Dr Economidis was (till 2012) Member of the Advisory Boards of the Centre for Environmental Risk Assessment of the International Life Sciences Institute Research Foundation and of the International Symposia of Biosafety Research. He is visiting professor at the University of Athens and Crete on topics of Bioeconomy, Biosafety and Bioethics. He serves also as Advisor for the Working Group on Synthetic Biology of the EU-US Task Force on Biotechnology Research and for the ERAnet project ERASynBio on the development and coordination of the Synthetic Biology in the European Research Area.
Dr. Economidis is a graduate of the Agricultural University of Athens and holds a PhD on Biochemical Genetics from the University of Texas at Austin. His research was concentrated on protein/nucleic acid interactions related to gene expression. He worked as research associate in United States, in Belgium and in Greece. In 1987, he joined the Research General Directorate of the European Commission where he developed research sectors in the interface of Biotechnology and the Environment such as the safety of GMOs, topics of environmental biotechnology, and issues on molecular diversity. In 2005, he joined the team which developed the concept of the Knowledge Based Bioeconomy and developed sectors such as Environmental Biotechnology, Molecular Diversity, Metagenomics, GMO safety and Emerging Technologies serving Biotechnology such as the Synthetic Biology. He represented his service in the European Federation of Biotechnology, the Working Party on Biotechnology of the OECD and the EU-US Task Force on Biotechnology Research.