TEACHING / RESEARCH PERSONNEL ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT
A TOUR IN MODERN COSMOLOGY
Cosmology, known as cosmogony since antiquity, is the study of the universe. How did everything start? How did the universe evolve and expand? And what is its future going to be?
Modern Cosmology began in 1920 and continues to the present day aiming at understanding the universe in purely scientific terms as compared with the philosophical or theological terms that were used in the past.
According to the prevailing theory, the universe originated from a huge explosion, which is internationally known as the «big bang», which is estimated to have taken place 13.6 billion years ago. Physicists, however, are much more interested in what happened shortly after this big explosion.
The aim of Dr. Ioannis Vergados, Professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of Ioannina, Greece, is the encouragement and development of basic research in the area of elementary particles and Cosmology in the wider region of Western Macedonia.
Research should influence teaching into adopting an ‘investigative’ approach
RESEARCH AND TEACHING
The scientific subject of Professor Ioannis Vergados includes four distinct areas. He started from the area of mathematical physics, i.e. the application of mathematics to physics. He continued with applications related to nuclear physics and resulted in particle physics.
In recent years, influenced mainly by the fact that Cosmology inspires young people very much, his interest is focused in teaching cosmology and doing research on related topics.
Having retired from the Department of Physics of the University of Ioannina, he is today Chairman of the Council of TEI of Western Macedonia. On the side of other tasks, he is interested in contributing to the development of applied research in the region of Western Macedonia.
He considers that research should influence teaching and inspire investigation as a teaching method, following the same steps that are followed in research.
He has received the distinguished research award by the German Institute Alexander Von Humboldt as a recognition of his lifetime contribution to scientific research while he has also been recognized as a distinguished member (fellow), of the American Physical Society.
The most important awards professor John Vergados are:
- The distinguished Alexander von Humboldt Research Award (Humboldt Prize), 2008, German Institute ‘Alexander Von Humboldt’.
- His recognition as a distinguished member (Fellow) of the American Physical Society), a title awarded to 5% of its members.
Professor I. Vergados makes reference to the three phenomena which cannot be explained by the "Standard Model of Particle Physics", the model that we use up to this day to explain all phenomena of Particle Physics and Cosmology.
UNIVERSITY OF IOANNINA