Role:    Coordinator

Leader: Assoc. Prof. Evelpidou Niki



The National and Kapodistrian University of Athens is the largest state institution of higher learning in Greece, and among the largest universities in Europe. As all other Greek universities, it is a self-governed legal entity of public law and all major policy issues are determined by the Ministry of National Education and Religion.Retaining its academic autonomy, it fully respects the constitutionally secured right to everyone for a free education.

With a student body of about 122,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students,over 2.000 members of academic staff and approximately 1.200 administrative and secretarial staff and specialized personnel, the University of Athens aims at excellence in both teaching and research in a significantly varied range of disciplines.
The National and Kapodistrian University of Athens consists of 31 Faculties, 84 Graduate Programs, 241 laboratories and 66 Clinics. The Faculties and their respective Departments, functioning within the 8 larger academic units entitled Schools, as well as a number of independent Faculties offer a wide range of undergraduate courses, leading to a Diploma equivalent to a Bachelor of Arts or Sciences degree, after a minimum of four years of studies. Moreover, intra- and inter-Departmental programs offer an expanding range of taught and research-based postgraduate degrees.

The Team

The team of the University of Athens is hosted at the School of Sciences, Faculty of Geology and Geoenvironment. In general, the research activities carried out by the members of the Faculty of Geology and Geoenvironment are broad in scope and include fundamental and applied research as well as contractual activities, while the sources of the funds for research are mainly the EU, State funds, Internal University funds and regional and local authorities and municipalities.
In terms of infrastructure, the Faculty of Geology and Geoenvironment has 9 laboratories, 2 of which will be valuable for the project: the laboratory of Economic Geology and Geochemistry and the laboratory of Physical Geography, which covers research needs in the fields of Physical Geography, Geomorphology, Oceanography, Quaternary Geology, and Environmental Pollution. All of them are equipped with specialized infrastructure on laboratory analysis (scanning electron microscope (SEM-EDS), polarizing microscopes, granulometric machine). Advanced hardware equipment (servers, plotters, digitisers, PCs, laptops, GPS, stereoscopes) along with specialized software on GIS, image processing, stratigraphic analysis provide the most suitable working environment for the team.
In particular, the team of Assoc. Prof. Niki Evelpidou, leader for the UoA team, concentrates on both basic and applied research on the processes of extreme weather events and natural hazards, such as erosion (esp. coastal erosion), floods, droughts, sea level changes and the environmental consequences. The research activities are mostly financed by European and national funds within research projects carried out in cooperation with the most significant environmental institutes and universities in Europe, USA, China and Australia. The team of  Assoc. Prof. Niki Evelpidou has coordinated and participated in projects of considerable funds (e.g. from EU – FP7 Smartest, COST Actions A27 – 634 – C22 – ES0701 – ES0907 – ES1104, Lifelong Learning Projects, INTERREG, Culture, LIFE, Leonardo da Vinci, etc.) and from national funds. Assoc. Prof. Niki Evelpidou ( is an active member of the Faculty with high managerial and research skills, coordinator of the majority of scientific publications and national annual events on the disciplines covered by the Faculty.
The leader of NKUA,  Assoc. Prof. Niki Evelpidou, is a distinguished Doctor in both the Faculty of Geology and Geoenvironment of the University of Athens and the faculty of Geoarchaeology of the University of Franche Compte, in France. She has been appointed by the European Science Foundation of the EC as a National Delegate to participate in the research that takes place within COST Actions (G2, A27, 634, C22, ES0701, ES0907 and ES1104) while she has participated in more than 50 research projects (FP7, Lifelong Learning Programmes, Interreg MED, Interreg IVC, Leonardo da Vinci, INTERREG III Β MEDOCC, INTERREG III Β ARCHIMED and various bilateral collaborations). She numbers more than 200 publications in scientific journals and conferences. Her didactic and research work focuses on Geomorphology, Quaternary Geology, Applied Geomorphology, Palaeogeography, modeling of natural hazards.
The research interests of the leader of UoA and her team focus on coastal geomorphology, sea level changes and sea level indicators, geoarchaeology and paleogeography with great experience in fieldwork activities, educational activities and events such as the organization of training schools, workshops and seminars.


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