Expertise: Food Waste Recovery & Innovations

Dr. Galanakis is a multidisciplinary scientist with experience in food and environmental science and technology, innovation and sustainability, industry, and academia. He is one of the few individuals from any scientific field nominated as a Highly Cited Researcher (Clarivate Web of Science, 2019, 2021) under 40 years old. He has defined the new term and discipline of Food Waste Recovery and established the most prominent open innovation network worldwide to inspire related professionals to extract high added-value compounds from wasted by-products in all stages of food production and re-utilize them in the food chain. Over the last year, he is leading efforts on depicting the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the food sector and environment, publishing relevant scientific articles.

He is an Adjunct Professor of King Saud University (Saudi Arabia) in Agricultural Sciences, and the Research and Innovation Director of Galanakis Laboratories, Chania, Greece ( He has over 20 years of experience in analyzing wine, food, beverages, and environmental samples and at the consulting of related industries and local producers.

Since 2014, he has worked as a freelance expert, evaluator, and monitor of funded projects and proposals (>40 calls) for different bodies, including the European Commission, World Intellectual Property Organization, European Bank for Reconstruction Development, US Department of Agriculture, and the Australian Resource Council, among others. He has served as an invited lecturer at 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 is the Editor in Chief of Discover Food (Springer Nature, since 2021), editorial board member and subject editor of Trends in Food Science & Technology (Elsevier) since 2021, Food and Bioproducts Processing (Elsevier) since 2015, Food Research International (Elsevier) since 2013, Foods (MDPI) since 2019, Journal of Advanced Research (Elsevier) since 2020, Future Foods (Elsevier) since 2020, Acta Innovations (CBI Pro-Akademia) since 2019. He has published >200 scientific documents, including >55 research articles, reviews, and monographs in ISI Scientific Journals, book chapters, conference presentations, technical briefs for international organizations (e.g., EC Joint Research Center, World Intellectual Property Organization), and the edition of >50 multi-author contributing books. His scientific work has raised interest as reflected by several nominations and >40 invited speeches as a keynote speaker and panelist in scientific events.

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