skip to content

The Gianna Angelopoulos Programme

for Science Technology and Innovation

The Programme will comprise four primary activities:

  • scientific achievement and impact realised by means of:
    • four academic appointments
    • a PhD Scholars Programme
  • an International Symposium
  • an Impact for Greece Programme

The academic appointments which provide the academic foundation of the Programme are: 

  • Professor Nikolaos Nikiforakis, the Gianna Angelopoulos Professor in Computational Multiphysics, at the Cavendish Laboratory, Department of Physics,
  • Dr Gemma Bale, Gianna Angelopoulos Lecturer in Medical Therapeutics, a joint appointment between the Departments of Physics and Engineering, 
  • Dr Hrvoje Jasak, Gianna Angelopoulos Lecturer in Scientific Computing, at the Cavendish Laboratory, Department of Physics and
  • Dr Tomeu Monserrat, Gianna Angelopoulos Lecturer in Computational Materials Science, at  the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy.

Professor Nikiforakis is the GAPSTI Director and drives the establishment, development and promotion of the Programme, ensures quality standards, and integrates the Programme with the University’s academic and broader ecosystem.

The PhD Scholars Programme will recruit and train PhD scholars competitively selected from the very best international candidates. The students – to be known as Gianna Angelopoulos Scholars – will form a cohesive cohort, and will be encouraged to develop a strong ethos of collaboration and mutual support. The Gianna Angelopoulos Scholars’ research will be of world-class standard, and the Scholars will represent the next generation of leaders in the field. Where appropriate, the scholarships will be enrolled through the Centre for Doctoral Training in Computational Methods in Materials Science. The PhD programme is normally on a 1+3 basis (first year is training at Master’s level, followed by a 3-year PhD).

The annual Gianna Angelopoulos International Symposium will showcase the Programme’s science and technology themes and will bring to international attention the societal and economic impact of innovation. It will be held over two days and will comprise seminars, discussion groups, and research showcase events. The venue of the Symposium will alternate between Cambridge and Greece. It will culminate in a series of lectures and a keynote address from a speaker of renowned international standing, followed by a dinner in one of the University’s historic Colleges, when taking place in Cambridge.

Industrialists will be warmly welcomed at the Symposium, as will the investment community and economic policy makers. The Symposium will strengthen the Programme’s international standing and highlight opportunities for further research and development. The Symposium will be planned and delivered by a committee comprising academics, economists and policy makers.

An embedded Impact for Greece Programme will actively seek to establish strong links with Greek academic institutions and industry will facilitate the two-way exchange of academics and researchers by means of a visiting research programme, and will publicise opportunities for PhD studentships (to beheld in Greece or in Cambridge) to exceptionally talented early-career Greek students. Additionally, it will offer scholarships for participation in short courses and summer schools organised by the University of Cambridge.