Dr Spyros Basilakos (IAASARS) is a cosmologist with a career spanning scientific research, academic teaching and science communication. He has held a number of academic positions at various universities around Europe. Currently, he is the head of the Institute for Astronomy, Astrophysics, Space Applications and Remote Sensing (IAASARS) at the National Observatory of Athens. Dr Basilakos is President of the Greek National Committee for Astronomy and advises the Greek government for issues which are related with Astronomy and Astrophysics. Also, he is the National Delegate in the International Astronomical Union (IAU).
He completed his PhD studies in Cosmology at the University of Athens. During the period 1999-2002, he worked as a PPARC fellow at the Imperial College (UK). From 2002 to 2005, he worked within NOA’s (National observatory of Athens) program searching for the clustering properties of the large scale structures. In 2005 he joined the astrophysics group at the University of Groningen (The Netherlands) as a NOVA fellow. For the period 2006-2014 he was a faculty member (Senior Researcher) at the Academy of Athens (RCAAM) and a Visiting Professor in Physical Cosmology at the University of Barcelona (2011-2012).
Today he is Director of Research at the Academy of Athens and head of IAASARS. In 2013, 2014 and 2017 he participated in the international Gravity competition organized by the Gravity Research Foundation (GRF -USA) and his scientific works received honorable mentions by GRF. He published 190 scientific articles out of which 135 in refereed journals and 55 in conference proceedings. Moreover, he supervised 1 Post-doc, 5 PhD, 5MSc and 5BSc theses and he participated in several international collaborations and scientific programs.
Currently, he gives lectures in Cosmology and General Relativity at the University of Athens and contributes to public engagement events in science.