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Professor Despina Serghides is Adjunct at the Energy, Environment and Water Research Center of the Cyprus Institute (EEWRC), where she carries out research in Architecture, Energy and the Urban Environment. She studied Architecture at the Architectural Association School of Architecture (AA) London, UK. She continued postgraduate studies in Planning at the Planning Department of the AA. Also from the AA she obtained her Master and Doctorate in “Architecture – Energy & Environment”.
She is the president of the International Solar Energy Society of Cyprus (ISES), member of the executive Committee and member of the Board of Directors of ISES-Europe of which she was the president. She has acted as a consultant for the Cyprus Government and Parliamentary committees and has been the national scientific representative of the National Scientific and Technical Co-operations with Greece and China. She gives lectures at National and international Universities and Institutes. She is editor and reviewer in scientific journals and international conferences proceedings. She has a lot of publications and she was honored with a lot of scholarships, awards and offices. She chairs and participates in organizing and scientific committees of International and National conferences, seminars and congresses of which she is invited plenary or and keynote speaker and presents her research. She worked for many years at the Higher Technical Institute and has been involved in research working in the field of bioclimatic architecture and energy conscious building design for sustainable indoor and outdoor environments, for over 25 years. In the early 90s the results of her research for “Zero Energy for the Cyprus House” hit the headlines of the Cyprus press, and were reported internationally
The architectural design and concepts of her research have been presented and discussed at international congresses, forums and conferences and most of it has been published in international journals and proceedings. She is the scientific coordinator of the EU programmes, SUI-Urban Europe/2014, IEE-EPISCOPE, RISE SMART-GEMS, the EC MED programme, “TEENERGY- Energy Efficient Schools” and the research project (ENAK-TEPAK, Energy Efficiency of Academic-Educational Buildings). She participated in the Marie Curie SOLNET programme of which she was a member of the three members Consulting Committee and on which she gave lectures on the doctorate course “Renewable Energies & Energy Efficiency” (SOLNET-Kassel University, Germany). She was also the scientific coordinator of the 6th FW programme “Low Energy Hotels for Southern Europe” and of the EC 5th FW programme “Brundtland Cities Energy Network”.