Our Mission
Our Mission

The mission of the Nireas International Water Research Center is two-fold:  the development of cutting-edge water technologies, and the dissemination of water-related technologies to the public, accessible to citizens and practitioners alike.  

With regard to the first mission, Nireas-IWRC strives to become a central location that is easily accessible to scientists from the international community through the creation of a virtual home for water-related research, and makes bold steps for the creation and hosting of an internationally-recognized research center for the advancement of water-related research. Consequently, Nireas-IWRC ultimately offers a platform not just for more effective technologies but for an entirely new generation of functionality for sustainable management of water resources, harnessing the synergies of integrated interdisciplinary research on water quality, quantity, and management and by linking previously stand-alone content through a single knowledge repository.  

Equally important, the second Nireas-IWRC mission will generate a responsive environment for technology-enhanced research to motivate, engage and inspire citizens, and one that will be embedded directly in the social web.  The acquired knowledge and know-how will be transmitted internationally by publications, lectures, teaching, and consulting to the private and public sector. Emphasis will be placed on disseminating knowledge (publications, conferences, and training) electronically via an on-line web portal.  Hence, our proposed approach for the Nireas-IWRC to operate as a magnet, bringing international researchers to the institute to focus on the most pressing water-related issues.

Overarching goals of the Nireas International Water Research Center will be to:

  • develop the technologies for sustainable water use, treatment and reuse,
  • introduce ground-breaking testbed platforms for improving water quality and quantity,
  • positively impact Cyprus’s water-scarcity problem through scientific and socioeconomic research on water production, purification and efficient distribution,
  • provide research facilities for the international scientific community in support of water-related technology development,
  • help shape society’s attitude towards water preservation and sustainable management, and to develop a community outreach program with the primary goal of affecting public attitude towards water use,
  • attract world-renowned researchers to NIREAS for conducting cutting-edge water-related research,
  • help bridge the gap between academia, research and industry through joint research efforts with SMEs and independent researchers,
  • serve as a center/dissemination point for scientific development of sustainable water technologies and practices,
  • develop socioeconomic instruments to enhance societal responses to sustainable water management and quality protection,
  • enhance dissemination and education activities related to water issues.

 

The immediate and longer term benefits that are expected as a result of the Nireas International Water Research Center’s  operation are:

  • increase local awareness of cutting-edge issues in the area of water research.
  • further train researchers in the advanced systems that will be developed and applied.
  • consolidate and leverage the collective skills of the participants towards multi-disciplinary research and frontier knowledge and expertise that will lead to novel developments in the field of water management.
  • set the stage for advancing the competitiveness of the related science in Cyprus.
  • enhance the research quality of all academic scientists involved promoting excellence. 
  • create opportunities for the participants to attract and retain scientific talent with expertise in the specific thematic areas. This further helps in reversing the brain drain especially from Cyprus to other EU countries but also to the United States.

 

In summary, through the establishment of a functional research center focusing on water issues, cutting-edge research can be conducted synergistically in a central location that is easily accessible to scientists from the international community. Multidisciplinary teams of specialists in the fields of environmental engineering, natural and social sciences will have a platform to jointly develop solutions to environmental problems.  The acquired knowledge and know-how will be transmitted internationally by publications, lectures, teaching, and consulting to the private and public sector.  Emphasis will be placed on disseminating knowledge (publications, conferences, and training) electronically via an on-line web portal accessible to the public.