Prof. Athanasios G. Papaioannou
Hellenic Society for Sport and Exercise Psychology
Candidate for the position of Treasurer
My name is Athanasios Papaioannou and I am the Dean of the School of Physical Education and Nutrition at the University of Thessaly, Trikala, Greece. Both my School and the University of Thessaly are very active in European-wide activities including European Master studies and PhD supervision, the Erasmus program, and the Horizon program.
I made my first presentation in a FEPSAC Congress in Cologne (1991). Since then I have been associated with FEPSAC until now, participating in all FEPSAC Congresses and being a key-note speaker at the 10th FEPSAC Congress (1999). In 2001 I hosted a FEPSAC Managing Council meeting in Skiathos island, where I was the Director of 10th World Congress of Sport Psychology. In 2007 I was member of the Local Organizing Committee of the 12th FEPSAC Congress (Halkidiki), and co-Editor of its Proceedings. I have been author in various FEPSAC handbooks and Editorial Board member of the FEPSAC journal “Psychology of Sport and Exercise” (2001-
2010). I have been linked with FEPSAC’s initiative “European Masters Studies in Sport and Exercise Psychology” since 1997 and I have hosted five times its Intensive Course at the university of Thessaly. I coordinated in Thessaly the Erasmus-Mundus “European Master in Sport and Exercise Psychology” (2010-2015) in collaboration with Jyväskylä, Lund and Leipzig universities; I still coordinate this Master program in collaboration with the university of Jyväskylä.
In collaboration with colleagues from eight European countries, (1) I coordinated in Greece a FP7 European project focused on Promotion of Adolescents’ Physical Activity (PAPA) through participation in grassroots football (2009-2013), (2) I am coordinating (PI) an Erasmus+ Sport project focused on Identification and Motivation of youth who mostly need Physical ACTivity (IMPACT) through physical education (2017-2019). Overall, I have co-authored more than 100 papers in the area of motivation, physical activity and well-being.
Other international experiences include (1) participation in the Managing Council of the International Society of Sport Psychology (ISSP), (2) edition of the International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology in collaboration with Section Editors and Board members from dozens of countries, (3) edition of the Routledge Companion in Sport and Psychology in collaboration with authors from 23 countries, (4) professional collaboration with sport psychology colleagues in universities in Greece (Thrace and Thessaly) and UK (Northumbria).
My experience from the aforementioned European/international activities enabled me to have good understanding about sport psychology research, teaching and practice across Europe and beyond. This experience might be useful to the next Managing Council of FEPSAC in relation to decisions about further development of sport psychology in Europe.