Georgios Balasis

Georgios Balasis is a Senior Researcher of the Institute for Astronomy, Astrophysics, Space Applications and Remote Sensing (IAASARS) at the National Observatory of Athens (NOA), Greece. Dr. Balasis received a BSc in Physics from the University of Athens (Greece) in 1995, followed by an MSc by Research with Distinction in Geophysics from the University of Edinburgh (UK) in 1997, an MSc in Condensed Matter Physics in 1998 and a PhD in Applied Electromagnetism in 2001 both from the University of Athens. From 2002 to 2006 he was the specialist for global electromagnetic induction in the CHAMP satellite team at GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam. He returned to Greece in 2006 as an Assistant Researcher of the former Institute for Space Applications and Remote Sensing (ISARS) at NOA, where he has been responsible for the establishment, installation and operation of the HellENIc GeoMagnetic Array (ENIGMA) and for its access to the SuperMAG worldwide collaboration of ground-based magnetometers. ENIGMA is the first magnetometer station array that has ever operated in Greece. He is a member of the Validation Team and the Quality Working Group of European Space Agency (ESA) Swarm Mission and Principal Investigator of Swarm Mission Science Exploration. His research interests lie mainly in space sciences (Sun-Earth connection, dynamics of the magnetosphere, space weather, geomagnetic field), Earth Observation and complex systems. Dr. Balasis has published 46 refereed papers, which have received 850+ citations (h-index=16), and has participated in 68 international conferences with 4 invited review talks and 174 contributed papers. One of his papers was highlighted as Science magazine Editor's Choice in the field of Astrophysics (October 2006) and three other papers were highlighted as American Geophysical Union (AGU) Editor's Choice - Space Weather (February 2006, August 2008 and July 2011). He is an Editor for Magnetosphere and Space Plasma Physics of Annales Geophysicae and a Review Editor of Frontiers in Astronomy & Space Sciences. He currently serves as the National Greek Delegate to the Board of ESA’s "Space Situational Awareness (SSA)" Programme [since March 2009]. He is the Secretary of Earth Magnetism & Rock Physics (EMRP) Division of European Geosciences Union (EGU) and a member of AGU.