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1 (Coordinator) Eniaios Syndesmos Diaheirishs Aporrimaton Kritis (United Association of Solid Waste Management in Crete) – ESDAK
2 Agricultural University of Athens – AUA
3 Freie Universität Berlin – FUB
4 Harokopio University – HUA
5 Technological Educational Institute of Crete – ΤΕΙC


Eniaios Syndesmos Diaheirishs Aporrimaton Kritis (United Association of Solid Waste Management in Crete) – ESDAK

United Association of Solid Waste Management in Crete (ESDAK) founded in 2000. The aim of the association is the implementation of the Solid Waste Management Plan of the Region of Crete. In this framework ESDAK prepares and implements projects and activities as follow:

– Preparation of proposals for projects in co-financed programs like Cohesion Fund

– Contribution to the implementation of studies and tender documents for solid waste management projects

– Implementation of Solid Waste Management infrastructure (Sanitary Landfills, Solid Waste treatment plants, recycling plants etc)

– Implementation of remediation plans of uncontrolled landfills

– Cooperation with Hellenic Recycling Company (HERCO) for the development of the recycling program in Crete

– Communication and public awareness programs

– Support of the Local authorities of Crete, on Solid Waste Management issues

Members of ESDAK, were 34 municipalities from all over Crete. Now with plan “kallikratis” the 34 municipalities –members of the association have been merged to 24. ESDAK is managed by a transmunicipal board, consisted of 68 Mayors and Municipal Counselors as they were in the plan “Kapodistrias” for local authorities.

The scientific personnel of the association is very experienced in solid waste management issues and consists of all the fields of expertise required (Chemical Engineers, Civil Engineers, Mechanical Engineers, Environmentalists). ESDAK has also participated in the WASP Tool (LIFE10/ENV/GR/000622) Life+ project, gaining valuable experience, much needed for coordinating the F4F project.


Agricultural University of Athens – AUA

The Agricultural University of Athens (AUA) consists of six Depts that award diplomas: Crop Science, Animal Science, Biotechnology, Rural Economics & Development, Food Science & Human Nutrition and Natural Resources & Agricultural Engineering. AUA continues today to make valuable contributions to Greek and European economic development and policy-making, by conducting basic and applied research in the agricultural sciences, and by producing high quality graduates as well as cutting edge scientific knowledge. AUA is classified as one of Greece’s research Universities. In the past 15 years, AUA has undertaken over 1000 research projects funded by the European Commission, the National Strategic Reference Framework (ESPA), and other public and private sources. About a quarter of these were large-scale, multi-partner, EU projects. Approximately 25% of external funding proposals submitted are successful – higher than 20% success rate for competitive EU-funded research proposals. The Division of Nutritional Physiology and Feeding (NPF) is part of the Animal Science Department with nine academic staff members, three technicians and a number of postgraduate students (MSc, Ph.D). The available facilities include fully equipped laboratories for chemical, microbiological, molecular and biochemical analyses and experimental facilities for nutritional and feeding trials with all farm animal species (ruminants, monogastrics, rabbits,

etc). The research of the NDF Division is focused on the systematic investigation of nutritional physiology of farm animals in combination with the development of Biotechnology and Molecular Biology. It is working closely with public and private institutions, industry, private sector, corporations etc. The research funding is coming from the EU and the above mentioned sources. The scientific level and reputation of the NDF. Division is quite high due to the published papers in peer reviewed Journals.


Freie Universität Berlin – FUB

The Department of Veterinary Medicine is a center of research in veterinary medicine and veterinary care services at Freie Universität Berlin. It is one of five sites in Germany offering veterinary education and training. The Institute of Animal Nutrition offers all relevant equipment and analytical methods that are required for biological and laboratory nutritional research including the facilities and techniques for feed processing and production, as well as animal facilities. Currently, the main research focus is the interaction of nutritional factors with the intestine as an interface between the animal and the diet, and particularly the impact of nutrition on the intestinal microbiota and related immune reactions. Up-to-date technology such as metagenomic methods for efficient approaches to studying the intestinal microbiota has been established. This enables the investigation of the complex interaction between nutritional factors and the host in greater detail. Synergisms in the project will be complementary assistance with analytical tasks, exchange of methods, support of other groups in the setting of test designs, production of feed in a small pilot scale for dogs and cats and provision of in vitro experiments and feeding trials.


Harokopio University – HUA

Harokopio University (HUA) is a flexible, highly specialised and dynamic academic institution which specialises on issues relating to the quality of life and sustainability, including all aspects of waste management. Its ratio of journal publications per academic member of staff ranks it 3rd in Greece, while over 300 research programmes were implemented by HUA in the last decade, giving it again one of the highest ratios of projects per academic member of staff among Greek Universities. Through these programmes, as well as its wide ERASMUS exchange program, the University has built an extensive network of high quality co-operation with other academic and research institutes and the private sector, at both national and international level. The project will be carried out by the interdepartmental research group on “Sustainable Environmental Management & Technology – SEMT”, which has extensive experience on the various issues of waste management, with special emphasis on food waste, organic waste, LCA, EPR and recycling, prevention and resource efficiency and green consumption. The Head of the Group (Prof. Dr K. Lasaridi) and all members have extensive expertise and have leaded/ participated in over 30 research and demonstration projects in the aforementioned fields. The group has published extensively in international peer review Journals and Conference proceedings. Moreover, Dr K. Lasaridi has served as

President of the Hellenic Recycling Agency (2010-2013), the Agency of the Hellenic Ministry of the Environment responsible for the implementation of and regulation of EPR policies in Greece. Moreover she has worked in many waste related LIFE projects, most recently in LIFE10 ENV/GR/622 «Development and Demonstration of a Waste Prevention Support Tool for Local Authorities – WASP Tool», as Project Leader.


Technological Educational Institute of Crete – ΤΕΙC

TEIC is the largest Higher Education Institute in Crete with more than 18,000 students and 1,000 staff members. It is operating in six different campus all over the island, has realise investment plants of more than 15,000,000 € in the past ten years alone where the Special Account for Research (an entity responsible for research activities management) has handled more than 40,000,000 € of funding in the past five years.

In the F4F project the Solid Waste and Wastewater Management Laboratory is involved. Dr T. Manios, Associate Professor, is leading the group composed by one post-doc researcher, two PhD students / research assistants, three research assistants and four technicians. The team has produced more than 20 publications in peer reviewed journals in the past five years, one national and one European patent, and numbers presentations in international conferences. They have also established the first Spin Off Company of the institute.

The same group has an extensive experience in realising research and development projects both for the academia as well as for industrial partners. In the past five years has realise projects with a total budget well above 3,000,000 € total budget, including two Life project’s (PURE and CONDENSE, please see details later on).

The initial idea was generated and the relevant experiments presented in the proposal were conducted by TEIC’s team.