Thank you for your interest in the Hellenic Bioscientific Association of the USA (HBA-USA). I am proud to serve as its President, and I am pleased to have the opportunity to work with you in support of its mission.
The HBA-USA was created in 2005 with the aim to promote and facilitate interactions between scientists of Hellenic origin in the USA and with Universities in Greece. These efforts resulted in the establishment of the Scientific Teaching Exchange Program – STEP program and numerous events and activities to connect our vibrant community, which currently has more than 400 members across all the states of USA.
In the coming years, the HBA-USA plans to continue to working together with its members to promote and strengthen the interactions between scientists in the USA and Greece. We also plan to expand our STEP program and organize visits around specific scientific themes, while utilizing online educational and information sharing options. We will strengthen the connectivity of our members with numerous local and national events and create opportunities for undergraduate students in Greece to visit US labs in industry or academia via the Student Internship Program – SIP.
We will continue to expand and strengthen our collaborations with foundations, academic institutions, and industry representatives and help educate and inform government officials and the public about the opportunities in teaching, research, and innovation that may result from these partnerships. We will also continue to work with our members, especially the younger, to ensure that our actions and priorities both reflect their interests and support their potential for excellence within the US or Greek community.
Thank you again for your commitment and support. I look forward to hearing your comments and suggestions.
Costas Arvanitis, PhD
HBA-USA President 2015-2017