Milton Typas

Milton A. Typas is a Professor of the University of Athens, Faculty of Biology and Head of the Department of Genetics and Biotechnology. His research interests are in Microbial Molecular Genetics – Biotechnology, with particular emphasis on the development of molecular tools for genetic fingerprinting of microorganisms; the isolation of genes with biotechnological interest – e.g. genes involved in degradation of cellulosic and ligninocellulosic material for the production of bioethanol, genes associated with phytopathogenicity or entomopathogenicity and host-parasite relationships; phylogenetic studies of microorganisms; biodiversity and biosecurity; and comparative genomics.

Has been member, advisor and National Representative in several occasions for DGVI, XII and XIII of the EU for –at least- 25 years; member of the National Advisory Committee for Research in Greece; executive member of the National Research Foundation, The European Science Foundation, and the Biotech Company BIOHELLAS; member of the National Competent Authority for GMOs and advisor to the corresponding EU committee; member of the editorial board of 5 international journals, reviewer of manuscripts in more than 350 occasions and reviewer of research proposal in EU and Greece –mainly- in more than 250 occasions.



General Secretary
Dimitrios Karpouzas

Dr D. Karpouzas is associate professor of Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology in the Department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology, University of Thessaly. His main research interest focuses on the interactions between pesticides and soil microorganisms (microbial degradation of pesticides vs soil microbial toxicity of pesticides) and the interactiosn between plants and soil microorganisms, especially the ecological and functional role of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi. He is a member of the National Committee of Pesticides and a member of the Editorial Board of the journal BIODEGRADATION



Konstantinos kormas

K. Kormas research is focused on the diversity, distribution and ecology of aquatic prokaryotes (Bacteria and Archaea), unicellular eukaryotes (protists, fungi and algae) and their interactions in food webs, as well. His research includes field and experimental work on the patterns and processes that underpin the distribution and abundance of these microorganisms in diverse aquatic habitats. By examining a wide array of habitats, it is possible to detect universal (core communities) or specific patterns in microbial community structure and function. Some of his scientific quests include:

  • How do aquatic microbial communities assemble?
  • Which members of the microbial trophic web are the key players in defining and maintaining community structure? (i.e. fundamental and keystone species)
  • How do these trophic links change over time?
  • What is the role of spatial structure in regulating the community’s stability?
  • How do abiotic parameters regulate ecosystem functioning of microbial processes?
  • What types of association exist between prokaryotes and aquatic invertebrates?
How do microbial communities change in disturbed environments and how they affect these environments?



Member of the Committee

George Zervakis

Dr. G.I. Zervakis is Associate Professor of Agricultural Microbiology and Mycology in the Faculty of Crop Science of the Agricultural University of Athens. The main activities and research interests of G. Zervakis could be summarized as follows: Ecology, systematics, molecular phylogeny and speciation of mushroom fungi; biodiversity and conservation of macromycetes; biotechnology of microorganisms: mushroom breeding and cultivation, bioconversion/bioremediation of agroindustrial wastes and other environmental pollutants, biodegradation of ligninocellulosic residues through the use of selected microorganisms (e.g., white-rot fungi), development of composting technologies, etc. He is Secretary of the “OPTIMA Commission on Fungi”, founding member of the InternationalAssociationofMediterraneanAgro-industrialWastes, and member of the Editorial Board in three international scientific journals.



Member of the Committee
Paraskevi Polymenakou

Dr. Paraskevi Polymenakou (F) is a Researcher of Environmental and Molecular Microbiology at the Institute of Marine Biology, Biotechnology and Aquaculture of the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research with specialization in molecular microbial ecology and biotechnology of extreme environments including atmosphere, submarine volcanoes, hydrothermal vents, coastal and deep-sea.

-She has been involved as collaborator or Principal Investigator in several EU research projects including Seabiotech, Micro-B3, isoSoil, Hermione, Biodeep) and sampling campaigns.

-She is responsible of the HCMR-IMBBC culture strain collection.

-She was the Chief Scientist of the Kolumbo 2014 sampling expedition and the 2013 Santorini volcanic complex sampling event.

-She is the Scientific Responsible of the Global Ocean Sampling Dayevent in the Cretan Sea, Greece and of the Genomic Observatory station of IMBBC.

-She is author of 26 publications in high peer-reviewed international journals including Nature Sci Rep, Environmental Health Perspectives, Nature, PNAS, Plos One, and Microbial Ecology (first author in 14 out of 26 articles and the corresponding author in 10 of them).

-The accumulative journal impact factor of her publications is 109.532 and the average is 4.762 (2012 ISI impact factors). Her publications so far have received 478 citations (366 excluding self-citations; ISI Web of Science – 23 April 2014; average citation: 19.17; h-index: 10).


Member of the Committee
Christos Ouzounis

Research Director at the Chemical Process and Energy Resources Institute (CPERI) at the Centre for Research & Technology Hellas (CERTH). Has served as Research Director at the EMBL-EBI European Bionformatics Institute, CERTH’s Institute of Agrobiotechnology (CERTH) and King’s College London as Professor and Director of the Centre for Bioinformatics. Founding officer of the International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB) and the corresponding Hellenic Society. His research interests address the structure, function and evolution of genomes, the comparison of biological macromolecules, the development of algorithms for high-throughput biological data processing and systems biology. Publications 190, citations 12500, H-index 58


Member of the Committee
Zacharias Scouras

Dr. Scouras is Prof. of Genetics in the Department of Biology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He has been the Head of the Department of Biology from 2003-2007 and President of the Society of Mikrobiokosmos from 2010-2012. His main research interests focus on the interactions between microorganisms and the environment, organism genotyping and omics.

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