by Panos Charitos. Published: 22 June 2012

Welcome to this issue of “ALICE MATTERS”, the second issue for this summer. First of all I should express many thanks to Polly Bennett who served as journalist and editor for our newsletter and wish her all the best in her future endeavors.

I am Panos Charitos, the new member of the editorial board of our newsletter. Following a long route from Physics to the Media I arrived at CERN as I have always been interested in science communication and particularly on in the ways in which scientific discourse is effectively promoted across various media platforms. Following my bachelor in Physics, I moved to Imperial College where I pursued an MPhil. in Astrophysics studying the formation of massive young stellar objects. After the successful completion of my thesis I decided to change career path and hence I moved to the London School of Economics where I finished my MSc. in Media and Communications. At the same time I was working with electronic media and various publishing houses in publicising science and especially physics. While a first year student at University I became editor of the magazine published by the Physics Department of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki – named “Phenomenon”. It was a once in a lifetime experience which I hope will be useful in facing the challenges present in my current post. Finally, perhaps I should add that I am currently studying Theology (I pursued a diploma in the University of London and an MA in the Aristotle University where I am also submitting my PhD thesis on issues of cosmopolitanism and otherness in the context of the global ecological crisis).

Panos Charitos and Prof.Leonidas Xanthis on a sunny afternoon at Imperial College London

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