Dimitrios Karpouzas
President
Dr D. Karpouzas is associate professor of Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology in the Department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology, University of Thessaly.

His main research interest focuses on the interactions between pesticides and soil microorganisms (microbial degradation of pesticides vs soil microbial toxicity of pesticides) and the interactiosn between plants and soil microorganisms, especially the ecological and functional role of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi.

He is a member of the National Committee of Pesticides and a member of the Editorial Board of the journal BIODEGRADATION

George Zervakis
Vice President
Dr. G.I. Zervakis is Associate Professor of Agricultural Microbiology and Mycology in the Faculty of Crop Science of the Agricultural University of Athens. The main activities and research interests of G. Zervakis could be summarized as follows: Ecology, systematics, molecular phylogeny and speciation of mushroom fungi; biodiversity and conservation of macromycetes; biotechnology of microorganisms: mushroom breeding and cultivation, bioconversion/bioremediation of agroindustrial wastes and other environmental pollutants, biodegradation of ligninocellulosic residues through the use of selected microorganisms (e.g., white-rot fungi), development of composting technologies, etc. He is Secretary of the “OPTIMA Commission on Fungi”, founding member of the InternationalAssociationofMediterraneanAgro-industrialWastes, and member of the Editorial Board in three international scientific journals.
George Tsiamis
Treasurer
George Tsiamis is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Microbiology at the Department of Environmental and Natural Resources Management, University of Patras.

His main research interests are: (a) study of the microbial diversity in extreme environments using –omic technologies, (b) study of host-bacteria interactions with a particular emphasis on insects and fishes, (c) accessing the metabolic diversity using genome and metagenome sequencing, which enables the analysis of hereditary information at the most basic biological level, (d) designing and developing new tools for the study of the bacterial diversity. He is currently Assistant Specialty Chief Editor in Frontiers in Systems Microbiology.

Katherine M. Pappas
General Secretary
Professor George-John Nychas is the head of the Laboratory of Microbiology and Biotechnology of Foods (LMBF) of AUA, which was established in 1994. He has coordinated 5 EU, 5 National projects and participated in more than 18 EU & 7 National projects as well as in 10-concerted Action. Through these projects, the team of Prof. G. Nychas has acquired extensive experience on; a) the assessment of food safety and spoilage through microbiological analysis (pathogens & spoilage organisms), and physicochemical analysis (metabolomics) in combination with data mining, & data analysis, b) on responses of stress adapted pathogens grown planktonically or attached on biotic or abiotic surfaces (biofilms), and c) on modelling the behaviour of microbial populations throughout the food chain to assist reliable estimation of microbial food safety risk d) Implementation of Process analytical technology (PAT) in Food Industry.
George-John Nychas
Member
Professor George-John Nychas is the head of the Laboratory of Microbiology and Biotechnology of Foods (LMBF) of AUA, which was established in 1994. He has coordinated 5 EU, 5 National projects and participated in more than 18 EU & 7 National projects as well as in 10-concerted Action. Through these projects, the team of Prof. G. Nychas has acquired extensive experience on; a) the assessment of food safety and spoilage through microbiological analysis (pathogens & spoilage organisms), and physicochemical analysis (metabolomics) in combination with data mining, & data analysis, b) on responses of stress adapted pathogens grown planktonically or attached on biotic or abiotic surfaces (biofilms), and c) on modelling the behaviour of microbial populations throughout the food chain to assist reliable estimation of microbial food safety risk d) Implementation of Process analytical technology (PAT) in Food Industry.
Konstantinos kormas
Member
K. Kormas research is focused on the diversity, distribution and ecology of aquatic prokaryotes (Bacteria and Archaea), unicellular eukaryotes (protists, fungi and algae) and their interactions in food webs, as well. His research includes field and experimental work on the patterns and processes that underpin the distribution and abundance of these microorganisms in diverse aquatic habitats. By examining a wide array of habitats, it is possible to detect universal (core communities) or specific patterns in microbial community structure and function. Some of his scientific quests include:

How do aquatic microbial communities assemble?

Which members of the microbial trophic web are the key players in defining and maintaining community structure? (i.e. fundamental and keystone species)

How do these trophic links change over time?

What is the role of spatial structure in regulating the community’s stability?

How do abiotic parameters regulate ecosystem functioning of microbial processes?

What types of association exist between prokaryotes and aquatic invertebrates?

How do microbial communities change in disturbed environments and how they affect these environments?

Spyridon Ntougias
Member
Dr. Spyridon Ntougias is Assistant Professor at the Department of Environmental Engineering, School of Engineering, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece. His main research interests are the microbial systematics, the molecular identification of microbial communities, including extremophilic microorganisms, the wastewater treatment, the bioremediation of toxic compounds and the valorization of agro-industrial wastes and by-products.