WHO WE ARE

The Panhellenic Association of Bioscientists (PEV) is the official trade union, and scientific and professional body of qualified Greek biologists working in all areas of the field (environment, health, education, industry, research).

PEV was founded in 1973 by graduates of the departments of biology at Greek universities, originally under the name Panhellenic Union of Biologists. It changed its name to the Panhellenic Association of Bioscientists in 2004 in response to the rapid developments and growth in specialist areas of biology, as reflected in the emergence of respective university departments in Greece at the time.

PEV currently has around 3500 members. It is a member of the ECBA (European Countries Biologists Association) and is represented on the National Education Council (ESYP) and the Central Health Council (KESY), which are statutory advisers to the ministries of education and health respectively. The activity of PEV depends entirely on the voluntary work of its members and their subscription fees.

OUR MISSION

The mission of the Panhellenic Association of Bioscientists is:

  1. To promote and enhance the professional status of its members and contribute to the advancement of biological research and applications, and the life sciences more generally, as well as education in the relevant areas.
  2. To protect and enhance the financial and professional interests of its members.
  3. To develop a spirit of cooperation and solidarity among its members.
  4. To contribute to the sustainable use of the biological resources of our country, the study and and implementation of a programme aiming at the protection of the environment, and the health of the public.

Representing its members, the Association energetically takes up these objectives with the various competent bodies in the country, in particular:

  1. By raising awareness of relevant issues among its members and encouraging the wider involvement of the Association in related issues affecting the Greek people and the country more generally.
  2. By examining the problems that members of the Association may face, as they are part of the general problems facing workers in general.
  3. By cooperating with other scientific and professional associations in seeking to break down interdisciplinary barriers and promote common goals.
  4. By using the means at our disposal (surveys, studies, seminars, conferences, publications, and so on) to raise the level of the bioscientific potential of our country, and awareness among the public about issues related to the science of biology, and life sciences in general.
  5. By providing legal support to qualified biologists and life science workers in Greece in preparing, promoting and signing collective labour agreements, and in setting up a pension and welfare fund for members.
  6. By presenting and submitting proposals to competent bodies, with a view to serving the interests of the members of the Association.
  7. By setting up committees that have the right to report to the governing bodies of the Association.

MEMBERSHIP OF PEV

PEV is comprised of the following groups of members: regular members, probationary members, honorary members.

A. Regular members shall be:

  1. Graduates of the departments of biology and biological sciences (ΒΕΤ, ΒΒ, ΜΒG) of Greek universities who are active in Greece or abroad.
  2. Graduates of equivalent or similar departments of biological sciences abroad, following recognition of their degree by the relevant government agency, provided they are professionally active in Greece.
  3. All graduates of higher education institutions who are employed or work in fields related to the biological sciences, as well as holders of postgraduate degrees in biological sciences from Greek and foreign Universities, as long as the General Assembly of the Association deems that they are unable to pursue their rights through another trade union body.

All members, as above, must pay to register and thereafter pay an annual subscription.

B. Probationary members shall be:

Students of all years at biology departments and departments of the biological sciences in higher education. They shall pay to register, and thereafter a token “student” annual subscription fee. They may participate in the activities of the Association and voice their opinions, though without the right to vote or be elected. Once they have obtained their degree, they can become regular members, as above, and thus acquire the right to vote and be elected.

C. Honorary members shall be:

The General Assembly of the members of PEV may declare as honorary members of the Association persons who offer or have offered distinguished services in realizing the objectives of the Association. These members are purely honorary and do not have the right to vote or be elected. They are exempted from paying a subscription fee.

ORGANS OF THE ASSOCIATION

  1. The General Assembly. The General Assembly of members is the supreme and sovereign body of the Association, it exercises the highest level of oversight, and has the final word in every issue undertaken by the Association.
  2. The Board of Directors. The Association is governed by an eleven-member Board of Directors, elected for a two-year term by the General Assembly. The Board of Directors is entrusted with the task of responsibly managing the Association, as per the law and the Association’s charter, and decides on any issue related to the attainment of its objectives, manages the property of the Association, takes every measure to address and resolve various issues concerning the Association, convokes and convenes the General Assembly, executes the decisions of the General Assembly, duly implements the Association’s charter, and sets up special Thematic Committees, upon the recommendation of the competent Sector Committee, with a view to examining and promoting any issue that concerns the Association.
  3. The Election Committee. The Election Committee is entrusted with the task of conducting the appointments in accordance with the Association’s charter and the provisions of the Law, ensuring the observance of order, and deciding on any dispute or objection to the validity of the ongoing appointments.
  4. The Audit Committee. The Audit Committee shall be made up of 3 elected members exercising control over every management act of the Board of Directors, its services, and any other committee or body of the Association.

In addition to the above bodies, the Thematic Committees of PEB are also established under the responsibility of the Board of Directors. The Thematic Committees function as auxiliary governing bodies of the Association, with a recommendatory character, for the consideration and promotion of every issue that concerns the Association. The following Thematic Committees are currently in operation in PEB:

  • Education Committee
  • Health Committee
  • Committee on the Environment and Food
  • Committee on Higher Education and Research

CONTACT US

The Association endeavours to stand by its members on an ongoing basis, while also seeking to respond to the needs of fellow bioscientists and anyone requiring help and information about the biosciences and issues that PEV deals with.

The secretariat of the Panhellenic Association of Bioscientists is open from Monday to Thursday, 17:00 to 20:00. During these hours, you can arrange to visit our offices, at 13 Heyden Street, Athens, or contact us by phone at: Landline: 2105224632 and Mobile: 6971640024.

Note that during the COVID-19 pandemic, the working hours, as above, may not apply, so please call us or send an email before your visit.

At all times you can contact PEB via email: grammateia@gmail.com