I. Konidakis was born in Crete, Greece, in 1980. He has a B.Sc. Honours degree in Chemistry from the University of Aberdeen in UK (2002). He received his Ph.D. degree in Chemistry from the same University in 2006. After spending one year for military service (obligatory in Greece), from June 2008 to August 2011 he has been a Post-doctoral fellow at the Theoretical and Physical Chemistry Institute (TPCI) of the National Hellenic Research Foundation (NHRF). He joined the Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser (IESL) of the Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas (FORTH) on September 2011. During his first IESL appointment until April 2016, he was involved in research on the field of micro-structured optical fibers. In his present IESL research appointment he is part of the Ultrafast Laser Micro- and Nano-Processing (ULMNP) Laboratory that runs under the supervision of the Director of Research Dr. E. Stratakis. His current research interests are focused on the laser-assisted synthesis and characterization of composite glasses and perovskites for advanced photonic and photovoltaic applications. From 2011 to 2017 he was appointed a part-time Lecturer at the Department of Materials Science and Technology of the University of Crete.