Dimitrios Athanasopoulos pursued his studies at the Physics Department of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA). As part of his thesis, he secured a six-month scholarship at the European Astronaut Center of the European Space Agency (ESA), focusing on cosmic radiation simulations for the future Moon Village scenario. He actively participated in the Alpbach Summer School 2018, where he contributed to the design of a space mission aimed at investigating the connection between asteroids and comets. Notably, their project received recognition with two awards from the committee. After graduating in 2018, he continued his academic journey, embarking on postgraduate studies specializing in Astrophysics at NKUA. In 2020, he successfully completed his postgraduate studies and currently holds the position of a Ph.D. candidate in the same department in collaboration with the Observatoire de la Côte d’Azur. His research extends to the exploration of the most ancient asteroids in our Solar System, involving astronomical observations conducted from observatories in Greece and France. He serves as a research associate and coordinator for the international observational campaign “Ancient Asteroids”. Since September 2023, he has been working at the Institute for Astronomy, Astrophysics, Space Applications & Remote Sensing of the National Observatory of Athens (IAASARS-NOA) as part of the GR-SST program, which includes observations of satellites as well as support astronomer of the telescopes of Helmos and Kryoneri Observatories.
Observational Astrophysics, Radiation Simulations, Small bodies, Asteroids, 3D Asteroid Shape Models, Solar System Formation and Evolution, Planetology.