In the framework of 2017-18 Erasmus+ staff mobility funding programme, the Medical Physics Laboratory of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki welcomed, on Tuesday, 19th of June 2018, a special guest from the University of Leeds; Leeds Institute of Medical Education (LIME) Technology Enhanced Learning Programme Manager Alisdair Smithies. Mr. Smithies visited Thessaloniki and spent a whole week with AUTH Medical Physics Lab Associate Professor and University of Leeds Visiting Professor Panagiotis Bamidis, exchanging know-how, especially in the field of Medical Education, and examining further cooperation and common activities between the two sides.

Mr. Smithies had also the opportunity to meet several of Lab’s research staff members, who introduced him to the main current research activities of the Laboratory: -Virtual Patients, VR and e-learning activities, -ThessAHALL Living Lab -BCI activities, -mobile sensors activities and several other projects and initiatives.

As Technology Manager at LIME, Mr Smithies leads the broad programme of technology enhanced learning projects and his work deals with various fields of medical education, including,

-          360-degree video for Pathology and Radiology

-          AR / VR partnerships

-          Mobile assessment programme

-          iDecide – careers support

-          RRAPID – integrated curriculum resources via eBook and mobile app

-          MyPAL – learner analytics dashboards using student assessment data.

Both Prof. Bamidis and Mr. Smithies expressed their satisfaction, regarding this visit and the mutual transfer of knowledge. Mr Smithies thanked Prof. Bamidis and Lab’s staff members, inviting all of them in LIME to repay the warm hospitality.

It is noted that Prof. Bamidis and Mr Smithies closely cooperate on the organization of the 3rd International Conference on Medical Education Informatics (MEI 2018) Conference, jointly organized by AUTH Medical Physics Lab and LIME, from Thursday 6th to Friday 7th of September 2018 in Leeds, UK.