Cyprus University of Technology - The Cyprus Institute - The Energy, Environment & Water Research Centre (CYI)


Department carrying out activities: Energy, Environment and Water Research Centre


The Cyprus Institute was founded in 2005 and has been operating since Dec/2007. Its mission is to help transform Cyprus into a knowledge economy and to act as a gateway for science and innovation between the EU and the EMME region, taking advantage of its geopolitical setting. It is a science and technology, research and postgraduate education, non-governmental, nonprofit organization governed by an international Board of Trustees and funded principally by the Cyprus Government. The CYI has a research agenda that includes several of the topics outlined in the proposal. Both in Energy and in the built environment research sector it has demonstrated potential towards excellence, obtaining several EU projects (indicated throughout the text). The CYI team is led by Prof Manuel J. Blanco and Prof C.N. Papanicolas and on energy systems, and Prof Mat Santamouris and Prof. D. Serghides for the areas of the built environment, all internationally recognized scientists and experienced administrators.




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Despina Serghides is Professor Adjunct at the Energy, Environment and Water Research Center of the Cyprus Institute (EEWRC), where she carries out research in Architecture, Energy and the Urban Environment. She studied and obtained her Diploma in Architecture at the Architectural Association School of Architecture (AA) London, UK. She continued postgraduate studies in Planning at the Planning Department of the AA. Also from the AA she obtained her Master and Doctorate in “Architecture – Energy & Environment”. She is President of the International Solar Energy Society of Cyprus (ISES), member of the executive Committee and member of the Board of Directors of ISES-Europe of which she was also President. She has acted as a consultant for the Cyprus Government and Parliamentary committees and representative of the National Scientific and Technical Cooperation Board with Greece and China.


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Adriana Bruggeman is Associate Professor in Hydrology and Water Management at the Energy, Environment and Water Research Center, of The Cyprus Institute. She holds a PhD in Biological Systems Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, USA (1997) and she is MSc in Hydrology and Water Management from Wageningen University, The Netherlands (1988). Her main research interests are the monitoring and modelling of hydrologic and environmental processes, integrated natural resource management, climate change adaptation, participatory research and stakeholder processes. She has worked as a research assistant and postdoctoral research associate on various hydrologic monitoring and modelling studies to assess the impact of agricultural management practices on water quality in Virginia, USA.


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Panos Hadjinicolaou is Associate Professor at the Energy, Environment & Water Research Center of The Cyprus Institute since 2015. He holds a BSc in Physics from the University of Athens (1993), an MSc in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of East Anglia (1994), and a PhD in Atmospheric Modelling from the University of Cambridge (2002). He has contributed to EU projects in the UK on global atmospheric chemistry modelling and his work on dynamically-induced stratospheric ozone trends has appeared in three WMO Οzone Depletion Assessments. He has coordinated and carried out modelling work in national and international research projects on regional climate modelling and extremes. He was previously a Post Doctoral Research Associate, at the University of Cambridge, Research Associate at the University of Athens, and Assistant Professor at Frederick University.


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Elias Giannakis is a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Environmental and Resource Economics at the Energy, Environment and Water Research Center, The Cyprus Institute. He holds a PhD and an MSc from the Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development of Agricultural University of Athens in rural economics. His areas of expertise include bio-economic modeling, general equilibrium models, participatory research and policy impact analysis. He has worked as a special scientist for the Cyprus University of Technology and the Agricultural University of Athens. He is currently working on analyzing and assessing the economic and environmental costs, benefits and trade-offs of climate change adaptation options and on developing methods and indicators for quantifying ecosystem services. He has applied a series of evaluation techniques including cost-benefit analysis, multi-criteria analysis, input-output analysis, social accounting matrices and system dynamics. He has participated in many EU-funded research projects investigating issues such as the socioeconomic effects of climate change, impact of EU policies, and economic and environmental impact of agriculture.


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Georgios Zittis has an educational background in environmental and earth sciences, and a Degree from the School of Geology of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, in 2006. After completing his military service in Cyprus he continued his Master studies in the Department of Meteorology of the same School graduating with grade Excellent in 2010. His professional research career starts in 2010 when he joined the Atmosphere and Climate Modelling group of the Cyprus Institute, in Nicosia, Cyprus, as a Research Assistant. He began to work on the dynamical downscaling of climate over the eastern Mediterranean with the use of PRECIS regional climate model. A few months later he was enrolled in the Environmental and Atmospheric Sciences Doctorate program of The Cyprus Institute.