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Despina Hatzifotiadou
Physicist, ALICE Outreach Coordinator
ALICE Collaboration Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare - sezione di Bologna, Italy European Organization for Nuclear Research CERN CH-1211 Genève 23 Switzerland

Despina studied physics at the University of Thessaloniki, in Greece.  She obtained her PhD from the same University on a baryonium experiment at LEAR, CERN. After a two-year CERN fellowship with OPAL she remained at CERN working on detector development projects (LAA) and the L3 experiment.  During the last 12 years she has been working for ALICE as a member of the Time Of Flight project, a large MRPC array developed and constructed by her group.  In addition, she is involved with the EEE project, a cosmic ray outreach and research activity involving Italian high schools. She also takes an active part in other outreach activities such as CERN open days and visits of schools and the general public to CERN. Since 2009 she has been the outreach coordinator of ALICE and ALICE's member representative to IPPOG.  She has a special interest in the IPPOG masterclasses, and is involved with the development of exercises with ALICE data and the organisation of masterclasses at CERN.  “Outreach activities are an integral and important part of our work.  It is our duty to tell the public what our research is about; it is also a very rewarding experience when we share our enthusiasm, especially with young children."