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Panepistimio Thessalias (UTH)

The University of Thessaly is a vibrant institution with an outstanding track record in European Union and national research and educational programmes (including Marie Curie instruments). It also demonstrates a strong presence in the academic ranking of universities due to the high impact research and scientific performance of the academic staff and its high quality teaching programmes. With >500 research & teaching staff, >9000 undergraduate and >1400 postgraduate students, the University of Thessaly is a leading university in South East Europe in the areas of health and medical sciences, veterinary science, engineering and education. Its facilities and infrastructure in relation to the project are extensive and include fully equipped Environmental Physiology, Muscle Physiology Laboratory, Biochemistry, Biomechanics Laboratory, Sleep Laboratory and Exercise Physiology Laboratory. In addition, the University of Thessaly has a large University Hospital fully equipped for clinical research.

The University of Thessaly was founded in 1984 and has elected the first Rectorate Board in 1998. Its administrative and academic centre is in the city of Volos. In order to serve the needs of the region of Thessaly, its first departments were based on agricultural, educational and technological sciences. In its initial phase of organization and operation there have been eight departments, seven of them in Volos and one, the School of Medicine, in Larissa. Since 1984 and onwards the University of Thessaly has been gradually growing with new departments in the four biggest cities of the region of Thessaly, Volos, Larissa, Trikala and Karditsa. Its present academic structure consists of sixteen (16) Departments, four (4) Faculties and they were all founded by the end of 2000-01.

The main mission of the University of Thessaly is the promotion of scientific knowledge through research and the contribution to the cultural and economic development of the local community and wider society. It is known for its excellent research performance and outstanding scientific achievements, in accordance with the international standards. The excellent equipped Laboratories of the different departments and research units have a number of well trained researchers to support them. The members of the academic and research staff participate in European research networks and numerous innovative research projects in the European Commission.

The department of School of Exercise Science was established in 1984. After a preparation period, the first students were enrolled in 1994. There permanent contacts for 24 faculty members, 8 teaching/laboratory staff, and 11 technical/administrative staff. Many of the above are involved in projects of national and international level, such as: authoring physical education books for Greek primary/secondary education and implementing innovative European projects. The Department actively engages in the realization of this vision through a series of short, mid and long-term activities within the framework of a strategic plan aiming at further development and viability. The four established laboratories produce 90% of the published scientific papers and host about 100% of its doctoral students. 

Excellence has been internationally acknowledged as a central criterion related to innovation and, thus, progress. The faculty members of the department demonstrate a remarkable research output, which ranks them in top positions not only among their Greek colleagues in sport science, but also within the Greek academic community in general. The outcome of this activity is a high quality research-led-teaching with our undergraduate and postgraduate students being the main beneficiaries.

“This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation
programme under grant agreement No 645710”