Nireas-IWRC, University of Cyprus

75, Kallipoleos Str. 1678, Nicosia Cyprus

Role in the project

UCY participates in WP2 and WP3 of the PANIWATER project.
WP2 (Wastewater treatment): UCY team will work on the Identification/monitoring of CECs including pharmaceuticals, pathogenic indicator bacteria, antibiotic-resistant bacteria and antibiotic resistance genes (ARB&ARGs) and toxicity present in Indian UWTP effluents. Moreover, advanced oxidation technologies will be applied for the removal of various CECs including pharmaceutical compounds, ARB&ARGs and toxicity from simulated Indian wastewater effluents. The team will contribute to the optimization of the operation of the Indian pilot plants.
WP3 (Drinking Water treatment): In the framework of WP3, UCY team will contribute to the preliminary evaluation of the efficiency of the filtration, adsorption and UV-C (FAU) prototype and to the FAU prototype efficiency assessment under real Indian field conditions.


Dr. Despo Fatta-Kassinos, Ph.D.

Despo Fatta-Kassinos is an Associate Professor of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and the Director of Nireas International Water Research Center at the University of Cyprus. She holds a Diploma in Chemical Engineering from NTUA (Greece), an M.Sc. in Environmental Management and Education from the European Association of Environmental Management and Education (Greece/Italy) and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from NTUA (Greece). Her research expertise includes water and wastewater treatment and reuse; contaminants of emerging concern; advanced chemical oxidation processes; advanced biological treatment; advanced chromatographic analysis for the identification of microcontaminants in environmental matrices; assessment of the biological potency of microcontaminants and wastewater flows through the application of bioassays; antibiotic resistance in the aquatic environment; uptake of microcontaminants by crops during wastewater reuse.
Currently, her group is participating in 8 EU-funded research projects (H2020, PRIMA, Water JPI, ERANETMED), while she has participated in more than 70 research projects. She is the Coordinator of the H2020-MSCA-ITN-2015/675530/ANSWER project (2015-2019) and was the Chair of the COST Action NEREUS ES1403 (2014-2018). She was the leader of the WG5 ‘Wastewater reuse’ of NORMAN Association from its creation until 2019, and a founding member of the International Ph.D. School on Advanced Oxidation Processes and member of its Scientific and Management Committee. She is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the project “Cross-Research in Environmental Technologies of the University of Santiago de Compostela (CRETUS)” of the Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, Spain, and the Chair of the Advisory Board of the African Center of Excellence in Water and Environment Research. She serves on numerous scientific evaluation panels (e.g. National Research Funding Agencies from Europe, Middle East, Asia, Canada, USA, the European Science Foundation and the European Commission). She has also served as the Chair of the Scientific and Technological Advisory Board of the European JPI ‘Water Challenges for a Changing World’ (2015-2019). She is Editor of the Journal Environmental Chemical Engineering, Elsevier. Her publication record includes 146 papers in referred journals, 3 environmental books (co-editor), various book chapters, and more than 180 presentations at international conferences. She received the 2012 “Nikos Symeonides” national research award by the Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation for her work on wastewater treatment and xenobiotics. In 2017, she received an honorary award for her long-standing contribution and activity in the research area of Environmental Protection by the Hellenic Open University. She is a Highly Cited Researcher 2018 in recognition of the production of multiple highly cited papers that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and year in Cross-field, and a Highly Cited Researcher 2019, in the field of Environment and Ecology, awarded by Web of Science, Clarivate Analytics.

Dr. Popi Karaolia, Ph.D.

Dr. Popi Karaolia received her first degree in Biology, from the University of Nottingham, UK in 2006 and an M.Sc. in Environmental Management from the same university. Moreover, she received an M.Sc. in Environmental Health from the Cyprus University of Technology in association with the Harvard School of Public Health. She has successfully defended her Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Cyprus (UCY) in February 2019 and since then, she is a post-doctoral researcher at Nireas-IWRC of the UCY.
Her research focuses on the removal potential of biological and advanced oxidation processes of antibiotics, ARB&ARGs and other genetic biomarkers of human pollution. She is also currently working on the investigation of the presence of illicit drugs in urban sewage, and the subsequent application of a wastewater-based epidemiological approach for the evaluation of drug consumption in urban areas. Moreover, she is occupied with the occurrence of pharmaceuticals including antibiotics in treated wastewater, their accumulation in soil irrigated with treated wastewater and their subsequent uptake by various crops. She is actively involved in several collaborative water-related research projects funded by various Cyprus-based, European and international funding bodies. Dr. Karaolia has participated in a number of scientific conferences, has published more than 11 refereed journal papers in high-impact international scientific journals, has co-authored 3 book chapters, she has taught various university courses and has given numerous seminar presentations on water-related topics, in Cyprus and abroad.

Ms. Stella G. Michael: March 2019 – February 2020

Stella G. Michael is a Ph.D. candidate at Nireas-IWRC. She is an Environmental Engineer graduated from the Technical University of Crete. After her graduation, she has worked as an Environmental Engineer in the consultancy sector and has been involved in several projects in the fields of Environmental Policy, Water & Flood Management, Waste & Pollution Management, Environmental Impact Assessment etc. Her research area focuses on the assessment of the fate and behaviour of various CECs after their release in the environment through urban wastewater reuse practices and the determination of their potential biological potency. One basic pillar of her research is the study of the removal of various antibiotics, antibiotic resistance bacterial genes, pathogens and viruses, frequently detected in the biologically-treated urban wastewater effluents, by various light-driven oxidation, membrane filtration and adsorption processes. She has participated (or she is currently involved) in various collaborative water-related national and EU-funded research projects, associated with the spread of antimicrobial resistance and advanced wastewater treatment technologies. She has (co)authored 3 refereed journal papers and 1 book chapter, and she has presented her work in a number of scientific conferences (h index: 3, citations: 23; Scopus, November 2019).

Ms. Anna Korelidou: March 2019 – November 2020

Anna Korelidou received her first degree from the department of Biology of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens in 2013. She also completed her Master’s degree in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology of plants at the University of Crete in 2016. Her thesis focused on the biodegradation of toxic phenols by green algae. During her Master studies, she had an internship at the Center for Research in Agricultural Genomics in Spain, at the Laboratory of Molecular genetics and Biochemistry (2015). She has previously worked as a clinical laboratory analyst and as a microbiologist in the private sector. She has gained work experience in microbiological analyses of food, water, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, air and sewage. Her research interests lie in the removal of various CECs including various classes of pharmaceuticals, ARB&ARGs from urban wastewater with the use of biological and advanced oxidation processes.