SPEAKER INFO * TIF 2021 in Thessaloniki



With: Eleni Andrianopulu, Prof. Dr. Maria Drakaki, Prof. Dr. Orestis Kalogirou, Prof. Dr. Alexandros Triantafyllidis

Prof. Dr. Maria Drakaki, International Hellenic University 

Maria Drakaki is Associate Professor in Flexible Manufacturing and Supply Systems in the Department of Science and Technology, at the University Center of International Programmes of Studies (UCIPS) of the International Hellenic University. She received her PhD degree from the University of Texas at Austin, Physics Department; MSc degree from the University of Westminster in VLSI System Design and BSc degree from the Physics Department of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She holds the Fulbright scholarship. She is Deputy Dean of the School of Science and Technology and a member of the Quality Assurance Committee. She is the Director of the master degree programmes in Energy and Finance and Environmental Management and Sustainability of the School of Science and Technology. She is involved in research in humanitarian logistics, refugee crisis management, intelligent manufacturing systems and decision support systems. She is involved in European projects and the coordinator at IHU of the Erasmus+ project «Refugees and Recognition – Toolkit 3 (ARENA)». 

Eleni Andrianopulu, Director DAAD Greece

Eleni Andrianopulu, Masters (equiv.) in Translation and Linguistics at University of Leipzig, with studies at Universidad de Malaga, is the Director of the Greek Branch Office of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in Athens.

She has worked as Active Director of the International Office (2017-2020) and has coordinated the EURAXESS Contact point for international researchers (2012-2017) of Bielefeld University. She has coordinated several projects for international and refugee researchers at Bielefeld University since 2015, such as Horizon2020 (BRiDGE, BRiDGE II), Humboldt-Foundation (PSI 2nd, 3rd and 4th round), Mercator Foundation (Refugees), DAAD (STIBET-Doktoranden). At the same University she served also as a Personal Assistant to the Vice Rector for International Affairs and Diversity (2015-2019). She was a member of the Executive Board and the Board of Trustees of the DAAD (2006-2012) and worked as a (lead) assessor for the Human Resources Strategy for Researchers of the European Commission. In Germany she worked as an assessor for the DAAD, AQAS, ACQUIN, ZEvA, AHPGS and the Stifterverband. She has given more than 50 presentations, talks and interviews especially about refugee researchers, but also about international researchers and students in many countries, numerous Universities, Congresses and for the press.

Prof. Dr. Alexandros Triantafyllidis, Aristoteles University Thessaloniki

Alexandros Triantafyllidis Professor, School of Biology AUTh, 48 yo. Biologist with PhD studies on “Population genetics of animal organisms”. Member of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece since 2004. I have followed sabbatical studies in Katholieke Universitet Leuven (2010) and University of Oxford (2019). I have collaborated with Greek and European researchers in National and EU projects on food traceability and biodiversity conservation of Greek animal species using genetic and genomic tools. I have been a member of School of Biology and Aristotle University Committees on Programmes of Studies, Evaluation, Accreditation, Erasmus, ECTS and international mobility and affairs. Apart from my research interests, I’m also involved in projects related to the Social Responsibility of Universities such as “S.U.C.RE.: Supporting University Community Pathways for Refugees-Migrants” (Εrasmus+ KA2 funded) and “INSPIREUROPE-Initiative To Support, Promote, And Integrate Researchers@Risk In Europe” (H2020-MSCA-funded). Currently also member of the Aristotle University team implementing the University Alliance:   “EPICUR European Partnership for an Innovative Campus Unifying Regions”.

Prof. Dr. Orestis Kalogirou, President of the Hellenic NARIC, School of Physics AUTh

Orestis Kalogirou was born in Thessaloniki in 1960. He obtained his BSc in Physics from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 1983 and his PhD in 1988 from the same University. In 1991 he worked as a post-doc in the University of Hamburg and in 1993-1996 as a research fellow in the Institute for Materials Science, NCSR “Demokritos”, Athens. In 1996 he was elected Assistant Professor in the Physics Department of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, in 2002 he became Associate Professor and in 2010 Professor. In 2008-2009 he worked as a Visiting Researcher in the Magnetic Materials Laboratory, Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Northeastern University, Boston. Fulbright Visiting Scholar for the academic year 2016-2017 at Center for Systems Biology, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital.

Since February 2020, President of the Hellenic NARIC (National Academic Recognition and Information Centre).

Among his scientific interests are synthesis and study of the structural, electrical and magnetic properties of materials and the biomedical applications of magnetic nanoparticles in particular magnetic hyperthermia for cancer treatment. He has published 109 publications in peer reviewed journals and 19 publications in peer reviewed proceedings volumes (>1400 non-self-citations; h-index=22); 134 presentations at international conferences. Guest Editor in Materials for the Special Issue “Multifunctional Magnetic Hybrid Nanomaterials for Theranostic Applications”.

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