The Cyprus Institute
The Cyprus Institute (www.cyi.ac.cy) is a non-profit research and educational institution of international composition, governed by a Board of Trustees comprising world-renown scientists and prominent political and entrepreneurial opinion-Leaders. The Institute thus possesses a novel philosophy on interdisciplinary research and education, and cutting-edge infrastructure to materialise it, which support a scientific, technological and innovative orientation aiming at world-class standards of excellence. Research at CyI is carried out in cross disciplinary Centres that address problems of great scholarly relevance, global significance and regional focus. Shared infrastructures incorporating state-of-the-art technology support the research activities of the three CyI-Research-Centers: Energy, Environment and Water Research Center (EEWRC). EEWRC collaborates closely with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation, as well as many national institutions and organisations in Cyprus and the region. EEWRC focuses on societally relevant issues of Energy & Renewables, Water and Natural Resources.
Science and Technology in Archaeology and Culture Research Center (STARC). STARC is becoming the leading centre for Science and Technology Research in Archaeology and Cultural Heritage in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East (EMME), adding value for its partners and stakeholders through cross-disciplinary cooperation and relevant, nationally and internationally recognized research. It is recognised as a regional hub of E-RIHS, the European Research Infrastructure for Heritage Science, and acts as the European link to SESAME, the Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East.
Computation-based Science and Technology Research Center (CaSToRC). CaSToRC pursues research in computational sciences and is developed in close collaboration with the National Center of Super Computing Applications of the University of Illinois and the Jülich Supercomputing Center (JFZ).
Climate and Atmosphere Research Center (CARE-C). Established via the competitive and prestigious European Union’s Horizon 2020 – TEAMING programme, in cooperation with Advanced Partners, the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz in Germany, the Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) in France, and the University of Helsinki (UHEL) in Finland, CARE-C is a knowledge hub for environmental and climate change research and sustainable solutions, addressing the societal challenges of Cyprus and the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East region.
The CyI operates a number of exceptional research facilities, including:
– The largest open-access High-Performance Computing facility in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East, allowing research requiring intensive computing, data storage, and analyses;
– Facility for Chemical Analysis and Environmental Chemistry Lab, with state-of-the-art laboratory infrastructure for sample analysis, as well as an Instrumentation Lab for instrument customization and development;
– A regional climate data repository and Atmospheric Data Centre;
– Digital libraries and knowledge repositories;
– The Andreas Pittas Art Characterisation Laboratories for non-invasive analysis and advanced multispectral imaging of cultural heritage materials, including a mobile laboratory for deployment in the field, at museums and monuments and a Dendroarchaeology Laboratory;
– The Archaeological Science Laboratories for bioarchaeology and archaeological materials science, including a range of stereomicroscopes, research-level polarising optical microscopes for transmitted and reflected light, a modern Scanning Electron Microscope with Energy-Dispersive Spectrometer, sample preparation facilities, reference collections, and a hhXRF for field use;
– Scientific visualisation and virtual and augmented reality laboratories;
– Unmanned Systems Research Laboratory, with the largest national fleet of both Copter and Fixed-Wing UAVs, as well as a private runway with permanent flight permission to facilitate airborne atmospheric observations;
– Cyprus Atmospheric Observatory facility, which is in charge of the air quality network in Cyprus, an active component of major international atmospheric networks such as ACTRiS currently on the ESFRI Roadmap, and also a regional station in the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Global Atmosphere Watch (GAW) Programme.