Vassilis Charmandaris was born in Serres Greece in 1967. He completed his undergraduate studies in Physics at the University of Thessaloniki in 1989 and continued his graduate studies in the US obtaining his PhD in Astrophysics at Iowa State University in 1995. After a postdoctoral fellowship with the ISO/CAM group at the Astrophysics section of CEA/Saclay (France) he was awarded a Marie Curie fellowship at the millimeter and infrared department (DEMIRM) at the Observatoire de Paris, in Paris (France). In 1999 he moved back to the US and spent 6 years at the Astronomy Department of Cornell University. There he worked with the group who developed the Infrared Spectrograph of the Spitzer Space Telescope, which was launched by NASA in August 2003. In February 2005, Dr. Charmandaris joined the faculty of the Department of Physics of the University of Crete and he is currently a Professor of Observational Astrophysics. In September 2013 he commenced his appointment as the Director of the Institute for Astronomy, Astrophysics, Space Applications and Remote Sensing (IAASARS) of the National Observatory of Athens. Since 2013 he is on the Board of Directors of Astronomy & Astrophysics, serving on its Executive Committee since 2017. As of 2015, he is a member of the Haut Comite Scientifique of Paris Observatory.