The team

Professor Panos Kokkotas (1936-2015) was the founder and the inspiration of Research Paths.

panos_-kokkotas_1He was Professor in the Department of Primary Education at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. He taught Science Education, Multimedia (audio, visual etc.) teaching tools and Museum Education to both initial and in-service teachers. He had a degree in Physics awarded from the Faculty of Physics at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. He held Ph.D. on pedagogy in science education awarded from the University of Wales. He taught science in high school and he had been a school advisor for science teachers.

His later academic books cover the topics of Science Education, the constructivist approach to teaching and learning include Science Education I (Athens, 2000), Science Education II – The constructivist approach to teaching and learning science (Athens, 2002). Additionally he edited Teaching Approaches to Science Education (Athens, 2000); he edited as the Greek translations of the books: Words, Science and Learning by Clive Sutton (Athens, 2002) and also of the book Making Sense of Secondary Science by Driver et al. (Athens, 2000).

He was also writer of science textbooks for students of the primary and the upper secondary education which have been evaluated and chosen to be taught in all schools in Greece over the last two decades.
Furthermore, he was the coordinator of three European Union projects

a) “The MAP project: A teacher training program based on Science education and history of science”
b) “Science Teacher e-Training (STeT) Project – Teaching Science using case studies from the History of Science” that aimed at the enhancement of the quality of Science Education by encouraging transactional cooperation among five European Universities
c) the S@TM:Storytelling Teaching Model. A contribution to Science Teachers’ Professional Development, which was a Comenius multilateral project that (is  based on the use of storytelling as a methodological  tool for the teaching of science and 18 interesting short stories from history of science   narrated by a professional  narrator. The project has been translated in five languages (Greek, English, French, German and Polish), i.e. the languages of the partners. Fourteen   of the stories have been used for the construction  of a course  for distance learning for the in-service training of science teachers. It also provides a course for distance learning of students.

Professor Kokkotas participated  also in the ENKDIST project (European Network for Knowledge diffusion of Digital Storytelling), which was a  KA3 project. The last two projects were selected for funding in 2011. He coordinated 13 National Projects on Science Education, co funded by EU and the Greek State.

Team Members

Spyros Kokkotas has studied law in Greece (LLB 1994) and holds an LLM in European Law from the University of Southampton (1995) and a PhD from the Faculty of Law of the University of Edinburgh (2006) with a thesis titled “The contradictions of labour and the legal regulation of employment” which dealt with legal philosophy, sociology of law, labour law and industrial relations.
He has participated in the S@TM project and is co-editor of the e-book “Storytelling in science education- experiences and perspectives” which was the outcome of the experiences of that project. So far, he has successfully  coordinated two project for Research Paths: STEM4Youth and NARSPI.
He practices law at the Piraeus Bar Association and specialises in labour, contract and company law.

Nefelli Anagnostopoulou is an art conservator. She has an HND in the conservation of Archeological materials (Athens, Greece), an HND in the conservation of works of Art (Athens, Greece) and a BA (Hons) from the University of the Arts, Camberwell College of Arts, London in paper and archival material conservation. She has received training in museum education. She currently studies towards a degree in European Studies in the Open University of Greece. She has been working as a conservator since 2001 and has a vast experience with many materials and techniques. She has worked in some projects of major significance such as the restoration of the National theatre in Athens, Greece. Her field of interests lay in conservation, museology, education in museums and the visual arts.


Athanasios Verdis is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Philosophy – Pedagogy – Psychology of the University of Athens. He holds a M.Sc. from the University of Oxford and a Ph.D. from London Institute of Education. He specialises on quantitative and qualitative research methodologies and evaluations. He has published on effective schools and departments, shadow education, access to higher education, hierarchical linear modes, and phenomenological and ethnographical methods in educational research.

Konstantinos Stefanidis is a science teachers advisor in Secondary Education. He holds a PhD in the Teaching of Natural Sciences (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Faculty of Philosophy, Pedagogy and Psychology, 1996), a Masters degree in Applied Pedagogy and Teaching Research, having as subject “The Teaching of Physics and Computers in Education” (a two-years program Master’s degree, Free University of Brussels, 1985-1987), and a degree in Physics (University of Ioannina, 1977). He is the author of numerous scientific articles, and has worked at length as an Educational instructor for the training of in-service secondary education teachers.

Dr. George Bampasidis is a teacher at the 20th public High School of Athens, Greece. He received his PhD in Astrophysics, Astronomy and Mechanics in 2012 from the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens in conjuction with the Paris Observatory. He has worked extensively with data from the Cassini-Huygens NASA/ESA joint space mission and he still contributes to Planetary Science.
He has been actively involved in two projects of Grundtvig partnership – Lifelong Learning Programme:

AURORA POLARIS – Partnership Opportunity for Learning: Astronomy Resources for Inspiring Seniors (2008-1-GB2-GRU06-00100), from 2008 to 2010.
ESTA – European Storytelling Through Arts (2009-1-GB2-GRU06-01645), from 2009 to 2011.

Evangelia Panou is a research fellow in the Department of Conservation of Antiquities and Works of Art, University of West Attica, Greece, since 2020. She has studied Physics (2006) at the National Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece. She holds a master’s degree in Environmental issues and Development (2008, National Technical University of Athens) and a master’s degree in Nuclear and Particle Physics (2010, National Kapodistrian University of Athens) as well. Her thesis (2016, National Kapodistrian University of Athens) is focused on applied sciences in Greek and Roman antiquities (Greco-Roman sundials) and on educational activities based on inquiring-based learning with technology-enhanced learning methods in STEAM Education. She has conducted post-doctoral research for the University of Aegean from 2017 until 2020 and for the University of West Attica from 2020 until 2023. Both her postdoctoral researches were on the application of Physics and Chemistry in antiquities. Since 2008, she has been working as science teacher in Greek public schools, whereas since 2016, she has been involved as researcher in European Projects concerning STEM-STEAM education and cultural heritage issues. Over the last three years, she has been working as a part-time lecturer in the University of West Attica, Greece. Her interests focus on the multidisciplinary research field of applied sciences to cultural heritage and on the research field of teaching science through art (STEAM education).

Michael Kasoutas is a primary school teacher (2008- today). He participated at an International Visitor Leadership Program of the U.S. Department of (2010). He served as Educational Counselor of the Special Secretary of the Ministry of Education (2012-2013). Starting from 01-09-2017 he was seconded after an open invitation at the Authority for Quality Assurance in Primary and Secondary Education (A.Q.A.P.S.E.) in Greece, as specialized scientific personnel. He holds a Bsc(Hons),  a Master’s Degree in “Applied Pedagogy” and a Ph.D. in the field of “Educational Assessment” under Scholarship from Greek State Scholarships Foundation from the Faculty of Primary Education of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece and a BSc(Hons) Psychology degree from The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK. He has completed the Program of Specialization at Counseling and Guidance at the School of Pedagogical and Technological Education (ASPETE), Athens, Greece. He has participated in National and International Conferences in topics concerning science education, teaching using aspects of History of Science & Nature of Science, storytelling and digital storytelling and he has published papers in Greek and International scientific journals. He has participated in the funded by European Union projects: (a) S@TM (Storytelling @Teaching Method) for which he has co-designed the two distance learning platforms (b) STEM4youth project. He has also participated successfully at the MOOC: “Addressing Global Citizenship Education through Digital Storytelling” (an “Erasmus+” project). His research interests include: educational evaluation and assessment, in-service teacher training, reflective thinking, critical thinking, constructivism teaching approaches, (digital) storytelling, counselling, History of Science and Science Education, ICT exploitation in teaching and learning.

Panagiotis Papaspirou has graduated from the Department of Physics of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, has elaborated a Master’s Degree in the Section of Astrophysics, Astronomy and Mechanics of the Department of Physics, of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, and is currently a PhD candidate in the Section of Astrophysics, Astronomy and Athens of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.
He specializes in the fields of epistemology and of the history of science, having as a subject of his PhD the hellenic influences on the work of Johannes Kepler.
He possesses excellent knowledge in the fields of physics, of mathematics, and of philosophy on a professional level. He speaks and writes English and German fluently.
He has obtained the Diploma of Translation in German from Goethe Institut, and the Diploma of Translation in English from the Hellenic American Union.
He has worked as a supervisor in the courses of the Laboratories of Physics of the Department of Physics, in the course of the Laboratory of the lesson “Introduction to Astrophysics” of the Department of Physics of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and in the course of the Laboratory of Physics for the students of the Department of Biology of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.
He has contributed as a speaker in numerous conferences and workshops.
He has published articles in foreign and greek scientific journals, and in the proceedings of conferences he attended.