Dr. Balafoutis is an elected Researcher (Grade C) at the Institute for Bio-Economy & Agro-Technology (www.ibo.certh.gr) of the Centre of Research & Technology Hellas (www.certh.gr). He is an Agricultural Engineer with an MSc on Environmental Engineering and a PhD on biofuels production and use within a farm. He has over 13 years of experience in both teaching and research in energy systems in agriculture and smart farming technologies.

Dr. Balafoutis has a strong fund raising record, participating in the preparation of numerous research proposals in calls opened by the EC, by national funds and private companies. He has participated as main researcher and manager in 11 EU funded projects, 11 Greek national projects and 3 corporate projects. He was a senior researcher in the interim Office Technology Transfer Office of the Agricultural University of Athens for 2 years assessing agriculture related products for exploitation together with business angels, funds, venture capitals. He has 50 papers in peer-review journal papers, book chapters, international and national conferences.

Topic: Smart-AKIS – a Network for the development of Smart Farming in EU