Dr. Dandouras was born in Athens, Greece. A graduate in Physics from the University of Athens, he then prepared his PhD in Space Physics at the University of Toulouse, France. Using dual-spacecraft (ISEE-1 and 2) data analysis techniques, and with Professor Henri Rème as thesis advisor, he studied the dynamics of the plasma sheet in the Earths magnetotail, a key region for the triggering of magnetospheric substorms. These are events during which a large part of the energy transferred from the solar wind is dissipated in the Earths magnetosphere and ionosphere.
He then spent several months at the University of California, Berkeley, and at the University of Washington, Seattle, collaborating with these institutes that where involved in the ISEE-1 and 2 space project, and that later became co-investigator institutes for the CIS experiment onboard Cluster.
Back to Toulouse, he has since been research physicist at CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique), at the CESR laboratory (Centre d Etude Spatiale des Rayonnements).
His research interests include solar wind-magnetosphere coupling, terrestrial magnetosphere dynamics, and in particular the dynamics of the inner magnetosphere: the area where multiple particle populations coexist and interact (plasmasphere, ring current, exosphere). But the inner magnetosphere is also a critical region for space and human activities, since telecommunication and navigation satellites have their orbits in this region of the magnetosphere, where severe space weather phenomena can develop, and whose underlying physical mechanisms are not well understood.
Iannis Dandouras has been involved in Cluster from the time when the project was under preparation, in the early 90s, working with the PI (principal investigator) of the very successful CIS experiment, Professor Henri Rème. In 2005 Professor Rème offered him the role of PI, and this was an exciting new challenge, since the CIS team is a large international consortium, involving institutes from both sides of the Atlantic and about 60 co-investigators.
Iannis Dandouras research interests include also the dynamics of the magnetospheres of the outer planets, and in particular Saturn s magnetosphere and its interaction with Titan, this moon with a very dense atmosphere, resembling the pre-biotic atmosphere of Earth. He is involved as co-investigator in the MIMI experiment onboard the Cassini mission to Saturn, in the IMPACT experiment onboard the STEREO two-spacecraft solar study mission, and in the SERENA experiment which is under preparation for the BepiColombo mission to Mercury. Back to Earth, he is Deputy PI of the HIA experiment onboard the Double Star mission, which is the fruit of cooperation between the Chinese National Space Administration and ESA.
Assistant Professor (retired), Department of Physics, University of Athens (since 1988). He was born in Piraeus, Greece, on the 16th of October, 1949. He received his B.Sc. in Mathematics from the University of Athens, Greece (1974) and his Ph.D. in Astrophysics from the Physics Department of the same University (1983). His scientific interests include Spectroscopic studies of hot emission stars in the optical range of the electromagnetic spectrum and in the ultraviolet (UV) through IUE HST data, spectroscopic study
of Active Galactic Nuclei in the optical and the ultraviolet range, stellar atmospheres, binary systems and History and Philosophy of Physical Sciences. He has published more than 110 scientific papers in refereed journals and conference proceedings in Greece and abroad. He has worked in the Observatory of Paris (France), Haute Provence (France), Trieste (Italy), Konkoly (Hungary), Belgrade (Serbia) and Cryoneri (Greece).He has exhibited a rich writing work with more than fourteen books in Physics and Astronomy (among them: Counting the uncountable time - Time in Astronomy”, 1994, Astrology, Science or Religion?”, 1994, “The Odyssey of Calendars" volumes A and B”, “ Looking for the roots of knowledge” 1995, “Astronomy and Tradition” 1995, “Straman- The story of the sky” 1996, “The Universe I loved - Introduction in Astrophysics” volumes A and B 1998, "In the trace of ICHTHYS - Astronomy, History, Philosophy", 2000, "Cosmology of the mind - Introduction in cosmology", 2003, “The circle of Time- Astronomy and Ancient Religions” 2004, “Modern Physics and New Civilization” (2005). The book "Cosmology of the mind - Introduction in cosmology" was awarded the “Aronis prize” of the University of Athens (2004). Also he has published 6 University textbooks, 2 scientific supervision of books, 12 statistical studies and Gallop Polls, 150 scientific articles in newspapers. He is a member of the International Astronomical Union (IAU), the European Astronomical Union (E.A.S.), the Hellenic Astronomical Society (Hel.A.S.), the Hellenic Union of Physicists, the Hellenic Union of Mathematics, the Foundation of "Preserving Language Heritage" and the Foundation of “Historical Studies of Ancient Greek Mathematics”.
Research Director (retired) at the Institute for Astronomy, Astrophysics, Space Applications and Remote Sensing of the National Observatory of Athens. He was born in Nea Ionia, Athens, Greece, on the 11th of March, 1952. BSc in Astronomy from the University of Bologna (Italy) in 1978 and his PhD in Astrophysics from the University of Athens in 1988. From 1985 to 1995, he worked as an astronomer in the former Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics of the National Observatory of Athens. In 1995, he was elected Assistant Researcher till 1998 when he was promoted to Senior Researcher and in 2010 to Research Director. He retired in 2019.
Researcher Emeritus, Research Centre for Astronomy and
Applied Mathematics (R.C.A.A.M) of the Academy of Athens,
Greece (since 2009). She was born in Thessaloniki, Greece
and graduated from Pierce College in 1966. She received her
B.Sc. in Physics from the University of Athens (1971), the M.Sc. in Meteorology from the same University (1973) and her Ph.D. from the University of Ioannina, Greece (1982). She has received two years of training in "Communication and Grouping Process” in the Athenian Institute for Anthropos (1997-2000) and a post graduate degree on the “Mental Health Promotion” (2006-2008) from the University of Athens. She worked as Research Assistant (1973–1992), Senior Researcher (1992-2002), Research Director (2002-2008) and Director of the R.C.A.A.M (2008). Her scientific interests are focused on Solar Physics, in specific small-scale magnetic fields, solar prominences, transition region dynamics and coronal loops. She has been the Representative of Greece to the Joint Organization for Solar Observations (JOSO, 1994-2005), elected member of the European Solar Physics Section (SPS) of the Joint Astrophysics Division (JAD) of the European Astronomical Society (EAS) and the European Physical Society (EPS) (2005-2008) and Member of the Greek working group for ESA (since 2005). She is a member of the International Astronomical Union (IAU), of the European Astronomical Union (E.A.S.), of the Societe Francaise des Specialistes d’ Astronomie (S.F.S.A.), of the Hellenic Astronomical Society (Hel.A.S.), of the Hellenic Union of Physicists and of the Hellenic Society on the History of the Science and Technology. She has worked for the public outreach of Astronomy organizing seminars and speeches at the Academy of Athens and has edited four video-tapes for “Astronomy”, accompanied by an introductory booklet (Lambrakis Foundation).
Professor of Astronomy, Indiana University. He received a B.S. in Physics from Illinois Institute of Technology in 1980, M. Phil. and M.S. degrees in Physics in 1982, and a Ph.D. in Physics in 1990 from Yale University. He was a Beatrice Watson Parrent Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Hawaii and a Hubble Postdoctoral Fellow at Hawaii and Yale. He has been on the Indiana University Astronomy faculty since 1997. His scientific interests are on the Structure and Evolution of the Chemical Elements (particularly Lithium) of the stars.
Professor Emeritus, at the Department of History and
Philosophy of Science, University of Athens, Greece. He was born in Athens, Greece, on the 4th of August,
1946. He received his B.Sc. in Physics from the University of
Athens, Greece (1970), the M.Sc. from the University of Paris
VI, France (1972) and his Ph.D. from the University of Athens,
Greece (1985). He has worked as Director of the Institute for
Space Applications and Remote Sensing of the National
Observatory of Athens (NOA), as Researcher of the
Astronomical Institute of NOA as Researcher of the Institute
of Ionospheric and Space Physics of the NOA. His scientific
interests include History of Science, Historical Information Science, Digital Image Processing, Data Analysis and Solar and Space Physics. He has published more than 55 scientific papers in international refereed journals and in international conferences and special volumes as well as 2 textbooks and other books on the History and Philosophy os Science. He is a member of the International Astronomical Union (IAU), of the S.F.S.A. and former member of the Hellenic Astronomical Society (Hel.A.S.).