Distinguished Maria Kafesaki

Minorities and Women in OSA

Meet this female fellow

Maria Kafesaki

Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas (FORTH) and University of Crete, Greece
OSA Member since: 2006
OSA Fellow since: 2014

Professional/Personal Highlights: 

Maria  Kafesaki is Associate professor at the Department of Materials Science and Technology of the University of Crete and Adjunct Researcher at the Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser (IESL) of the Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas (FORTH) in Greece. HerHhh Her research is in the area of complex photonic materials with emphasis on electromagnetic metamaterials and photonic crystals, while she has also a large experience in the theoretical and computational study of photonic crystals and random acoustic media. She received her PhD in 1997 from the Physics Department of the University of Crete.  She has worked as Post-doctoral fellow at the Laboratorio de Nanotecnologia of CSIC in Madrid, Spain, and at IESL-FORTH, as well as Researcher at IESL-FORTH. She has done important contributions in the study of optical magnetic metamaterials and negative refractive index metamaterials, as well as in the study of chiral metamaterials and of metamaterials made of polaritonic materials. She has around 80 publications in refereed journals with more than 3000 citations. She has participated in the organization of many conferences and schools, especially in the area of metamaterials.  She is associate editor at the journal EPJ: Applied Metamaterials and Section editor at the Journal of the European Optical Society: Rapid Publications.

What is your advice for balancing one’s professional and personal life?

This depends on personality. An option can be to keep separate and well defined places and times for work and personal activities.

Do you have suggestions for how female scientists can support each other’s careers and development?

Mutual invitations to conferences, schools, workshops, committees. Participation in policy making platforms.

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Maria Kafeski