and the need to engage the wider public in debates on emerging issues. It will also focus on the importance and relevance of science and technology in our daily lives.

Admission is free.


Welcome remarks

  • Kate Smith, British Ambassador to Greece
  • Tony Buckby, British Council
  • Dr Sotiris Pavleas and Dr Nektarios Nasikas, General Secretariat for Research and Technology, Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs: Overview of programmes for research, technological development and innovation, and current policies regarding the use of financial instruments to support the knowledge economy
Moderator: Yannis Rizopoulos, journalist
Life Sciences


Presentations and discussion with:

  • Kathy Scott, Interim Head, Innovation & Research Unit, NHS (UK)
  • Almira Bartolome, Business Development Executive, Cell & Gene Therapy Catapult (UK)
  • Athena Matakidou, Oncologist, Head of Clinical Genomics iMed (representing Astra Zeneca)
  • GSK
  • Peter West, CEO, Academy of Infection Management (UK)
  • Dr Peter Jackson, AMR Centre (UK) (Antimicrobial Resistance)
  • Antigone Dimas, Geneticist, Fleming Institute
Science for All


STEM Empowering Youth Programme
Vodafone Foundation and Theo Anagnostopoulos, General Manager, SciCo


Vodafone Greece Telemedicine Programme
Vodafone Foundation, presentation and discussion by Mrs Nicole Ioannidi, Corporate Affairs Manager, Vodafone, and Pantelis Angelidis, Founder, Vidavo Health Telematics

Moderator: Prodromos Tsiavos, Head of Digital Development, Onassis Cultural Centre


Discussion with:

  • James Murray, Business Manager, BioCarbon Engineering, Oxford
  • Matthew Wolland, Customer Relations Manager, Raymetrics
  • Michael Synodinos, International Engagement Manager, Ryan Johnston, Modelling & Visualisation GIS Engineer, Transport Systems Catapult (UK)
  • Kostas Habidis, Head of Digital, Opines and Smart Cities, Municipality of Athens, Athens’ digital strategy and planning for making our city smart
  • Dyson
  • Panos Livanos, Product Marketing Manager, Smart Business with Vodafone
  • Vaggelis Eftaxopoulos & Panagiotis Kanellopoulos, Museotechniki Ltd with Cato Bot, and Dinusha Mendis, Going for Gold, University of Bournemouth

Date and venue

When Friday 16 June 2017, 12.00–18.00
Where Innovathens
100 Pireos Street
118 54 Athens

In partnership with INNOVATHENS – Hub of Innovation & Entrepreneurship of Technopolis City of Athens and Catapult Systems

 Innovation Week is co-organised with the British Embassy Athens.

It is supported by Vodafone and Astra Zeneca, under the auspices of the General Secretariat for Research and Technology.