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Institute Professor Costas N. Papanicolas is the President of the Cyprus Institute and the head its Energy Division. He holds B.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has served as researcher at CEA (Saclay, France) and as Full Professor at the University of Illinois (U-C) and at the University of Athens (Greece). He directed the Institute of Accelerating Systems and Applications of Greece of the National Technical University of Athens and the University of Athens and the Physics Laboratory of the University of Athens. He chaired the Accreditation Council for Tertiary Education of the Republic of Cyprus (1998 - 2006) and the Committee that established the Departments of Physical Sciences at the University of Cyprus. He served on the National Advisory Board on Science and Technology of the Hellenic Republic and on the Research and Innovation Council of the Republic of Cyprus.
He has researched and published extensively in the area of Nuclear, Particle and Medical physics, in Energy Policy and Solar energy and in Educational Policy. Prof. Papanicolas has over 140 publications in peer-reviewed journals.
He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and a member of the Academia Europea and Founding member of the Cyprus Academy of Sciences Letters and Arts. He is also the Advisor to the President of the Republic of Cyprus and Special Envoy on Climate Change.