GAIA – Laboratory of Environmental Engineering
GAIA – Laboratory of Environmental Engineering

GAIA – The Lab

GAIA is a state-of-the-art laboratory, focused on environmental pollution monitoring techniques (e.g water quality, xenobiotics in wastewater), advanced wastewater treatment and eco-toxicity assessment. GAIA is coordinated by Dr. Despo Fatta-Kassinos, who is actively involved in a number of water-related projects. Examples of such projects refer to the removal of various pharmaceutical compounds and pesticides from aqueous matrices, with the analysis of micropollutants in water and wastewater, with the assessment of the environmental potency of chemicals and of their transformation products etc. The total budget of the projects managed by GAIA since 2003 is over 4 million euro and already 16 graduate students have carried out successfully their thesis at GAIA. Currently 3 postdocs, a research associate, 3 PhD students and a number of graduate students are actively involved in various water and wastewater related projects in the lab. The work undertaken at GAIA is becoming important and this fact led to the organization of various international water events.


GAIA – The Myth

According to Greek mythology, Gaia was a goddess, who arose from Chaos. Chaos was the darkness that reigned in the beginning of existence. The omnipotent Gaia gave birth first to the immense light blue Sky, the Mountains and the Sea. The Sky after it covered the world, united with Gaia, creating all the other elements. Their marriage is the source of life of the world.

Sky and Ground is the fundamental pair, the immortal pair that gives birth initially to the Ocean, the river of rivers and myriads deities that express big forces of Nature and phenomena. Nereids, Titans, Giants, Mermaids, Medouses, Pigasos, Cycoples, Oceanides, thousands sons and daughters that give a face to known and natural phenomena and bodies, as the seas and the lands, the mountains and the rivers, the sun and the moon, the day and the night.

The bigger part of this first cosmogony is found in the work "Theogony" of Isiodos.


GAIA – The Lab Equipment

GAIA equipment