Alexandros Cardaris (University of Athens, Greece)
Alexandros Cardaris is a computer systems and applications engineer. He completed his computer science studies at the University of Athens, Greece. In his seven years of working experience as a software engineer, he developed his passion for technology and space exploration. Alexandros has participated in several research and development technology projects both in Europe and the USA. As a person who specializes in information technologies, he became interested in internet privacy rights. He had also the honor to work at European Astronaut Center of European Space Agency (ESA) as a software engineer in the space analogue astronaut training programme ESA CAVES.
Leonidas Gargalis (University of Nottingham, United Kingdom)
Leonidas Gargalis holds a diploma in production and management engineering from Technical University of Crete (TUC), Greece. He has participated in space related research, as member of the TIE Lab, TUC and his work has been presented at several international conferences. His passion for aerospace, allowed him to receive a scholarship from ESA and in 2015 he completed his Master of Science in space studies at the International Space University (ISU) in Strasbourg, France. Following his graduation, he worked as an intern for ESA at the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in the Netherlands. Currently, Leonidas is a Marie-Curie fellow researcher at the Institute for Aerospace Technology and a PhD candidate with the additive manufacturing and 3D printing research group at the University of Nottingham, Unite Kingdom. He is conducting research in advanced manufacturing processes and 3D printing of metallic components for aerospace propulsion systems.
Angeliki (Angie) Kanellopoulou is an international business law attorney, specialized in antitrust, mergers & acquisitions and international transactions. On the side of her corporate business life, her childhood love for science and space exploration has grown into an active and very fulfilling hobby. Angie is passionate about outreach and devotes every spare moment to educating people and spreading the word about science and space, both online and in person. She is a member of the Space Tweeps Society and has been selected to participate in numerous social outreach events organized by space agencies and science organisations. Angie has assisted ESA’s Communication Department in planning and implementing various educational and outreach events in Greece. In 2012, she was instrumental in organising the first Spacecup outside USA, SpaceUp Europe in Genk, Belgium.
Angeliki Kapoglou (Stanford University, United States)
Angeliki Kapoglou is a space systems engineer and design strategist with an obsession with working across disciplines and large-scale systems. She grew her career at CERN, NASA and ESA. Her MSc thesis was carried out at University College London in collaboration with the International Space Station (ISS) Utilization Office at ESTEC. She has worked with Jet Propulsion Laboratory's (JPL) Innovation Foundry on collaborative design methodologies for early space mission concept formulation. After spending last year at one of the world’s leading centers for innovation, the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University, Angeliki became interested in applying human-centered design methodologies as a strategic planning tool for space exploration. While at Stanford University, she explored the use of high-resolution satellite data as digital evidence of alleged atrocities and crimes against human rights in non-permissive environments. Currently, she is leading the Stakeholder Engagement Working Group for ESA’s Moon Village initiative. She is a former SGAC NPoC for Greece.
Olga Koutsika (University of Athens, Greece)
Olga Koutsika is an undergraduate student at the Faculty of Law of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. She has participated in several simulations of the United Nations and European institutions, as well as moot court competitions on space law and the summer school of the European Centre for Space Law. She was a member of the organizing committee of the 1st Conference on Space Law held in Athens in August 2015 in cooperation with the McGill University, Canada, and she has served as a member of the organizing team of the 1st European Space Generation Workshop in Budapest in February 2016. Olga is a permanent resident of Athens, which is expected to simplify the event’s organizational efforts.
Fiori – Anastasia Metallinou (National Observatory of Athens, Greece)
Fiori-Anastasia Metallinou is a public outreach officer at the visitor center of the National Observatory of Athens in Greece. She received her diploma in physics and her MSc degree in atmospheric and environmental physics from the Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, and her PhD was focused on the development and recovery of magnetic storms in geospace. Her research background lies in simulating ion acceleration in the earth's magnetosphere during magnetic storms. She has collaborated with the Centre d’étude des Environnements Terrestre et Planetaires, France, the Heliophysics Science Division at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, USA and the National Technical University of Athens, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Computing Systems Laboratory. She has also received a diploma in classical singing. She is responsible for coordinating the public outreach activities of the Observatory of Athens and contributes to the dissemination of astronomy and space physics concepts with public lectures and articles in the media. In particular, she organizes events that combine astronomy with poetry and music.
Mariana Paschidi holds an MSc in architecture from KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden and a diploma in architectural engineering from TUC, Greece. Her research interests lie primarily in the human-centered and ergonomic design of spaces, meeting and fulfilling the psychological and physiological needs of people who use them. She is interested in projects that are addressed to users with needs that exceed those of the average user (like educational spaces, projects for people with different impairments and design in extreme environments). Her passion for space related research began when she became a member of TIE Lab, TUC and she actively participated in the “Intelligent spacecraft module” project. Her work at TIE Lab has been presented at the 9th International Conference on Intelligent Environments in Athens, Greece, the 64th International Astronautical Conference in Beijing, China, and the 65th International Astronautical Conference in Toronto, Canada.
Nefeli Politi-Stergiou (Evenflow, Belgium)
Nefeli’s love for science led her to study physics. She is a fan of space exploration concepts and missions as well as of how space can help us sustain our beautiful planet Earth. She loves working in projects and meeting people from multiple disciplines. Nefeli is a communication and outreach specialist and researcher with five years of professional experience. She was journalist and editor for ESA’s Greek country desk for four years, dealing with outreach, liaison, reporting and the production of news articles. Nefeli has corporate marketing experience from her five years at Irida Labs and represented the company at major space-related events on several occasions. Her research background is in the fields of computer vision and image/signal processing, and she has proven competence in writing on scientific topics for a non-technical audience. She is always enthusiastic to engage different audiences in the concepts of science and technology.
Aggeliki Tsapatsari (Ajilon for ESA, the Netherlands)
Angeliki Tsapatsari is a Greek lawyer, who has been living in the Netherlands for the last eight years and a half. She completed her law studies at the University of Athens, Greece, followed by the successful completion of an LL.M. degree in Public International Law at Leiden University, the Netherlands. She has applied the knowledge gained during her studies as a member of a Criminal Defence team at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in the Hague. Following that, she joined ESA/ESTEC in Noordwijk, the Netherlands as an assistant contracts officer. In the last five years, she has been providing contractual support to various sections of the Technology and Quality Management Directorate. She is currently supporting the highly innovative ESA Technology Transfer Programme Office.
Avgoustinos Pantazidis holds a diploma in mineral resources engineering from TUC, Greece. He is currently a graduate student in the Department of Natural Resources Management and Agricultural Engineering at Agricultural University of Athens. He is interested in planetary sciences and his bachelor thesis was a comparative study of mineralogical and physical properties of rοcks from Santorini Island and investigation for Martian analogues. The goal of the study was to evaluate the resemblance of mineralogical and physical properties of Santorini rocks with verified Martian analogues loaned from the International Space Analogue Rock Store and to examine the potential of Santorini as a Martian analogue sampling site. This study which was in collaboration with Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology and Instituto de Geociencias Universidad Complutense de Madrid was presented at the 79th Annual Meeting of The Meteoritical Society, in Berlin 2016 with the title 'Basalts from Santorini volcano: a new candidate Martian analogue'.
Angeliki Papadimitriou (University of Athens, Greece & ESA Headquarters, France)
Angeliki Papadimitriou is an undergraduate student of Political Science and Public Administration, with specialization in Administrative Science and Public Law, in University of Athens. Since February 2016, she works in the Strategy Department of the European Space Agency (ESA). Prior to joining ESA, she had been working as Executive Assistant and Customer Service Representative in the fields of Banking and Telecommunications. In September 2016, Angeliki was awarded as the 1st Winner of Young ESA - SGAC Diversity Scholarship. She counts today two publications on space policy, and several participations at international events and european research/training projects. Ηer main research interests include space policy & law, security and defence policy and geopolitics.
Efi Salteri (SGAC)
Efi Salteri holds a diploma in civil engineering from Democritus University of Thrace. The last four years she has been actively involved in various Mars and Lunar analogue missions as a member of the Mission Support Center and the Flight-planning team, specialising in analysing applied planning strategies and researching new planning methods for future missions. She is currently the coordinator of the Planning and Scheduling Team for the Poland Mars Analogue Simulation 2017 (PMAS17), organised by SGAC.