Dr. Sofoklis Sotiriou

Head of R&D Department, Ellinogermaniki Agogi

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Sofoklis Sotiriou holds a PhD in High Energy Astrophysics (University of Athens, Greece) and a PhD in the Use of Advanced Technologies in Science Education (University of Bayreuth, Germany).

He has worked at CERN (1992-1996), at the National Center for Scientific Research "DEMOKRITOS" in Athens and in the Physics Laboratory of Athens University (1996-1998). He is the Head of R&D Department of Ellinogermaniki Agogi (since 1998), one of the biggest schools in Greece, where has been active in the coordination and development of research projects on implementation of advanced technologies (e.g., mobile applications, wearable computers, VR and AR applications, robotics, AI) in science education and training. He is a member of the European Academy of Sciences (since 2003), member of the board of ECSITE (2004-2007) and has served as Expert Evaluator to the European Commission FP5 & FP6 Programmes. He has also acted as a consultant to the development of the FP7's Science in Society Work programme.

He is qualified Science Teacher and Science Teachers Trainer. He is the author of the Science Textbooks that are used in all primary Greek schools since 2003. Since 2002 he is the Director of the Ellinogermaniki Agogi Center for Teachers Training. The Center–that offers courses both with physical presence and online-is certified by the Ministry of Education to deliver courses focusing on educational design and digital resources development. His expertise is in the design of resources that promote inquiry-based teaching and introduce the scientific methodology in the school practice.

In 2011 he received the European Physical Society Outreach Award for his work on the development of resources that are promoting Astronomy and High Energy Physics Research in European Schools. In the framework of the recent EU HORIZON project Stories of Tomorrow, his work in the design of AR ebooks has been characterized as Major Innovation in the field of Education.

His main research field is the design, application, and evaluation of virtual and digital media environments that could bridge the gap between formal and informal science learning. He has coordinated a long series of EU joint research and technology funded projects. The R&D Department of Ellinogermaniki Agogi has coordinated more than 200 EU funded projects the last 20 years. He has 153 publications with more than 2347 references to his work (h-index 21).


  • Sotiriou et al. Inquiry-based learning and E-learning: how to serve high and low achievers. Smart Learn. Environ. 7, 29 (2020).
  • Marth, M., Bogner, F. and Sotiriou, S. (2018) Professional Development in Science Summer Schools: How Science Motivation and Technology Interest Link in with Innovative Educational Pathways International Journal of Learning, Teaching and Educational Research Vol. 17, No. 5, pp. 47-63, May 2018
  • Sotiriou, S. et al, (2017) Open Schooling Roadmap: A Guide for School Leaders and Innovative Teachers, Publisher: EPINOIA S.A. ISBN: 978-960-473-893-9 • Riviou K., and Sotiriou, S. (2017) Teachers’ Professional Development in the Theme of Competence-Based Learning—Impact and Lessons Learnt in Research on e-Learning and ICT in Education.
  • Sofoklis Sotiriou, Katherina Riviou, Stephanos Cherouvis, Eleni Chelioti & Franz X. Bogner (2016), Introducing Large-Scale Innovation in Schools, J Sci Educ Technol (2016) 25:541-549.
  • Ton de Jong, Sofoklis Sotiriou, Denis Gillet (2014), Innovations in STEM education: The Go-Lab federation of online labs, Smart Learning Environments 10/2014; 1(3). DOI: 10.1186/s40561-014-0003-6
  • Sotiriou, S. et al, (2013) Perspectives on Open and Distance Learning: Open Educational Resources: Innovation, Research and Practice, Publisher: COL, Athabasca University (May 2013), ISBN: 9781894975629
  • Sofoklis Sotiriou, Franz X. Bogner (2011), Inspiring Science Learning: Designing the Science Classroom of the Future, Advanced Science Letters 10/2011; 4(11-12):3304-3309.