Papazachos Constantinos
Professor of App. Geophysics and Seismology

Laboratory of Geophysics Director (2017-)

Head of the Head of Geology Dept. (2019-2022)


Telephone: (0030) 2310-998510

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Short Curriculum Vitae

Education :

  • B.Sc. in Physics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece (1990)
  • Ph.D. in Geophysics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece (1994)
  • B.Sc. in Geology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece (1994, realized in parallel with the PhD studies)

Career :

  • Special Graduate Fellow, Geophysical Laboratory, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece (1991-1994),
  • Senior Visiting Research Fellow, Dept. of Geological & Geophysical Sciences, Princeton University, USA (1994-1995)
  • Researcher Dí (1995-August 1998) and Researcher Cí (September 1998-December 1999), Institute of Engineering Seismology & Earthquake Engineering (ITSAK), Greece
  • Assistant Professor (December 1999-October 2005), Associate Professor (October 2005-August 2010) and Professor (August 2010-now), Geophysical Laboratory, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Meierjurgen Fellow in the Dept. of Earth Sciences, Univ. Oregon (February-June 2017)
  • Director of the Geophysical Laboratory, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (2017-now)
  • Head of School of Geology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (2019-now)

Research activities :

  • Crustal and upper mantle structure (mainly tomographic) studies.
  • Wave propagation modeling and simulation of strong-motion using instrumental and macroseismic data.
  • Site-effect studies using earthquake and noise data, including geophysical structure modelling using noise data.
  • Development and application of Applied Geophysics techniques (seismic, electromagnetic, gravity, etc.) for the study of the near surface formations.
  • Active crustal deformation studies.
  • Seismotectonics and seismic hazard of the broader area of Greece and studies of seismic sequences.
  • Time dependent seismicity and seismic hazard on the basis of seismicity and probabilistic models.
  • Study of seismic waveform characteristics and their automatic processing
  • Study of volcanic seismotectonics and related volcanic phenomena

Field and instrumentation experience :

  • Responsible for the organization and participation in several field experiments concerning seismotectonic studies, studies of earthquake sequences, exploration geophysics (seismic, gravity, magnetic, electric) field experiments for geological, geotechnical and archaeological exploration.
  • The most important field experiments concern the participation in the large-scale networks of SIMBAAD and EGELADOS, as a member of the coordinating committee and responsible for the operation and maintenance of a large part of the network, as well as the data processing.
  • Őember of the PROTEUS experiment in the broader Santorini complex area (in cooperation with U.Oregon, Imperial College and U. Athens).
  • Responsible for the operation of the Strong-Motion Network of the Institute of Engineering Seismology & Earthquake Engineering-ITSAK (1995-1999).
  • Participation in the operation of the Seismological Network of the Geophysical Laboratory of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (1990-now), with extensive experience in several aspects of the daily operation and network development.

Teaching and supervising experience :

  • Teaching of Applied Mathematics, Computer programming, Geostatistics, General Physics, Seismology, Applied Geophysics and Physics of the Earth's Interior at university level for geology graduate (since 2005) and undergraduate (since 1991) students.
  • Visiting teacher for the graduate course program of the Univ. Potsdam (Inversion Theory).
  • Author of 9 graduate and undergraduate educational notes.
  • Lecturer for several training seminars for graduate geologists and engineers and field work training of geologists in the use of several applied geophysical techniques (seismic, electromagnetic, etc.).
  • Supervising 12 PhD Theses (9 completed). Member of the PhD advisory committee for 28 geologists and engineers for the Schools of Geology in Thessaloniki and Patras and the School of Electrical and Computer Engineers of Thessaloniki, member of several PhD examination committees.
  • Supervising 11 M.Sc. theses (10 completed). Member of the M.Sc. advisory and examination committees for 30 geologists for the School of Geology in Thessaloniki.

General academic-administrative activity :

  • Member of several Greek and international seismological-geophysical-geological unions (AGU, EGU, SSA, etc.).
  • Member of the electoral body for several geophysical and geoscientist academic positions in Greek Universities and research Institutes.
  • Participation in several coordinating committees responsible for reforming and project submission of the Geology Dept.
  • Responsible for development of the computing infrastructure of the Geology Dept. (computer lab, etc.).
  • Member of Aristotle University committees.
  • Member (former president and vice-president) of the Aristotle Univ. Thessaloniki IT committee.
  • Coordinator of the day-to-day operation of the Seismological Network of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, member of its advisory committee, responsible for the data acquisition and dissemination, participation in the daily/weekly earthquake analysis shifts.
  • Briefing of civil agencies (governmental and local-regional authorities) and the wider public (through the mass media) in Greece regarding important seismic activity in the broader Aegean area.
  • Lecturer in public schools, professional organizations, municipalities, etc. on various topics, including general Geophysics, Seismology in Greece and Seismic policy.

Significant Research Achievements :

  • Author of ~150 papers in journals, books and conference proceedings, ~2300 references without self-citations (h-factor=26 from Scopus without self-citations).
  • Participant in more than 40 conferences (chairman at several sessions of ESC, IUGG, etc.) with more than 80 presentations, including invited talks.
  • Invited speaker for lectures at several other European geophysical and seismological departments.
  • Author of one book on Physics of the Earth's Interior (in Greek, used as standard textbook for this topic in Greece in all Geological Dept.), 2 macroseismic atlas and 2 maps of seismic-active faults and more than 50 technical reports.
  • Author of the national report for Greece for the IASPEI International Handbook of Earthquake and Engineering Seismology.
  • Reviewer for E.U. and ESF, and several journals. Also reviewer for a large number of special volumes and books (TransMed Atlas, Developments in Volcanology, Active Volcanoes of the World, etc.).
  • Member of the organizing committee of national and international conferences (IASPEI 1997, Greek Geophysical Union 1993, Greek Geological Society 2004, Carpathian-Balkan Geological Society 2010, etc.) and organizer of the workshop "EGELADOS-Exploring the GEodynamics of subducting Lithosphere using an Amphibian Deployment Of Seismodynamics" (Thessaloniki, 2007).
  • Best reviewer award by the American Geophysical Union (AGU) for the Journal of Geophysical Research (Solid Earth) in 2001.
  • Associate Editor of the journals Pure and Applied Geophysics (PAGEOPH), Geophysical Journal of the Balkan Geophysical Society and Turkish Journal of Earth Sciences.
  • Award for best paper from young geoscientist by the Greek Geological Society 1996-1997.
  • Former member of the Scientific board of the WEGENER subcommission of IUGG, former member of the board of the Institute of Engineering Seismology & Earthquake Engineering (ITSAK) and former member of the board of Greek Earthquake Planning and Protection Organization (OASP). Gen. Secretary of the Institute of Study and Monitoring of the Santorini Volcano (ISMOSAV) and its scientific committee. Member of the coordinating board of the Hellenic Unified Seismological Network (HUSN). Former member of the board of the Greek Geological Survey (IGME).


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