Research initiatives

Research initiatives

ATHENA alliance aims to promote excellent research projects, raise public awareness about the impact and benefits of research and innovation, and increase young people’s interest in science and research careers. Promoting the culture of innovation, highlighting the societal importance of research and innovation, and presenting its impact on the individual’s daily life are the main tools used in these endeavours.

ATHENA colloquial talks

Every Friday at 10 AM CET

The ATHENA colloquial talks in science under the coordination of the Hellenic Mediterranean University started in October 2021 and continues in 2022 and 2023. In the seminar presentations, the distinguished scientists within the ATHENA alliance and also beyond present their world-class research work. 

ATHENA's World Intellectual Property Day 2023

21 April 2023 ATHENA’s World Intellectual Property Day – “Intellectual property in the innovation ecosystem – why is it important?” The purpose of the event is to highlight the importance of intellectual property (IP) in the innovation ecosystem. Moderated online event will be held in English with a keynote speech and a round table featuring selected panellists.

Women and Girls in Science

ATHENA European University strives for gender equality, inclusion and balance in STEM disciplines and science in general by clearly acknowledging such issues in our program and addressing them within our daily activities.

Starting with  International Day of Women and Girls in Science over International Women’s Day to International Girls in ICT Day and International Women in Engineering Day, ATHENA will celebrate women and girls scientists by publishing interviews with them.

Round table: Women in Leadership

According to the European Strategy for Universities, a persisten gender gap remains in some fields of study and research and in decision – making positions at universities. Gender balance clearly decreases with seniority among heads of higher education institutions where women hold slightly below of the 24% of these positions in EU27.  

The ATHENA European University is organising an online round table discussion with females in top scientific or leadership positions to celebrate Women’s day on 8 March (at 16.00 CET). We would discuss women’s career challenges and possible strategies to overcome them.

Motivating Women and Girls in ICT

As a part of the International Girls in ICT Day (28. April 2021), ATHENA University applied its own sub-event: Motivating Women and Girls in ICT. The event was within ATHENA, celebrated collecting and publishing quotes from fellow girls and women in STEM disciplines, as we wished to motivate future engineers, scientists, and innovators. Collecting motivational quotes and publishing them on the webpage is an ongoing process as we wish to tackle gender inequality throughout the year.

ATHENA's World Intellectual Property Day 2022

21 April 2022 The ATHENA’s World Intellectual Property Day 2022promotes ATHENA European University and highlights the importance of IP among our target audiences. The theme for this year is “IP and Youth: Innovating for a Better Future”, and it is in line with ATHENAS’ general activities and endeavours.

ATHENA Seminar Series 2021

In the context of the transition from the Slovenian to the French Presidency of the European Union, ATHENA, the European University for a Green Digital Europe, is organizing four-part seminar series and a round table debate about “smart integration”:
  • Digitalization of processes (University of Maribor), 18/11/21
  • Interlinking with regional stakeholders (University of Siegen), 30/11/21
  • Fostering linguistic diversity (University of Orleans), 07/12/21
  • Legal frameworks for effective cooperation (Politécnico do Porto), 14/12/21
  • From European policy to practice on the ground: Solutions for smart integration (University of Orléans), 28/2/22.
The seminars can be followed through the ATHENA Youtube channel

European Researcher's Night

24 September 2021

ATHENA will participate in the European Researcher’s Night, which is in Slovenia organised by the University of Maribor. ATHENA European university and the possibilities for its stakeholders will be presented in a talk about research excellence and opportunities in and at a research fair intended for visitors of the general public.