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Nikolaos I. Sifakis

Nikolaos Sifakis has been elected Research Director of the National Observatory of Athens (NOA), and after invitation by the European Research Council executive agency, he was seconded as a national expert in Brussels to coordinate pioneering research projects in the field of Physical and Engineering Sciences.

Nikos Sifakis has a degree from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) and a D.Sc. from the University of Paris-7. Over the past 30 years, he has been using satellite observations to study the earth's environment and the human impact on the latter. He has worked at the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS) in Paris, he was the first to map urban pollution using satellite data, and he coordinated the largest operational remote sensing project (CLC) following his assignment by the European Commission. He assisted the scientific team in drafting the operational project of the European Environment Agency and he introduced satellite observations to ensure consistency in the writing of Pan-European environmental reports. He also participated in NASA's initiative on "Health and the Environment" (GSFC-Maryland).

He has been elected President of the Assembly of Researchers twice and has been on the NOA Board of Directors. Furthermore, Nikos Sifakis is the author of many scientific and popular science articles on the subjects of environmental observation and the conservation of the natural environment. Besides his scientific research, he also writes poetry and his first poetic collection has been recently published by Gavriilidis publishing house with the title Lyrical Death.