In the list of top 100 analytical chemistsIn the last decade, two professors from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH) are included internationally. These are the professors of the Analytical Chemistry Laboratory of AUTH, George Theodoridis and Victoria Samanidou, who have secured a place on the “Power List 2023”, compiled by the scientific journal “The Analytical Scientist”, in the categories “Connectors and Interdisciplinary” and “Mentors and Educators” respectively. In fact, Mrs. Samanidou was also included in the previous corresponding lists of the magazine, for the years 2016 and 2021.

George Theodoridis

This is the eleventh consecutive list of the journal, which this year is dedicated to “Ten Years of Excellence and Influence in Analytical Chemistry” and coincides with the 10-year anniversary of its publication. The list includes 100 analytical chemists, who were evaluated for their excellence and influence over the past decade – in four categories: ‘Innovators and Trailblazers’, ‘Leaders and Advocates’, ‘Connectors and Interdisciplinarians’ and ‘Mentors and Educators’. Nominees were nominated by readers of The Analytical Scientist magazine, which has an editorial presence in the US, Canada and the UK. The final selection was made by an independent evaluation committee.

Victoria Samanidou

Victoria Samanidou

In an interview with the magazine and the question about how to attract human talent, Ms. Samanidou answers: “By empowering, encouraging and recognizing the abilities and efforts of scientists, we can attract interest to our field – highlighting the most important part of Chemistry and the wide range of applications it offers in many scientific fields. In addition, we must ensure that discrimination and discrimination are not allowed in the laboratory. Science is for everyone – the inclusion of different genders, races, nationalities, sexual orientations and identities is unquestioned. Analytical techniques should also be accessible to the visually impaired or otherwise, using appropriate educational materials. This allows talented students belonging to groups of people with disabilities to be included in the research teams.”

For his part, answering a question about what is the secret to successful interdisciplinary collaboration, Mr. Theodoridis notes: “Multidisciplinary work in the life sciences requires effective collaboration, communication and the promotion of a shared vision among team members from different disciplines. It is important to respect the different views and backgrounds of partners and to understand that the effective “fusion” of perspectives and approaches can create innovative solutions. Establishing clear and shared common goals and direct, direct communication are essential to bridging language or cognitive gaps.”