Dr Dionysios Bournas is currently Scientific Officer at the Unit "Safety and Security of Buildings" of the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC), Directorate "Space, Security & Migration" in Ispra (Italy).
He studied Civil Engineering (2004) and gained an MSc (2005) and a PhD (2008) in Structural Engineering at the University of Patras, Greece. Then, he moved to Italy where held two Post-Doctoral positions in the European Centre for Training and Research in Earthquake Engineering (EUCENTRE, University of Pavia 2009-2010), and in the European Laboratory for Structural Assessment (ELSA, 2010-2012) at the JRC. Afterwards, he was appointed Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Nottingham (UK) in 2012. He re-joined the JRC of the European Commission in 2016 as Scientific Officer.
Dr Bournas specializes in the application of advanced composite materials as strengthening and seismic retrofitting materials of the existing concrete and masonry structures. Moreover, he also works in the areas of seismic risk assessment, prefabricated structures, standardisation in construction and energy efficient buildings.
He has published more than 70 scientific publications in journals, book chapters, scientific and policy reports and peer-reviewed international conferences.