Greek Girls Code

Evangelia Balatsou, PhD

Cognitive Neuroscientist


STEM Ambassador


I am a scientist, consultant and advocate for women in STEM, working in the AI Speech Industry. My work focuses on language and communication in all shapes and sizes: human to human, human to computer and computer to human.

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About Me

Short bio

Working in the AI industry has been quite a ride. Creating natural interactions between people and machines is one of the greatest schemes of AI. While my engagement in this field has been ethically rewarding to me, it is the blend of scientific knowledge and the potential for concrete societal value that builds my main daily drive and quenches my thirst for a more humanised AI. 

I currently work as a Conversational AI Expert, reinventing the way voicebots and chatbots are communicating with humans.

I previously worked as a Speech Scientist & Project Manager, where I optimized algorithms and platforms to understand human language better and designed more naturalistic human-computer dialogues. I also coordinated these implementations across multidisciplinary teams in projects in the banking and telecommunications sectors in the EU.

In November 2020 I received a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience from Bangor University, UK. My research focused on the behavioural and electrophysiological underpinnings of single word production. My PhD is available for reading here.

My work has been published in scientific journals (find me on Google scholar), presented in international and European conferences (AMLaP, IWLP,  CoNSALL) and invited talks in Universities across the UK and Germany. I have been an investigator in five scientific laboratories in academic institutions in Greece, the UK and Germany, while I have taught, supervised and mentored in research numerous undergraduate and postgraduate students in Psychology.

Prior to my doctoral research at Bangor University, I obtained a BA in English Language and Literature from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, GR and a MSc in Psychology of Language from the University of Edinburgh, UK.

I am also the founder of Greek Girls Code, a social enterprise aiming to support Greek women’s work and activities in science, research and technology.


what i do: x-y axis


What does brain activity show? Blending human behavioural and neural characteristics with technical expertise into employing various methods to sell a product or service.

Human factors & AI

Multi-disciplinary industrial projects, case management, data visualisation and processing strategies for big data of human factors and automation of processing pipelines.


Latest work

The Oppenheim Lab

The Oppenheim Lab

Our stickiness norms

Our stickiness norms


Recent Interviews

CogniHub Podcast: From Linguistics to AI

The relationship between Linguistics, Neuroscience and AI. How hard is it to transition from a non-STEM education to a career in science? Follow this very interesting discussion here.  

Greek Women in
STEM interview

How is language wired in the human brain? What happens with bilinguals? How can you process language in a computer? I answer these and many more questions in Greek (original) and English (translated) here for the first time!

Neuroscience & Linguistics YouTube

What is a speech scientist? What is a cognitive neuroscientist? What do I do in my everyday life? In this youtube interview I share tips and tricks about my journey in industry and academia.

Lefteris Asks
Science Podcast

How does the human brain work? How does it choose the words to say at any given situation? In this podcast I tried to answer some of these questions.

46 Questions

Fostering a sense of community in the sciences requires a broader representation of the diversity in scientists. Read my answers to the rapid fire 46 questions here.

ResearcHers Code
Twitter Takeover

As I transitioned to the AI industry and finishing my PhD, in this takeover I shared parts of my journey, inspos and tips for young women who started coding.

Want me to speak?

usual topics of my talks

  • Brain & Language

    How is the human brain wired for language? What happens to our minds before we say a single word?


  • Conversational AI

    How to use virtual assistants & speech technologies to understand people’s needs and intentions in user interfaces and human-computer interactions.


  • The electric brain

    The science of brain waves through Electroencephalography (EEG). What EEG activity tells us about the human mind. 


  • Women in STEM & Tech

    As the founder of Greek Girls Code I always aspire to encourage more women to join the sciences in Greece. 


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    Dr. Evangelia Balatsou
    Cognitive Neuroscientist &

    • Location:

      Athens, GR

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      +30 6979063417

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