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Stamatis Krimigis. Stamatis Krimigis received his BA in Physics from the University of Minnesota (1961), his MS (1963) and his Ph.D. (1965) in Physics from the University of Iowa, and served on the faculty there. In 1968 he moved to the Applied Physics Laboratory of Johns Hopkins University, became Space Department Head in 1991 and Emeritus Head in 2004. He is Principal Investigator on several NASA spacecraft, including Voyagers 1 and 2 to the Outer Planets and the Voyager Interstellar Mission, and the Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn and Titan. He has designed and built instruments that have flown to all eight planets, and also the New Horizons mission currently headed to Pluto. He has published more than 530 papers in peer-reviewed journals and books on the physics of the sun, interplanetary medium, planetary magnetospheres, and the heliosphere. He is recipient of NASA’s Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal twice, is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, American Geophysical Union, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, recipient of COSPAR’s Space Science Award in 2002, a recipient of the Basic Sciences Award of the International Academy of Astronautics where he chairs the Board of Trustees for Basic Sciences, awarded the Council of European Aerospace Societies CEAS Gold Medal for 2011, an Academician at the Academy of Athens since 2005 occupying the Chair of “Science of Space”, and chairman of Greece’s National Council of Research and Technology.

Evi Sachini. Evi Sachini holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens. Since 1997 she has been the Head of the Strategic Planning and Development Department of the National Documentation Centre (EKT)/NHRF. She has substantial experience in strategy development, planning and management of large-scale national and international projects in research and technology, especially in research e-infrastructures that provide open access to knowledge, support innovation and the dissemination and preservation of digital research content and data.
She is a member of the General Council of Libraries, the General State Archives, the Educational Television, as well as a member of the board of the Greek Research & Technology Network.
She has an intense publication output and a systematic involvement as a national expert and a national representative to the European Commission on issues of research and innovation, digital libraries, exploitation of research results and the support of the European Research Area.

Charlotte Roueché. Charlotte Roueché works on Late Antique and Byzantine history and texts. For many years she has worked on inscriptions of the Roman and late Roman periods, which led her to digital publication of her research: Aphrodisias in Late Antiquity: The Late Roman and Byzantine Inscriptions, revised second edition, 2004, @> ; Joyce Reynolds, Charlotte Roueché, Gabriel Bodard, Inscriptions of Aphrodisias (2007), @>; Inscriptions of Roman Tripolitania, by J. M. Reynolds and J. B. Ward-Perkins, enhanced electronic reissue by Gabriel Bodard and Charlotte Roueché (2009) @ ; she is currently working on the publication of the inscriptions of Roman Cyrenaica. She also works on middle Byzantine texts, and has been exploring the potential of digital tools for their analysis and publication: see In all of this work, the new technology both facilitates and demands collaboration – a new culture of sharing for the Humanities.

George Metakides. Born in Thessaloniki, Greece, in 1945, George Metakides received his Ph.D. in Mathematical Logic from Cornell University in 1971. He pursued an academic career at MIT, Cornell and Rochester University until 1978, when he returned to Greece, after being elected to the Chair of Logic at the University of Patras. Since1984 he has held senior positions with responsibility for research and development policy, funding and international co-operation in European institutions. He established and headed the department for Basic Research and International Scientific Relations in Information Technologies at the European Commission from 1988 to 1993. He was the Director of the ESPRIT (European Strategic Program for Information Technologies), from 1993 until its completion in 1998, followed by the Information Society Technologies (IST) Program (1998-2002). He has contributed to the establishment of international institutions (including the launch of the World Wide Web consortium in 1993) and is a corresponding member of several National Academies. He is currently Professor of the University of Patras, President of the Digital Enlightenment Forum, President of the Scientific Board of the Computer Technology Institute, and advisor to several international organizations. He is involved in the promotion of co-operation in Web Science and its applications in the European Union and other regions and enthusiastically active in the Digital Enlightenment Movement.

Donna Kurtz. Donna Kurtz was born in Cincinnati and holds degrees from the University of Cincinnati (BA), Yale University (MA) and Oxford University (DPhil). She created, directed, and transformed the Beazley Archive from an antiquarian personal archive into an international centre for the study of classical Greek art with websites, among them She has promoted collaboration between humanists and digital technologists and is now a Senior Research Fellow of the University of Oxford’s e-research centre ( developing with open linked data on The World of Art. Thanks to the Onassis Foundation, CLAROS now collaborates with the National Documentation Centre of the National Hellenic Research Foundation.

Stylianos Hatzipanagos. Dr Stylianos Hatzipanagos is the head of e-Learning at King’s Learning Institute. He joined King’s Learning Institute in September 2003. He has a first degree in Physics; MScs in Physics Education and in Information and Communication Technologies (Artificial intelligence) and his doctoral research was on the design and evaluation of interactive learning environments. He contributes to the development and delivery of graduate programmes in academic practice. He is a Fellow of the Centre for Distance Education at the University of London and a Fellow of the Support Centre for Open Resources in Education at the Open University (2010-2012). His research portfolio includes: formative assessment, technology-enhanced assessment, computer mediated communication and computer supported collaborative work, open educational resources, social media and social networking in an educational context. He has edited books and journal special issues on social media and assessment. He has developed and led successful research funding applications and participated in research projects at a national (UK) and European level. His current project work is on Open Educational Resources, e-assessment, digital literacies and social exclusion.

Yves Jeanneret. Yves Jeanneret is Professor at Paris Sorbonne CELSA, where he teaches Information and Communication Technology. He mainly investigates the field of sharing of knowledge and social construction of cultural objects and values. He specializes in the various forms of writing mediations, both on traditional and computer-mediated devices and in the epistemology of communication processes. He notably published: Écrire la science, PUF, 1994, Y a-t-il (vraiment) des technologies de l’information, Septentrion, 2000 and Penser la trivialité : la vie triviale des êtres culturels, Hermès, 2008. He is the editor of the French journal Communication et Langages.

Thanasis Hadzilacos. Professor of Information Systems and member of the Governing Board at the Open University of Cyprus; member of the Cyprus National Scientific Council. Formerly Dean of the School of Science and Technology at the Hellenic Open University (HOU) where he was Associate Professor of Soft-ware Engineering, and directed the Open and Distance Laboratory for Educational Material and Methodology. Educated at Harvard, had industrial experience before his Ph.D. in Database theory (U Patras). At the Computer Technology Institute in Patras, Greece (1986-2007), he directed the Educational Technology and e-Learning Sectors, and R&D Unit “Applied Information Systems”. Has taught at the Universities of Patras and Thessaly in Greece; visiting professor at the University of Toronto (2010-11). During 1996-2001 he designed and managed the Greek national project “Odysseia” for the utilization of ICT in schools. He has served in international bodies (working groups of the Council of Europe and E.U. DG Education and Culture). He has published over 80 papers in international journals and conferences, including a chapter on “Teaching and Learning in the Communication Society” published by the Council of Europe. He has coordinated and participated in over 40 R&D projects funded by the E.C. and national research bodies. His research interests in educational technology relate to m-learning, distance education, internet-related dangers and system design for non-standard applications. His real interest is people, and has recently completed an MA in Theology at HOU. He hikes in mountains and runs the Marathon.

Dimitris Gouscos. Dimitris Gouscos (, born in 1968, is Assistant Professor with the Faculty of Communication and Media Studies of the University of Athens and a research fellow of the Laboratory of New Technologies in Communication, Education and the Mass Media, where he contributes to co-ordination of two research groups on Digital Media for Learning and Digital Media for Participation. He holds a BSc (1990) and a PhD (1998) from the Department of Informatics & Telecommunications of the University of Athens. He has co-ordinated project teams for the Organosi 2.0 (Organizing 2.0) platform for self-organized networks for social solidarity, the Mathisi 2.0 (Learning 2.0) initiative for social media in education, the Milia (AppleTree) platform for digital storytelling (Euromedia Seal of Approval 2011) and the Magiko Filtro (Magic Potion) digital game for learning (Comenius Edumedia Medal 2009), and contributed as Programme Chair for the 5th European Conference on Games-Based Learning. He serves as Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Electronic Governance and has participated in development of the TAXISnet electronic public service (eEurope Good Practice Label 2001). He has co-edited the proceedings of two international conferences and co-authored more than 60 research papers with more than 300 citations in peer-reviewed conferences, journals and edited volumes. He has organized a number of scientific events and contributes as reviewer in international conferences and journals. His research interests include applications of digital communication in open governance, participatory media, interactive storytelling and playful learning.
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Peter Meineck. Peter Meineck Ph.D. (Classics, Nottingham) is Clinical Associate Professor of Classics and Ancient Studies and specializes in the performance, reception and history of ancient drama. He is currently working on a project on cognitive theory and ancient drama. He has also held appointments at Princeton University and the University of South Carolina and is also Honorary Professor of Classics at the University of Nottingham in the UK. He is originally from London and now resides in New York. He has studied in the departments of Greek and Latin at University College London and in the Classics department at the University of Nottingham and has worked extensively in London and New York professional Theatre. He is also the Founder of the award-winning, Aquila Theatre ( which he established in 1991 to present innovative productions of classical drama and has since produced and/or directed 56 shows, wrote, translated or adapted 23, and designed lighting for 43 in New York, London, Holland, Germany, Greece, Scotland, Canada, Bermuda, and the United States in venues as diverse as Carnegie Hall, the ancient Stadium at Delphi, Lincoln Center, and the White House. He also created Aquila’s education program at Frederick Douglass Academy in Harlem and Aquila’s national theatre education programs.

Miltos Manetas. Miltos Manetas is a Greek-born visual artist, theorist and Director at the Department of New Media at the MACRO Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome. His pioneering work explores the representation and the aesthetics of the information society. Manetas is the Founder of the Art Movement Neen, a pioneer of Machinima and an instigator of Internet Art. Manetas’s work can be placed within a well-established tradition in modern painting (representing modern people in their particular modern settings). He perceives the internet as an open space rather than one of the most popular means of communication. He has produced artworks about computer technology while exploring the possibilities of creating art by using video games and the Internet.

Ioanna Papadopoulou. Dr Ioanna Papadopoulou is CHS-EU Fellow in Interdisciplinary Research, IT and Publications, Director of the CHS iMouseion Project and co-Editor (with Gregory Nagy and Leonard Muellner) of the Derveni Project at the Center for Hellenic Studies (CHS), Harvard University. She is member of the Managing Committee and the Academic Council of the CHS-Harvard, Greece. She is a Researcher at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (Groupe de Philosophie ancienne) where she runs the Séminaire Interdisciplinaire de Recherche et d’Encadrement. She has received her Doctorat en Histoire et Civilisations, in 1992 (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, under the supervision of Nicole Loraux). She has published a book on the Odyssey (Le Chant de Pénélope, Paris, Belin, 1994) and articles on classical philology, poetics, philosophy. Ioanna Papadopoulou is also the co-editor of the Derveni Papyrus Conference Proceedings held at the CHS, Washington in 2008 (Center for Hellenic Studies, digital edition, 2011).