National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (Sarantis Sofianos,

Institute of International Education (IIE):

                                                       National and Kapodistrian University of Athens SELECTED TO HOST Greek Diaspora Fellow

                                                                                            Professor Peter Diamessis, Cornell University

                                                                                  Collaborative Project will focus on Eninormental Sciences

                                                            Greek Diaspora Fellowship Program to Support Projects at Universities in Greece

Athens, August, 2020 National and Kapodistrian University of Athens was selected by the Greek Diaspora Fellowship Program (GDFP) to host a scholar from the United States to work with on a collaborative project on the “Investigation of the role of upper-ocean turbidity in impacting stratification and diapycnal turbulent transport and mixing”. Prof. Sarantis Sofianos (Department of Physics) will lead the project, together with Prof. Peter Diamessis, a Fellow from Cornell University, Ithaka, NY, USA.

The primary research objective of this project is to conduct turbulence-resolving high accuracy and resolution simulations in domains of dimensions typical of a single computational cell used by regional-scale models, equipped with regional-scale predictions of background stratification and current structure. The proposed effort will involve a cutting-edge synergy between large-scale physical oceanography and small-scale turbulent fluid dynamics: coarser-resolution regional-scale model data will be used as input into finer-resolution fully nonlinear/non-hydrostatic process solvers. The potential of future analysis of this database by a broader user base in academic/research institutions across the globe will spark additional international collaborations, for both NKUA and Cornell, in the medium-to-longer-term future.


The  National and Kapodistrian University of Athens project is one of 36 projects that will pair members of the Greek and Cypriot academic diaspora with higher education institutions and collaborators in Greece to work together on curriculum co-development, collaborative research, graduate and undergraduate research training and mentoring activities in the coming months.

The GDFP, now in its fourth year, is designed to enable brain circulation between Greek universities and universities abroad, strengthen capacity at the host institutions, and develop long-term, mutually-beneficial collaborations. It is funded by the Stravros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) and managed by the Institute of International Education (IIE) in collaboration with the Fulbright Foundation in Greece. A total of 123 Fellowships have been awarded since the program’s inception.

Fellowships match host universities with scholars and cover the expenses for project visits of between 14 and 90 days, including transportation, a daily stipend, materials allowance and health insurance.

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