The Australian High Commissioner Mr. Trevor Peacock visited The Cyprus Institute’s premises in Athalassa Campus on Monday, 27th August.
During the meeting the President of the Institute, Prof. Costas N. Papanicolas, presented its overall vision and achievements and briefed the High Commissioner about the progress on its strategic development plan. Particular emphasis was given to the significant achievements in the areas of Solar Energy and Desalination, Climate Change, and Computational Science, which highlight the regional nature of the Institute and establish it as a leading research institution in the Eastern Mediterranean. Reference was also made on the existing collaborations between The Cyprus Institute and Australian universities and research centers as well as on the prospects of further collaborations. The High Commissioner visited a number of research laboratories of the Institute where research staff presented some of the main research activities of CyI.
The two parties agreed that Cyprus and Australia face common challenges in various fields and through effective and closer scientific cooperation they can develop joint actions for addressing a variety of problems. Furthermore, it was stressed that the existing cooperation between the Institute and various Australian institutions should continue and be further strengthened.
Mr. Peacock stated that the prospects for cooperation between the two countries on climate change and desalination is great and more emphasis should be given on joint research projects in these areas. He also expressed his intention to contribute to the effort to expand the existing collaborations between The Cyprus Institute and universities and research centers in Australia.