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Athanasios Papaioannou

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.  coordinated  in  Thessaly  the  Erasmus-Mundus  “European Master  in  Sport  and Exercise Psychology (2010-2015) in collaboration with Jysky, 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   experience include   (1)  participatio in  the  Managing   Counci 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.