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?


General Secretary
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.




George Tsiamis

George Tsiamis is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Microbiology at the Department of Environmental and Natural Resources Management, University of Patras. His main research interests are: (a) study of the microbial diversity in extreme environments using –omic technologies, (b) study of host-bacteria interactions with a particular emphasis on insects and fishes, (c) accessing the metabolic diversity using genome and metagenome sequencing, which enables the analysis of hereditary information at the most basic biological level, (d) designing and developing new tools for the study of the bacterial diversity. He is currently Assistant Specialty Chief Editor in Frontiers in Systems Microbiology.

Member of the Committee

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.


Member of the Committee
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


Member of the Committee
Anna Irini Koukkou

Dr. Anna Irini Koukkou is associate professor of Biochemistry, with emphasis on the Microbial and Lipid Biochemistry, in the Department of Chemistry, University of Ioannina. Her research interest focuses on the Microbial Biochemistry, Lipid biochemistry and Biotechnology. In particular: study of the survival of microorganisms in different environments. Isolation, taxonomic identification and study extremophiles microorganisms from soil. Study of microorganisms that degrade organic pollutants, proteomics and gene analysis. Study of biodegradation of organic pollutants in soil and water. She is member of the Editorial Board in two international scientific journals



Member of the Committee

Spyridon Ntougias

Dr. Spyridon Ntougias is Assistant Professor at the Department of Environmental Engineering, School of Engineering, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece. His main research interests are the microbial systematics, the molecular identification of microbial communities, including extremophilic microorganisms, the wastewater treatment, the bioremediation of toxic compounds and the valorization of agro-industrial wastes and by-products.


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