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Title: Strategic positioning of the ‘ERATOSTHENES Research Centre’ and exploration of new R&D opportunities in the fields of Earth Surveillance and Space-Based of the Environment
Authors: Hadjimitsis, Diofantos G. 
Kontoes, Haris 
Schreier, Gunter 
Ansmann, Albert 
Komodromos, George 
Themistocleous, Kyriacos 
Mamouri, Rodanthi-Elisavet 
Michaelides, Silas 
Anayiotos, Andreas 
Nisantzi, Argyro 
Papoutsa, Christiana 
Mettas, Christodoulos 
Melillos, George 
Miltiadous, Milto 
Kouhartsiouk, Demetris 
Evagorou, Evagoras G. 
Akylas, Evangelos 
Demetriades, Chrystalla 
Tzouvaras, Marios 
Neocleous, Kyriacos 
Papoutsis, Ioannis 
Amiridis, Vassilis 
Tsironis, Vassilis 
Herekakis, Themistocles 
Christia, Eleni 
Gessner, Ursula 
Cerra, Daniele 
Schwartz, Egbert 
Wandinger, Ulla 
Seifert, Patric 
Bühl, Johannes 
Engelmann, Ronny 
Liperi, Konstantina 
Keywords: Remote sensing;Centre of Excellence;Space-Based Monitoring of the Environment
Category: Civil Engineering;Civil Engineering
Field: Engineering and Technology
Issue Date: Sep-2017
Source: RSPSoc2017 Annual Conference, 2017, London, United Kingdom, 5-8 September
Abstract: The aim of this paper is to present our strategy and vision to upgrade the existing ERATOSTHENES Research Centre (ERC), established within Cyprus University of Technology (CUT), into a sustainable, viable and autonomous Centre of Excellence (CoE) for Earth Surveillance and Space-Based Monitoring of the Environment (EXCELSIOR), which will provide the highest quality of related services both on the National, European and International levels. The ‘EXCELSIOR’ project is a Horizon 2020 Teaming project, addressing the reduction of substantial disparities in the European Union by supporting research and innovation activities and systems in low performing countries. It also aims at establishing long-term and strategic partnerships between the Teaming partners, thus reducing internal research and innovation disparities within European Research and Innovation landscape. The ERCis already an established player in the local community and has excellent active collaboration with actors from various sectors in (a) the government, (b) industry, (c) local organisations, and (d) society. In order to further engage users and citizens and to become more attractive to international research and education community, the Centre aims to be fully involved in strategic positioning on the national level, but also in Europe, the Middle East region and internationally. Some examples of how space technologies are integrated with other tools or techniques such as UAV, field spectroscopy, micro-sensors, EO space/in-situ sensors etc. for the systematic monitoring of the environment is shown. Indeed such examples fulfills the objectives of the COPERNICUS academy network (in which ERC is a member) for empowering the next generation of researchers, scientists, and entrepreneurs with suitable skill sets to use Copernicus data and information services to their full potential. Finally, opportunities for future collaboration and investments with the ERC in the Eastern Mediterranean Region are stated. Five partners have united to upgrade the existing ERC into a CoE, with the common vision to become a world-class innovation, research and education centre, actively contributing to the European Research Area (ERA). More specifically, the Teaming project is a team effort between the Cyprus University of Technology (CUT, acting as the coordinator), the German Aerospace Centre (DLR), the Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics Space Applications and Remote Sensing of the National Observatory of Athens (NOA), the German Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research (TROPOS) and the Cyprus’ Department of Electronic Communications of the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works (DEC-MTCW).
Type: Conference Papers
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