Hello, everyone. I am Chrysi Laspidou, a passionate advocate for climate justice and a staunch supporter of initiatives aimed at preserving our planet. Throughout my career, I’ve strived to innovate in climate change adaptation measures with a human-centric approach, believing that these efforts can lead to global resilience.

My formative years were spent in the United States, where I pursued my education at esteemed institutions such as Northwestern University and the University of Texas at Austin. This journey instilled in me a diverse engineering background, encompassing mechanical, industrial, civil, and environmental disciplines. Consequently, my research interests span across various fields, including engineering, urban planning, hydrology, energy, biology, ecology, agriculture, economics, and informatics.

Specifically, my research endeavours delve into resource Nexus and water informatics, mathematical modelling of physical-chemical and biological processes in natural aquatic systems, urban water issues, resource sustainability, and socio-economic aspects of water management. I actively engage in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) projects, focusing on multisensors, smart urban water management, and ICT applications for improving ecosystem function and quality.

With over 70 publications in scientific journals and conference proceedings, I’ve also led numerous research projects funded by national sources and the European Commission. My contributions have garnered recognition, evidenced by 4161 citations, according to Google Scholar. Additionally, I co-authored a book commissioned by the European Commission and delivered keynote addresses at prestigious events like the United Nations Water Conference 2023 in New York City.

I am passionate about finding practical ways of supporting the transition towards a circular and low-carbon economy in Europe and throughout the world. To do so, we need a solutions-based approach that incorporates collaborations and partnerships from all sides. That includes politicians, public and private enterprises, but most important, we need all citizens of the world on board. And I am always eager to communicate this climate crisis with just about anybody willing to listen.

Collaboration lies at the heart of my work, as I engage with global colleagues across diverse platforms to address challenges related to the water-energy-food Nexus. This collaborative ethos extends to my involvement in high-level board positions with global science organizations. While I’m honoured by these opportunities, I remain grounded in the collective effort required to advance scientific endeavours and shape a sustainable future. These affiliations are:

University of Thessaly

Professor and Head of the Transfer Unit of the University of Thessaly, a point of contact between the academic community and industry, the transfer of the knowledge produced to society, and the cultivation of the idea of ​​entrepreneurship within the academic community.

Water Europe

Vice-President of Collaboration at Water Europe, a Brussels-based organization that is dedicated to fostering water security, sustainability, and resilience in Europe and beyond, by providing a platform for knowledge sharing, dialogue, and collaboration for the whole water value chain.

Athena Research & Innovation Center

Member of the Sustainable Development Unit of the Athena Research & Innovation Center, an Athens-based is an umbrella of Institutes focused on building knowledge and devising solutions and technologies for the digital society.

FutureEarthr

Member of the Steering Committee of the Water-Energy-Food Nexus Knowledge Action Network at Future Earth, a global network of scientists, researchers, and innovators collaborating for a more sustainable planet.

University of Thessaly

Professor and Head of the Transfer Unit of the University of Thessaly, a point of contact between the academic community and industry, the transfer of the knowledge produced to society, and the cultivation of the idea of ​​entrepreneurship within the academic community.

Water Europe

Vice-President of Collaboration at Water Europe, a Brussels-based organization that is dedicated to fostering water security, sustainability, and resilience in Europe and beyond, by providing a platform for knowledge sharing, dialogue, and collaboration for the whole water value chain.

Athena Research & Innovation Center

Member of the Sustainable Development Unit of the Athena Research & Innovation Center, an Athens-based is an umbrella of Institutes focused on building knowledge and devising solutions and technologies for the digital society.

FutureEarthr

Member of the Steering Committee of the Water-Energy-Food Nexus Knowledge Action Network at Future Earth, a global network of scientists, researchers, and innovators collaborating for a more sustainable planet.