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Academy gets new president

The new president of the Academy of Athens, Professor Emeritus of Byzantine Archaeology Panayiotis Vokotopoulos, from the School of Philosophy at Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, will be taking on his new duties on Tuesday next week. The induction ceremony for the new president and Vice-President Constantinos Drakratos, will take place at the grand hall of the Archaeological Society on 22 Panepistimiou Street. Outgoing president Constantinos Stefanis will deliver a lecture at the ceremony on «The Work of the Academy’s Centers and Bureau in 2006,» before the new president steps up to speak on «The Academy of Athens and Byzantium.» Panayiotis Vokotopoulos was born in Athens in 1930 and taught Byzantine Archaeology at the University of Thessaloniki from 1976 to 1987, before being transferred to the University of Athens to teach on the same subject, until 1997. He has served as a regular member of the Academy of Athens since 2000, as well as acting as a corresponding board member of the Serbian Academy of the Sciences and the Arts. He has written six books, 120 articles in scientific journals and 50 essays on excavations.