This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 956146.

AGePOP researchers promote careers in science during school visit to University of Athens

On 21 March, high school students from the “General Lyceum of Petroupolis” were welcomed at the Department of Pharmacy of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. The aim of the event was to provide information about the scientific work in our department, but also about what it means to become a pharmacist, and which prospects this profession offers.

Prof. Maria Vertzoni is presenting a slide on the AGePOP project to students sitting in front of her.
Group of young students are watching Maria and Jonas presenting in a laboratory.

The students were invited to listen to a presentation that introduced them to the study of pharmacy, including general information about the department, the graduate programme and ongoing research activities. Professor Maria Vertzoni and Jonas Kusch (ESR9) used the setting of the event to inform the students about European programmes and research opportunities supported by the European Union. A good opportunity to talk in more detail about the research activities within AGePOP and why it is important to focus on the advanced-age population. During the subsequent tour of the department’s laboratories Jonas Kusch (ESR9) gave insight into his own scientific project and his experiences as a PhD student in a European research project.

Jonas Kusch - ESR 9

It is great that high school students have the opportunity to visit universities before their graduation to get an idea of the different disciplines. I hope that we were able to give exciting impressions about the pharmaceutical sciences and the associated career opportunities and thus help the young students in their future decision-making.

By Jonas Kusch
ESR and PhD candidate