Stavros Akras obtained his Bachelor and Master degree in Physics in 2003 and 2005 respectively, both at the University of Crete. In 2010, he received his PhD in Astrophysics from the University of Patras. Then, he moved to Mexico and worked as postdoc research fellow at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma do México (UNAM). From 2013 to 2018, he worked as postdoc research fellow at the Observatorio do Valongo and Observatorio National at the state of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. Subsequently, he worked as visiting associate professor at the Instituto de Matemática, Estatística e Física of Universidade Federal do Rio Grande at the state of Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil. In 2020, he joined the Institute for Astronomy, Astrophysics, Space Applications and Remote Sensing as an Associate Researcher.
Optical and near-infrared astronomy with emphasis in the late stages of stellar evolution of low mass stars. Study of the morpho-kinematic structures, physical properties and chemistry (atomic and molecular gas) of photo-ionized planetary nebulae (PNe) and H II regions. Εlaboration of machine learning algorithm to discover new PNe and symbiotic stars (SySts) in publicly available photometric databases.