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Greek scientist’s social impact recognised with prestigious award

Newcastle University graduate Dr Theodoros Anagnostopoulos has won a British Council award in recognition of the impact his organisation, SciCo, has on communicating scientific issues to the public.

Dr Anagnostopoulos, co-founder of SciCo, was awarded the Study UK Alumni Award for Social Impact. Created by the British Council and UK higher educational institutions, the Study UK Alumni Awards recognise outstanding achievements of alumni who use their UK higher education experience to bring benefits to their communities, professions, and countries.

The Social Impact Award is given in receipt of exceptional contribution and commitment to creating positive social change and improving the lives of others. This is the first year the awards were organised by the British Council in Greece.

The award winners were announced on Wednesday 1 March at the British Ambassador’s Residence. The ceremony was hosted by the British Ambassador HE Kate Smith CMG and Director Greece, British Council, Tony Buckby OBE. Legendary shoe designer Professor Jimmy Choo OBE, Global Ambassador Alumni Awards was guest of honour.

Communicating Science

SciCo is a non-profit organisation co-founded by Dr Anagnostopoulos in 2008. It communicates scientific issues to the public via innovative and entertaining means. Operating as a social enterprise, SciCo consists of scientists, academics, educators, artists and people with an interest in everyday science.

Speaking about his award, Dr Anagnostopoulos said: “Studying science at Newcastle helped me develop a structured way of thinking. Interactivity in education, a feature which has been prominent in SciCo’s success, is something I learned exclusively in the UK.

“The multicultural environment taught me not only to respect – but also enabled me to be a very passionate advocate for – human diversity. I would like to warmly thank the British Council for unfailingly supporting my work and recognising its impact.”

You can read more about SciCo on their website.

Find out more about the Study UK Alumni Awards.

Newcastle University graduate Dr Theodoros Anagnostopoulos

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