Vassilia Partali is a Greek and Swiss citizen, and was born in Athens in 1951.
Partali has studied chemistry at the bilingual (German, French) Université de Fribourg in Switzerland, where she received her diploma and PhD.
In 1984 she came for a post-doc year in the Chemistry Department of the former NTH. Partali continued to work in the same department as research assistant for 3 more years. From 1988-1991 she worked at AVH Rosenborg.
Since 1992, she has been employed as an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry, NTNU.