Professor of Space Physics, University of Athens
President of the Hellenic Space Center
Director of the Observatory of the University of Athens
Ioannis A. Daglis is professor of space physics at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (Department of Physics), Head of the Space Physics Group, Director of the Observatory of the University of Athens and, since January 2020, President of the Hellenic Space Centre - the national Greek space agency. Before his appointment at the University of Athens, he 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). His scientific expertise pertains to solar system astrophysics and space applications.
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 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); Full Member of the International Academy of Astronautics since 2011; National Correspondent of Greece for IAGA (International Association of Geomagnetism and Aeronomy) since 2013; 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. In total, Prof. Daglis has been the PI of 29 projects (8 EU-funded, 12 ESA-funded, 9 nationally funded) with a total accumulated budget of 38M€ (6.5M€ for the Greek teams); in 19 of these projects he was the Project and Consortium Coordinator.
He has published 110+ refereed papers and has given 50 invited talks and 300+ contributed papers at 170+ conferences. The impact of his published work is reflected in 3200 citations and an h-index of 31 in Web of Science (formerly ISI Web of Knowledge) - 5600 citations, h-index=39 and i10-index=95 in GoogleScholar. 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.
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 evaluation expert for the US National Science Foundation (NSF), NASA, Academy of Finland, Research Council of Norway, INTAS, FONDECYT Chile, Greek General Secretariat for Research and Technology, Research Promotion Foundation of Cyprus, New Eurasia Foundation Russia, Greek State Scholarships Foundation (IKY), Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) and the European Commission. 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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