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FACULTY COMMITTEES

Within the Faculty operate the following Committees whose work includes: policy developments, academic surveys, project development involving different Departments, reviews of learning and teaching quality, design of new degree programmes and amendment of existing programmes, response to internal and external reviews of the Faculty, etc.

All the Faculty's Committees report to the Faculty's Chairman and carry out an enormous amount of work for, much of it behind the scenes. The Faculty’s Committees include representatives from all Departments, thus ensuring integration of departmental and Faculty systems.

The Strategic Planning Committee (chaired by the Faculty's Chairman, Prof. Emmanuel G. Fragoulis), dealing with all matters concerning the strategic development of the Faculty, related to the Faculty’s mission, aims and objectives, including the allocation of resources to meet the strategic plans and all other matters concerning the management of the Faculty’s finances.

The Research & Home Seminars Committee (chaired by Prof. Margarita Arianoutsou - Faragitaki), dealing with: a) updating, upgrading and improvement of Postgraduate Studies Rules, b) monitoring of courses required for the preparation of Doctoral Degree, c) maintening of the doctoral candidates archive and deleting or extending their thesis timing, d) organizing internal scientific seminars, e) commenting on calls for research proposals and formulating proposals for their improvement and f) setting criteria for awarding grants to doctoral candidates.

The Internal Evaluation Committee (chaired by Prof. George Verriopoulos), dealing with the rapid promotion of the Faculty's internal evaluation process according to the instructions of the Authority for Quality Assurance in Greek Higher Education. Draws up the evaluation questions addressed to Faculty members and students, decides on the procedure of filling the questionnaires, handles and processes the responses, creates the appropriate histograms and sends them to the Rectorate and the Authority for Quality Assurance in Greek Higher Education.

The Committee on Student Affairs - Education & Syllabus (chaired by Prof. Panagiotis Apostolakos), dealing with: a) the configuration of Courses and Examinations Schedule for each semester, b) the formation of student groups intended to be exercised each semester to various workshops, in cooperation with the Departments and in order to avoid any overlaps, c) monitoring the implementation of the Curriculum on a daily basis and informing the Facultie's Chairman as well as the relevant Head of Department for any deviations, d) opinion to the Faculty's Board and the Faculty's Chairman for any deviations may be requested by teaching staff regarding the approved Courses Schedule, e) the collection of protocols on the implementation of teaching courses, which are compulsory submitted at the end of each semester by teaching staff and informing the Faculty's Chairman whether the courses taught in accordance with the Curriculum.

The Curriculum Committee (chaired by Prof. Basil Galatis), dealing with: a) the content redefinition of compulsory courses, in collaboration with the Faculty's teaching staff and the teaching staff from other Schools and Faculties teaching core courses to the Faculty's students, in order to avoid any overlaps and to impart knowledge of interest to Biology students, b) the formulation of chains for elective courses of molecular and ecological orientation taking into account the emerging trends in the field of Biosciences and suggesting them to students, c) sending the students views to Departments and by editing their comments, leads to the final draft of the Curriculum to be submitted for final approval.

The Committee on Buildings, Everyday Life & Electronic Communication (chaired by the Faculty's Deputy Chairman Ass. Prof. Kyriacos Georghiou), dealing with: a) the troubleshoote of issues related to the Faculty's premises, b) the creation of new spaces, c) the monitoring of fire safety installations, d) the effective functioning of telecommanding systems by conducting all the necessary checks, e) the safekeeping of the Faculty's premises (especially those who need additional care, such as areas of radioactive isotopes, laboratory animals, etc.) by checking the authorized for safekeeping officials, f) the suggestion of methods and procedures for the safe operation of the Facultie's premises, especially in the evening, g) the biosafety and the secure disposal of all types of waste, h) the monitoring of the Facultie's website and the necessary upgrading of its contents, i) the control of cleaning for all common areas.

The Dissertations Committee (chaired by Prof. Catherine Gaitanaki), dealing with: a) the allocation of diploma dissertations to students, b) the control of cooperation framework among the Faculty's Teaching Staff and the Researchers of Research Institutes in which the off-Faculty dissertations are to be carried out, c) the formulation of the Diploma Dissertations Rules by indicating: the dissertation form, the way of presenting bibliographic references, the patern of the cover, the number of copies to be deposited, etc.

The Promotion - Public Relations & Alumni Association Committee (chaired by Prof. Amalia Karagounis - Kyrtsou), dealing with: a) the planning for the every way promotion of the Faculty to society and media, b) the editing of prestigious publications of the Faculty which present its scientific achievements and overall activities, c) the establishment of an Alumni Association within the Faculty and the cooperation with its Administrative Council on the further promotion of the Association, d) the communication with public and private institutions aimed at developing partnerships in an organized framework.

The Qualifying Examinations Committee (chaired by the Faculty's Chairman, Prof. Emmanuel G. Fragoulis), dealing with the admission of students (graduates of other Schools of Higher Education), to the Faculty according to their performance in special qualifying exams.

The ERASMUS Program Committee (chaired by Emeritus Prof. Lukas H. Margaritis), dealing with the academic aspects of Erasmus Programme administration and ensures the quality of mobility.

The Documents Collection & Check Committee for Special Cases Candidates Admission (chaired by Prof. Andreas Scorilas) dealing with the review of documents submitted by candidates of special cases.

The Regulations Committee for Postgraduated Studies


The University of Athens Botanical Garden Committee (chaired by Prof. Athena Economou - Amilli)


The University of Athens Botanical Museum Committee (chaired by Prof. Athena Economou - Amilli)

 

The University of Athens Zoological Museum Committee (chaired by Prof. Artemis Nikolaidou), dealing with a) the care of collections and infrastructure of the Museum, b) the task of finding and allocating all the necessary funds, c) the supervision of the Museum's human resources, d) the determination of the structure, the function as well as the educational and research policy of the Museum.

The Committee on the Environment - Museums & Culture (chaired by Prof. Constantinos A. Thanos), dealing with: a) the formulation of rules regarding the operation of the above mentioned Museums and the public visits, in collaboration with their Directors, b) the preparation of priorized and costed plans for the improvement of the Museums, c) the communication with other public or private organizations appropriate for developing collaborations in order to improve the Museums, d) the care for the improvement of the Campus surrounding area by issuing relevant costed recommendations.

The Ethics & Biosafety Committee (chaired by Emeritus Prof. Lukas H. Margaritis), devided into two subcommittees: the Subcommittee on Ethics and the Subcommittee on Biosafety. The Committee, as the necessities may meet in plenary session or in the form of its subcommittees.

A. The Ethics Subcommittee dealing with: a) the formulation of rules on the behavior among the members of the University community and the handling of laboratory animals in accordance to international standards b) the monitoring compliance with the rules for handling laboratory animals during all kinds of experiments and c) solving problems that arise due to improper behavior of the members of the University community and suggests measures to overcome them.

B. The Biosafety Subcommittee dealing with: a) the formulation of rules on: i) the safe operation of all the Faculty's Laboratories, ii) the safe operation of the Isotope Laboratories, checking if their operation complies with the regulations of the Greek Atomic Energy Commission, iii) the safe disposal of biological and chemical products and other residues, iv) the safe operation of various biological and biotechnological laboratories according to the international standards, b) the monitoring of the Laboratories equipment to ensure safe operation and the submission of all the necessary recommendations to responsibles, c) the opinion submission on the existence of conditions for safe handling of biological material to be imported in the Faculty's Laboratories and especially controls: i) the experience of the scientific officer in handling recombinant DNA and experimental animals, ii) the staff training regarding both the biology of organisms in which recombinant DNA will be inserted in order to evaluate the biological risks as well as the application of basic microbiological practices, iii) the existence of special equipment for physical restraint of potential contamination and iv) the existence of appropriate laboratory facilities to ensure the physical limitation of the possibility of contamination.

The Committee on the Organization of Joint Laboratory Infrastructure (chaired by Prof. C. Vorgias)