Professor Basile Christaras was born in 1954, in Thessaloniki, Greece. He is Professor of “Engineering Geology” and “Soil Mechanics”, at graduate and postgraduate level. He is Director of the “Laboratory of Engineering Geology & Hydrogeology (“Presidential Degree 314/90”), in the School of Geology, of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH). He studied in the “Aristotle University of Thessaloniki” and the “University P. et M. Curie of Paris”. He speaks English, French and Italian, additionally to his Greek mother tongue.
He is a)Chairman of the IAEG Commission 16 (Protection of Ancient Monuments & Historic Sites), b) he served as, President of IGME and c) “Expert” on Soil Protection, of the “European Federation of Geologists”
He received the following main Distinctions: a) 2015: active Member of the “European Academy of Sciences & Arts”, b) 2017: “Honoris Causa” award, by the “Greek Committee of the Engineering Geology”, of IAEG, c) 2018: “Honoris Causa” award, by the Rector of AUTH-GR.
During his carrier, he was President and Member of the Administration Consult of Several National and International Organizations.
His research concerns “geotechnical investigation” of construction activities and natural hazards as well as protection of monuments; he also worked in ocean drilling activities (ODP). He published 2 books, 160 sci. papers, in international scientific magazines and congresses (with 330 intern. citations).