The innovation and interdisciplinary nature of the EMPROS project aims at the expansion of services and products, both in the business sector and in the scientific sector, in order to strengthen the health sector. In addition, innovative big data analysis techniques will offer significant advantages of portability and scalability in large geographical areas and in areas with different geographical location and morphology.
NOA – National Observatory of Athens
The National Observatory of Athens (NOA/ IAASARS, Institute for Astronomy, Astrophysics, Space Applications, and Remote Sensing), founded in 1840, is the oldest research center in Greece. NOA conducts research in the field of Earth observation and environmental monitoring, systematically collects and analyzes data in real time, produces new research, and provides specialized services of global scope to improve life and protect societies from all kinds of hazards. Its research interests focus on standard services for continuous monitoring of natural disasters as well as other specific areas (agriculture, health, energy) in the wider region of South-Eastern Europe, the Balkans, the Middle East and North Africa. The National Observatory of Athens (NOA) over the last 15 years has gained considerable experience in the coordination and implementation (as coordinator and partner) of co-funded projects from national resources (e.g. from GSRI, General Secretariat for Research and Innovation and different regions of Greece) and programmes of the EU Copernicus space programme (FP6-FP7-H2020) and relevant funding from the European Space Agency (ESA) in sub-programmes EOEP, DUE, ARTES, GSTP etc.
Ecodevelopment S.A. is an environmental applications company (SME) founded in 2000 (originally a spin-off of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki). It has implemented >150 large-scale mosquito control projects in 10 regions of the country and in >100 municipalities. It makes extensive use of new technologies in relation to field data collection, digitization and analysis to optimize decision making for actions in wide-area mosquito control projects in 50% of the Greek territory. Its research interests are to better understand the environmental factors that determine mosquito breeding and ethology as well as pathogen transmission through mosquitoes and to develop new methodologies for more effective mosquito control. Ecodevelopment S.A. (ECODEV) has many years of experience in entomological and ornithological monitoring and surveillance as well as in the collection, management and analysis of big data, specializing in mosquito control in large-scale projects throughout Greece and abroad.
UTH – University of Thessaly
The University of Thessaly is a Legal Entity of Public Law with full autonomy and is supervised by the Ministry of Education. The Laboratory of Hygiene and Epidemiology of the Medical School of the University of Thessaly consists of the following areas: epidemiology, biostatistics, occupational health, environmental health. At the same time, it is certified with ELOT EN ISO 9001:2015 and performs both microbiological (including molecular techniques) and chemical (HPLC, GC-M, Atomic Absorption) analysis of environmental samples. The Laboratory also operates the Regional Public Health Laboratory which is accredited according to ELOT EN ISO / IEC 17025:2017. In addition, as of February 17, 2014, the Laboratory of Hygiene and Epidemiology of the University of Thessaly was designated as a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for the International Health Regulations: points of entry (WHO Reference Number GRE-27).
The Laboratory of Hygiene and Epidemiology has undertaken numerous research projects on hygiene and communicable diseases as well as epidemiological research and prevention of vector-borne diseases. It has also developed information systems for data exchange and epidemiological surveillance of public health events at national and international level. It is also actively involved in the investigation of outbreaks. The Laboratory has many years of experience in leading EU research projects (coordinator of the EU HEALTHY GATEWAYS Joint Action, Specific Contract No 2017 72 06: “Evidence-based best practices on entry/exit screening for infectious diseases in humans” Framework contract No FWC Chafea/2015/Health/05 – LOT3, EU SHIPSAN ACT Joint Action, Ship Sanitation Training Network- SHIPSAN TRAINET, SHIPSAN). In addition, it has implemented and coordinated national projects such as “Special control programme for West Nile virus and malaria, strengthening surveillance in the Greek territory (MALWEST) 2007-2013”, “Epidemiological investigation, diagnosis and treatment of malaria in the Region of the Municipality of Evrota for the period 2016-2017”, “Establishment of a surveillance and vigilance structure for diseases arising from insect vectors (Malaria) with the Region of Peloponnese for the period 2017-2020”, and the “Programme for Environmental Surveillance at the Olympic Games (Athens 2004)”. The team of the Laboratory of Hygiene and Epidemiology consists of faculty members, laboratory collaborators and scientific staff, who have a rich body of authorship in international peer-reviewed journals. The Laboratory of Hygiene & Epidemiology of the University of Thessaly (UTH) has many years of experience with specialization in the field of epidemiological research and prevention of vector-borne diseases.
The Laboratory of Entomology & Agricultural Zoology of the Department of Agriculture, Plant Production & Rural Environment of the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences of the University of Thessaly has been operating since 1991. Main research interests are: 1. Bioecology, demography, behavior and treatment of Diptera of the family Tephritidae, 2. Determination of age and aging in natural insect populations, 3. Sexual behavior and behavior of finding insects of economic importance – Effect of plant chemicals on the behavior of Diptera / Tephritidae insects, 4. Development of insect trapping systems, 5. Bioecology, genetics, insect population dynamics, 6. Development of resistance to insecticides used, 7. Development of Integrated Pest Management Systems for economically important crops.
UPAT – University of Patras
The Laboratory of Atmospheric Physics of the University of Patras (LPA-PU) was founded in 1968. It is active in teaching and research in the fields of Atmospheric Physics, Meteorology, Climatology and Environmental Physics. It is particularly involved in research and development in the research areas of Atmospheric Prediction and Complex Systems Dynamics, Weather Hazard Management, Solar Radiation, Climate and Isotopes in the Atmosphere. The applications of the research include a multitude of weather and climate coupled systems, such as air pollution, infectious diseases, emissions, energy, water resources, soil, etc. The research activities of the (LPA-PU) include the implementation of numerous international and national research projects and the provision of services in the fields of Atmospheric Physics, Meteorology and Climatology.
EDGE is a company that uses cutting-edge technology to develop innovative integrated business solutions and systems related to the monitoring, management, exploitation, protection, and measurement of the terrestrial, marine, and atmospheric environments, as well as the near-space environment. It exploits the advanced products and scientific results from the modern, mature, and commercially exploitable solutions that have emerged from the long-term activities of the researchers of the National Observatory of Athens and more specifically of the BEYOND group. It develops and operates information systems, technological solutions, scientific instruments and infrastructures based on satellite remote sensing, geosciences and natural process modelling, geodesy, information and geoinformatics, telecommunications and space technologies. EDGE is a start-up company that uses cutting-edge technologies to develop innovative business solutions and systems related to the monitoring, management, exploitation, protection, and measurement of the terrestrial, marine, and atmospheric environments.