The Cyprus Institute (CyI) is a non-profit research and educational institution with a strong scientific and technological orientation. It is an issue oriented institution, emphasizing international collaborations and cross-disciplinary research and post graduate education. CyI is being developed by establishing research centres which address challenging problems that are important at both the regional and international levels. Its research centres are developed in partnership with leading institutions in the respective thematic areas. The Energy, Environment and Water Research Centre (EEWRC) is one the 3 research centres of CyI and currently involved in ACTRIS-2 and participating to ACTRIS PPP.
EEWRC works in close collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz, Germany, the Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation (RPF), and many national institutions and organizations in Cyprus and the region on societally relevant issues related to Energy and Renewables, Environment and Climate, and Water and Natural Resources. Over the past few years, EEWRC has proven to be a leader in the area of Environmental and Climate research. The Atmospheric and Climate Research in particular, in close co-operation with the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry (MPIC) in Mainz, Germany, has established CyI as a key player of Climate Research in the region and beyond. In particular, EEWRC has been instrumental in providing evidence that the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East region (EMME) is a climate change “hotspot” and relating this to public health, ecosystem development and water, to name but a few of the impact sectors considered. These studies have attained international recognition, notably for their emphasis on the EMME. The research has been nationally embedded through strong collaborations with the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment, and the Ministry of Energy, Commerce, Industry and Tourism.