On the Pathway to Success: Becoming a Leading Earth Observation Centre Through the EXCELSIOR Project
This paper presents the pathway towards the establishment of the ERATOSTHENES Centre of Excellence (ECoE), through the upgrade of the existing Remote Sensing & Geo-Environment Group - ERATOSTHENES Research Centre (ERC), within the Cyprus University of Technology (CUT). The ECoE aspires to become a sustainable, viable and autonomous Centre of Excellence for Earth Surveillance and Space-Based Monitoring of the Environment. The ECoE will provide the highest quality of related services in the National, European, Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East and Northern Africa areas (EMMENA). Therefore, drawing on the capitalization of experience and knowledge from previous projects and the research areas and international networks of the ERC, this papers highlights the importance of the establishment of the ECoE in the EMMENA area.
KeywordsCentre of Excellence Remote sensing Earth Observation Cyprus Smart specialization strategy Environmental monitoring Cultural heritage EMMENA
The authors acknowledge the ‘EXCELSIOR’ (ERATOSTHENES: EΧcellence Research Centre for Earth Surveillance and Space-Based Monitoring of the Environment) project. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 7633643 Work programme H2020 under “Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation”, call: H2020-WIDESPREAD-04-2017: Teaming Phase 1 (Coordination and Support Action) (www.excelsior2020.eu).
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