Expertise: Food Waste Recovery & Innovations

Dr. Galanakis is a multi-/inter-disciplinary scientist and a Highly Cited Researcher (Web of Science Group, 2019) with experience in food and environmental science and technology, innovation and sustainability, industry and academia. He has defined the new term and discipline of Food Waste Recovery with an ultimate goal to inspire related professionals to extract high added-value compounds from wasted by-products in all stages of food production (from agriculture to the consumer) and re-utilize them in the food chain.

He is a Distinguished Professor of King Saud University (Saudi Arabia) in Agricultural Sciences and the Research & Innovation Director of Galanakis Laboratories, a chemical laboratory, that was founded in 1925. Dr. Galanakis has over 20 years of experience in analyzing wine, food, beverages and environmental samples as well as at the consulting of related industries and local producers.

Since 2014, he works as an expert evaluator (>30 evaluated calls) of funded projects and proposals for different bodies including European Commission (Horizon 2020 calls, BBI Joint Undertaking, EIT Food, EU COST, Eurostars EUREKA, ERA-NET), Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (United States’ Department of Agriculture), Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation (RPF), Innovation Fund Denmark/EUREKA, National Center of Science and Technology of Kazakhstan, Australian Research Council, Swiss National Science Foundation, Estonian Research Council, The US-Israel Agricultural Research & Development Fund (BARD), Science Fund of the Republic of Serbia and others.

He also serves as a Freelance editor in Elsevier since 2013, an editorial board member and subject editor of Food Research International (Elsevier) since 2012 and Food and Bioproducts Processing (Elsevier) since 2015. He is the Deputy National Representative of Greece of the ISEKI Food Association (Vienna, Austria) since 2015. He has served as an invited lecturer in Technical University of Crete (Greece), Cyprus University of Technology (Cyprus), ISA Lille University (France) and internationally (via online ISEKI Food Association e-course platform) giving courses on agricultural/food waste treatment, valorization, and recovery. He has published >150 scientific documents, including >40 research articles, reviews and monographs in ISI Scientific Journals, book chapters and conference presentations. He has edited >30 multi-author contributing books in the broad field of food, bioresource, and environmental science and technology.

His scientific work has raised interest, as reflected by several nominations (Highly Cited Researcher 2019, Finalist of “Global IChemE Awards 2017 – Training & Development” for the “Food Waste Recovery-Open Innovation Network” entry, Top Reviewer 2016- Sustainable Production and Consumption, Outstanding Reviewer 2015 for Desalination, Food & Bioproducts Processing and Industrial Crops & Products, Top Reviewer 2014-IChemE Journals Top-25 most downloaded article 2012, 2013, 2014-Trends in Food Science and Technology, 1st most cited article in Trends in Food Science and Technology, 2nd most cited article in Food and Bioproducts Processing, Highly Cited Article 2016-International Journal of Food Properties, Top Reviewer 2012-Desalination and Outstanding Reviewer 2012 and Best Reviewer Award 2012, 2014, 2015-Bioresource Technology, 2 National innovation distinctions, etc) and >35 invited speeches (as a keynote speaker, lecturer, panelist and animator in International Workshops, Conferences, Summer Schools as well as courses in Universities and International Associations).

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Email: charismgalanakis(at)