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Xenia Chryssochoou

Xenia Chryssochoou is a graduate of the University of Athens and a Doctor at the Rene Descartes-Paris-V University (France) and has worked in various universities in France, Switzerland and the United Kingdom before returning to Greece in 2004. She is currently a Professor of Social and Political Psychology at Panteion University. She is interested in the sociopsychological dimensions of identity and how it is constructed in liberal societies, and in issues of multiculturalism and political participation. She has written scientific articles and books, has conducted volumes and special issues and researches on these topics. She is a member of many international scientific societies and was a member of the Board of Directors and Secretary of the European Association of Social Psychology. She is President of the Scientific Council of H.F.R.I.


Constantinos Charitidis

Constantinos Charitidis is a Professor at the School of Chemical Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens since 2006. He is the founder and head of the “Laboratory of Advanced, Composites, Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology” and a collaborating faculty member of the NCSR “Democritos”. He has over 25 years of research experience in the fields of Materials Science and Nanotechnology, in Research Ethics and Integrity, and has been involved in over 70 projects, mainly funded by the European Commission. He has a total of 180 publications, resulting to approximately 5,262 citations (H-index = 39, Google Scholar). He is the author or publisher of 32 books. He has been an invited speaker to more than 110 International Conferences and is a member of the Editorial Board of 10 international journals. He participates in many major research panels of the EU DG Research (INFRAIA, Marie-Curie, ERC-Ethics among others) and has served as an Expert, Vice-Chair and Independent Observer on multiple program review committees. He has been the President and Organizer of 8 international conferences/workshops and summer schools.


Constantine Galiotis

Constantine Galiotis is a Professor at the University of Patras (since 2002) and a collaborating member of the Board of Directors of FORTH/ICE-HT, where he served as Director for a 7-year period (2007-2013). He was a Faculty member of the University of London (Queen Mary and Imperial Colleges) from 1986 to 1997. He has 40 years of research experience in the fields of materials science and technology, and has attracted projects with an estimated value upwards of 13 million Euros. He has published a total of 300 papers, which correspond to about 11,000 reports (H-index = 44, Google Scholar). He has been an invited speaker in more than 40 International Conferences, and he is Editor-in-Chief of the international magazines “Graphene Technology” (Springer-Nature) and “Advanced Composites Letters” and a member of the Editorial Board of “Scientific Reports” (Nature). He participates in all the major research panels of EU Research DG (ERC-Engineering, INFRAIA, Teaming, Marie-Curie, etc.) and has served as Expert, Vice-Chair and Independent Observer in program crises committees. He is the head of the National Delegation at the NMBP Committee of Horizon 2020. He is a founding member of the Graphene Flagship and a member of the Executive Board of the Network. He has been president and organizer of international conferences / workshops and summer schools such as “Industrial Technologies 2014”, “GrapHEL (2012)”, “NANOCONF (2007)”, “ECCM 11 (2004)” and “Graphene Week 2017”.


Emmanouil Kakaras

Professor Emmanouil Kakaras has been Vice President and Head of Research & Development at Mitsubishi Power Europe Ltd. since September 2012. His current R&D activities mainly focus on flexible operation of thermal plants, on fuel cells and electrolysers, the development of large-scale energy storage and the utilization of CO2. Since January 1st 2018, he serves as Senior Vice President for Energy Solution and New Products. Born in 1962, Mr. Kakaras first got his diploma in Mechanical Engineering at the National Technical University in Athens (NTUA), and then proceeded to get his PhD at the NTUA and at the Technical University Braunschweig in Germany. He continued his academic career in 1991 as a professor at the NTUA until 2012, when he left on a sabbatical leave. Since 2014 until today, he serves on a part-time basis at the NTUA. He has also been guest lecturer at the Universities of Warsaw and Tokyo. From 1999 to 2018, he has been the Director of the Centre of Research and Technology Hellas/Chemical Process and Energy Resources Institute (CERTH/CPERI). Next to his involvement in academia and research, Emmanouil Kakaras was professionally active as an advisor of the European Commission and he has been appointed Executive Director of the Hellenic Association of Independent Power Producers from 2010 till 2012.  Emmanouil Kakaras also has a keen interest in European affairs. From January 2013 to January 2018, he was President of the European Power Plant Suppliers Association (EPPSA) and he is member of the Board of Directors of EU Turbines. He represents Mitsubishi Heavy Industries at the Hydrogen Council and other Hydrogen-related initiatives.

Evangelos Markatos

Evangelos Markatos is a professor of Computer Science at the University of Crete. He received his diploma in Computer Engineering from the University of Patras and the MSc and PhD in Computer Science from the University of Rochester. He is the founding head of the Distributed Computing Systems and Cybersecurity Lab at FORTH-ICS where he conducts research in the broader area of computer systems with a special emphasis in Network Security and Privacy. He has been a member (i) of the permanent stakeholders group of ENISA (European Network and Information Security Agency) and (ii) of the Academic Advisory Network of Europol’s EC3 (European Cybercrime Center). He is currently a member of the Partneship Board of ECSO: the European Cyber Security Organization. He has served (i) as the founding coordinator of SysSec: The European Network of Excellence in Threats and Vulnerabilities for the Future Internet, consisting of 8 partners and more than 70 associated partners funded in part by the European Commission, (ii) as the coordinator of the NoAH project which installed one of the largest academic Network of honeypots in Europe, and (iii) as the founding member of SENTER: The European Network of the National Centers of Excellence in Cybercrime Research Training and Education. Prof. Markatos has co-authored more than 150 publications in top conferences and journals including ACM SOSP, IEEE HPCA, ACM/IEEE ToN, IEEE JSAC, USENIX Security, INFOCOM, etc. According to Google Scholar his work has received close to 8,000 citations with an h-index of 47.

Stylianos Neophytides

Stylianos Neophytides is Director of Research at the Institute of Chemical Engineering Scienses (FORTH/ICEHT) leading the laboratory of electrochemical processes at FORTH/ICEHT. He got his degree (1981-1985) and PhD (1985-1988) in chemical Engineering from the University of Patras. He was a researcher at the department of chemical engineering University of Ghent Belgium (1988-1991). He has 35 years of research experience in the area of electrochemistry and electrochemical engineering with competence in fuel cells and electrochemical water splitting for H2 production. He has published more than 190 papers, chapters in books and patents that received 4500 citations with h-index 38. His research activity has attracted around 7 million Euros mainly from European and international projects who has coordinate the majority of these. He was the co-founder and president of ADVENT Technologies, which is active in producing advanced materials and fuel cells.


George-John NYCHAS

George- John Nychas is Professor in Food Microbiology in the Dept of Food Science & Human Nutrition of Agricultural University of Athens (Greece). The last 28 years coordinated 6 European Projects and participated in more than 35 EU projects (budget >12 M €). Through these projects, the team of Prof. G-J., Nychas has acquired extensive experience on; (a) on food safety – risk analysis (b) implementation of Process Analytical Technology (PAT) and Internet of Things (foods) in the food industry via the introduction and utilization of sensors (nondestructive non- invasive) and Data Science.  So far (April 2021), he has published 288 papers with ca. 15000 citations and h=71 [Scopus]. Currently, he is (i) Chairman of food safety group of European Technological platform food for life  (ii) member of the pool of scientific advisors on risk assessment for DG SANCO, (iii) member of the Hellenic Agricultural Academy and (iv) member of the Hellenic Authority for Higher Education,   while he served as (a) co-chair (2008-2010) in the Professional Development Group of “Microbial Modeling and Risk Analysis” of International Association for Food Protection (IAFP), (b) member of the Biohazard panel of EFSA (c) the Advisory Forum of EFSA (d) external expertise to the European Parliament and (e) President of the Greek Food Authority. Recently (Nov 2018) he was listed among the top 1% of highly cited researhers in the field of Agriculture Science (Web of Knowledge – Clarivate), while he was awarded the Degree of Doctor of Science (DSc, University of Bath, UK) and the International Leadership Award from the IAFP (USA). Finally, more than fifteen (15) of his Ph.D. students have been employed as professors (5) and senior researchers in national and international universities and research institutes.

Antonios Rengakos

Antonios Rengakos studied classics at the University of Freiburg (B.A. 1979, Ph.D. 1982). He has taught at the Universities of Vienna (1994-1995), Freiburg (1991-1997). In 1997 he was appointed Professor of Ancient Greek Philology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. His research interests include Homer, historiography and Hellenistic poetry. He is also co-editor (with F. Montanari) of the series Τrends in Classics Supplementary Volumes and the journal Trends in Classics (Berlin, Walter de Gruyter), and member of the scientific board of the journals Wiener Studien, Eikasmos. Since 2006 he is Director of the Linguistics Department of the Centre for the Greek Language in Thessaloniki. In 2011 he became a full member of the Academy of Athens (Chair: Ancient Greek Philology). In October 2016 he was elected corresponding member of the Heidelberg Academy of Science (Philosophical-Historical Section). He is a member of the Board of the Cultural Foundation of the National Bank of Greece (MIET).



Former members of Scientific Council


Costantinos Biliaderis

Costantinos Biliaderis is a Professor in the Department of Food Science and Technology, Faculty of Agriculture, Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece. He was member of faculty or affiliated professor/researcher in Canadian universities and research centers (Univ. of Saskatchewan, Univ. of Guelph, National Research Council of Canada), and a visiting Professor with the Cyprus University of Technology. His scientific work focuses on the interactions of food constituents and their functionality (technological and health effects). He was a member of the National Research Council of Canada, President of the American Association of Cereal Chemists in Canada, member of the scientific council of EFET and of the scientific council of the National Agricultural Research Foundation, and is a full member of the Hellenic Agricultural Academy. He has worked in the food industry as a consultant on issues regarding food quality and in manufacturing new products. He is (co) editor of the scientific book “Functional Food Carbohydrates” and (co) writer of many research papers in international journals and chapters in scientific books (> 200 papers, citations> 10000, h-index: 61). He is a member of the Highly Cited Researchers team (ISI – Thomson Scientific) and has been honored by academic and research institutions abroad.


Ioannis Emiris 

Ioannis Emiris is Professor of Theoretical Computer Science in the Department of Informatics and Telecommunications at National Kapodistrian University of Athens since 2002, where he is founder and head of the Lab on Geometric and Algebraic Algorithms. Since 2012, he is Adjunct Researcher at “Athena” Resesarch Innovation Center. He studied at Princeton University, and UC Berkeley, USA, all in Computer Science. He has been Tenured Researcher at INRIA Sophia-Antipolis (France) from 1995 to 2002, and Visiting Professor or Researcher with ETL Tsukuba (Japan), U. Buenos Aires, City U. Hong Kong, Western U. (Canada), ENS Paris, IHES Paris, ETH Zurich. He is author or co-editor of three books, and author of more than 100 journal and peer-reviewed conference publications, of which two earned a Distinguished Paper Award (h-index: 35). He is Associate editor of “Journal of Symbolic Computation” (Elsevier) and “Mathematics in Computer Science” (Springer). He has been invited speaker at a number of international conferences, and has participated, often as coordinator, in several EU, bilateral and national research projects.


Nicolas Moussiopoulos

Nicolas Moussiopoulos is since 1989 a Full Professor at the School of Mechanical Engineering of the Aristotle University Thessaloniki (AUTh) and the Head of this University’s Laboratory of Heat Transfer and Environmental Engineering. He is also Honorary Professor at the School of Mechanical Engineering of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. Before returning to Greece, he taught at the Universities of Kassel and Karlsruhe (1982-1989). His research work addresses several issues in the fields of energy and environmental engineering and he participated in numerous competitive, mostly EU funded research projects with a total budget exceeding 20 million €. He supervised 42 PhD candidates and postdoctoral researchers in six countries and is the author of more than 220 papers in peer-reviewed journals (Google Scholar: >6500 citations, h-index: 41). He held various positions in University administration: School Chairman (three terms), Dean of AUTh’s Faculty of Engineering (2006-2010) and Vice President of the International Hellenic University (2010-2016). He received several awards and prizes, among them the Heinrich Hertz Award and the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. Since 2002, he is a full member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina.


Mattheos Santamouris

Matthaios Santamouris is a professor of Physics at the University of Athens and the University of New South Wales in Australia, former President of the National Center for Renewable Energy Sources and Director of the Laboratory of Building Energy Research, at the University of Athens. He has taught at the University of Lyon, France and has been a visiting professor with the London Metropolitan University, the University of Bolzano, the Tokyo Polytechnic University, the National University of Singapore, Brunnel University in London and the Cyprus Institute. He was a guest speaker in International meetings and Conferences, author of 270 articles and 24 books. He has participated in more than 200 International and National Scientific Research Projects and was coordinator and / or reviewer in numerous European Programs. He has won 7 awards for his scientific work at national and international level.


Xenophon Verykios

Xenophon Verykios is a Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Patras. He studied at Bucknell and Lehigh Universities in the USA and taught at Drexel University as Assistant and Associate Professor from 1979 until 1986 when he was elected Professor at the University of Patras. Currently he is the director of the Laboratory of Heterogeneous Catalysis, a position he holds since 1987. He has served as Deputy Director and Managing Director of FORTH/ICE-HT, and as founder, chairman and CEO of the Patra Science Park (1988-1994) and the spin-of Helbio (2002). He has published teaching books, contributed chapters in scientific books, and has published more than 190 articles in international journals, which have earned more than 14,000 reports. He holds 11 European and International Patents. Since 2004 he is Editor-in-Chief (for Europe) of the international scientific journal Applied Catalysis B: Environmental. He was President of the Scientific Council of H.F.R.I.