Greek Focus Groups review

April 26, 2024

The influence of financial and political interests, and competition between researchers and RPOs are the main negative factors that affect Research Integrity and Trust In Science, according to most of the participants of the three Focus Groups that were conducted in Greece.

The sessions were organised by the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) research team that included Dr. Panagiotis Kavouras, Dr. Eleni Spyrakou, Nicole Sarla and Leonidas Ananiadis. Dr. Olga Tzortzatou-Nanopoulou, Prof. Manolis Patiniotis and Prof. Pavlos P. Sotiriadis served as co-investigators with Dr. Vassilis Zogopoulos moderating the conversation on the SI Focus Group.

Social Integration proved to be a topic that gathered more diverse views, but even when participants rated it high and even linked it directly with the issue of trust, their recommendations mainly focused on issues of communication and dissemination rather that citizen science. This, most probably, reflects the fact that initiatives, like citizen science, are not still that popular in Greece.

Overall, the Focus Groups were very fruitful, involving engaged participants and in-depth conversations, representative of the local paradigm and peculiarities.   

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