Dr KONTOES Charalampos (Haris) holds the position of Research Director in the Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics Space Applications and Remote Sensing of the National Observatory of Athens (NOA/IAASARS).
He leads a research team with active participation in flagship Space Programs of EU, and ESA, in the fields of Earth Observation (EO) of land, sea, air, space geodesy and geodynamics. He is responsible for running the European Center of Excellence for EO based monitoring of Natural Disasters in the SE Europe, N. Africa, Balkans, and the M. East (http://www.beyond-eocenter.eu/). He is responsible for setting up the operations of the ESAʼs CollGS in Greece (Hellenic Mirror Site), and the operations of the International Hub for Sentinels (IntHub) in support to ESA’s operations globally.
He is leading the activity for the implementation of GEO, GEOSS, and Copernicus in the N. Africa, M. East, and the Balkans. He has assumed roles as National Delegate in Space Committees and Boards of International Organisations such as EC/Space Program, ESA PBEO, GMES Steering Committee, COPERNICUS Task Force, EC Space Advisory Committee. He is member of the National Committee of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG). He is author of more than 147 publications. He is active member of the editorial boards of Scientific Journals as IJPRS, IJRS, SENSORS, IEEE Geoscience and RS.