Sotiris Plainis completed his undergraduate studies in Optics and Optometry in Greece and UK, respectively. These were followed by postgraduate (MSc, 1995; PhD, 1999) and postdoctoral (1999-2001) research at the Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences, UMIST, UK. Since then he has been employed as Principal Research Fellow at the Laboratory of Optics and Vision (LOV), School of Medicine, University of Crete, being a faculty member of two postgraduate courses and having an active research group in visual psychophysics and electrophysiology.
He is appointed as a Visiting Research Fellow at Aston University, UK and had served as an Honorary Lecturer at the University of Manchester (2006-2013). He forms a Faculty member of the Basic Optics course organised by the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ESCRS) and a past member of the Education Committee of the European Academy of Optometry and Optics (EAOO). He is a member of the International Society for Contact Lens Research (ISCLR) and a fellow the British Contact Lens Association (BCLA). Since 2015 he forms an International Vision Impairment (VI) Classifier, IPC. He has published widely in his field in peer-reviewed Journals (63), edited a book (“Presbyopia: origins, effects and treatment”, SLACK Incorporated) and is a reviewer of Postgraduate Scholarships of the British College of Optometry.