Research Areas

Environmental Observations

Conducting continuous long-term measurements and analysis of atmospheric and environmental parameters and trends in the EMME to further our understanding of the changing regional environment.

Environmental Predictions

Dedicated to the study of the role of anthropogenic emissions in biogeochemical cycles, air quality and climate change with a focus on the EMME region.

Impact & Policy Department

Cross-disciplinary research on societal challenges needing regional and local solutions; creating a regional hub for science and policy in the EMME region.

Innovation Department

Identifying attractive research applications that contribute to sustainable economic growth and ensure the Center’s longevity.

Research Infrastructure

  • CAO

    Cyprus Atmospheric Observatory

    The Cyprus Atmospheric Observatory (CAO) aims to provide high quality, long-term observations on a wide range of key atmospheric pollutants relevant to air quality and climate change (reactive and greenhouse gases, aerosols) using state-of-the-art in-situ and remote sensing techniques.

    Located at a regional background site in Cyprus, the station is co-operated in collaboration with the Department of Labour Inspection (DLI), which is in charge of the air quality network in Cyprus.

    The station is ideally located for documenting and contrasting long-range transported pollution from three continents (Europe, Africa, and the Middle East), and dust aerosols from the two largest desert regions in the world (Sahara, Arabian Peninsula).

    It offers on-site facilities and supportive infrastructure for research, development, and testing of new technologies related to atmospheric measurements in close collaboration with industrial partners. It is equipped with state-of-the-art instrumentation jointly operated with research teams from CEA and CNRS (France), Max Planck Institute for Chemistry (Germany), and University of Helsinki (Finland).

    CAO is part of major international atmospheric networks, such as the European Research Infrastructure for the observation of Aerosol, Clouds and Trace Gases (ACTRIS). CAO is also a regional station in the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Global Atmosphere Watch (GAW) program. It is the first GAW regional station in Cyprus, and the first ever, to provide the most comprehensive set of quality controlled long-term atmospheric observations in the EMME region.

  • USRL

    Unmanned Systems Research Lab

    The Unmanned Systems Research Laboratory (USRL) at The Cyprus Institute offers on-site related infrastructure for research, development, and testing of technologies related to UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles).

    These are remotely controlled aircraft that can be flown autonomously based on pre-programmed flight paths, or can even fly by using more complex dynamic automation systems.

    UAVs can carry an increasing amount of sensors and fill the gap between ground-based and satellite measurements, by providing, for a very competitive cost and risk, the capacity to perform with high spatial resolution, long-term monitoring observations necessary for assessing air pollution and climate change in our region. The current mission of the USRL is to provide high-quality observations of atmospheric pollutants and other parameters relevant to air quality and climate change. Taking advantage of several other CyI infrastructures, such as the instrumentation and analytical laboratories for testing and qualifying miniaturized sensors, as well as a private runway and dedicated airspace, USRL performs regular (weekly) UAV flights to document and contrast long-range transported pollution from three continents (Europe, Africa, and West Asia) and dust aerosols from the largest desert regions in the world (Sahara, Middle East).

  • IL

    Instrumentation Lab & Nano-Lab Facilities

    By integrating expertise in electronics engineering, material science, fluid dynamics and information technology, recent advances at the instrumentation lab have led to new possibilities in the development of miniaturized, lightweight and cost-effective instruments for measuring aerosol particles and gaseous pollutants.

    Novel manufacturing methods (e.g., using mold casting and 3D printing) are already employed by members of the Instrumentation laboratory for building integrated instruments for measuring the concentration and size of atmospheric aerosol particles and gas sensors. Such instruments are expected to lead the way into widespread use in ground and airborne monitoring using platforms such as balloons, UAVs, and combinations of the two. A weather simulation chamber has been built to test miniaturized sensors in real-world conditions (UAV flights in the upper troposphere).

    EMME-CARE is upgrading these facilities to enable the development, characterisation, and testing of the most recent miniaturised air quality monitoring instruments, including systems that go beyond the current state of the art. The Instrumentation Laboratory’s activities will be expanded to include the development of miniaturised gas sensors, as well as integrated air quality instrumentation for ground-based in-situ measurements, and for remote sensing instruments.

  • ECL

    Environmental Chemistry Lab

    An emerging regional hub for environmental chemical analyses.

    EMME-CARE will implement additional, advanced analytical techniques and develop training and services to become a regional hub for environmental chemical analyses. It will be supported by an ISOaccreditation level, which has now become a prerequisite for (EU regulated) air quality analyses. This facility will support the long-term atmospheric monitoring programme including field studies as well as the construction and long-term operation of a regional atmospheric network with high quality off-line gas and aerosol measurements.

    ECL will be enhanced with multi-purpose liquid chromatography time-of-flight mass spectrometry facilities to detect a wider range of organic aerosol species and tracers at high resolution, as well as the capacity for off-line GHG (flasks) measurements and bioaerosol (pollen, bacteria, spores) speciation techniques.

    Currently and until the construction of the new CARE-C Headquarters in the CyI Athalassa Campus, the ECL will be sharing laboratory space with the CyI Facility for Chemical Analyses (FCA).

  • DAC

    Atmosphere & Climate Data Center

    CARE-C research facilities will generate a mass of environmental data from observations and modelling that will need automated processing according to quality control protocols (some of them performed in near real time), curation, and storage for further exploitation by different R&D departments and third parties. Based on the successful “SmartSMEAR” system (involving near real-time data and on-line visualisations), and the SMEAR data web portal, DAC will be established providing well-documented open access to observational data and related process chains and flows.

  • EC

    Environmental Chamber

    The Environmental Chamber is a new Laboratory which will have the capacity to perform experiments under simulated environmental conditions to facilitate greater understanding of field observations. It will further the understanding of various atmospheric processes such as the influence of air temperature, solar radiation, relative humidity, reactive gases and of radicals reactions on aerosols and the modification of their properties (physical, chemical, thermodynamic, optical).

    It will also have an educational goal: providing students and researches from Cyprus and elsewhere in the region with the training necessary for them to operate in more advanced chambers such as EUROCHAMP 2000 or the CLOUD chamber at CERN.

  • MoLa

    Mobile Laboratory Unit

    Complementary to CAO (which will provide 24/7 continuous measurements), the Mobile Laboratory Unit will allow CARE-C to perform intensive field studies of several weeks or months per year in Cyprus, the EMME region and beyond.

    Incorporated into a 20-feet standard sea container, MoLa will be easily transportable with minimal logistical constraints, providing a key advantage for field experiments. It will include state-of-the-art instrumentation for measuring levels of GHG, reactive gases, and aerosols) and will be able to deliver critical information on emission sources and atmospheric processes (fluxes, emission factors, chemical fingerprints) to a variety of urban and remote locations.

  • Cy-TERA

    CyI's Super-Computer

    Cy-Tera: Cy-Tera High Performance Computing Facility for Cyprus

    The Cy-Tera project aims to create a research facility including a High-Performance Computing (HPC) infrastructure supporting cutting-edge scientific applications, including computational science research, associated HPC user support and training programs. It constitutes a major step in the development of the Computation-based Science and Technology Research Center (CaSToRC) of the Cyprus Institute (CyI).

    The Cy-Tera facility is the first HPC facility at multi-Teraflop/s level in Cyprus, serving the needs of CyI and its partners (The National Center for Supercomputing Applications, located at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the Jülich Supercomputing Centre, the University of Cyprus, and the Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East) for frontier research applications with scientific and social importance.

Education & Training

PhD Program

The Cyprus Institute offers the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Energy, Environment and Atmospheric Sciences. The goal of the program is to promote excellence and educate students in energy environmental and atmospheric sciences, sectors that are all of high priority for Cyprus and internationally. The challenging curricula includes two mandatory courses aiming to establish a common basis among students from different disciplines, one (from a pool of three) mandatory track courses depending on the sector (energy, environment, or atmosphere) selected by each student, as well as a number of electives that provide insight into a variety of more specialized topics.

The program provides the necessary educational setting where excellence in education and research are fostered through interdisciplinary collaboration on regional problems of global significance.

To satisfy the requirements of the PhD program, students are required to complete a total of 180 ECTS-credits, of which 50 ECTS-credits are from courses (each course is worth 10 ECTS-credits).

For more information about the PhD program in Energy, Environment and Atmosphere Sciences please visit the relevant page of the Cyprus Institute’s Graduate School.

Master’s Program

The Cyprus Institute Graduate School also offers an accredited Master’s in Environmental Sciences. The Institute will offer up to three Dean’s Distinguished Scholarships, the most prestigious scholarships offered by the Institute, to fund top applicants.

Students must select one of two program options:

  • MSc in Environmental Sciences (14 months- 90 ECTS)
  • MSc/MPhil in Environmental Sciences (18 months- 120 ECTS)

Both program options offer two specialization track options:

  • Atmospheric Sciences
  • Meteorology

Students that have completed, or are in their last year of completing, a Bachelor’s degree are eligible to apply.


Dean’s Distinguished Scholarships offer generous financial support for the duration of the program to awardees maintaining excellent academic performance. The scholarships fully cover tuition and other fees as well as travel and relocation expenses (for students relocating from abroad).

For more information about the Masters in Environmental Sciences please visit the relevant page of the Cyprus Institute’s Graduate School.

Innovation

Innovation and entrepreneurship activities in the context of EMME-CARE are conducted through the Center’s Innovation Department. Activities focus on identifying promising commercial research applications and translating them into competitive products and services. The Center focuses on creating solutions that contribute to the sustainable economic growth of Cyprus in a highly competitive international environment, promote solutions for a green economy transition and support the Center’s long-term sustainability through expanding and diversifying its revenue streams.

Within that context the Center is supported by the research exploitation expertise of its Advanced Partners, as well as the resources and know-how of the Cyprus Institutes Entrepreneurship and Innovation Office.

People

  First Name Last Name Position Telephone Email Address
Charbel Afif Charbel Afif Adjunct Associate Professor +357 22 208 601

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Emmanuel Albanes Emmanuel Albanes Research Assistant +357 22 208 700 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Panayiota Antoniou Panayiota Antoniou Electrical/Electronic Engineer for Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) +357 22 208 676 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Jose Araya Jose Araya Computational Support Specialist +357 22 397 563 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Marios Argyrides Marios Argyrides Chief Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Pilot +357 22 208 710 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Ergun Bey Ergun Bey Intern +357 22 208 700 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 Spyros Bezantakos Spyros Bezantakos Associate / Post-Doctoral Fellow +357 22 208 700 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Elie Bimenyimana Elie Bimenyimana PhD Student +357 22 208 700 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
George Biskos George Biskos Associate Professor +357 22 208 618 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Constantinos Cartalis Constantinos Cartalis Adjunct Professor +357 22 208 700 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Andri Charalambous Project Officer +357 22 397 537 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Demetris Charalambous Demetris Charalambous Senior Research Affiliate +357 22 208 601

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Pantelis Chatzikonstantinou Pantelis Chatzikonstantinou IT Technical Research Specialist +357 22 208 700 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 Aliki Christodoulou  Aliki Christodoulou PhD Student +357 22 208 700 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Thalia Christou Maria-Thalia Christou Project Officer +357 22 208 726 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Maria Christou Maria Christou Research Assistant +357 22 397 556 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Theodoros Christoudias Theodoros Christoudias Assistant Professor +357 22 208 677 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Christos Constantinides Christos Constantinides Software Developer for Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) +357 22 397 548  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Katiana Constantinidou Katiana Constantinidou Post-Doctoral Research Fellow +357 22 397 566 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Marinos Costi Marinos Costi Research Assistant in Air Quality Instrumentation +357 22 208 707 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Demetris Demetriou Demetris Demetriou Technical Research Specialist for Greenhouse Gases and Air Pollutants Inventory +357 22 208 700

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Maximilien Desservettaz Maximilien Desservettaz Technical Research Specialist in Atmospheric Sciences +357 22 397 542 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Florence Dubart Florence Dubart Technical Research Specialist for Greenhouse Gases and Air Pollutants Inventory +357 22 208 700 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Kamil Erguler Kamil Erguler Associate Research Scientist +357 22 208 624 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Kleanthis Erotokritou Kleanthis Erotokritou Nanotechnology Research Laboratory Technician +357 22 208 707 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Natalie Florides Natalie Florides Administrative Assistant +357 22 208 601 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
P Georgiades Pantelis Georgiades Post-Doctoral Fellow +357 22 397 504 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Georgios Georgiou Georgios Georgiou Post-Doctoral Research Fellow +357 22 208 631 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Panos Hadjinicolaou Panos Hadjinicolaou Associate Professor +357 22 208 627 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Danielle El Hajj Danielle El Hajj Research Assistant in Atmospheric Sciences +357 22 208 700 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Minas Iakovides Minas Iakovides Associate Research Scientist in Experimental Atmospheric Sciences +357 22 208 722 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Christos Keleshis Christos Keleshis Research and Development Scientist +357 22 208 659 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Maria Kezoudi Maria Kezoudi Post-Doctoral Research Fellow +357 22 397 547 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Pantelis Kiriakidis Pantelis Kiriakidis Research Assistant +357 22 397 553 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Rafail Konatzii Rafail Konatzii Intern +357 22 208 700 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Nikolas Koutras Nikolas Koutras Senior Research Affiliate +357 22 208 700 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Jonilda Kushta Jonilda Kushta Associate Research Scientist +357 22 208 693 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
George Kylafis George Kylafis Post-Doctoral Research Fellow +357 22 208 700 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Marios Kyprianou Marios Kyprianou PhD Student +357 22 208 700 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Georgia Lazoglou Georgia Lazoglou Post-Doctoral Research Fellow +357 22 397 562 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Nikoleta Lekaki Nikoleta Lekaki Intern +357 22 208 700 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Jos Lelieveld Jos Lelieveld Institute Professor +357 22 208 601/626 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Andreas Leonidou Andreas Leonidou Composite Aircraft Developer for the Unmanned Systems Research Laboratory (USRL) +357 22 208 601 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Yunsong Liu Yunsong Liu PhD Student +357 22 208 700 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Charis Loizides Charis Loizides PhD Student +357 22 208 700 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Anne Maisser Associate Research Scientist +357 22 208 747 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Marina Manoura Marina Manoura Senior Scientific Officer +357 22 208 789 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Angeliki Martinou Angeliki Martinou Research Affiliate +357 22 208 601 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Marco Miani Marco Miani Computational Support Specialist +357 22 397 561 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Andreas Michael Andreas Michael Intern +357 22 208 700 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Silas Michaelides Silas Michaelides Adjunct Professor +357 22 208 744 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Nikos Mihalopoulos Nikos Mihalopoulos Professor +357 22 208 601 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Evagoras Nearchou Evagoras Nearchou Electrical/Electronic Engineer +357 22 208 700 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Marco Neira Marco Neira Associate Research Scientist in Vector Biology +357 22 208 700 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Charalambos Neocleous Charalambos Neocleous Junior Software Developer for UAS +357 22 208 700 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Sotia Nicolaou Project Officer +357 22 397 552 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
A Ntoumos Athanasios Ntoumos PhD Student +357 22 208 700 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Konstantina Oikonomou Konstantina Oikonomou Technical Research Specialist in Atmospheric Sciences +357 22 208 722 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Ayche Orgun Ayche Orgun Technical Research Specialist in Atmospheric Sciences +357 22 397 544 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Niki Paisi Niki Paisi Research Assistant +357 22 397 557 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Christiana Panayi Christiana Panayi Project Officer +357 22 208 700 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  Roubina Papaconstantiou Research Assistant in Aerosol Science and Technology +357 22 208 700 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Marina Papageorgiou Marina Papageorgiou Communications Coordinator +357 22 397 574 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Pierantonios Papazoglou Pierantonios Papazoglou Scientific Coordinator +357 22 208 667 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Jean-Daniel Paris Jean-Daniel Paris Affiliate Researcher +357 22 208 700 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Constantinos Photiades Constantinos Photiades Intern +357 22 208 700 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Michael Pikridas Michael Pikridas Associate Research Scientist in Experimental Atmospheric Sciences +357 22 208 682 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Yiannis Proestos Yiannis Proestos Managing Coordinator +357 22 208 634 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Pierre-Yves Quehe Pierre-Yves Quehe Technical Research Specialist in Atmospheric Sciences +357 22 397 546 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Constantina Rousogenous Constantina Rousogenous PhD Student +357 22 208 614 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Roland Sarda-Esteve Roland Sarda-Esteve Research Affiliate +357 22 208 700 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Constantinos Savvides Constantinos Savvides Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Systems Developer +357 22 208 701 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Andreas Schmidt-Ott Andreas Schmidt-Ott Adjunct Professor +357 22 208 601 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Fabian Schmidt-Ott Fabian Schmidt-Ott Intern +357 22 208 700 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Jean Sciare Jean Sciare Professor; Director of EEWRC
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Varnavas C Serghides Varnavas C. Serghides Adjunct Professor +357 22 208 700 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Andreas Sousanis Andreas Sousanis Post-Doctoral Research Fellow +357 22 208 700 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Panagiotis Stagianos Panagiotis Stagianos Research Assistant in Atmospheric Aerosol Sciences +357 22 397 508 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Iasonas Stavroulas Iasonas Stavroulas Research Assistant +357 22 208 682 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Michalis Strouthos Michalis Strouthos Junior Developer for UAS +357 22 208 700 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Filippos Tymvios Filippos Tymvios Senior Research Affiliate +357 22 208 700 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Anna Tzyrkalli Anna Tzyrkalli PhD Student +357 22 208 600 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Floring unga Florin Unga Post-Doctoral Fellow +357 22 208 780 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Angelos Violaris Research Assistant +357 22 208 700 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Panos Vouterakos Panos Vouterakos Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Pilot – Radio Control (RC) Model Developer +357 22 208 710 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Mihalis Vrekoussis Mihalis Vrekoussis Adjunct Professor +357 22 208 698 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Jonathan Williams Jonathan Williams Adjunct Professor +357 22 208 601 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
George Zittis George Zittis Associate Research Scientist in Regional Climate Change Modelling +357 22 208 662 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.