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.





Professor 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 the 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 the president. She has acted as a consultant for the Cyprus Government and Parliamentary committees and has been the national scientific representative of the National Scientific and Technical Co-operations with Greece and China. She gives lectures at National and international Universities and Institutes. She is editor and reviewer in scientific journals and international conferences proceedings. She has a lot of publications and she was honored with a lot of scholarships, awards and offices. She chairs and participates in organizing and scientific committees of International and National conferences, seminars and congresses of which she is invited plenary or and keynote speaker and presents her research. She worked for many years at the Higher Technical Institute and has been involved in research working in the field of bioclimatic architecture and energy conscious building design for sustainable indoor and outdoor environments, for over 25 years. In the early 90s the results of her research for “Zero Energy for the Cyprus House” hit the headlines of the Cyprus press, and were reported internationally. The architectural design and concepts of her research have been presented and discussed at international congresses, forums and conferences and most of it has been published in international journals and proceedings. She is the scientific coordinator of the EU programmes, SUI-Urban Europe/2014, IEE-EPISCOPE, RISE SMART-GEMS, the EC MED programme, “TEENERGYEnergy Efficient Schools” and the research project (ENAK-TEPAK, Energy Efficiency of Academic- Educational Buildings). She participated in the Marie Curie SOLNET programme of which she was a member of the three members Consulting Committee and on which she gave lectures on the doctorate course “Renewable Energies & Energy Efficiency” (SOLNET-Kassel University, Germany). She was also the scientific coordinator of the 6th FW programme “Low Energy Hotels for Southern Europe” and of the EC 5th FW programme “Brundtland Cities Energy Network”.



Theophilou is a PhD holder from the Department of Environmental Science and Technology in the Cyprus University of Technology (“Theoretical & Practical Study of the Local Climate Change in Cyprus and the Effects on the Urban Environment”). He also hold an MSc in the “Environmental Physics and Meteorology” from the Department of Physics, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, an MBA in Public Sector Management from the Mediterranean Institute of Management, a BSc in Physics from the department of Physics, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and a Professional Training Diploma in Weather Forecasting from the UK Met Office (Initial Forecasting Course – IFC). At the moment, he holds a post as a Meteorological Officer in the Cyprus Department of Meteorology for the last eleven years (currently on a three-year posting at the Minister of Agriculture Office). During the period 2004-2005 he has also worked in the University of Cyprus as a special scientist, with the task of developing the MM5 forecasting model for the area of Cyprus.



Dr. Martha Katafygiotou is a Sustainability Expert currently working as GSAS Project Manager at Gulf Organisation for Research & Development (GORD), in Qatar, which is the certification authority in the MENA region for buildings and infrastructure seeking Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS) accreditation for their design, construction or operation. She is a Civil Engineer, Dipl.Eng, MSc & PhD, with more than 8 years of experience in building industry and higher education, in Europe and Middle East. Her professional interests include climate change and sustainability in the built environment. She is familiar with the most popular sustainability rating systems (GSAS, LEED, BREEAM etc). Additional to her status as a sustainability consultant, she gains academic experience by working as Tutor in under/ postgraduate courses. She is also a Senior Researcher in the field of Sustainability and Built Environment in European and Internationally funded projects:IEE programme EPISCOPE, EC MED programme TEENERGY- Energy Efficient Schools, QNRF-NPRP programme GOPHERS -Developing Green Building Guidelines for Occupant Productivity, Wellbeing and Behavioural Change: A BIM based Design Planning Approach and more. She is a dynamic researcher with numerous publications in reputable journals and books and multiple participations in international conferences. She is a Scientific Reviewer in Taylor&Francis and Elsevier and she was awarded with “Outstanding Reviewer Certificate-2014”. She is a Member of International Committees and Engineering Technical Chambers.



Adriana Bruggeman is an Associate Professor in Hydrology and Water Management at the Energy, Environment and Water Research Center, The Cyprus Institute. She holds a PhD in Biological Systems Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, USA (1997) and an MSc in Hydrology and Water Management from Wageningen University, The Netherlands (1988). Her main research interests are the monitoring and modeling 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 modeling studies to assess the impact of agricultural management practices on water quality in Virginia, USA. She has worked on integrated natural resource management research and capacity building throughout the developing countries of West Asia and North Africa, while based at the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), Aleppo, Syria (1998-2009). She has been a coordinator and principal investigator in many international Research for Development and European Research Projects. She has (co-)authored more than 40 peer-reviewed articles in international scientific journals, and numerous other publications. She has 476 citations and an h-index of 11 (Web of Sciences).



Panos Hadjinicolaou (CYI) is an Associate Professor at the Energy, Environment & Water Research Center of The Cyprus Institute since 2015. He holds a BSc in Physics from University of Athens (1993), an MSc in Atmospheric Sciences from University of East Anglia (1994), and a PhD in Atmospheric Modelling from 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. Panos was previously a Post-
Doctoral Research Associate, until 2005, at the University of Cambridge, from 2005 until 2006 a Research Associate at the University of Athens, from 2006 until 2008 an Assistant Professor at Frederick University, and from 2008 until 2015 an Associate Research Scientist at The Cyprus Institute. He has published more than 30 papers and he has a Web of Science h-index of 13. His Research Interests are: Dynamical downscaling of past, present and future climate; climate change extremes and impacts, stratospheric ozone depletion; interactions of atmospheric circulation and composition. As a Research Associate in CYI, between 2008 and 2011, he carried the modelling work with the PRECIS RCM and analysed the climate change projections for the eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East within the CIMME project (led by Prof. Jos Lelieveld) that resulted in several publications which established CYI in the climate change research of the region. He is now leading the regional climate modelling research line in the The Atmosphere and Climate Division in CYI and he is supervising one Post-doc and two PhD students. He is a member of the Climate Change Impacts Study Committee for Greece, serves as RPF’s Cyprus expert in the European Commission’s Programme Committee for Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw materials (RTDENV- PC-H2020-SC5) and he is Contact Point for the MENA region of the CORDEX Experiment by the World Climate Research Programme. Constantinidou K., Hadjinicolaou P., Zittis G., and Lelieveld J., Effects of projected climate change on the yield of the winter wheat in the eastern Mediterranean and Middle East, Climate Research, 69, 129-141, 2016.



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.



Dr. Georgios Zittis (CYI) has an educational background in environmental and earth sciences. For his undergraduate studies he graduated 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.
His PhD studies were supervised by Prof. Jos Lelieveld (and co-advised by Dr Panos Hadjinicolaou) in a close collaboration with the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, and his thesis was entitled “Regional Climate Modelling in the eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East: Aspects of summer warming and related feedbacks under a changing climate”. Since July 2015 he is a Post-doctoral Fellow in the Cyprus Institute contributing to two research groups, the Atmosphere and Climate and the Water Resources Division. His tasks include the design and application of very high resolution climate simulations for Cyprus, contributing to the assessment of climate change impact on water resources.