Prof. Alex. Papayannis is the Director of the Laboratory of Optoelectronics, Lasers and Applications and Research Professor of Physics, Lasers and Laser Remote Sensing, at the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). He has received the Diploma of Electrical Engineering from NTUA (1984), then the DEA (M.Sc.) in Physical Methods of Remote Sensing from Université Paris 7 (France) on 1985, and, finally, the Ph.D. in Laser Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere, from Université Paris 7 (France) on 1989. He has more than 35 years of experience in designing, developing and applying the technique of the laser remote sensing of the atmosphere, to measure the vertical profiles of ozone and water vapour, as well as the optical properties of aerosols in the troposphere and the lower stratosphere. AP is working on the monitoring of the optical properties of aerosols since 2000 and on their role on climate change and cloud formation near the Planetary Boundary Layer (PBL), in combination with sun photometry and satellite data.
AP has participated in more than 65 research projects funded by the European Union, the European Space Agency, and Greek National Organisations, with a total budget of ~3.5 M€. He is founding member of the European lidar Network (EARLINET) and member (2008-2015) and President (2015-2022) of the International Coordination Group on Laser Atmospheric Studies (ICLAS). He has served as Member of the Scientific Committee and Co-chair of more than 25 International Conferences, related to lidar atmospheric/meteorological applications. He co-organized the 26th International Laser Radar Conference, June 2012, Porto Heli, Greece. He has published >132 papers in peer-reviewed journals, 6 Book chapters and 250 papers in International Conferences Proceedings. He has received more than 7.800 citations (h-index 47) for his peer-reviewed papers in Google Scholar. He has supervised more 15 Ph.D. students at NTUA and 60 M.Sc. Diploma Theses.