HEAD OF DEPARTMENT

DR. ELENI CHATZICHRISTOU

Dr. Eleni T. Chatzichristou is a Research Associate of NKUA. She received her PhD in Astronomy from the University of Leiden (Netherlands) and conducted research in astrophysics in several top institutions world-wide (1994-2004: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Space Telescope Science Institute, Yale University, European Southern Observatory). In 2005 she was awarded a Marie Curie International Re-integration Grant to conduct research at the National Observatory of Athens.

During the following years she gradually became involved in a variety of national and international science communication activities: co-coordinated the Press Office and Outreach and Media Center (EPMC) of Europlanet RI (affiliation: National Observatory of Athens), coordinated the the outreach national nodes network of Europlanet-RI in more than 20 countries (affiliation: National Observatory of Athens), coordination of yearly outreach best practice workshops of Europlanet 2020 RI (affiliation: Institute of Accelerating Systems and Applications), Outreach officer of the Eu-funded MAARBLE project (affiliation: National Observatory of Athens), Greek coordinator of the EU-funded Hands-on-Universe project (affiliation: National Observatory of Athens), Outreach and Communication officer of the Astroparticle Physics European Consortium (APPEC), Greek representative at the European Particle Physics Communication Network (EPPCN).

Since 2012 she is member of the SOC, chairing the Outreach Education Policy (OEP) sessions of the yearly European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC). In June 2016 she became project manager of the Academic Cluster of Science and Technology of USPC (Université Paris Sorbonne Cité) and since January 2017 she is the project manager of the Laboratory of Excellence UnivEarthS at Université Paris-Diderot (France). Publications in refereed journals (23), Conference presentations (54) Citations: >2600 h-index: 13 i10-index: 16

RESEARCHERS

Dr. Dionysia-Theodora Avgerinopoulou is a leading future in International Environmental Law and Policy. A former Member of the Hellenic Parliament, she serves as the Vice-Chair of the Steering Committee of the Global Water Partnership Organization and the Head of Water of the Energy and Environment Committee of the International Chamber of Commerce. She is by profession a specialized attorney in Public International Law, European Law, Environmental, Climate Change and Sustainable Development Law and ADR and the Executive Director of the European Institute of Law, Science and Technology. Dr. Avgerinopoulou has also served as the Chairperson of the Circle of the Mediterranean Parliamentarians on Sustainable Development and the Vice-Chair for the Mediterranean Commission for Sustainable Development. She was nominated as the candidate for the position of the Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Program at the rank of the Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations by the Hellenic Republic.

Dionysia received a first degree in Law from the Faculty of Law of the National and Kapodestrian University of Athens, Greece (top 1 in class, grade: excellent) and an LL.M. in International Legal Studies from the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. with distinction. She also holds a Doctorate in International Environmental Law (J.S.D.) from the Columbia University School of Law. She has been the recipient of many awards and scholarships. Dionysia is the author of several articles on environmental and international issues and has presented her work on several international conferences.  International media have covered aspects of her work in many countries.

She has previously worked, among others, on environmental cases at the Legal Service of the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium, the Permanent Mission of the European Union at the United Nations in New York, U.S.A., the Center on Environmental and Land Use Law of the New York University School of Law in New York, the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy and the Yale Law School in New Haven, C.T., U.S.A. and the International and Foreign Law Institute in Athens, Greece. She is an attorney-at-law by profession. She teaches Public International Law, International Environmental Law, European Environmental Law, Law of Sustainable Development and Energy Law.

She served twice as a Member of the Hellenic Parliament, as well as the Chairperson of the Special Permanent Parliamentary Committee on Environmental Protection and its Subcommittee of the Watercourses, as well as a Member and Chair of the National Defense and Foreign Affairs Committee, and as a Member of the Committee on the Revision of the Greek Constitution and the Committee on the Parliament’s Library. She has been the Secretary of the Parliamentary Committee of Friendship between Greece and the Netherlands and Member of the Parliamentary Committees of Friendship between Greece and the U.S.A., Russia, Kenya and Israel. She has also served as the President of the Parliamentary Committee of Friendship between Greece and Botswana, and a member of the Parliamentary Committees of Friendship between Greece and the U.S.A., Russia, Israel, and Albania. She has served as the Deputy Secretary of Volunteerism and NGOs of the New Democracy Party (“Nea Democratia”), and the Deputy Head of the Environmental Policy Sector of the New Democracy Party. Dr. Avgerinopoulou was a member of the Committee regarding the Genetically Modified Organisms of the Greek Ministry for Environment, Energy and Climate Change. Most notably, she was the Chairperson of the Standing Committee for the UN Affairs of the Inter-Parliamentary Union.

In 2015, Dr. Avgerinopoulou was nominated for the position of the Executive Director of UNEP at the rank of the Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations by the Hellenic Republic. In 2013, Dr. Avgerinopoulou was nominated for the position of the Deputy Executive Secretary of UNEP by the Hellenic Republic. In 2011, Dr. Avgerinopoulou was elected as a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum for her leadership in environmental protection. In 2011, she received the “Green Star” Award by UNEP/OCHA/Green Cross International for her efforts in preparing and combating environmental emergencies. She was also selected among the “40Under40” of the EU, namely among the most promising 40 leaders of the European Union under the age of 40.  In 2010, she also received a Special Congressional Recognition for her “outstanding efforts and invaluable contributions on behalf of Hellenic Students and the environment” and the Global Citizenship Award for Leadership in Assisting Humanity by Orphans International Worldwide in 2010. In 2009, she received the international Goddess Artemis Award by the Euro-American Women’s Council for her contribution to transatlantic cooperation between the U.S. and the EU on environmental and climate change issues, as well as a Recognition by the Mayor of Athens of “her contribution in promoting the Hellenic spirit worldwide.”

She is also a Member of the Network of Women Ministers and Leaders for the Environment, the Hellenic Association for Environmental Law; the Parliamentary Network on the World Bank and IMF; the American Society of International Law (ASIL), the European Society of International Law (ESIL), the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS), the Biopolitics International Organization, the European Women Lawyers’ Association, the Global Diplomatic Forum, the Euro-American Women’s Council, and the Women’s of Europe Award-Greek Division.

Katerina Stoli is a Researcher in European Institute of Law, Science and Technology (EILST) since 2017, where she conducts research for environmental, climate change, climate finance and space law issues, prepares drafts, proposals as well as press releases and speeches and develops environmental management policies, and strategies. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International, European and Area Studies, specialized in Environmental Governance and Sustainable Development (Jean Monnet Programme).

A core focus throughout her career has been the study and analysis of the legislative and policy framework regarding environmental matters, the financing of sustainable development, the empowerment of the enforcement mechanisms of Environmental Law, the mitigation and adaptation of climate change and the support of innovative technologies, such as IoT and space technologies. All these aspects have been approached under a humanitarian as well as environmental perspective, highlighting the role of the environmental education in tackling the existing issues and promoting the SDGs. During this year, she gradually became involved with the interconnections between the environmental protection and the maritime sector, exploring the transition towards sustainability through green shipping practices that enhance maritime energy efficiency.

Prior to that, she volunteered for the Greek Council for Refugees (GCR), a Non – Governmental Organization within the field of asylum and human rights that provides a smooth integration of refugees in Greece. A subject relevant to the sustainable development agenda. She is additionally an active member of many civil society organizations, most notably Action Aid and has attended several seminars and conferences.

Katerina Stoli received a first degree in International, European and Area Studies from Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences of Athens, Greece and a Master’s degree in Environmental Governance and Sustainable Development, with distinction. Katerina’s Master Thesis deals with the case of migration in the context of the 2030 agenda on sustainable development and questions the social issues within the realm of sustainable development.