George Manganaris entered the Aristotle University of Thessalonik/Faculty of Agriculture in 1993 and followed initiallly a 5-year bachelor degree. He continued his post-graduate studies in the same University from where he completed an MSc degree and awarded his PhD (2004). During his studies, he was a recipient of competitive fellowships/wawards of excellence given by the State Scholarship Foundation of Greece and the Aristotel University. In July 2006 he was offered an appointment as post-doc employee from the University of California at Davis (Department of Plant Sciences). From February 2007, after receiving a Marie Curie Individual Intra European fellowship (EIF fellowships), he was employed by the University of Padova. From 2009 onwards, he is Academic Staff at Cyprus University of Technology, initially as Lecturer (2009-2013) and currently as Assistant Professor. His scientific interests includes the quality evaluation/phytochemical profile of fleshy fruits with the use of physiological, biochemical and molecular approaches, the elucidation of fruit ripening syndrome with emphasis in the development of physiological disorders and overall the postharvest maintenance of fresh produce. He is Vice President of the Hellenic Society of Horticultural Science and Council Member of Greece for the International Society for Horticultural Science and board member of European Fruit Research Institute Network. To date, Dr. Manganaris is the author of 40 scientific papers (19 as senior author) in peer-reviewed journals (1010 citations, h-index=17). Data from his work have also been presented in review papers (5), book chapters (7) and full texts in Conference proceedings (9. He is the Editor of the Proceedings of the 25th Hellenic Symposium of Horticultural ScienceS and of the V International Postharvest Unlimited Symposium.Dr. Manganaris is Associate Editor in the Journal of Horticultural Science & Biotechnology, Editorial Board Member in Frontiers in Plant Science, and member of the editorial of Postharvest Biology and Technology while he has handled over 340 reviews as ad hoc reviewer in 48 refereed journals. He was appointed by the Hellenic Quality Assurance Agency of Higher Education to participate in the External Evaluation process (as a committee member) of four Departments in Greece. He has been also assigned to evaluate competitive research proposals from different countries (France, Belgium, Greece), MSc thesis/PhD dissertations.