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Advisory Commitee

The Advisory Committee, which is constituted by decision of the Minister, is independent from the other bodies of the Foundation. The Advisory Committee is of an advisory nature and aims to evaluate the Foundation’s action and to formulate opinions and recommendations to optimize its operation. It examines issues of particular importance or issues of special interest in regard to the operation of the Foundation and the funding of research and innovation.

It consists of eleven (11) members who are internationally acclaimed scientists or come from either domestic or foreign businesses and / or productive organizations.

The members of the Advisory Committee are elected as follows: the National Council for Research and Innovation (NCSI), three (3) months before the end of the term of the members of the Advisory Committee, compiles and submits to the Minister and the Scientific Council a list of twenty two (22) nominees, of which six (6) are also members of the NCSI. From this list, the Minister selects six (6) members, while five (5) members are selected by the Scientific Council. Up to three (3) of the eleven (11) members of the Advisory Committee may at the same time be members of the NCSI. Up to three (3) members of the Advisory Committee are entitled to attend the meetings of the Scientific Committee of H.F.R.I. These members are decided in the constitutional decision of the Advisory Committee. The meetings of the Scientific Council can also be attended by a person designated by the overseeing Minister.

By decision of the Scientific Council and / or the Advisory Committee, it is possible to invite to the Scientific Council’s meetings distinguished scientists either domestic or from abroad. The term of office for the members of the Advisory Committee runs for four years.


Athena Athanasiou

Professor of Social Anthropology, Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences

Athena Athanasiou is Professor of Social Anthropology at the Department of Social Anthropology, at Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, in Athens. She received her Ph.D. at the New School for Social Research (New York), under a Fulbright Fellowship. She did her postdoctoral research at the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women, Brown University. Her research interests include: political theory, theories of culture, gender studies, biopolitics, embodiment, nationalism, memory, temporality. Among her publications are the books: Agonistic Mourning: Political Dissidence and the Women in Black (Edinburgh University Press, 2017); Life at the Limit: Essays on Gender, Body and Biopolitics (Athens, 2007); Crisis as a ‘State of Exception’ (Athens, 2012); and (with Judith Butler) Dispossession: The Performative in the Political (Polity Press, 2013). She has edited and co-edited the collective volumes: Feminist Theory and Cultural Critique (Athens, 2006); Rewriting Difference: Luce Irigaray and ‘the Greeks’ (SUNY Press, 2010); Biosocialities (Athens, 2011); Deconstructing the Empire: Theory and Politics of Postcolonial Studies (Athens, 2016). She has also published work in differences, European Journal of English Studies, Cultural Anthropology, Philosophy and Society, Open Democracy, L’ Internationale, and the collected volumes: Vulnerability in Resistance (ed. Judith Butler, Zeynep Gambetti, and Leticia Sabsay. Duke University Press, 2016), Impulse to Act: A New Anthropology of Resistance and Social Justice (ed. Othon Alexandrakis. Indiana University Press, 2016), and Former West: Art and the Contemporary after 1989 (ed. Maria Hlavajova and Simon Sheikh. MIT Press, 2017). She has been a fellow at the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women, at Brown University, and at the Center for the Study of Social Difference, at Columbia University. She is a member of the editorial advisory board of the journals Critical Times and Feminist Formations. She is a member of the National Commission for Human Rights.




John Vontas

Director Institute Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, FORTH and Prof Agricultural University of Athens

John Vontas obtained his bachelor and PhD (1997) from the Agricultural University of Athens (AUA). Consecutive Marie Curie fellowships took him to Cardiff University (1998-2001), Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (2002) and IMBB-FORTH (2002-2004). He was appointed Lecturer at AUA (2005) and Associate Professor at the University of Crete (2008-2013). He worked at the Innovative Vector Control Consortium (IVCC) (funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation) (2013-14), to develop a framework for funding New Paradigms research, for malaria control. He was appointed Professor and Director of Pharmacology lab at AUA, as well as Group Leader Molecular Entomology at IMBB (2014+), in the frame of the collaboration between the two organizations. He teaches in national and international courses and has supervised >20 PhD thesis. His research explores biotechnology based approaches for insect control and discovery of insecticide targets – his group is one of the biggest in Europe, in this field. He has published many papers in prestigious journals and gave a number of invited talks worldwide. He is Academic Editor and Editorial Board member in several international journals and has organized many conferences and symposia. He participates in many international scientific panels and boards worldwide. His research has received funds from a range of organizations, including EU and Industry. He has been member of the, Sectorial Scientific Council Bioscience (GSRT, 2018-2020) and the Advisory Board of the Hellenic Foundation for Research and Innovation (2017-today).



Basil C. Gounaris

Professor of Modern History, Dept. of History & Archaeology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Basil C. Gounaris is Professor of Modern History (2009), Director of the Laboratory for the Auxiliary Sciences of History (2018) and Deputy Chair (2017) at the Dept. of History and Archaeology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH). He holds a BA (1983) in History and an MA (1985) in Modern and Medieval I History from AUTH and a DPhil (1988) from Oxford University (St Antony’s College), where he studied on a scholarship by the Ismene Fitch Charitable Trust (1985-88). From 1990 to 2001 he was the Director of the Centre for Macedonian History & Documentation in Thessaloniki (Museum of the Macedonian Struggle). From 2000 to 2005 he taught Social and Economic History as Associate Professor at the Department for Balkan Studies (University of Western Macedonia). In 2009-10 he was Visiting Professor at King’s College, University of London and in 2013 Senior Visiting Scholar (Onassis Foundation USA) at Yale, Princeton, Columbia, George Washington and York (Canada). From 2011 to 2015 he was the Dean of Humanities and member of the Governing Board at the International Hellenic University in Thessaloniki. Since 2012 he is a member of the AUTH Quality Assurance Unit and Counselor of Education at the Hellenic Open University, since 2014 full member (2018 Deputy Chair) of the Sectorial Scientific Council (Arts and Humanities) of the National Council for Research and Innovation. He is also member of the editorial board of the journals: Clio (2004-), Journal of Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies (2009-13), Südost-Forschungen (2015-). Two of his monographs have been awarded by the Academy of Athens.


Othon Iliopoulos

Clinical Director, von Hippel-Lindau Disease/Familial Renal Cell Cancer Program, Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center.Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Professor Othon Iliopoulos graduated from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens Medical School. He completed a Residency and Chief Residency at the University of Wisconsin Medical School and a fellowship in Medical Oncology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School. He is Board certified in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology. He currently holds the position of Associate Professor of Medicine and attending oncologist at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center. Dr. Iliopoulos is a physician scientist. His laboratory has a longstanding interest in identifying and validating molecular targets for cancer treatment. He is member of several leadership committees in Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center and has a longstanding experience in medical education and basic research policies.




Dr. Dimitris C. Lagoudas

Associate Vice Chancellor and Senior Associate Dean for Engineering Research; Deputy Director, Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) Distinguished University Professor, Texas A&M University

Dimitris  C.  Lagoudas  received  his  Diploma  in  Mechanical  Engineering  from Aristotle  University  of  Thessaloniki  (1982),  Greece,  his  Ph.D.  in  Applied Mathematics from Lehigh University (1986), USA, and he did his postdoctoral studies  at  Cornell  University,  USA,  and  Max‐Planck  Institute,  Germany. Currently, he serves as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Engineering Research for the Texas A&M University System and as the Deputy Director of Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES), a Texas State Agency under the Texas A&M University System. He is also the Senior Associate Dean for Research for the College of Engineering and a Distinguished University Professor at Texas A&M University. He served as Department Head of Aerospace Engineering, the inaugural  Chair  of  the Materials Science and Engineering graduate  program and also as an Associate Vice President for Research at Texas A&M University. He also directed two TEES research centers, one on composite materials and the second one on multifunctional materials and structures. He has taught at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA and spent time at the Beckman Institute, University of Illinois, Urbana‐Champaign, USA, University of Texas at Austin, USA,  Rice  University,  USA  and Arts  et Mėtiers  ParisTech,  France.  Lagoudas’ research  focuses  on  the  design,  characterization  and  modeling  of multifunctional material systems at nano, micro and macro levels. His research team is one of the most recognized internationally in the area of modeling and characterization of shape memory alloys. He has co‐authored more than 500 scientific publications in archival journals and conference proceedings and one of the widely used books on shape memory alloys. His research work has cited over 17,000 (h‐index: 67). He received the 2006 ASME Adaptive Structures and Material Systems Prize and he is the 2011 recipient of the SPIE Smart Structure and  Materials  Lifetime  Achievement  Award.  He  is  a  Fellow  of  American Institute  of  Aeronautics  and  Astronautics  (AIAA),  American  Society  of Mechanical  Engineers  (ASME),  Institute  of  Physics  (IOP)  and  Society  of Engineering Science (SES) and was named a University Distinguished Professor at Texas A&M University in 2013.



Sofia Lambropoulou

Professor of Mathematics at the School of Applied Mathematical and Physical Sciences of the N.T.U.A., Vice-chair of the Senate Committee of Basic Research of the N.T.U.A., Vice-chair of the Sectorial Scientific Council of Natural Sciences and Mathematics of the National Council for Research, Technology and Innovation, director of the Postgraduate Program `Mathematical Modeling in Modern Technologies and Financial Engineeringof the N.T.U.A.


Sofia Lambropoulou (http://www.math.ntua.gr/~sofia/) received the Bachelor Degree in Mathematics from the University of Athens. She then studied for the M.Sc. and read for the Ph.D. in Mathematics at the U. Warwick, with scholarships from the Onassis Foundation and the Greek State Scholarship Foundation, followed by a post-doc at the U. Cambridge, U.K., as an E.U. fellow. She has worked at the U. Göttingen, Germany, and the U. Caen, France. Since 2000 she has been, first as Assoc. Professor and then as Full Professor, with the faculty of the Mathematics Department of the School of Applied Mathematical and Physical Sciences, N.T.U.A., whose direction she was charged with in the last 2 years. Her research interests lie in Topology, Algebra and Combinatorics, in particular in Low-dimensional Topology, Knot and Braid Theory, and in applications in Biology, Physics and Chemistry. She has (co-)authored 55 research papers and has been the Scientific Administrator of many grants, including the research project of excellency Thales `Algebraic Modeling of Topological and Computational Structures and Applications’. Advisor of 8 PhD’s and 6 Post-docs and member of the editorial board or academic editor of 3 journals and co-editor of several special issues and volumes. She has realized numerous research visits and has participated in numerous conferences all over the world. (Co-)organizer of several meetings, including the recent landmark events `Knots in Hellas 2016’ at the International Olympic Academy and the `First Congress of Greek Mathematicians’ in 2018 (as member of the Central Organizing Committee). Recently she has been honored with representing Greece in the exhibition `Women of mathematics throughout Europe’. She is the director of the Postgraduate Program `Mathematical Modeling in Modern Technologies and Financial Engineering’. Finally, she has been appointed Vice-chair of the Senate Committee of Basic Research of the N.T.U.A. and Vice-chair of the Sectorial Scientific Council of Natural Sciences and Mathematics of the National Council for Research, Technology and Innovation.


Michalis Spourdalakis

Prof. of Political Sociology, Dean School of Economics and Politics, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens


Michalis Spourdalakis, has been teaching political sociology as Professor in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration, at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, since 1991.  Since April 2014 he is also the Dean of the School of Economics and Politics.  He has also served as director at the Laboratory of Political Communication and Media Information.  Before assuming his current position at the University of Athens, he was Assistant Professor at Bishop’s University, Lennoxville, Quebec, Canada; a Post-Doctoral Fellow of the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC); and a Researcher at the National Center of Social Research, in Athens.  Professor Spourdalakis holds an undergraduate Degree from the University of Athens; a B.A.(Honors) from Lakehead University, Canada; an M.A. form University of Manitoba; and a Ph.D. from Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. Professor Spourdalakis has published in the field of political sociology in both English and Greek, and part of his work has been translated into Spanish, French, German, Corean and Chinese.  His books and articles have elaborated themes on political representation with an emphasis on political parties’ relation to society, culture and the state; on local and regional administration and development; on the welfare state and collective consumption; and on Greek political institutions and policies since 1974.  Michalis Spourdalakis has been regular contributor to Workshops of the Institut de Ciencies Politiques i Socials, Barcelona, Spain; Chair of the Hellenic Political Science Association, he is also a member of the Editorial Secretariat of the Greek Political Science Review and a corresponding editor of Socialist Register (London, Merlin Press).  He is member of the Secretariat of Nicos Poulantzas Institute, of the Executive of the Foundation of the Greek Parliament for Parliamentarism and Democracy and member of the Board of the Hellenic Foundation for Culture.



Athanasios Stubos 

Director of the Institute of Nuclear and Radiological Sciences and Technology, Energy and Safety, NCSR “Demokritos”, Vice President of the Sectorial Scientific Council in Energy.

Dr Athanasios Stubos is Research Director, Head of the Environmental Research Laboratory and Director of the Institute of Nuclear & Radiological Sciences & Technology, Energy & Safety, at the National Research Center Demokritos, Athens, Greece. He has studied Chemical Engineering at the National Technical University of Athens and holds MSc and doctoral degrees in Fluid Dynamics from the Von Karman Institute, Belgium. His main research interests include Hydrogen Technologies, Environmental Fluid Mechanics, Transport Phenomena in Porous Media, Energy Processes and Environmental Impact. He has co-authored 175 publications in international refereed Journals, 25 chapters in books and more than 200 presentations in international Conferences. He has supervised several post-graduate students and post-doctoral researchers and has acted as invited expert evaluator for R&D programs in USA (DoE), European Commission, France, Italy, Greece, Cyprus, etc. He was also project coordinator for various European and National R&D projects, and performed industrial R&D in USA and Europe. At present he is the Greek delegate in the States Representatives Group of the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) of the EC.




Nektarios Tavernarakis

Chairman of the Board of Directors, Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas (FORTH). Research Director, Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, FORTH. Professor of Molecular Systems Biology, Medical School, University of Crete. Chairman, Greek National Life Sciences Council.

Nektarios Tavernarakis is the Chairman of the Board of Directors at the Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas (FORTH), Research Director at the Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (IMBB), and Professor of Molecular Systems Biology at the Medical School of the University of Crete, in Heraklion, Greece. He is the Director of the Graduate Program on BioInformatics at the Medical School of the University of Crete, and is also heading the Neurogenetics and Ageing laboratory of IMBB. He is an elected member of the Scientific Council of the European Research Council (ERC), the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO), the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, and Academia Europaea. He has also served as the Director of the Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology. He earned his Ph.D. degree at the University of Crete, and trained as a postdoctoral researcher at Rutgers University in New Jersey, USA. His research focuses on the molecular mechanisms of necrotic cell death and neurodegeneration, the interplay between cellular metabolism and ageing, the mechanisms of sensory transduction and integration by the nervous system, and the development of novel genetic tools for biomedical research. He has published more than 280 scientific papers, with many in top-tier, cross-discipline journals, as well as, numerous invited book chapters and miscellaneous publications, including editorials and commentaries in international scientific journals, and several science popularizing articles. He is the holder of 3 patents. His work has been cited more than 21,000 times by others and his h-index is 58 (source: Google Scholar). He has received several notable scientific prizes, including two ERC Advanced Investigator Grants, and an innovation-supporting ERC Proof of Concept Grant. He is one of the first in Europe, and the only one in Greece, to have been awarded this highly competitive and prestigious grant twice. He is also the recipient of the EMBO Young Investigator award, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel research award, the Bodossaki Foundation Scientific Prize for Medicine and Biology, the Empeirikeion Foundation Academic Excellence Prize, the Research Excellence award of the Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas, the BioMedical Research Award of the Academy of Athens, the Galien Scientific Research Award, the Helmholtz International Fellow Award, the International Human Frontier in Science Program Organization (HFSPO) long-term Postdoctoral Fellowship, the Honorary Education Business Award, and the Dr. Frederick Valergakis Post-Graduate Research Grant Program Academic Achievement Award of the Hellenic University Club of New York.
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Dimitrios Charalambidis

Professor of Physics 

Ph. D. in Physics, University of Freiburg, FRG

PUBLICATIONS IN REFEREED JOURNALS: 109 (11 PR., 1 Nature, 3 Nat. Phys.) Source: Web of Science

CITATIONS:  ~ 2000 (without self-citations), h-factor: 26 Source: Web of Science


RESEARCH INTERSTS: Attosecond science; AMO-Physics; Atomic/Molecular Spectroscopy; Atoms in strong electromagnetic fields; Laser-surfaceinteractions; Coherent XUV and x-ray sources; Coherent phenomena; Ultrafast Dynamics; Laser based material characterization.

EDUCATIONAL/TRAINING & OUTCOME: Supervision of ~40 postgraduate, PhD students and post-doctoral fellows. Carriers of several of them: 6 permanent faculty members (abroad), 2 permanent faculty members (Greece), 3 non-tenure faculty members, 5 company business executives (abroad and Greece).

BOARD MEMBER (past and current)

–     ERC Starting Grants Panel PE2 – Fundamental constituents of matter

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics Division (AMPD) of the EPS
  • Board of Editors of thePhys. J. D
  • Chief Scientific Advisor of ELI-ALPS
  • Scientific Advisory Committee of ELI-ALPS
  • National delegate of the Steering Committee of the European -XFEL
  • Scientific Advisory Committee of the European -XFEL
  • National delegate of the Analytical Research Infrastructure of ESFRI
  • Director of the postgraduate program on Micro- and Opto-electronics, Univ. of Crete
  • Chair of the Sectoral Scientific Council for Physical Sciences of Greece
  • Member of the Advisory Board of H.F.R.I


~30 projects, ~10 Million Euro (Budget of IESL and Univ. of Crete) in total



Nikos Hadjichristidis 

 Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, Physical sciences and Engineering Division, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia;  Professor Emeritus, Department of Chemistry, University of Athens; President of the National Council of Research and Innovation.

Nikos Hadjichristidis is Professor Emeritus at the University of Athens, Greece, since 2010 and Distinguished Professor of Chemical Sciences at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia, since 2011. He was the Director of the Industrial Chemistry Laboratory (1994-2010) and for many years Chairman of the Chemistry Department at the University of Athens. His research focuses mainly on the synthesis of novel homopolymers and copolymers with well-defined complex macromolecular architectures, by using anionic polymerization high vacuum techniques, as well as combinations of anionic polymerization with other polymerization methodologies (C1 polymerization or polyhomologation; C3 polymerization; ring-opening polymerization, ROP; ring-opening metathesis polymerization, ROMP; atom transfer radical polymerization, ATRP; etc). These polymers are ideal models for checking the theory, understanding and improving the performance of industrial polymers and are potential candidates for high-tech applications. He has received several awards including: The Macro Group United Kingdom –Royal Society of Chemistry Medal for Outstanding Achievements (2016); the ACS National Award for Polymer Chemistry (2015); the ACS, Rubber Division Chemistry of Thermoplastic Elastomers Award (2011); The ACS, Polymeric Materials Science and Engineering (PMSE) Division Cooperative Research Award (2010); The International Award of the Society of Polymer Science, Japan (SPSJ, 2007). He has published more than 500 scientific papers in refereed scientific journals, 25 patents, is the editor of four books and author of one book on “Block Copolymers” (Wiley 2003).





Former members of Advisory Commitee

Theodore Papazoglou

Head of Unit: Support to the Scientific Council European Research Council Executive Agency (ERCEA)

Theodore Papazoglou graduated with honors from the Physics Department of the University of Crete in 1985 and followed his post-graduate studies at the University of Southern California (PhD in Biomedical Engineering). After his post-doctoral training at the Laser Research Laboratory, Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, he worked in FO.R.T.H-IESL. He lectured in parallel at the University of Crete (undergraduate laser and Medical Physics courses, supervising 6 doctoral, 4 master’s students in their respective theses and guiding several undergraduate students during their diploma project). He was elected at a tenure-track position at and in he attained his tenure in 1999. During the same period he served as technical manager of the UV Laser Facility at FO.R.T.H. He has published over 70 articles in international peer-reviewed, 2 patents and 3 chapters in books. He has also co-edited 4 books of proceedings of international conferences and had over 60 presentations in international conferences, including 13 invited scientific talks. His research work attracted ca. € 1.5 M in competitive research grants over the period 1992-2003. In 2001 he was seconded to the European Commission and worked at the Marie Curie Fellowships program as scientific officer. He was then recruited and served in several posts including as assistant to the Director General, RTD. In 2006-2007 he was involved in the preparatory work for the creation of the European Research Council (ERC) and had supported the ERC Scientific Council in the establishment of the ERC annual work. In 2011 he was appointed as Head of Unit for the Support of the ERC Scientific Council.