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.
The mission of the Panhellenic Association of Bioscientists is:
- 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.
- To protect and enhance the financial and professional interests of its members.
- To develop a spirit of cooperation and solidarity among its members.
- 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:
- 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.
- By examining the problems that members of the Association may face, as they are part of the general problems facing workers in general.
- By cooperating with other scientific and professional associations in seeking to break down interdisciplinary barriers and promote common goals.
- 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.
- 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.
- By presenting and submitting proposals to competent bodies, with a view to serving the interests of the members of the Association.
- By setting up committees that have the right to report to the governing bodies of the Association.