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Friday 16 Nov 2018Sustainable Integrated Management for the Nexus of Water-Land-Food-Energy-Climate for a Resource Efficient Europe: The SIM4NEXUS project

Prof. Maria Papadopouloa - National Technical University of Athens

Harrison 170 13:30-14:30


Global community is well aware of energy, water and climate challenges, but has so far addressed them within sectoral boundaries. At the national level, fragmented actions, lack of coordination, and inconsistencies between laws and regulatory frameworks may lead to misaligned policies. Water and energy issues in relation to climate change should be simultaneously addressed in the decision-making process, including all responsible parties at each sector individually, in order to identify broader influences and cross-sectoral impacts. A nexus approach to sectoral management, through enhanced dialogue, collaboration and coordination, is necessary to ensure that co-benefits and trade-offs are properly considered and that appropriate actions will be put in place.

H2020 SIM4NEXUS (S4N) project proposes a novel methodology for addressing policy inconsistencies and knowledge gaps that hinder the transition to a greater resource efficiency Europe. S4N focusses on the integration of all different sectors that interact and influence each other, namely the “water- energy- food- land use- climate nexus” and proposes the development of tools for identifying and quantifying their complex interlinkages under the influence of climate change.


"Born in Athens, Prof. Papadopouloa is a graduate of the Department of Civil Engineering at University of Patras (1998). She holds a Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Vermont USA (2002). She is a licensed Civil Engineer in Greece since 1998. She served as post-doctoral associate in the Department of Environmental Engineering in Technical University of Crete (2003-2007) and as an adjunct lecturer in the School of Rural and Surveying Engineering at National Technical University of Athens (2007-2009). Since, she serves as an Assistant Professor (2009-2014), Associate Professor (2014-2018) and Professor (2018- today) at School of Rural and Surveying Engineering, Department of Geography and Regional Planning, National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). Recently she was elected Deputy Dean of Rural and Surveying Engineering School at NTUA

She teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses at Schools of Rural and Surveying Engineering and Civil Engineering NTUA and in the “Environmental Infrastructure Works” Graduate Program of Hellenic Open University. The courses are in the field of environmental management focusing on environmental impact assessment, natural resources management and environmental design of infrastructure works. She has written more than 30 peer-review research papers in scientific journals and she had participated in several international and national conferences with fully evaluated papers.

She participates as principal investigator in EU (currently Life+ ADAPT2CLIMA, H2020-SIM4NEXUS), USA and national funded research projects. Her principal research interests lie in the areas of environmental design focusing on quality criteria, environmental water resources management, climate change effects on groundwater resources, climate change adaptation, seawater intrusion phenomenon, subsurface water modelling, water footprint and life-cycle-based sustainability assessment to the agriculture and tourist sector.

She serves as an independent expert evaluator in FP7 ENVIRONMENT and H2020 call proposals, as member of the editorial board of Journal of Computational Environmental Sciences and as a reviewer in several scientific journals and international conferences. She is member of national and international scientific societies and conference scientific committees.

Since 2010, she is a member of National Water Committee responsible for the water policy in Greece and the evaluation of the water management plans applied to river basins in Greece according to the 2000/60/EC Directive considering climate change effects.

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