General Secretary for Research and Technology (GSRT), Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs, Greece

Dr Christos Vasilakos is a Senior Researcher at the National Centre for Scientific Research “DEMOKRITOS”, situated in Aghia Paraskevi, Athens, Greece. He was appointed in August 2013 as General Secretary for Research and Technology (GSRT), currently under the Greek Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs.

He was born in 1966. He holds a Chemistry degree from the University of Patras (1988) and a Ph.D. degree from the same University (1993). Between 1988 and 1993 he was a Doctoral Fellow and participated in national and European research programmes. From 1995 to 2001 he was Research Associate at the Hydrobiology Laboratory (until 1997) and the Environmental research Laboratory (until 2001) of “DEMOKRITOS”.

From 2001 to 2006 he was Head of the Air Quality Monitoring Group of “DEMOKRITOS”. During that period he carried out research on Environmental issues, in particular focused on air quality measurements, analysis and prediction, Indoor and Urban environment, Anthropogenic and Biogenic Emissions. In July 2006, he was elected as a Senior Researcher at the Nuclear Technology and Radiation Protection Institute, “DEMOKRITOS”.

From September 2004 till the end of 2010 he was appointed by the then-minister of Development as Representative of the General Secretariat for Research, Technology and Space at Permanent Representation of Greece to the European Union, Brussels. During that period he represented Greece to the EU Council’s Research Groups of Research and Space as well as in other EU Committees and International Organisations. He has also actively participated in the preparation of the Greek national strategy for Research and Technology.

From March 2011 up to August 2013 he was Seconded National Expert at the DG Research and Innovation, European Commission. He was in charge of EU research policy issues, the European Research Infrastructure’s Programme and their regional dimension, as well as the management of FP7 research projects.

Dr. Christos Vasilakos has produced more than 100 publications in journals, books and conference proceedings. He has also been scientific evaluator in several international scientific journals.