Dr Nicky Athanassopoulou

Head of Solution Development

Nicky is a Senior Industrial Fellow at IfM Education and Consultancy Services (IfM ECS). She is responsible for developing custom-designed services to support the strategy and innovation activities of companies of all sizes.

She has worked with many organisations across different sectors, including engineering, oil and gas, food, defence, software and telecoms. She has helped numerous companies to develop their strategy, innovation, technology and product-development processes. She has also managed and participated in several European consortia to develop strategic research and technology roadmaps to facilitate the commercialisation of novel technologies and new engineering approaches.


Some examples of projects Nicky has led are here:
Develop a sector strategy 
Develop a research strategy aligned with industrial needs 
Develop a strategic research and technology roadmap for ICT in manufacturing in Europe
Helping SMEs grow and become more sustainable

Nicky is an experienced facilitator, and she has co-developed, co-authored and delivered tools and methodologies in innovation strategy, roadmapping, creativity, portfolio and project selection.

Prior to joining IfM ECS, Nicky spent 12 years working in high-tech companies in Cambridge, UK, in diverse high technology areas such as optical bio-sensing and organic electronics. She commercially managed two product lines, generated and delivered several commercial contracts and organised and managed large training courses as part of technology-transfer activities.

Nicky has a BSc in Physics from Athens University and an MPhil and PhD in Solid State Physics from the University of Cambridge. She holds a CMI Level 5 Award in Management Coaching and Mentoring and is a qualified PRINCE2 project manager.


Recent publications


A scoring method for prioritizing and selecting innovation projects

Rick Mitchell, Rob Phaal, Nikoletta Athanassopoulou

Proceedings of the Portland International Conference on Management of Engineering and Technology (PICMET), Kanazawa, 27-31 July


Light-Weighting Innovation Strategy: A Roadmap-Portfolio Toolkit

Clare Farrukh, Clive Kerr, Rob Phaal, Nicky Athanassopoulou, Michèle Routley

Proceedings of the Portland International Conference on Management of Engineering and Technology (PICMET), Kanazawa, 27-31 July



Developing a vision for multi-site manufacturing system of systems

Ursula Rauschecker, Simon Ford, Nikoletta Athanassopoulou

5th International Conference on Agile, Reconfigurable and Virtual Production (CARV 2013) - Munich, Germany, October 6th-9th, 2013, pp 79-84, ISBN 978-3-319-02053-2, Springer International Publishing (2014)


Mapping experience in organizations: a learning process for strategic technology planning

Michèle Routley, Robert Phaal, Nikoletta Athanassopoulou and David Probert

Engineering Management Journal of the American Society for Engineering Management Journal, Vol. 25 No. 1, page 35-47 (2013)



Charting exploitation strategies for early stage technology

Robert Phaal, Michèle Routley, Nicky Athanassopoulou and David Probert

RES TECHNOL MANAGE, 55 (2). March-April, pp. 34-42. ISSN 0895-6308 (2012)


System-of-system Approaches and Challenges for Multi-Site Manufacturing

Simon Ford, Ursula Rauschecker, Nikoletta Athanassopoulou

IEEE 7th International Conference on System of Systems Engineering (2012)



Tools to Assist with Navigating Industrial Emergence

Michèle Routley, Robert Phaal, Simon Ford, Eoin O’Sullivan, Nikoletta Athanassopoulou, David Probert

Proceedings of the 5th European Conference on Management of Technology (EuroMOT),Tampere, Finland, 18-20 September, pp. 404-419



Improving the light extraction efficiency of polymer LEDs using microcavities and photonic crystals

Adawi, A.M., Roberts, M., Connolly, L.G., Kullock, R., Turner, J.L., Smith, E., Foden, C., Qureshi, F., Athanassopoulou, N, Whittaker DM, Lidzey

DG Organic Light Emitting Materials and Devices XI, ed by Kafafi, Zakya H., proceedings of the SPIE, Vol. 6655, (2007)



Improving the light extraction efficiency of polymeric light emitting diodes using two-dimensional photonic crystals

A.M. Adawi, R. Kullock, J. L. Turner, C. Vasilev and D. G. Lidzey, A. Tahraoui, D. Gibson, E. Smith, C. Foden, M. Roberts, F. Qureshi, C. Hilsum and N. Athanassopoulou

Organic Electronics Vol. 7, pp. 222-228, (2006) pp. 665510, (2007)


Improving the light extraction efficiency of red-emitting conjugated polymer light emitting diodes

Adawi AM, Connolly LG, Whittaker DM, Lidzey DG, Smith E, Roberts M, Qureshi F, Foden C, Athanassopoulou N

J. Appl. Phys. Vol.  99, pp. 054505, (2006)


A 14.1-in. Full-Color Polymer-LED Display with a-Si TFT Backplane by Ink-Jet Printing

Jungsoo Rhee, Jianpu Wang, Soonwook Cha, Jinkoo Chung, Dongwon Lee, Sangmi Hong, Beomrak Choi, Joonchul Goh, Kwangchul Jung, Sungmin Kim, Chunseok Ko, Byungsik Koh, Siduk Sung, Kyoungtae Park, Namdeog Kim, Kyuha Chung, Haydn Gregory, Mark Bale, Colin Creighton, Barry Wild, Andrew Shawcross, Laura Webb, Marie Hatcher, Russell Lees, Martin Richardson, Owen Bassett, Stephen Coats, Jan Jongman, Simon Goddard, Peter Lyon, Craig Murphy, Paul Wallace, Julian Carter, Nicky Athanassopoulou

SID 06 DIGEST  pp. 895, (2006)



Latest development trend of organic EL display. From Laboratory to Market – Commercialisation of organic EL/Light emission polymer technology

N. Athanassopoulou and J. Burroughes

Electronic Parts and Materials, Vol 42, pp. 40-44, (2003)



Light emitting polymers for full colour display applications

S.K. Heeks, J.H. Burroughes, C. Towns, S. Cina, N. Baynes, N. Athanassopoulou, J.C. Carter, S. Miyashita

J. Soc. Inform. Disp. 10/2, pp. 139, (2002)



Color patterning with inkjet printing for passive-matrix light emitting polymer displays

E.I. Haskal, M. Büchel, A. Sempel, S.K. Heeks, N. Athanassopoulou, J.C. Carter, W. Wu, J. O’Brien, M. Fleuster, and R.-J. Visser

Proc. Asia Display / IDW, Nagoya, (Society for Information Display, San Jose, 2001) pp. 1411, (2001)


New efficient light-emitting polymer diode for flat-panel display applications

S. Cina, N. Baynes, E. Moons, R.H. Friend, J. Burroughes, C. Towns, K. Heeks, R. O’Dell, S. O Connor, N. Athanassopoulou

Proc. SPIE 4279, pp. 221, (2001) Awarded Best Paper by SPIE



Enhanced visibility grating waveguide biosensor

N.M. Lyndin, V.A. Sychugov, A.V. Tishchenko, O. Parriaux, N. Athanassopoulou, P. Edwards, C. Maule, J. Molloy

Proceedings of 5th European Conference on Optical Chemical Sensors and Biosensors EUROPT®ODE V, vol. 63, Elsevier, Lyon, France, ed., 2000.



Optical biosensors tackle the problem of drug abuse

N Athanassopoulou and CH Maule

Physics World Feb 1999, pp. 19


Cholera toxin and GM1:  a model membrane study with IAsys

Athanassopoulou N, Davies RJ, Edwards PR, Yeung D, Maule CH

Biochem Soc Trans  Feb 27 (2): pp.340-3, (1999)



High-resolution X-ray diffraction analysis of magnetically aligned high-Tc superconducting ceramics

J. Chrosch, C. Panagopoulos, N. Athanassopoulou, J. R. Cooper, and E. K. H. Salje

Physica C 265, pp.233-242, (1996)


Effects of Zn doping on the anisotropic penetration depth of YBa2Cu3O7

C. Panagopoulos, J. R. Cooper, N. Athanassopoulou, and J. Chrosch

Phys. Rev. B 54, R12, pp.721, (1996)


Surface-quality dependence of the low temperature magnetisation of YBa2Cu3O7

C. Panagopoulos, W. Zhou, N. Athanassopoulou, J.R. Cooper

Physica C 269, pp.157-162, (1996)


Specific heat and susceptibility determination of the pseudogap in YBCO

W.Y. Liang, J.W. Loram, K.A. Mirza, N. Athanassopoulou, J.R. Cooper

Physica C 263, pp. 277-281, (1996)


Thermodynamic Evidence on the Superconducting and Normal State Energy Gaps in La2-xSrxCuO4

Loram, J. W., Mirza, K. A., Cooper, J. R., Athanassopoulou, N. & Liang, W. Y.

Proc. 10th HTS Anniversary Workshop on Physics, Materials and Applications (eds Batlogg, B., Chu, C.W., Chu W. K., Gubser, D. U. & Muller, K. A.) pp. 341 (World Scientific, Singapore, 1996).


Temperature-dependent anisotropic magnetic penetration depth of oxygen-depleted YBa2Cu3O7 N. Athanassopoulou , J.R. Cooper

Physica C 259, pp. 326-336, (1996)



A Thermodynamic Investigation of the Normal State Spectrum of YBa2Cu3O6+x

J. W. Loram, K. A. Mirza, J. M. Wade, J. R. Cooper, N. Athanassopoulou, and W. Y. Liang

Advances in Superconductivity VII, Proceedings of the 7th International Symposium on Superconductivity (ISS ’94) Kitakyushu, Japan, edited by K. Yamafuji and T. Morishita  (Springer-Verlag, Tokyo, 1995), pp. 75–80



Magnetoresistance and dc magnetic susceptibility of Y0.9Ca0.1Ba2Cu3O7-

J W Radcliffe, N Athanassopoulou, J M Wade, J R Cooper, J L Tallon and J W Loram

Physica C 235-240, pp.1415-1416, (1994)



Cu NMR and NQR study of impurity-doped YBa2Cu3O7

K. Ishida, Y. Kitaoka, N. Ogata, T. Kamino, K. Asayama, J.R. Cooper and N. Athanassopoulou

Physica B 186-188, pp. 1015-1017, (1993)


Cu NMR and NQR Studies of Impurities-Doped YBa2(Cu1-x Mx)3O7 (M=Zn and Ni)

Kenji Ishida, Yoshio Kitaoka, Nobuhito Ogata, Takeshi Kamino, Kunisuke Asayama, J.R. Cooper and N. Athanassopoulou

Journal of the Physical Society of Japan, Vol 62, No 8, pp. 2803-2818, (1993)

JPS 1st Award for OUTSTANDING paper

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