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Stergios Tzortzios (Postgraduate Diploma Agriculture Management 1975)

Biography

I am now a retiree Professor-Emeritus on Biometry from the University of Thessaly/Faculty of Agriculture-Crop Production and Rural Environment, and Director of the Laboratory of Biometry. I got my BSc from the Faculty of Agriculture of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and my BA from the School of Business Administration of the Macedonian University of Thessaloniki. I did my postgraduate studies in England, University of Reading (Agric. Management) and my Ph.D. in London University/Imperial College.
I worked for the American Farm School, the Ministry of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Foundation, and in 1988 I started working for the University of Thessaly. I taught agricultural management and mainly applications of biometry and computers in the field of agriculture in various Universities both in England and in Greece. My research interests are biometrical applications (computing statistics) in the fields of plant and animal science and research, with special emphasis to the organization and processing huge databases. I have participated in more than one hundred fifty international scientific conferences and seminars with more than one hundred fifty papers presentation and more than fifty national and international educational meetings and seminars.
I am also a Convocation member of London University and Reading University (and their Alumni), member of the New York Academy of Sciences, the Hellenic Statistical Society (E.S.I.), the International Biometric Society-IBS, the Royal Statistical Society, the Hellenic Zootechnical Society, the Hellenic Society of Plant Genetic Improvement, the British Graduates' Society, the Geotechnical Society of Greece. I was one of the first members and a vice-president of the "Society for the Advancement of Education". I am a member of the International Society of Global Philosophy, the International Society of Agriculture and Environment, the International Professors, the Academic Researchers, Research methodology and Statistics in Social Sciences.

Why did you choose to study at the University of Reading?

The main reasons I chose to study at the University of Reading were its fame as a new well organized University, with a good new academic staff and placed in a friendly student’s campus.

What was the best bit about living and studying in Reading?

The friendly administrative and academic staff, the small number of students in the lectures, the good accommodation and the easy way of meeting other students from all the world.

What top tips would you give to students who are beginning their studies?

Keep always in mind that you are in the best age of your life. It means that you have all the rights to enjoy your life strictly according to a programme that will give you the best promises for your entire life.

What are you up to now? How did you get there?

Elected Greek Representative and Vice-President in the Committee of the Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR) of the International Biometric Society-IBS (2000-2006 and 2007-2009 respectively). Elected (two times) Vice-President of HAICTA-the branch of the European EFITA (2004-2009). Elected Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture-Crop Production & Rural Environment (2006-2008). Elected Member of the Senate of the University of Thessaly (2006-2008). Elected President of the Postgraduate course of the School of Agricultural Sciences/University of Thessaly (2006-2008). Elected Vice-Director of the Postgraduate Course in the School of Agricultural Sciences/University of Thessaly (2006-2012). Elected member–representative of the Faculty of Agriculture- of the Research Committee of the University of Thessaly (2009-2011). Elected Vice-President of the Faculty of Agriculture-Crop Production & Rural Environment/University of Thessaly (2010-2012). Elected Member of the Senate of the University of Thessaly (2011-2012). Elected Member of the Dean Council of the School of Agricultural Sciences/University of Thessaly (2006-2008 and 2011-2012). President of the Organizing Committee of the International Conference “EMR/IBS2011”. President of the Organizing Committee of the International Conference “Haicta2011”. Member of the Finance Committee of the International Biometric Society-IBS (2011-2015) and Representative member of the IBS Council (2012-2017). Elected President of the Eastern Mediterranean Region of the International Biometric Society- EMR/IBS (2011-2013).

What would be your top tips for students interested in working in this sector?

A continuous effort on teaching and research is necessary in order to produce significant work that will be respectable in the evaluations of your job.

How has the University of Reading and the Careers Centre helped in your chosen career path?

My general and academic experiences in the University of Reading helped me in organizing my work in the best possible way.

What are your top tips for students graduating this year? What should they be doing to secure the job they want?

It is very important to choose the job you like more. A well prepared CV and a sincere presentation of yourself are of the basic criteria in the interviews for having a job.

Why did you decide to give to the University of Reading?

I had such a wonderful time at Reading I wanted to give something back and was able to do so. I love the yearly phone calls from the current students.

What does the University mean to you and what is your favourite memory?

My studies in Reading gave me the chance to be out of my country for the first time. I could not forget the hospitality I was so kindly offered and therefore some years later I visited the University with my two daughters; I guess their good impressions was probably one of the reasons on which both of them based their decision to study, work and live one in England and the other in USA  as Doctors in Medicine and in Physics respectively for many years now.

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