Christos Athanassiou is a Professor of Entomology, at the University of Thessaly, Greece, since 2010. Also, between 2007 and 2010, he served as a Research Entomologist at the United States Department of Agriculture, Center for Grain and Animal Health Research, in Manhattan KS. He received his Ph.D. from the Agricultural University of Athens, Greece (Entomology), in 1999. Since then, he has worked in different research institutes in US and Europe. His research is focused on insect biology and detection, and implementation strategies of chemical and non-chemical control in pest management programs for field, stored-product and forest pests.
Prof. Athanassiou has published over 300 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals, and has participated in the development of several products that are now commercially available. He serves as the Editor in Chief (EiC) in Journal of Stored Products Research (Elsevier), Subject Editor of the Journal of Insect Science (ESA) and Journal of Pest Science (Springer), and Associate Editor/Editorial Board Member for Journal of Plant Diseases and Protection, Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, Insects, and International Journal of Pest Management. Also, since 2019, he serves as the interim Editor in Chief of the Journal of Insect Science.
Between 2007 and 2013, Prof. Athanassiou has served as the Convenor of the Working Group “Integrated Protection of Stored Products” of the International Organization for Biological Control (IOBC/WPRS), and has been a panel member for different organizations, such as the USDA, USAID, EU/EC, ECPA etc. He is a coordinator, PI, co-PI, collaborator etc. in funding that exceeds 7.5 million Euros, funded by different sources (Horizon 2020, LIFE, ERANET, NIFA etc.), international organizations (IAEA, USDA-ARS, USDA-APHIS, ECPA, EFSA, US Forest Service International Programs etc.) and the industry (BASF, Syngenta, DOW/DAS, Bayer, DuPont etc.). He has received awards by different organizations, such as the Fulbright Foundation, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the Institute for International Education (IIE/OLF) etc.