George K. Fanourakis obtained his PhD in the field of Particle Physics, in 1980, at the University of Athens, Greece, after completing his thesis work, on Antineutrino Interactions on Protons, at the Nuclear Research Center (now National Center for Science Research) "Demokritos", in Athens, Greece and at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, USA. He has contributed to several Particle Physics experiments at National or International laboratories including Brookhaven, Fermilab and CERN.
He has a wide experience in the development and operation of Particle detectors, in Data Acquisition and Monitoring techniques and in Data Analysis. He is currently participating in the axion dark matter search experiment CAST at CERN. He has co-authored more than 270 papers in refereed scientific journals and many more in conference proceedings.
He is the vice director of INPP since 2009 and the coordinator of Education activities of Demokritos since 2013.