2012 Olympia Summer Seminars, Olympia
The 2012 Olympia Summer Seminars in Conflict and Peace Studies were hosted at the International Olympic Academy, between 5 and 16 July 2012. This was the 11th year of the Seminars and probably the most successful, judging by the number and the quality of applicants and participants and the breadth of the subjects covered. Through the generosity of the A. G. Leventis Foundation, a total of 85, mostly post-graduate, students from 30 countries from around the world, together with 13 lecturers from some of the greatest universities internationally, came together in Olympia to learn from each other and enjoy the history, culture and beauty of the Western Peloponnese. The Seminars were organised into four cycles of studies: the Transformation of Conflict; Religion and International Politics; Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism; and Negotiating Peace.
ALBA Graduate Business School, Athens – The A. G. Leventis Foundation MBA Scholarship Programme
In 2008 the A. G. Leventis Foundation and the ALBA Graduate Business School at the American College of Greece in Athens initiated a new MBA scholarship programme for Nigerian nationals. Since then, every year, two Nigerian students are awarded a full scholarship covering their tuition fees for this intensive 12-month MBA programme, as well as their accommodation and living expenses. Candidates for the A. G. Leventis Foundation MBA scholarship are selected on the basis of academic merit, work experience and personality traits. Today, the alumni group of A. G. Leventis MBA Scholars includes bankers, doctors, lawyers, management consultants and business executives with the determination and the expertise to make a difference in their home country.
Imperial College, London – Scholarship in Bio-Inspired Devices for Greek-Cypriot PhD students
The PhD project funded by the A. G. Leventis Foundation at Imperial College in London is titled ‘Micro-engineered Platforms for Growing, Controlling and Monitoring Cells In-vitro’ and focuses on developing culture constructs that control cell maturation and function by regulating culture conditions, particularly physical constraints to cell growth and application of static stretch. In preliminary results with cardiomyocytes, self-alignment of the cells has been achieved on flexible substrates through standard microfabrication techniques, enabling a cell morphology similar to the anisotropic architecture of native myocardium, while preserving the cells’ contractile properties. This technology has recently been transferred to commercial state-of-the-art multielectrode arrays for comprehensive interrogation of the cells’ electrophysiology. In addition, chemical sensing modalities are currently being incorporated into these bioengineered substrates to investigate real-time extra/intra-cellular activity. The long-term goal is to deliver a powerful, universal tool with high scientific and commercial impact in drug development, disease modelling and, eventually, engineered patient-specific organs.
University of Edinburgh – PhD Scholarship in Hellenic Studies
The A. G. Leventis Scholarship holder at the University of Edinburgh, John Russell Holton, has completed four substantial chapters of his PhD project, titled ‘The Image of the Basileus: Royal Self-presentation and the Construction of Kingship in the Early Hellenistic World, 323-276 BC’ and is on schedule to submit his thesis within the period of the scholarship. He has had an article accepted by the international Classics journal Mnemosyne, to appear in early 2013. He has contributed several entries to the Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Ancient History and is preparing further publications resulting from participation in international conferences. A leading member of Edinburgh’s graduate community, jointly organising a very active weekly research seminar, he was also an industrious assistant and active participant in the 2011 A. G. Leventis conference, ‘What is Greek about Ancient Greek Narrative’, held at the University of Edinburgh.