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Vamvakidou Ifigeneia

Vamvakidou Ifigeneia' s Short CV

Ifigeneia Vamvakidou, graduated from the Philosophical School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, the Department of Philosophy and Pedagogy (1985). Holds a Master Degree of the same Department specialized in Philosophy of History (1991) and a PhD of the Pedagogic Faculty of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Modern Greek History and Culture (1998).

She is teaching at the University of Western Macedonia since 2002, lessons of History and Visual Culture. Also, she is member of the steering board of the Fine and Applied Arts Faculty, and teaches Modern Greek Art History and Semiotics. She is coordinating the postgraduate program in Cultural Studies: Semiotic Structures and Practices of the University of Western Macedonia and teaches in the postgraduate program of the Department of Balkan Studies – Russian Culture, in the postgraduate program of Educational Policies a variety of subjects as: methodology in research, intercultural training, gender studies and semiotics. Since 2013, she is the Head of the Department of Preschool Education of the University of Western Macedonia.

She also coordinates the Special Education Seminars (2008-2014), the Extended Practice Training, all held by the University of Western Macedonia. She represents the University of Western Macedonia in: i. Unesco Chair in Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment-University of Cyprus, ii. European Erasmus Network – CiCea - Citizenship Education in Europe.

She has written four books and around 100 scientific articles about modern greek history, historic studies, cultural studies, modern methodology in social research and semiotics.    

 Selected publications:

Goncalves S., Moloney A., Vamvakidou I. (2011). Learning objects and multimedia resources in citizeship education and education of diversity.  CiCe Guidelines 14, Children’s Identity and Citizenship in Europe: London, UK.

 Vamvakidou, Ι., Golia P. & Zigouri Ε. (2005). Pupils are drawing television: Semiotic analysis of children drawings as a randomized sample, at Our. Konstantinidou-Semoglou (eds.) Image and child. Thessaloniki: cannot design publications, 301-316.

Christoldoulou Α., Vamvakidou Ι., Kyridis Α. (2013). ‘Lego-Legends of CHIMA’. Sociosemiotic analysis of constructing the legend. 10th International Conference on Semiotics. Changing worlds & Signs of the time.University of Thessaly, Volos, 60 – 61.

 Kyridis, A., Anastasiadou S., Vamvakidou I., Golia P. & Andreou A. (2005). What Greek University students believe about the Greek national and cultural heritage and the “other”: Scientific Bulletin – Education Sciences series - Department of Teachers Training of the University of Pitesti, 2, 117-130

Fahantidis N., Vamvakidou I., Traoudas A., Michailidis I.,Papoutzis L., (2012). Powerful weblogs: Design and semiotic description. International Congress on Visual Culture, New approaches in Communication, Art and Design, Istanbul, vol. I, 43 – 49.

Vamvakidou I., Stavrianos G., Eleftheriou P., Tsioumis K., Papoutzis L. (2012). Digital History and Communication, Arts Craftsmen of wood carved works: the case of Pomaks in Greek Thrace. International Congress on Visual Culture, New approaches in Communication, Art and Design, Istanbul, vol. I, pp. 364 – 370.


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Vamvakidou Ifigeneia

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Palaigeorgiou Georgios

Palaigeorgiou Georgios' s Short CV

George Palaigeorgiou is a Lecturer in the Department of Primary Education, University of Western Macedonia in the field of "ICT in education". He holds a Ph.D. in Students-Computer Interaction from the Informatics Department of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from University of Macedonia and a BS in Computer Science from the Informatics Department, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He has extensive teaching experience in 7 academic departments in the fields of HCI, Computer Science Education and Computer Ethics. Two years ago, he has cofounded an award-winning  startup, LearnWorlds (, which provides an innovative educational platform for self-paced learning. His interests include participatory web, participatory design, MOOCs, wiki-based communities of practice, computer ethics, computer attitudes, animated demonstrations. He has received several distinctions such as performance and study scholarships, best conference paper awards, teaching practices awards etc.


Palaigeorgiou, G., Triantafyllakos, G., & Tsinakos A. (2011). What if undergraduate students designed their own web learning environment? Exploring students’ web 2.0 mentality through participatory design. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 27(2), 146-159.

Triantafyllakos, G., Palaigeorgiou, G., & Tsoukalas, I.A. (2011). Designing educational software with students through collaborative design games: the We!Design&Play framework. Computer & Education, 56(1), 227-242.

Palaigeorgiou, G., Despotakis, T. (2010). Known and unknown weaknesses in software animated demonstrations (screencasts): a study in self-paced learning settings. Journal of Information Technology Education,  9, 81-98.

Triantafyllakos, G., Palaigeorgiou, G., & Tsoukalas, I.A. (2010). Fictional characters in participatory design sessions: introducing the “design alter egos” technique. Interacting with Computers, 22, 165-175.

Grammatikopoulou, A., Nika, P. & Palaigeorgiou G. (2012). Testimonies of teachers using extensively and creatively Web 2.0: Benefits and Prerequisites. Best paper award. IADIS International Conference e-Learning 2012.

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Palaigeorgiou George PhD, MBA

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Palaiologou Nektaria

Palaiologou Nektaria' s Short CV

Nektaria Palaiologou studied at the Pedagogical Department of the University of Athens (Bachelor, Master), where she acquired her Doctoral Degree. She was a post-doctoral researcher and fellow at Institute of Education of the University of London where she accomplished a post-doctoral degree. Since 2006 she teaches Intercultural Education (IE) courses at the Department of Early Childhood Education of the School of Education at the University of Western Macedonia (UoWM), and from 2001 until today she has taught IE courses at six Greek and at two European Universities.

She is elected Board Member of the International Association for Intercultural Education (IAIE), Associate Editor at the Intercultural Education Journal Taylor and Francis, Routledge and reviewer on frequent basis at seven international journals. She has edited two IE books in English and written two IE books in Greek (as co-writer). Moreover, she has edited two special issues at international journals, and she has translated and edited two books from English language in Greek. Her articles have been published at international and national journals, many international references have been made to her work. She was the scientific supervisor at research projects (international and national) which have been implemented by UoWM.

She cooperates as member of the scientific committee at international working groups which focus on Intercultural/Multicultural Education, Immigrant Students' Education, Citizenship Education, Educational Programmes and ICTs for Immigrant Students and Multicultural Classes, as well as member of the international scientific committee at the organization of international conferences and seminars.

Kotopoulos H. Triantafyllos

Kotopoulos H. Triantafyllos' s Short CV

Kotopoulos H. Triantafyllos is an Assistant Professor in Greek Literature in the University of Western Macedonia. He is also the Scientific Director of the Postgraduate Programme in Creative Writing of the same establishment. His literary works and research interests focus on the study and teaching of Literature, Theory of Literature and Creative Writing. He has published seven (7) scientific studies: the monographs Thessaloniki in the works of authors coming from Thessaloniki (Kodikas 2006) and Modern Greek Literature and Social Marginalisation (Epikentro 2013); the treatises Setting – Character – Plot (Ion 2011) and Eterothali (Half- siblings). Studies on Children’s, Young Adults’ and Adults’ Literature (Ion 2012) in collaboration with G. Papantonakis, Creative Writing in Kindergarten in collaboration with A. Vakali and M. Zografou andAdjustment of the Curriculum of Greek Language in High School. Cross-curricular context and teaching plans. Volume A’. Supporting Material. Volume B’ in collaboration with S. Chatzisavvidis and E. Anagnostopoulou. He has also published three collections of poems: Portolanos (Paratiritis 1999), Edwards and Alfreds (Mandragoras 2012) and Semi colons and such (Mandragoras 2013). His articles have been included in collective volumes, Greek and international scientific journals and proceedings of international conferences. He has been involved in various scientific projects (indicatively the “T-STORY: Storytelling Applied to Training 2012 – 2014 is referred). He is a member of various cultural organisations and international companies. He favours wholeheartedly, though, his involvement as a founding member of the cultural group of the Panhellenic Association of Paraplegic – Department of Northern Greece.



1.      Triantafyllos Kotopoulos, Tharrenos Bratitsis, Kyriaki Mandila. "Kindergarten Children as Story Makers. The Effect of the Digital Medium". The print publications of proceedings:  3d IEEE INCoS-2011 conference (third International Conference on Intelligent Networking and Collaborative Systems), November 30 - December 2, 2011, Fukuoka Institute of Technology, Fukuoka, Japan.

2.      Kotopoulos T. – Papantonakis G. "Classical Fairy Tales and Contemporary Greek Literature. The case of Sophia Paraschou", The print publications of proceedings: International Conference "We Speak the Same Culture" – A Comparative Analysis of Folk Tales: A Multicultural Perspective (CAFT), pp. 581-593, 29 April - 1 May 2009 in Ankara, Turkey.

3.      Kotopoulos T. – Karasavvidou E. "Children's Literature and Social Inequality", The print publications of proceedings: International Conference "We Speak the Same Culture" – A Comparative Analysis of Folk Tales: A Multicultural Perspective (CAFT), pp. 441-450, 29 April - 1 May 2009 in Ankara, Turkey.

4.      Kotopoulos T. – Karasavvidou E. "Ritsos, and the crossing borders of femininity", The print publications of proceedings: The 8th International Conference on Greek Research, pp. 539-551, 2nd – 5 July 2009 in Adelaide, Australia.

Collective Volumes

1.       Kotopoulos H. T. – Karakitsios A. (2007). "The urban landscape in Children's literature" in Henry Maitles (guest editor), Annette Richardson and Michael Wyness (general editors). Exploring Cultural Perspectives in Education. Edmonton, Canada: ICRN Press, 349-365.

Journals Αrticles

1.      Kotopoulos H. T. – Karasavvidou E. "Virtual and Literary Representations of Inclusion and Adaptation of the Other in Children's books of the recent decade in Greece", Synergies (Sud-Est européen), Numéro 2 / Année 2009, p. 223-235.

2.      Kotopoulos H. T. – Papantonakis G. "Anticensorship readings by fictional characters in Greek and world Children’s Literature", Journal of Language and Literature, No. 3. August 2010, p. 4-8.

3.      Kotopoulos H. T. "The poetic city. A literary field for multicultural studies depictions: Greece as a case study", Journal Review of European Studies, Vol. 4, No. 2, June 2012, p. 188-194.


Contact Information

Kotopoulos H. Triantafyllos

Department of Early Childhood Education

University of Western Macedonia

53100 Florina


Tel: +302385055125