He was born in Larissa, Greece, on the 27th of December, 1961. He received the B.Sc. in Physics from the University of Thessaloniki, Greece (1984), the M.Sc. from the Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA (1987) and the Ph.D. from the same University (1987). He has worked as Research Associate at the University of Arizona, Tucson (1989-91) and as Postdoctoral Fellow at the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (1991-94). His scientific interests included the Structure and the Evolution of galaxies, the multidimensional hydrodynamics, the accretion disks and Dynamics. He has since moved to the private sector and currently is working in the Math Methods Education Services at Bedford MA (USA) while he also teaches as a lecturer at Mass Lowel.
Dr. Christou obtained his BSc in Applied Mathematics for the Univ. of Athens in 1993 and his PhD in Solar System Dynamics in 1998 from the Queen Mary Univ. London.
Professor Emeritus of the Department of Surveying and Geodesy,
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He was born at Chania of Crete on the 17th of June, 1944. He obtained his B.Sc. in
Physics from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (1968)
and the Ph.D. in Astronomy from the Karl-Rupprecht
University, Heidelberg, Germany (1979). He has worked as
Assistant (1971-79) and Chief-Assistant (1980-81) at the
Laboratory of Geodetic Astronomy, Aristotle University of
Thessaloniki, as Guest Scientist (Doctorate level) at the
Max-Planck Institut Fuer Astronomy, Heidelberg (1976-78),
as Lecturer (1982-83) Assistant Professor (1984-1991) and
Associate Professor (1992-1995) at the Department of
Surveying and Geodesy, University of Thessaloniki, before elected at his current position (1996). His scientific interests include Astrophysics (Variable stars: M-C-S Mira Variable, Flare Stars; Photoelectric Photometry, Stellar spectroscopy) and Applied Geophysics (Variations of various physical parameters of near earth surface, atmosphere, Ionosphere in relation to tectonic activity). He has published more that 65 scientific papers in refereed journals and more than 55 papers in conference proceedings and special volumes / books. He was elected Director of the Department of Surveying and Geodesy (1994-1995). He has served as a Member of the Hellenic National Astronomical Committee (1983 and 1999-2001); Member of the Directive Board of HELAS (1994-1998); Secretary of IWG of EGS on Natural Hazard (responsible of Earthquake Hazard) (2000-2003); Secretary of IWG (now Division) of EGU on Natural Hazard (responsible of Earthquake Hazard) (2003-now); Member of the Scientific Editorial Board of the International Journal “Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences” (2001-now). He is a member of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) Founding member and for four years member of the Council of the Hellenic Astronomical Society (Hel.A.S.), the European Astronomical Society (E.A.S.) and other societies (EGU, IASPEI, ESC, Natural Hazard Society, Union of Greek Physicists).
Academician, Emeritus Professor of the University of Athens and of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. He was born in Egio, Greece, on the 3rd of October, 1928. He received his B.Sc. in Mathematics from the University of Athens, Greece (1950) and his Ph.D. from the same University in 1953. He was elected Professor of Astronomy at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (1957). In 1975 he was elected Professor of Astronomy at the University of Athens. He has served as Director of the Astronomical Institute of the National Observatory of Athens (1975- 1982), General Director of the National Observatory of Athens (1990-1993), Executive Director of the National Research Foundation (1978-79), vice- Chairman of the Greek National Astronomical Committee (1957-1983), National Representative at the NATO Scientific Committee and member of the research grant committee of NATO (1976-1983), member of the Astronomy Committee of the European Science Foundation (1976-83), member of the organizing Committee of the Astronomy Division of the European Physical Society (1976-1982) and member of the organizing committees of more than 30 international meetings. He has served as Visiting Professor at the Universities Yale (1962), Harvard (1968), MIT (1969), Cornell (1982), Chicago (1969, 1981), Maryland (1971, 1974, 1978), Florida (1985-1991), Florida State (1998) and Milan (1992,1998). He has been scientific associate at the Yerkes Observatory (1963), at the Institute for Advanced Study (1963), at the NASA (1963-67, 1971), at the Columbia University (1968) and at the European Southern Observatory (1976-88). His scientific interests are mainly centered on the Dynamical Astronomy, Relativity and Cosmology, Chaos, and the Celestial Mechanics, and he has published over 260 scientific papers on these subjects. He has also published or edited 14 scientific books, 4 textbooks and about 200 smaller articles. He is a member of the International Astronomical Union (he served as General Secretary of the IAU from 1973 to 1976), of the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS), of the Astronomische Gesellschaft, of the American Astronomical Society (AAS), of the European Astronomical Society and a founding member and two-terms Chairman (1994-1998) of the Hellenic Astronomical Society (Hel.A.S.). He has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Astronomy & Astrophysics (1979-1993) and Associate Editor of the Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy. He has been honoured with the Brouwer Prize of the AAS (1982), with his nomination as Associate of the RAS, as President of the Galaxy Commission of the IAU, and as Emeritus Chairman (2002) of Hel.A.S. He has been elected member of the Academia Europaea (1989), corresponding member of the Societe Royale de Liege (1971) and honorary doctor of the University of Chicago (1991) and of the University of Athens (2009). He has been elected Member of the Academy of Athens (1996) and currently he supervises its Research Center for Astronomy and Applied Mathematics.
Astrophysicist, Director of Reasearch with the French
National Research Center (CNRS), working at the
Laboratoire d’Etudes Spatiales et d’Instrumentation en
Astrophysique (LESIA) of the Paris-Meudon Observatory,
France (since 1991). She was born in Athens, Greece. She
obtained the B.Sc. in Physics & English Literature from the
Paris 6 and theParis 3 (Sorbonne) Universities (1985 &
1986). She received a Master’s degree in Astrophysics and
English Literature from the the Paris 7 (1986) and the Paris 3
(Sorbonne) (1987) Universities. She obtained her Ph.D. in
Astrophysics and Space Techniques from the Paris 7
University (1989) and the Habilitation DR (Diploma for
Directing Research) in Astrophysics and Space Techniques from the Paris 7 University (1996). Her scientific interests include Planetology, the giant planets and in particular the Saturnian system. She is also involved in space missions like Cassini- Huygens and the Titan Saturn System Mission. She also works on exoplanets. She obtains and analyses data from artificial satellites, space missions and ground-based telescopes using techniques like spectroscopy, imaging (with adaptive optics), etc. She has published more than 80 scientific papers in refereed journals and more than 50 papers in conference proceedings and special volumes / books. She has edited the textbook “Titan: Exploring an Earth-like World” (2008). She is a Life member of Air Academy of Greece, and she had a successful ESA expertise with 3 instruments on board the Cassini-Huygens mission. She is President of the ICPAE. She has been co-awarded the Médaille Icare for Huygens and several NASA and ESA awards. She is a member of the American Astronomical Society (member of the directing committee of the Division of Planetary Sciences), of the Asian-Oceanian Geophysical Society, of the Société Française d’Astronomie, of the American Geophysical Union and she is President of the Planetary Section of the European Geophysical Union.