School of Production Engineering and Management,Technical  University of Crete
The Technical University of Crete is a small, young, dynamic University with a clear mission: to expand knowledge and benefit society through research integrated with education. In this endeavour, the pursuit of excellence is the driving force. More than 70 laboratories with prime equipment, high technology infrastructure and eminently qualified personnel, as well as 120 faculty and staff members with international academic background attest to the level of excellence in education and research conducted at the University. The School of Production Engineering and Management, welcomed its first students in 1984 and the first graduate students in 1986. The curriculum of the school consists of modern technologies, production systems, management and decision making, finance, operational research as well as ergonomic design, control systems, materials, mechatronics and robotics (
Department of Economics and Sustainable Development, Harokopio University of Athens
Harokopio University of Athens is a public university dedicated to promoting research and learning in a small, well focused set of intellectual areas. The University’s excellent campus facilities houses four academic departments, the central administration, the library, the IT centre and student advisory services. The Department of Economics and Sustainable Development aims to promote scientific knowledge and research on subjects related to the domestic economy, the organization and operation of the family, as well as the management of the natural and cultural environment (
INFER – International Network for Economic Research
INFER is a non-profit organisation supporting research in all areas of economics. It has been established in Germany and has members from all continents. Researchers and practitioners from all fields of economics are welcomed as INFER members. Universities or research centers can join INFER as institutional members. INFER also aims to become a dissemination partner for large research projects. (
Harper Adams University
Food, Land and Agribusiness Management Department
As the population grows, so do our demands on the planet. Managing this resource has never been so important. Since it was founded in 1901, Harper has been designed to meet this challenge. Set on a 550 hectare farm, is a leading specialist university tackling the future development of our planet's food production, processing, animal sciences, engineering, land management and sustainable business. HAU’S mission is to provide world leading higher education and research for the delivery of sustainable food chains and the protection of rural resources for future generations. Main Subject areas: Agriculture, Animal Sciences, Business and Agri-food, Environment, Sustainability and Wildlife, Engineering, Food Technology and Innovation, Rural Estate, Property and Land Management Veterinary Nursing and Physiotherapy, Zoology. (
Department of Civil Engineering School of Architecture, Land and Environmental Sciences, Neapolis University Pafos (NUP)
Neapolis University Pafos (NUP) is one of the leading private universities in Cyprus with students from all around the world. Α vibrant academic institution focusing on high quality education while enriching the teaching process.
Established in 2010, NUP, is a vibrant academic institution with emphasis in the provision of high-quality Higher Education and the creation of cutting-edge applied knowledge, focusing, in parallel, on the provision of optimal academic services to its academic community and the broader society, at a national as well as at an international level.
NUP aims to contribute to social cohesion and evolution; to the progression of science via processes of interactive and innovative learning pedagogies and development of research; as well as the development of high-level new scientists and professionals of contemporary fields of knowledge. (
Department of Environmental Engineering, Democritus University of Thrace
Democritus University of Thrace is currently operating eight Schools and nineteen Departments participating in several transnational and national projects. Research focuses in several scientific areas such as engineering, IT, environmental and agricultural sciences, medicine, molecular biology, law, economics, sociology, humanities, education, and physical education. The Department of Environmental Engineering is the first of its kind in Greece, established in 1993 to educate engineers for the environmental protection challenges of modern society (
Region of Crete
The Region of Crete is one of the 13 regions of Greece. It includes the island of Crete and smaller islands such as Gavdos, Gavdopoula, Zeus, Chrysi, Koufonissi and the islands of Dionysades. Crete is the largest island in Greece and the second largest in the eastern Mediterranean after Cyprus. It is located at the southern tip of the Aegean Sea. (
Municipality Of Heraklion
Heraklion is the capital of Crete and one of the Mediterranean region''s most fascinating and vibrant cities. It is full of places to discover. With the current efforts to open up the wonderful mediaeval city centre, it speaks to us of a past full of history and great events that reflect its location at the crossroads of three continents. (



Frontiers in Sustainability  aims to empower scientists to become far more involved in the sustainability discussion and ensure that their research results are openly and freely accessible to other researchers, industries and policy makers. This transdisciplinary journal brings various disciplines and sciences together to foster a holistic and integrated approach to a multidisciplinary discourse, addressing complex adaptive systems engineering, sustainable process design, practical production, environmental, resource use and sustainability challenges that cannot be tackled in isolation. The journal contributes in advancing Goal 8, 9 and 12 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.


PLASTIKA KRITIS Group is one of the leading European producers of agricultural films and masterbatches. It has a strong international orientation with manufacturing facilities in Greece, France, Romania, Poland, Russia, Turkey and China that supply over 90 countries around the world. The Group is serving with its products the horticultural & agricultural markets, the plastics industry as well as projects related to water-management & environment protection (

Academic Partners

Hellenic Association for Energy Economics
The Hellenic Association for Energy Economics is a nonpartisan, nonprofit, research organization, dedicated to providing an interdisciplinary forum for the exchange of knowledge, information & experience among energy industry experts, academic, government and other professionals interested in energy economics. (
ΕURECA-PRO/ the European University on Responsible Consumption and Production
ΕURECA-PRO/ the European University on Responsible Consumption and Production, which has a 2-fold societal and planetary mission, is the global educational core hub and interdisciplinary research and innovation leader in qualitative environmental and social framework development for responsible consumption and production of goods towards a circular economy and a sustainable future. (
Department of Management Science and Technology - Hellenic Mediterranean University (HMU)
Hellenic Mediterranean University (HMU) is a new, qualitative, extroverted university with a strong international presence. It aims to provide a modern, comprehensive, and high-quality education and all the tools to help students and researchers in their careers. HMU's Department of Management Science and Technology offers three-degree programs: (a) Organization and Business Administration; (b) Data Science and Information Technology; and (c) Digital Marketing and Communication. The department is part of the School of Economic and Management Sciences, also located in Agios Nikolaos. The Department's high-level research and collaboration with other universities as well as with FORTH are strengthened by the establishment of the Institute of Economic Analysis, Entrepreneurship, and Tourism on the Department's premises. It combines management sciences with new information and communication technologies, marketing, and organizational studies. (

Supporting Partners

Intelligent Research Infrastructure for Shipping, Supply Chain, Transport and Logistics
EN.I.R.I.S.S.T. is a unique and pioneering Research Infrastructure that aims to fill a significant existing research gap in the fields of Shipping, Supply Chain and Transport in Greece. It combines the collection and processing of data (with the aim of protecting privacy and copyright), the development of innovative models and programming techniques, the development of useful applications, secure and user-friendly, and finally the development of digital observatories aimed at support for public and private stakeholders (businesses, public bodies, research organizations, etc.). In this way, the vision of EN.I.R.I.S.S.T. is to become a center of excellence that will promote and support research in its scientific fields.
The objectives of EN.I.R.I.S.S.T. are:

· Develop an intelligent research and business platform to support key economic activities and small and medium-sized enterprises active in the areas of research infrastructure interest.
· Collect, process and provide researchers and users with information & tools on national & international passenger & freight transport including sea, air, inland and intermodal transport.
· Support stakeholders in original research, investment plans and policies (academic community, researchers, infrastructure operators, private & public companies, policy makers)
· To create a multi-dimensional institution of economic & research development for Greece, by creating new & enhancing existing networks that will ensure the flow of knowledge & information


The main objective is to promote research outputs in the field of data management in the sector of transport. Special emphasis will be given to spatial analysis in order to improve the accessibility of remote regions such as Thrace. The special session is supported by Intelligent Research Infrastructure, Shipping, Supply Chain, Transport and Logistics Plus (EN.I.R.I.S.S.T.+) research project, which is co-financed by Greece and the European Union - European Regional Development Fund and consists of 4 partners (Educational Institutions). The EN.I.R.I.S.S.T.+ project is an extension of the unique national research infrastructure EN.I.R.I.S.S.T., in the fields of shipping, supply chain and transport in Greece, which is already successfully implemented.
The objectives of EN.I.R.I.S.S.T. PLUS are:

· Develop an intelligent research and business platform to provide information and support decisions on spatial economics and accessibility;
· Develop KPIs and Decision support tools towards passenger and freight accessibility through the critical infrastructure in region of Thrace;
· Support stakeholders in original research, investment plans and policies (academic community, researchers, infrastructure operators, private & public companies, policy makers)
· To promote the concept of sustainable development of critical infrastructure by reviewing issues on the base of circular economy and valuable investment on infrastructure.
The Technical Chamber of Greece (TCG, TEE in Greek) was established in 1923. It is a public legal entity, with an elected administration. Its headquarters are in Athens and has branches in 17 geographical regions. All qualified licensed engineers in Greece are registered members of the Technical Chamber of Greece. TCG aims at developing Science and Technology in sectors related to the disciplines of its members, for the economic, social, and cultural development of the country, in accordance with the principles of sustainability and environmental protection. The Department of Eastern Crete (TAK) is mainly in charge for activities in the prefectures of Heraklion and Lassithi.(
The Statistics and Economics IWA Specialist Group is composed of a multidisciplinary group of experts with different expertise in the water sector. The scope of the Group is to provide a forum to debate how utilities are financed, how their various water tariff structures are, which measurement of performance they use, how they analyse their microeconomics, how they manage efficiency, etc. We usually organize different workshops and seminars in different countries to discuss the actual water sector issues. One of the main activities of this group is the development of the International Statistics for Water Services ( that provides water industry statistics on countries and cities water facts updating abstraction, consumption, water charging figures, etc., and on regulation (
CIRCUL-A-BILITY is a pan-European COST supporting network of actors involved in all aspects of food packaging, including material scientists, food scientists, industry end-users, consumer scientists and policy makers. The network works to harmonise and integrate food packaging related research, share information, support industry in the implementation of sustainable packaging systems, create authoritative working groups able to give science based recommendation to consumers, user groups, policy makers and industry. It is expected that such COST action activities will 1) valorize the current technical advances, 2) speed the preparation of prototypes beyond the interest of single stakeholders and to the benefit of the European landscape;  3) avoid duplication of efforts in research in adjacent fields; 4) accelerate technology transfer and entrepreneurship; 5) elevate the scientific capacity and research ranking of the COST working members. (

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