NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS. The management and protection of the environment through teaching and research at the University of Athens by Maria Economou-Eliopoulos, Prof. Teaching at the Athens University. Since the decate of 80’s
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The management and protection of the environment through teaching and research at the University of Athens
Maria Economou-Eliopoulos, Prof.
Since the decate of 80’s
a few teaching subjects related to the management and protection of the enviroment are included in the Undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes of the:
• Medical School,
• Depatment of Chemistry,
• Department of Biology,
• Department of Physics,
• Department of Geology and others
Since the beginning of the new century 21 several Undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes in the Athens University were re-formulated, in the frame of the EPEAEK II Project (Co-funded by EU
(75%) and National Resource):
New courses are offered to undergraduate and postgraduate programmes:
•The Environmental Law,
• European Environmental Law
• International Environmental Law
Medical science is the final recipient of the influence of environmental effects on human and asked to explain and to answer the basic question:
What is the relationship between environment and health?
In which way our cells and DNA are affected by the environment?
There is a MSc course entitled: Environment and Health,
that is supported by European Programs ASPIS AREHNA (www.arehna.di.uoa.gr).
The Department of Pharmacology has established an undergraduate course entitled Environmental Pharmacology
combining the environmental pollution with its impact on human health, since 70’s.
An Environmental Chemistry Laboratory
has been established.
It is used for the practice of students on environmental topics, and research work in the frame of joint projects in Greece and other countries (Mediterranean Information Office for Environment, the European Environmental Bureau, UNESCO-UNECE etc.)
The courses of Botany, Zoology, Marine Biology with education and research activities have focused on the plant biodiversity in the protected areas (NATURA 2000 in the European Union network) in Greece and Cyprus.
The undergraduate program, includes the courses:
•Environmental Geology, •Applied Geochemistry• Global Changes, •Marine Geology, •Atmospheric Environment Pollution, etc
• Prevention and management of natural disaster
• Applied Environmental Geology
Oceanography is a joint cource between
Departments of Biology, Geology & Geoenvironment, Physics and Chemistry (Faculty of Sciences, University of Athens), aiming the management and protection of the Marine Environment.
This is a joint cource between the Department of Geology & Geoevironment and the Technological Education Institute of Serres (Greece).
The subject of the course refers to natural catastrophic events, their environmental impact, evolution, protection and management.
Major topics include potential pollutants, either by natural processes or human activities, management of primary raw material, global changes and the application of geochemical and geophysical techniques to the protection and remediation of contaminated soil and water.(http://www.geol.uoa.gr/engindex.htm)
Young researchers are involved into hundreds of National and International projects related to environmental subjects,
funded by EU/R & D, EU/BRITEEURAM, EU/EPEAEK II- Postgraduate, EU/EPEAEK II–Pythagoras, EU/EPEAEK II–Hrakleitos, Kapodistrias-AthensUniversity,Greek Secretariat of Research and Technology etc,
in order to gainnewknowledge and be able to offer to the environment protection.
Are characterized by high Cr and Mg contents are major source of Cr(VI), by natural processes.
More than 700 industrial units, are source of Cr(VI).
Field practice of postgraduate students
•Determination of Cr(VI) and other toxic metal in the collected soil, water and plant samples.
•Determination of metal bio-availability andbio-accumulation.
•The % Cr in soil transferred intoplants (carrots, potatoes and onions).
Concentrations of Cr in groundwater exceed the limit for totalchromium (50 ppb or g/l).
Cr total Cr(VI)
Since the environmental impact by human activities and natural processes is widespread, including European countries,the case of the contamination at the Assopos-Thiva basin by Cr(VI) is not a local environmental problem.
The Universities could plan projects to study and provide ways
to restrict the transfer of heavy metals from soil to plants/crops and grounwater without the reduction of the agricultural and industrial production.