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Ioannis Kourakis


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Welcome to my personal scientific website.

This webpage also forms part of the NLPD@QUB Group: Nonlinear Plasma Dynamics at Queen's University Belfast.

Please use the menu on the left column to navigate through different sub-topics.

A long trajectory ...

I received my BSc degree in Physics from University of Crete (Heraklion).
Following a long training (and a rich academic life experience) accumulated in France (Dijon), Belgium (Brussels, Gent) and Germany (Bochum), I settled down in Belfast (Northern Ireland, UK) in 2008.

My time at the University is shared among research, teaching and academic administration, not overlooking curriculum development.

Research: My scientific work focuses on Nonlinear Physics and Applied Mathematics, as applied to complex plasma dynamics, materials science and nonlinear optics, among other areas. I am coordinator an EU-funded mobility network (Quantum Plasmas, IRSES grant). I have visited and carried out research at various Universities, including Bochum (Germany), Sydney (Australia), Durban (S. Africa), Porto Alegre (Brazil), Athens and Crete (Greece), to mention a few. In Belfast, I have created a small group of collaborators in our Centre for Plasma Physics, who are active in nonlinear plasma dynamics. For a description of our research, please visit the scroll-down menu on the left.

Teaching: Extensive experience in teaching and project supervision, at both undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate (PG) levels. Please visit the Teaching tab on the left.

Administration and Service to the Community: Extensive experience in academic administration and scientific service: I have served as Editorial Board Member for Scientific Reports (Nature) and for Open Plasma Physics Journal (OPPJ), as external reviewer for funding agencies (in UK and abroad), as external examiner for postgraduate degrees, as panel member for NSERC (Canadian Res. Council) and as peer reviewer (referee) -numerous times- for refereed journals. At Queen's University, I have contributed to the organisation of the University as: UG/PG Adviser of Studies, PG Admissions Officer, UG Exams Liaison Officer, Student Progress and Committee member and Special Circumstances Committee member, among other duties.

Curriculum development: I have built up from scratch a web-based master's with colleagues from Queen's (MSc in Plasma Physics), and an intra-EU Plasma Physics and Applications jointly with colleagues from abroad;
I am the local coordinator, for Queen's University, of an EU Erasmus IP programme (organising a series of Summer Schools, with colleagues from six other European countries).

For details on the above, please click on the corresponding tab(s) on the left, or download my CV.

The (limited...) time left is spent among travelling, motorcycle riding, photography and literature.

Professional Affiliation & Address for Correspondence

Queen's University Belfast (QUB)
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Centre for Plasma Physics (CPP)
Office G047
BT7 1NN Belfast
Northern Ireland
United Kingdom

Contact Information

Office Fax: +44 28 90 97 31 10 ; Personal e-Fax (confidential): +1 206 3376911 ;

E-mail address: Please address ALL email correspondence to

Academic (non-research related) email (ONLY) may also be sent to:

Personal www page(s): (mirror site of

Facebook page:

Previous affiliations & Academic Service(only postdoctoral experience is listed below):

Editorial Board Member (EBM): Scientific Reports (Nature Publishing; EBM for Fluids and Plasma Physics): 2014- .

Editorial Board Member (EBM): Open Plasma Physics Journal: 2009 - .

Member of the Physics Evaluation Group, Discovery Grants Program, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC); 2014-2017.

Special Visiting Researcher (Pesquisador Visitante Especial - PVE), Instituto de Física - Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Av. Bento Gonçalves 9500, CEP 91501-970 - Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil: supported by the Brazilian Research Fund (CNPq - Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnologico - Brasil); multiple visits in 2014-2016.

Visiting Scholar, Department of Complex Systems, University of Sydney, Australia; 2009 & 2011.

Research Associate, Universiteit Gent, Sterrenkundig Observatorium, Gent, Belgium; funded by FWO (Flemish Research Fund) funding.

Visiting Fellow (2008-15), Research associate (2003-07): Ruhr Universität Bochum (RUB), Fakultät für Physik und Astronomie, Theoretische Physik IV (TP4), Gebäeude NB7, D-44801 Bochum, Germany.