Bioinformatics Education in Greece: A Survey

Efrosyni-Alkisti Paraskevopoulou-Kollia, Pantelis G Bagos


Bioinformatics is an interdisciplinary field, placed at the interface of Biology, Mathematics and Computer Science. In this work, we tried for the first time to investigate the current situation of Bioinformatics education in Greece. We searched the online resources of all relevant University Departments for Bioinformatics or relevant courses. We found that all the Departments of Biological Sciences include in their curricula courses dedicated to Bioinformatics, but this is not the case for Departments of Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or Medical Schools. Despite the fact that large Universities played a crucial role in establishing Bioinformatics research and education in Greece, we observe that Universities of the periphery invest in the field, by including more relevant courses in the curricula and appointing faculty members trained in the field. In order for us to triangulate we didnt confine ourselves to online resources and descriptive statistics but we also included interviews so as to have a more spherical view of the subject under discussion. The interviews provided useful insights regarding the teaching methods used by bioinformatics tutors, their attitudes and the difficulties they encounter. The tutors mentioned also the material that they choose, the audiences attraction techniques and the feedback they receive.


bioinformatics; education; Greece; universities; qualitative study

Full Text:



Altman, R. B. (1998). A curriculum for bioinformatics: the time is ripe. Bioinformatics, 14(7), 549-550.

Bagos, P. G. (2010). Bioinformatics and Computational Biology in Greece: a bibliometric study. Paper presented at the 5th Conference of HSCBB (HSCBB10), Alexandroupolis.

Biggs, J., & Tang, C. (2011). Teaching for quality learning at university: What the student does: McGraw-Hill Education (UK).

Brosvic, G. M., Epstein, M. L., Cook, M. J., & Dihoff, R. E. (2005). Efficacy of error for the correction of initially incorrect assumptions and of feedback for the affirmation of correct responding: Learning in the classroom. The Psychological Record, 55(3), 401.

Burchielli, R., & Bartram, T. (2006). Like an Iceberg Floating Alone: A Case Study of Teacher Stress at a Victorian Primary School. Australian Journal of Education, 50(3), 312-327.

Cohen, L., Manion, L., & Morrison, K. (2013). Research Methods in Education: Routledge.

Ditty, J. L., Kvaal, C. A., Goodner, B., Freyermuth, S. K., Bailey, C., Britton, R. A., . . . Kerfeld, C. A. (2010). Incorporating genomics and bioinformatics across the life sciences curriculum. PLoS Biol, 8(8), e1000448.

Dussel, I. (2013). The assembling of schooling: discussing concepts and models for understanding the historical production of modern schooling. European Educational Research Journal, 12(2), 176-189.

Evertson, C., Emmer, E., & Worsham, M. (2006). Classroom management for middle and high school teachers. Boston, MA: Pearson.

Flick, U. (2004). A companion to qualitative research, edited by Uwe Flick, Ernst von Kardoff and Ines Steinke; translated by Bryan Jenner. London: SAGE Publications.

Floriano, W. B. (2008). A portable bioinformatics course for upper-division undergraduate curriculum in sciences. Biochem Mol Biol Educ, 36(5), 325-335.

Gounari, P. (2012). Neoliberalizing Higher Education in Greece: new laws, old free-market tricks. Power and Education, 4(3), 277-288.

Gouvias, D. (2012). The post-modern rhetoric of recent reforms in Greek higher education. Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies, 10(2), 282-313.

Hare, W. (1998). Critical thinking as an aim of education. Inquiry: Critical Thinking Across the Disciplines, 18(2), 38-51.

Honts, J. E. (2003). Evolving strategies for the incorporation of bioinformatics within the undergraduate cell biology curriculum. Cell Biol Educ, 2(4), 233-247.

Jacobsen, D. A., Eggen, P. D., & Kauchak, D. P. (2008). Methods for teaching: Promoting student learning in K-12 classrooms: Prentice Hall.

Kivits, J. (2005). Online interviewing and the research relationship.

Marzano, R. J., Marzano, J. S., & Pickering, D. (2003). Classroom management that works: Research-based strategies for every teacher: ASCD.

Matsagouras, E. (2006). Theory of teaching. Athens: Gutenberg (in Greek).

Meho, L. I. (2006). E?mail interviewing in qualitative research: A methodological discussion. Journal of the American society for information science and technology, 57(10), 1284-1295.

Law 4009/2011 Structure, function, ensuring the quality of studies and internationalization of higher education. (2011).

Law 4310/2014 Research, Technological Development and Innovation and other provisions. (2014).

Noddings, N. (2003). Is teaching a practice? Journal of Philosophy of Education, 37(2), 241-251.

Olivero, N., & Lunt, P. (2004). When the ethic is functional to the method: the case of e-mail qualitative interviews. Buchanan (2008). How do various notions of privacy influence decisions in qualitative internet research, 101-113.

Paraskevopoulou-Kollia, E.-A. (2008). Methodology of qualitative research in social sciences and interviews. Open Education-The Journal for Open and Distance Education and Educational Technology, 4(1).

Paraskevopoulou-Kollia, E.-A. (2012). Teaching Philosophy to non philosopher. Thessaloniki: Afi Kyriakidi.

Parkay, F. W., Stanford, B. H., & Gougeon, T. D. (2010). Becoming a teacher: Pearson/Merrill.

Robert, L. P., & Dennis, A. R. (2005). Paradox of richness: A cognitive model of media choice. IEEE transactions on professional communication, 48(1), 10-21.

Searls, D. B. (2012). An online bioinformatics curriculum. PLoS Comput Biol, 8(9), e1002632.

Slavin, R. E. (1989). Effective programs for students at risk: ERIC.

Stergiou, K. I., & Machias, A. (2015). Nailing down academicfreedom and tenure in Greek research institutions. Ethics in Science and Environmental Politics, 15(1), 59-62.

Sutton, R. E., & Wheatley, K. F. (2003). Teachers emotions and teaching: A review of the literature and directions for future research. Educational psychology review, 15(4), 327-358.

Veneti, M. (2001). Teaching Philosophy [I didaskalia tis philosophias]. Athens: Ekdosis Papadima.

Welch, L., Lewitter, F., Schwartz, R., Brooksbank, C., Radivojac, P., Gaeta, B., & Schneider, M. V. (2014). Bioinformatics curriculum guidelines: toward a definition of core competencies. PLoS Comput Biol, 10(3), e1003496.

Yan, B., Ban, K. H., & Tan, T. W. (2014). Integrating translational bioinformatics into the medical curriculum. Int J Med Educ, 5, 132-134.



  • There are currently no refbacks.

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.