BiographyProfessor Spiros Kitsinelis is a researcher focusing on the development of novel and energy efficient light sources. He gained his master's and PhD degrees in Chemistry from the University of Sheffield in England, for his research and development of pulse operated low pressure plasma light sources in the High Temperature Science Laboratories. He continued his research as a post-doctoral fellow at Ehime University in Japan in the department of electrical and electronic engineering. He held the position of Project Leader at the Central Development Lighting of Philips Lighting in the Netherlands, and he continued his research and development of the next generation of plasma light sources for the Physics department of the National Technical University of Athens. After a break form research where he served as a chemical engineer for the armed forces he returned to civilian life and his research activities. Amongst other things he also acted as the National Contact Point for Energy at the National Documentation Centre of the National Research Foundation of Greece and was the editor of the electronic periodical Science and Technology of Light Sources - SATeLightS. He later continued his work as a research associate at Paul Sabatier University in Toulouse at the south of France and he is currently an associate professor at Ehime University in Japan. He is the author of a number of scientific publications and books, has attended many international conferences and is the co-creator of a number of patents in the field of light sources. Spiros Kitsinelis has a parallel career in science communication after his participation in the international competition Famelab (in 2007) where he received both the audience and the judging committee’s first awards. Famelab is a science communication competition organized by the British council in more than fifteen countries in three continents. Since then he has been an active science communicator and his projects include television programs, science theater, debates, science cafes and other presentations, science films, articles in magazines, books etc. He was co-founder of the first scientific theater group in the country (SciCo), the science communication website www.openscience.gr, judge and presenter for the only International Science Film Festival of Athens (ISFFA by CAID), author of books on various scientific topics for the general public (www.the-nightlab.com), participant and speaker of several scientific events in Athens with the most recent being his talk at TEDxAcademy and guest science presenter on TV and radio (Alpha TV, SKAI radio). Currently he is collaborating with the science journalism organization Science View delivering science communication courses at various universities around Europe and writes articles on scientific subjects (Lab Story) for Protagon.gr.
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Published: Jun 23, 2015