Professor at the Department of Electrical and
Computer Engineering, Polytechnic School, Demokritos
University of Thrace, (since 1999) and Priest in the
Orthodox Church of Greece (Metropolis of Xanthi). He was
born in Athens, Greece, on the 14th of May, 1954. He
obtained the B.Sc. degree in Physics (University of Athens,
1977), a degree in Theology (University of Thessaloniki,
1993) and a Ph.D. in Space Physics (Demokritos University
of Thrace, 1985). His scientific interests include Space
Physics, and Philosophy of Sciences and Environment. He
has published more than 40 papers in refereed scientific journals, more than 20 papers in conference proceedings and he has made more than 160 presentations, most of them included in conferense abstrack books. For scientific collaboration, he has visited Imperial College, Johns Hopkins University, Russian Academy and other institutions. He has been named as “Distinguished Ulysses Scientist” (NASA JPL report 400-1133 01/04 “The people behind the Mission”). In 2004, he has been approved as a guest investigator in DEMETER mission (Detection of ElectroMagnetic Emissions Transmitted from Earthquake Regions) and since then he combined space research with earthquake prediction research (Van Allen belt electron precipitation preceding earthquakes). He is a member of the American Geophysical Society (A.G.U.), of the Hellenic Astronomical Society (Hel.A.S.), of the Union of Greek Physicists and of the Hellenic Union of Theologians.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.).
Panagiotis Hantzios obtained his BSc in Physics from the University of Athens in 1981 and his PhD in Astronomy from the Ohio State University (USA) in 1988. From 1989 till 1999, he was Postdoctoral Researcher at the National Observatory of Athens (NOA). From 2000 to 2005, he worked as scientific staff at the Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics of NOA. In 2005, he was elected Associate Researcher and as of 2009, he works as Senior Researcher at the Institute for Astronomy, Astrophysics, Space Applications and Remote Sensing of NOA.
Professor, Department of Theoretical Astrophysics, Eberhard Karls University of Tuebingen (Since 2007), and Department of Physics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece (since 2008). He was born in Thessaloniki, Greece, on the 27th of February, 1959. He obtained the B.Sc. in Mathematics from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (1981), the M.Sc. in Applied Mathematics and Astronomy from the University of Wales, Cardiff, U.K. (1985) and the Ph.D. in Relativistic Astrophysics from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece (1988). He has been Lecturer (1990), Assistant Professor (1994) and Associate Professor (2000) at the same University. In 2006 he has been elected Professor in the Chair of Theoretical Astrophysics at the Eberhard Karls University of
Tuebingen and next year he elected as Professor of
Theory of Relativity in Thessaloniki. His scientific
interests include Sources of Gravitational Waves,
Neutron Stars and Black Holes. He has published more
than 75 scientific papers in refereed journals and more
than 40 papers in conference proceedings and special
volumes / books. He is a member of the Royal
Astronomical Society (1985), of the International
Astronomical Union (IAU), of the European
Astronomical Society (E.A.S.), of the Hellenic
Astronomical Society (Hel.A.S.) and of the German
Astronomical Society. He is Member of the Executive Board (2007-2016) of the International Society for General Relativity, Gravitation and Gravitation. He was a member of the Board of Hel.A.S. (2004-2008) and the Editor of the “Hipparchos” magazine of this Society (2004-2008).
Professor and Dean, Academic Affairs Broward College (USA). He was born in Zografou, Chalkidiki, Greece, on
the 13th of February 1961. He received his B.Sc. from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece (1982), the M.Sc. from the University of Rochester, U.S.A. and the Ph.D. in Physics from the same University (1988). He has worked as Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Alabama (1988-91) and as Visiting Researcher at the
University of Rochester (1991-92). His scientific interests are centered on the Structure and Evolution of the stars (Pulsating degenerate stars, Neutron stars, Protostars
etc). He is a member of the International Astronomical Union (IAU), of the American Astronomical Society and of the Hellenic Astronomical Society (Hel.A.S.).
Professor Emeritus, Department of Physics, University of Athens, Greece. He was born in Athens, Greece, on the 7th of July of 1956. He received his B.Sc. in Physics from the University of Athens (1979), his M.Sc. in Astronomy from the Sussex University, U.K. (1980) and his Ph.D. in Astronomy from the Boston University, U.S.A. (1985). He has worked as Research Associate at the Max-Planck- Institut for Extraterrestrial Physics, Garching (1985-86; 1987-88), at the University of Adelaide (1988-90), at the NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, Maryland (1992-93) and at the Max-Planck-Institut for Nuclear Physics, Heidelberg (1990-92; 1993-97). He has been a NASA/NRC Fellow (U.S.A., 1992-93). His scientific interests include High Energy Astrophysics, Radiation Mechanisms and Cosmic Ray Physics. He retired and was elected emeritus professor in 2023. He is a member of the Hellenic Astronomical Society (Hel.A.S.), and served as its President (2016-2020).
Researcher (retired), Leibniz Institut für Sonnenphysik. He was born in Corinth, Greece, on the 20th of October, 1934. He received the Diplom Physiker from the Freiburg University (1970) and the Ph.D. in Astrophysics from the University of Berlin, Germany (1985). His scientific interest is the Solar Physic and he has published many papers on the solar granulation, the turbulent convection, the development of the spectral lines e.t.c. He is a member of the AG, AAS (SPD) and the EPS. He is married to Maria Konstantinou and they have two sons.