Professor of Space Physics, University of Athens
President of the Hellenic Space Center
Ioannis A. Daglis is Professor of Space Physics at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Head of the Space Physics Group, Director of the Observatory of the University of Athens and, since January 2020, President of the Hellenic Space Center - the national Greek space agency. His scientific expertise pertains to solar system astrophysics and space applications.
Before his appointment at the University of Athens, Prof. Daglis was the Director of the Institute for Space Applications and Remote Sensing (ISARS) for six years (2006-2012) and the director of the Institute for Astronomy, Astrophysics, Space Applications and Remote Sensing (IAASARS) for one year (2012-2013). From 1992 to 1996 he was a Research Associate of the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research; in 1998 he was invited as visiting associate professor to the Solar-Terrestrial Environment Laboratory (Japan), and in 2017 he spent three months at Nagoya University (Japan) as Designated Professor. Collaboration visits have included, among others, JHU/APL, Aerospace Corp., LANL, Bell Labs, Boston Univ., UC Berkeley, UCLA, AFRL, CETP/CNRS.
He has been a co-investigator of the NASA space missions SAC-B, Polar and THEMIS, and of the ESA space missions BepiColombo and Proba-3. He has been the scientific representative of the SREM instrument on the ESA mission Rosetta, and science team member of the NASA missions AMPTE, CRRES, Geotail and of the ESA mission Cluster.
Prof. Daglis has been Full Member of the International Academy of Astronautics since 2011; National Correspondent of Greece for IAGA (International Association of Geomagnetism and Aeronomy) since 2013; Editor-in-Chief of Annales Geophysicae (the European Geosciences Union open-access journal in the field of Solar-Terrestrial and Planetary Sciences) since 2014, after having served as Topical Editor for Magnetosphere and Space Plasma Physics for 8 years (since 2005); Scientific Discipline Representative to SCOSTEP (Scientific Committee on Solar-Terrestrial Physics) since 2014; Associate Editor of Frontiers in Astronomy and Space Sciences since 2014; Chair of the Next Scientific Program (NSP) Committee of SCOSTEP (2017-2019); Chair of the South-Eastern Europe Europlanet Society Hub since 2019.
He currently leads the Horizon2020 Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technology (LET) project SafeSpace, which aims at advancing space weather nowcasting and forecasting capabilities through the development of a sophisticated model of the Van Allen electron belt and of a prototype space weather forecast service with a target lead time of 2 to 4 days. He also leads the ESA project G4G, which will deliver key capabilities needed in support of the development and operation of ESA science missions, based on the Geant4 simulation toolkit.
Among others, Prof. Daglis has led the European Union FP7-Space collaborative research programme MAARBLE (2012-2014), which shed light on how electromagnetic waves in geospace influence the dynamic evolution of the Earth's radiation belts, the ESA study SRREMs (2011-2014), which developed models of the radiation belts with an emphasis to the slot region, and HERMES (2015-2018) - an ESA project on space radiation data processing and modelling. Furthermore, he had led the Greek participation in EPN2020-RI (Europlanet 2020 Research Infrastructure, funded through Horizon 2020), which addressed key scientific and technological challenges facing modern planetary science. Prof. Daglis has been Principal Investigator in 29 projects (8 EU-funded, 12 ESA-funded, 9 nationally funded). He has been the Project and Consortium Coordinator in 19 of these projects, managing a research portfolio of 9M€.
He has published 110+ refereed papers and has given 50 invited talks and 300+ contributed papers at 170+ conferences. He has edited and co-authored 5 textbooks, one of which (Space Storms and Space Weather Hazards, 2001) has been "recommended teaching material" for Space Sciences by the UN's Office for Outer Space. The impact of his published work is reflected in 3400 citations and an h-index of 32 in Web of Science (formerly ISI Web of Knowledge) - 5600 citations, h-index=40 and i10-index=100 in GoogleScholar; he ranks among the top 2.5% of the scientists of all fields comprising the ResearchGate database.
Prof. Daglis served as a Member of ESA's advisory Solar System Working Group (2005-2010), as the National Delegate of Greece at the Programme Committee of thematic priority "Space" of the 7th RTD Framework Programme of the European Commission (2006-2009 and 2012-2013); as Board Member of the Greek Research & Technology Network S.A. (2004-2014); as Head of the Greek Delegation to the joint EC/ESA High-Level European Space Policy Group (2004-2008); and as Delegate of Greece to the Council of the European Space Agency (2013-2017).
He has also served as scientific advisor and technical expert for (among others) NASA, the Academy of Finland, Research Council of Norway, BELSPO (Belgian Federal Science Policy Office), Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres, New Eurasia Foundation Russia, Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), European Commission, etc. In particular, Prof. Daglis served as a Member of the NASA Definition Team for the RBSP (Radiation Belt Storm Probes) mission (now Van Allen Probes mission); as the Chairman of the Physics Panel of the Marie Curie Individual Fellowships for 8 consecutive years (2007-2014); and as the Independent Observer of the Marie Curier Individual Fellowships Evaluation in 2016, 2018 and 2019.
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