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Katerina Fotopoulou, is Professor of Psychodynamic Neuroscience at University College London, leading award-winning research on the mental-physical health interface, including the European Research Council programme grant METABODY (

Katerina has published more than 100 scientific articles and has received several awards for her research, including the Distinguished Young Scientist Award (2014) by the World Economic Forum and the prestigious Early Career Award of the International Neuropsychology Society (2016).

She is the co-founder and Treasurer of the International Association for the Study of Affective Touch (IASAT), board member of the European Society for Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, the Co-Chair of the International Convention of Psychological Science (ICPS) programme committee, the past Secretary of the International Neuropsychoanalysis Society, and the editor of the volume: Fotopoulou, A., Conway, M.A., Pfaff, D. From the Couch to the Lab: Trends in Psychodynamic Neuroscience.

Oxford University Press, 2012. In the UKRI Textiles Circularity Centre, Katerina uses ideas from how the brain achieves sustainability and mental wellbeing to inform how our economies and societies can become circular and sustainable.

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