Greece has no lack of ’great minds’

If Greece produces something, it is brains, impressive brains, and better ones every year,» said distinguished Professor Giorgos Dasios of Patras University’s faculty of applied mathematics. Dasios, until recently, headed a pioneering scientific project chosen by Brussels as one of the 20 most successful Greek programs funded by the EU. The project (the development of two innovative medical diagnostic tools) are to be included, along with the other noteworthy projects (such as the Athens Metro and Hellexpo) in a book to be launched during the Greek presidency in English, French and Greek. Dasios commutes between Patras, other Greek universities (where he runs various programs) and research institutes in the USA, Britain, Germany, France and Bulgaria, studying and analyzing mathematics, existing problems in the sectors of medical diagnosis, geophysics and underwater research, radar and sonar, and the non-destructive control of synthetic material, developing pioneering techniques. «You try to see what your eyes can’t see, to understand exactly what is happening where your senses can’t feel. These instruments broaden the windows of our senses,» he explains. Apart from scientific ideas and instruments, he also develops minds, as a university academic (he has been in the top echelon since the age of 35), as a trainer of high school teachers for over 20 years, as a rapporteur (on mathematics for the high school graduation examinations and, since 1999, as president of the national examinations committee) and as a member of the administrative committee and president of the research committee for the Open University.

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