Costas N. Papanicolas

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Costas N. Papanicolas
Prof. Papanicolas
Born (1950-10-01) October 1, 1950 (age 68)
Alma materMassachusetts Institute of Technology
Scientific career
FieldsNuclear & Particle Physics, Solar Energy
InstitutionsThe Cyprus Institute, University of Athens


Prof. Costas N. Papanicolas is a Nuclear and Particle Physicist with over 35 years of experience as a researcher, an educator and a scientific administrator. He received his B.Sc. in Physics and PhD in Nuclear Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the USA. His research interests lie on the fields of Hadronic Physics, and in Solar Energy and Energy Policy.

Papanicolas has held positions at the French Atomic Energy Commission (Saclay, France) and has served as Professor of Physics at the University of Illinois[1] (Urbana-Champaign, USA), and at the University of Athens (Greece). He has also served as the Founding Director of the Institute of Accelerating Systems and Applications[2] (IASA) in Greece. Since 2008 he holds the positions of President of The Cyprus Institute (CyI) and of CEO of the Cyprus Research and Educational Foundation (CREF).

During his career he held a numerous positions in various organizations; he served as a member of the Interim Governing Board and co-Chair of Technical Committee for the SESAME (Jordan),[3] Chair of the Appointments Committee for the establishment of the Department of Natural Sciences of the University of Cyprus, and Chair of the Council on Educational Evaluation and Accreditation (CEEA) of the Republic of Cyprus. He has also served as member of the National Advisory Council for Research and the National Council for Research and Technology of Greece. He is currently the Chair of the Cyprus-CERN Committee,[4] the Vice-Chair of the Cyprus Scientific Council, the senior advisory scientific body to the Cyprus Government, and member of the National Research Council of Cyprus which is chaired by the President of the Republic of Cyprus.

Publications and Academia[edit]

Prof. Papanicolas has over 120 publications[5][6] in peer-reviewed journals, numerous conference proceedings and holds two patents (in Medical Physics and Solar Energy). He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society[7] and a member of Academia Europaea,[8] the only academic from a Cypriot Institution to hold these distinctions.


  1. ^ "Costas N. Papanicolas, University of Illinois profile page". University of Illinois. Retrieved 9 August 2012.
  2. ^ "IASA official website, contains members list". IASA. Retrieved 10 August 2012.
  3. ^ "SESAME news articles about SESAME launch". SESAME. Retrieved 10 August 2012.
  4. ^ "Cyprus-CERN Committee". CERN. Retrieved 9 August 2012.
  5. ^ "List of Prof. Papanicolas publications on The Cyprus Institute website". The Cyprus Institute. Retrieved 9 August 2012.
  6. ^ "List of Prof. Papanicolas publications". Microsoft Academic Search. Retrieved 10 August 2012.
  7. ^ "Archive (1990-present)". American Physical Society. Retrieved 6 August 2012.
  8. ^ "Costas N. Papanicolas". Academia Europaea. Retrieved 6 August 2012.