Space Exploration: dream and reality

An academic lecture about the human dream of Space Exploration against the tough reality will be organized by national space competition CanSat in Greece, in association with the School of Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE) of National Technical University of Athens (NTUA).

The lecture, titled Space Exploration: dream and reality, will be given by Professor of Space Physics at National and Kapodistrian University of Athens Dr. Ioannis Daglis and Senior Professional Staff Physicist at the Johns Hopkins University, Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL) Dr. Matina Gkioulidou.

The event will be held on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 18:30, at the Amphitheater 1 of the new ECE building. Learn more about the event on CanSat in Greece website and facebook event.


Just six decades ago, the dream of space exploration had begun... and mankind sent for the first time ever an artificial satellite beyond the boundaries of the Earth's atmosphere!

However, beyond dreams, the existence of a tough reality is always there. Is our reality somehow affected by our space dreams? The answer is definitely yes: weather forecasting, exploration of unknown places, satellite television, modern medical diagnostic methods and “humble” sunglasses are just some examples of how space exploration has offered countless benefits to our daily lives!

Short CVs of the Speakers:

Ioannis A. Daglis is Professor of Space Physics at the University of Athens. He has worked in Universities and Research Centers in Germany, Japan, the United States and Italy and has been Director of the Space Applications Institute at the National Observatory of Athens for a decade. He is a member of the NASA and ESA Review and Opinion Committee, he was the responsible scientist of SREM for the ESET Rosetta mission and co-investigator of NASA's SAC-B, Polar and THEMIS missions, and of BepiColombo of the ESA Federal Astronomy Committee. He has participated in the design and scientific use of 15 European and American missions. He has given 40 invited speeches and over 250 presentations at international conferences.

He has been Scientific Coordinator of 23 research programs (7 Community, 10 European Space Agency and 6 National). His published work includes 5 space physics books, 100 research articles with more than 4,000 references, and 150 published articles .

Matina Gkioulidou was born in 1984 in Thessaloniki. She graduated from the Physics department of the Aristotle University in 2006 and obtained her PhD from the Department of Atmospheric Sciences of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2012.

From 2012 she works as a Researcher at the Johns Hopkins University of Applied Physics Laboratory, Applied Physics Laboratory. Her research interests include the dynamics of the Earth's magnetosphere, and how the near-space is affected by solar activity and, more specifically, phenomena such as solar storms. She is a member of the Panel of space mission Van Allen Probes, of NASA, which consists of two identical satellites that study the changes in the radiation belts Van Allen, a 1000 and 60,000 km from Earth.

She has more than 40 publications in international journals with over 570 references to her work in international literature. From 2015, she is a member of the Scientific Committee on the Geospace Environment Modeling Program of the US National Science Foundation. From 2016 she belongs to the editorial board of the European scientific journal Annales Geophysicae.