The EXCELSIOR H2020 Teaming Phase 2 Project

The Project

The EXCELSIOR H2020 Teaming Phase 2 Project

Through the ‘EXCELSIOR’ Horizon 2020 Teaming project, a new, autonomous and self-sustained Centre of Excellence entitled as ‘ERATOSTHENES Centre of Excellence for Earth Surveillance and Space-Based Monitoring of the Environment’ will be created, as a result of upgrading the existing Remote Sensing and Geo-Environment Lab, operating within the Department of Civil Engineering and Geomatics, Faculty of Engineering and Technology of the Cyprus University of Technology (CUT) since 2007. The ERATOSTHENES Centre of Excellence (ECoE) will implement a course of actions to progressively achieve full economic sustainability in terms of staff, assets and operations.


OUR MISSION: To upgrade the existing Remote Sensing & Geo-Environment Lab (ERATOSTHENES Research Centre), established within the Faculty of Engineering & Technology of the Cyprus University of Technology (since 2007), into a sustainable, viable and autonomous Centre of Excellence, the Eratosthenes Centre of Excellence (ECoE)


OUR VISION: Within the next 7 years, the ECoE will become a world-class Digital Innovation Hub (DIH) for EO and Geospatial Information becoming the reference Centre in the Eastern Mediterranean, Middle East and North Africa (EMMENA)


In our capacity as a consortium acting in the domains of Earth Observation (EO), Geospatial Information (GI) and Space Applications:

  • We are motivated by the big European space programmes Galileo and Copernicus and their downstream effects on European economy and science
  • We take the opportunity of the Cyprus Government investing to become full European Space Agency (ESA) member
  • We are motivated by the unique location of Cyprus as the most south-eastern EU member state, within the Eastern Mediterranean area offering geoscience, economic and social opportunities and challenges
  • We are inspired from the fact the Earth Observation (EO) has been identified by ESA experts, as one of the three domains for potential future Plan for European Cooperating States projects in Cyprus
  • We are aligned with the Smart Specialization Strategy for Cyprus
  • We feel the responsibility since ERATOSTHENES Research Centre (ERC) is the only EO center in Cyprus
  • We are stimulated from our mission to upgrade the ERC to ERATOSTHENES Centre of Excellence (ECoE)
Space-based Earth Observation where three Continents meet facing common challenges for making citizens and societies resilient to sustainable development


Overall Structure of the EXCELSIOR Work Plan

EXCELSIOR will be implemented through ten strongly interrelated Work Packages within a period of 84 months. The work plan is based on four main pillars: Guidance, Investment, Achievement and Promotion.

‘ERATOSTHENES’ Centre Of Excellence (ECoE)

The main concept behind the ECoE is to be a fully functional Digital Innovation Hub (DIH) and a Research Excellence Centre for EO in the EMMENA region, creating an ecosystem where the state-of-the-art sensing equipment, cutting-edge research, targeted education services and entrepreneurship come together. It is based on the paradigm of Open Innovation, which is based on the Quadruple Helix Model, where Government, industry, academia and society work together to drive change by taking full advantage of the cross-fertilisation of ideas.

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