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Scientific Expert Panels

A most valuable recourse to our Institute is the Scientific Expert Panels (SEPs). These panels meet at least once a year and provide independent advice of the highest possible caliber on scientific issues and policy regarding each Center’s individual development, thus aiding the Institute’s leadership in planning the evolution, strategic orientation of each unit; SEPs also play a vital role in helping exercise scientific overview and steering for the Centers.

The Members and Chair of the SEPs are appointed by, and report to, the President of CyI providing scientific guidance and advice on all scientific matters pertinent to the Center’s operation. They also enable the President to exercise scientific oversight and carry out evaluations of the scientific activities of each of the Centers and their research units, in terms of quality, relevance and synergy with other activities or units.

In particular, the SEPs:

  • Make recommendations on issues related to the research scope and thrusts and to the future development of the Center;
  • Evaluate ongoing and planned programs and projects, as well as personnel for the leading scientific positions, as requested by the scientific management of the Cyprus Institute;
  • Facilitate scientific partnerships and collaborations and generally promote useful contacts for the Center;
  • Review the Center’s progress and achievements on a regular basis, report their assessments and make associated recommendations to the CyI President;
  • Support and in certain cases lead the recruitment of the senior academic, research and administrative leadership of the corresponding Center.



EEWRC Scientific Expert Panel


Chairman of EEWRC SEP

Dr Michel Jarraud - Chair of the EEWRC SEP
Secretary General Emeritus, World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

Dr Michel Jarraud is the Secretary-General Emeritus of WMO from 2016. He served as the Deputy Secretary-General of WMO (1995-2003), the Secretary-General of WMO and as a Member of the Chief Executive Board (CEB) of the UN System (2004-2015).

He also served as the Chairman of UN-Water, the coordination body for all water related issues in the UN System Secretary-General Emeritus WMO (2012-2015). In 2016, he was awarded among other distinctions, with the highest distinction - Silver medal of the European Meteorological Society (EMS), for his contribution to the development of European meteorology.
Michel Jarraud


Members of the EEWRC SEP

Loucas G. Christophorou

Loucas Christophorou (Greece; Energy) is a Member of the Academy of Athens where he holds the Chair of Physical Science-Experimental Physics. Formerly, he was Senior Corporate Fellow at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Senior Research Scientist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and Ford Foundation Professor of Physics at The University of Tennessee, USA.  He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a  recipient of many distinguished awards.

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Philippe Davy

Philippe Davy (France; Hydrogeology) is Director of Research at French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and a faculty member at the Department of Geosciences at the University of Rennes.

Philippe Davy
John Georgiadis

John Georgiadis (USA; Desalination) is Chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering and the R. A. Pritzker Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology. He was previously the Richard W. Kritzer Distinguished Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Joanna D Haigh

Joanna D Haigh (UK; Climate and Environment) is Professor of Atmospheric Physics at Imperial College London, and co-director of the Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment. Prof Haigh is also a Fellow of the Royal Society, a former head of the Department of Physics at Imperial College London, and a former president - now a vice-president of the Royal Meteorological Society.

Joanna D Haigh
Zev Levin

Zev Levin (Israel; Climate & Atmospheric Sciences) is the Goldenberg Chair Emeritus Professor in Atmospheric Physics at the Department of Geophysics and Planetary Science, Tel Aviv University. He is the President of the International Commission of Clouds and Precipitation, and the Israeli Academy of Sciences representative to the IUGG and to IAMAS.

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Robert Pitz-Paal

Robert Pitz–Paal (Germany; Solar Energy) is the Co-Director of the Institute of Solar Research of the German Aerospace Center in Cologne, and professor of solar technology at RWTH Aachen. He is an internationally recognized expert on CSP technology and serves on various German and international committees, on editorial boards of several scientific journals, frequently consulted on energy policy issues.

Robert Pitz-Paal



STARC Scientific Expert Panel


Chairman of STARC SEP

Alan Mark Pollard
Edward Hall Professor of Archaeological Science, School of Archaeology, University of Oxford, UK

Professor Alan Mark Pollard’s research over the past 35 years has encompassed the application of the physical sciences, particularly chemistry, within archaeology, and has included a wide range of topics. He is a Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and a Member of the Oriental Ceramic Society.

Alan Mark Pollard


Members of the STARC SEP

Anastasia Drandaki
Curator of Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Collection, Benaki Museum, Greece

Dr. Anastasia Drandaki is the Curator of the Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Collection at the Benaki Museum, Athens. She has organized exhibitions on diverse aspects of Byzantine art and culture including jewelry, ceramics, and icons. She has published articles on late antique and medieval metalwork, on icons, and on the collections and history of Saint Catherine’s Monastery at Sinai.

Anastasia Drandaki
Mary Lewis
Professor of Archaeology at the University of Reading, UK

Professor Mary Lewis is the Head of Archaeological Science and the Programme Director of MSc Professional Human Osteoarchaeology at the University of Reading. Her research interests are the Child Paleopathology, Child growth and development, Osteology of the life course, Adolescence and Puberty and Medieval and Roman Child Health.

Mary Lewis

Roberto Scopigno
Research Director at CNR-ISTI

Roberto Scopigno is Research Director at CNR-ISTI, an institute of the Italian National Research Council (CNR) located in Pisa, Italy. He served as the former leader of the Visual Computing Lab, a research lab that he contributed to found in mid-1990.
Roberto won a permanent researcher position at CNR-CNUCE in 1986, became Senior Researcher in 1997 and finally Research Director in 2001 at CNR-ISTI. On April 1st, 2019, he was nominated Director of CNR-ISTI for a four-year term.
Since 1990 he had joint appointments at the Department of Computer Engineering and at the Department of Computer Science of the University of Pisa, where he taught Computer Graphics courses. He was Visiting Researcher at the Univ. of Vigo (Spain) and at the Univ. of California at Santa Cruz (USA); he has been invited for short stages, seminars and PhD courses by several other international universities.

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Marina Solomidou-Ieronymidou
Director of the Department of Antiquities, Cyprus

Marina Solomidou-Ieronymidou graduated from Sorbonne University (Paris IV) in 1980 and obtained her D.E.U.G. (1979), Licence (1980) and Maîtrise (1981) in Archaeology and Art History, while in 1984 she received her postgraduate title D.E.A. in Archaeology. In 2001 she received her PhD with honors in Medieval Archaeology from Sorbonne University (Paris I). She is a member of the Department of Antiquities since 1986. She was promoted to an a Curator of Antiquities (Ancient Monuments Sector) in 2006, where she was responsible for the coordination of works in relation to the conservation, restoration, protection and promotion of all Ancient Monuments in Cyprus. In 2014 she was appointed Director of the Department of Antiquities.

Marina Solomidou-Ieronymidou

Professor Dr. Jørgen Wadum
Director of Conservation at Statens Museum for Kunst (SMK), Denmark

Professor Dr. Jørgen Wadum is Director of Conservation at Statens Museum for Kunst (SMK), the national gallery of Denmark, and Director of the Centre for Art Technological Studies and Conservation (CATS), a research consortium between SMK, The National Museum of Denmark (NMD), and the School of Conservation (KADK), Copenhagen.

He additionally holds the position as full Professor in Conservation & Restoration at the Faculty of Humanities, University of Amsterdam. He trained as a flower painter, an art historian, and as a painting’s conservator. Since the 1980’s he has specialised in the painting techniques of the 16th and 17th century Dutch and Flemish artists. From 1990 through 2004 he was Chief Conservator at the Mauritshuis, The Hague. He was a founding member of ArtMatters: International Journal for Technical Art History, and he has published and lectured extensively internationally on a multitude of subjects related to technical art history and other issues of importance for the understanding and keeping of our cultural heritage. Wadum holds positions in several international organisations and committees.
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Prof. Ioli Kalavrezou
Harvard University, USA
Ioli Kalavrezou is the Dumbarton Oaks Professor of Early Christian and Byzantine Art History at Harvard University. She has held professorships at UCLA and the University of Munich. Her research and publications focus on the arts of the empire of Byzantium.


CaSToRC Scientific Expert Panel


Chairman of the CaSToRC SEP

Prof. Srinivas Aluru
Regents' Professor, School of Computational Science and Engineering; Executive Director, Institute for Data Engineering and Science, Georgia Institute of Technology

Srinivas Aluru is a Regents' professor in the School of Computational Science and Engineering and serves as the Executive Director of the Georgia Tech Interdisciplinary Research Institute (IRI) in Data Engineering and Science (IDEaS). He co-leads the NSF South Big Data Regional Innovation Hub which nurtures big data partnerships between organizations in the 16 Southern States and Washington D.C., and the NSF Transdisciplinary Research Institute for Advancing Data Science. Aluru conducts research in high performance computing, data science, bioinformatics and systems biology, combinatorial scientific computing, and applied algorithms.
He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM).

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Members of the CaSTORC SEP

Anwar Osseyran
Managing Director, SARA Computing and Networking Services, Netherlands

Anwar Osseyran is Professor of Business Analytics and Computer Science at the University of Amsterdam’s (UvA) Faculty of Business and Economics and has been the CEO of SURFsara, the Dutch national High-Performance Computing (HPC) center, since 2001. His research focuses on the impact of HPC and Big Data technologies on the field of science, the business sector and society. He has more than 30 years of multidisciplinary management experience in various areas of ICT including manufacturing, information management, health informatics, high performance computing, industrial automation and computer hardware and software.

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Thomas Schulthess
Professor, ETH Zurich and Director of CSCS, Switzerland

Thomas Schulthess received his PhD in Physics in 1994 from ETH Zurich. In 1999 he became a research staff member at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and from 2002 to 2008 served as group leader of the Computational Materials Sciences Group of ORNL's Computer Science and Mathematics Division. Since October 2008, Thomas holds a chair in computational physics at ETH Zurich and directs the National Supercomputing Center of Switzerland in Manno. Thomas' research interests are in condensed matter, nano-, and materials sciences, as well as the development and use of high performance computing to solve important problems in these fields. He led the team that was awarded the 2008 ACM Gordon Bell Prize.

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Ian Bird
LHC Computing Grid Project Leader, CERN, Switzerland

Ian Bird, is currently the LHC Computing Grid Project Leader, and has line management responsibility in the CERN IT Department for Physics Computing activities. He the EGEE Operations Manager responsible for deploying, operating, and supporting the EGEE grid infrastructure.

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