Costas Fotakis

Alternate Minister for Research and Innovation, Ministry of Education Research and Religious Affairs

  • President of FORTH (Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas), (2011-2015).
  • Director of the Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser (IESL) – FORTH (1997-2011)
  • Professor of Physics at the University of Crete
  • Professor of Physics at the University of Crete (1989-2017)
  • Founder of the Laser and Applications Division of FORTH, Director of the European Ultraviolet Laser Facility at FORTH (EU “LASERLAB-Europe” project) (1990-2015)
  • Chairman of the Association of the Presidents of the Research Centers in Greece (2012-2013)



  • ‘Leadership Award’ – Optical Society of America (OSA), 2004
  • Life Member and Fellow of OSA
  • Honorary Doctorate – Mediterranean University of Marseille
  • Springer Professor – University of California, Berkeley, 2005-6
  • Member of the Fellows Committee – European Optical Society (EOS)
  • Member of the Board of Stakeholders – European Technology Platform “Photonics 21”



  • Photonics and laser applications
  • Chair, Plenary or Invited Speaker of major international scientific conferences
  • Author or co-author of more than 330 scientific articles published in international referred journals with more than 9000 citations
  • Member of Editorial Boards of several international scientific journals
  • Member of EU and national scientific policy panels (including the European Strategy Forum for Research Infrastructures (ESFRI), the European Advisory Group for Research Potential, the Experts Committee for the Interim Evaluation of the EC 7th Framework programme, and the National Advisory Board for Research and Technology
  • Chair of the EU Advisory Group on Research Infrastructures and chair of the Expert Group on the role of Universities and Research Organizations in Smart Specialization Strategies for regional development