Ionian University, Greece
Dr Georgios Papaioannou is an Associate Professor in Museum Studies and Digital Cultural Heritage at the Ionian University, Corfu, Greece, Dept. of Archives, Library Science and Museology. He is also the Director of the Museology Lab there. He has studied classics, archaeology, cultural heritage and IT in Greece, the U.K. (UCL and King's) and Spain. His research interests lie in applications of new technologies for cultural heritage, archaeology, and education, including digitization, data management, virtual reality, augmented reality and mobile applications. He has focused lately on Big Data for museums and cultural heritage, and he organizes the International Conference on Museum Big Data (MBD2019 in Doha, Qatar, and MBD2020 in Nicosia, Cyorus). He directs and participates in internationally-funded research work and projects of cultural/museum works in the Mediterranean and the Arab world (Greece, Cyprus, Syria, Jordan, Oman, Qatar), where he has founded and organized museums and museum exhibitions, including the Museum at the Lowest Place on Earth in the Dead Sea, Jordan. He has received awards for his research, teaching and administrative work. He has taught at universities in Greece, UK, USA, Australia, France, Cyprus, and Qatar, including teaching in open and distance education settings via new technologies. He has authored books, papers and conference presentations, including textbooks and alternative teaching materials in the methodology of open and distance learning. He is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK), the Secretary-General of the Hellenic Studies Society of Near East (HSNES), a member of the International Council of Museums (ICOM), and a member of the Pool of Experts of the European Museum Academy.