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Teaching and learning

The programme consists of lectures and seminars. Lectures are given by academic professors or a professional or a researcher appointed by the department. Seminars are taught by highly skilled and experienced trainers. Active participation from the students is required.

 The MSc thesis is tutored by an academic professor, or a professional or a researcher appointed by the department.

Resident Faculty

Stefanos Chatzinikolaou is Assistant Professor in the Department of Maritime Studies of the University of Piraeus, Greece. He is a graduate of the School of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens, Greece. At the same academic institution, he concluded his PhD studies in sustainable maritime transportation systems. For many years, he has served the maritime industry from managing positions in EU funded and industrial research, consulting engineering, and professional maritime training. His main fields of work and interest are ship energy efficiency and environmental performance, sustainable maritime transport, maritime safety, and human factors.

Ms. Fani Sakellariadou is a Geochemical Oceanographer, Professor at the Department of Maritime Studies of the University of Piraeus. She holds a PhD in Marine Geochemistry from the Royal School of Mines of Imperial College (London, UK). She holds a Master’s degree (M.Phil) in Oceanography from the School of Science of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. She holds a Diploma (D.I.C.) in Organic Synthesis of Imperial College (London, UK). She holds a degree in Chemistry from the Department of Chemistry of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.

For many years, she has been Titular Member and Project Coordinator of Division VI of the International Association of Clean and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC), and since 2022, she has been elected to the position of Secretary of Div. VI of IUPAC and is a national representative.  She is the Director of the Laboratory of Oceanography – Marine Geochemistry (since its foundation, 2002) and Director of the MSc “Sustainability and Quality in Marine Industry” (since its foundation, 2018). She has served as a President of the Department of Maritime Studies (two two-year terms), Member of the Senate of the University of Piraeus (4 years) and Head of the Erasmus+ Program (5 years).

She has served as a national expert in the European Union on air pollution issues for 15 years. She has worked as a marine geochemist expert – consultant at Hydrex, as a marine geochemist at the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR), as a researcher at the School of Electrical Engineering of the NTUA.

She is a member of many scientific committees, a reviewer in scientific journals and an evaluator of research proposals. She has served as scientific coordinator of research projects including “Blue Growth Piraeus”. She has served as a Member of the Coordinating Committee of the Postgraduate Program “Shipping”, Member of the Board of Directors of the Union of Greek Oceanographers, Member of the Board of Directors of the NGO “Hellenic Society for the Protection of Nature and Cultural Heritage”, and Member of the Scientific and Organizational Committees of many Scientific Conferences.

She has supervised a significant number of postgraduate dissertations and doctoral thesis. She has published two books and a significant number of scientific publications. She has given a significant number of invited scientific speeches.

She has a long-term collaboration with the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Geology and Geo-environment of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, the Università degli Studi di Bari Aldo Moro in Italy, the Chouaib Doukkali University in Morocco.

She has participated in oceanographic cruises in the Atlantic Ocean with the British Geological Survey, in Greek seas with the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR), as well as numerous environmental sampling in coastal waters.


Steyl I, Sakellariadou F & Bray S, 2013. “Quantification of Pollution levels in harbour Sediments –a GeoSpatial Perspective”, Tahoka Press, p. 122.

Sakellariadou F, 2007. Oceanography, 354 p., Stamoulis (ed), ISBN: 978-960-351-695-8, (in Greek).


Representative publications

Sakellariadou, Fani, Gonzalez, Francisco J., Hein, James R., Rincón-Tomás, Blanca, Arvanitidis, Nikolaos and Kuhn, Thomas, 2022. “Seabed mining and blue growth: exploring the potential of marine mineral deposits as a sustainable source of rare earth elements (MaREEs) (IUPAC Technical Report)” Pure and Applied Chemistry. https://doi.org/10.1515/pac-2021-0325

Terzano R, Rascio I, Allegretta I, Porfido C, Spagnuolo M, Yaghoubi Khanghahi M, Crecchioa C, Sakellariadou F, Gattullo CE, 2021. Fire effects on the distribution and bioavailability of potentially toxic elements (PTE) in agricultural soils. Chemosphere 281:130752. DOI: 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2021.130752

Sakellariadou F, 2021. Metal Demand and Deep-Sea Mining. Ad Oceanogr & Marine Biol. 2(3): 2021. AOMB.MS.ID.000541. DOI: 10.33552/AOMB.2021.02.000541. https://irispublishers.com/aomb/pdf/AOMB.MS.ID.000541.pdf 

Sakellariadou F and Antivachis D, 2018. Spectroscopic studies of dissolved organic matter in a heavily modified Mediterranean and ancient coastal lake. Environ Earth Sci 77: 272. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12665-018-7446-y

Sakellariadou F, 2015. Maritime pollutants in shipping and commercial European ports based on relevant physical and biogeochemical environmental parameters Pure Appl. Chem. 2015; 87(11-12): 1151–1166) (IUPAC Technical Report. https://www.degruyter.com/document/doi/10.1515/pac-2014-0804/html

Barracha F, Bocola W, Mc Gettingan M, Joerss K-E, Kilde N, Lieben P, McInnes G, Miguelanez AO, Rosier M, Sakellariadou F, Uhel R, Keerbergen A van, Veldt C, Weber T, 1995. Corinair. Technical Annexes. Vol. 2: Default Emission Factors Handbook. Office for Official Publications of the Commission of the European Communities. EUR-12586(v.2). Brussels. 327p.

Senesi, N. and Sakellariadou, F., 1994. Structural and functional chemical properties of marine and coastal sedimentary humic acids. 4th Nodic Symposium on Humic Substances and Humex project Seminar, June 1993, Loen, Noeway. Published in: Environment International, vol. 20, No 1, pp. 3-9.

Perissoratis, C., Moorby, S.A., Angelopoulos, I., Cronan, D.S., Papavasiliou, C., Konispoliatis, N., Sakellariadou, F. and Mitropoulos, D., 1988. Mineral concentrations in the recent sediments off eastern Macedonia, N. Greece. Geological and geochemical considerations. In: Boissonas J. and Omenelto P. (eds), Mineral Deposits within the European Community, Special Publication No 6 of the Society for Geology Applied to Mineral Deposits. Springer-Verlag, pp. 530-552.

Perissoratis, C., Moorby, S.A., Papavasiliou, C., Cronan, D.S., Angelopoulos, I., Sakellariadou, F. and Mitropoulos, D., 1987. The geology and geochemistry of the surficial sediments off Thraki, N. Greece. Marine Geology, vol. 74, no 3-4, pp. 209-224.

Professor Ernestos Tzannatos specializes in the management of marine technology for the promotion of productivity, safety and environment protection in the marine industry. He is a graduate (B.Sc.) of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture of the University of Portsmouth – U.K. (1982), obtained his M.Sc. in Marine Engineering at University College London (1983) and completed his Ph.D. research at Cranfield University – U.K. in the area of Turbomachinery (1986). Professor Tzannatos has a university teaching and research experience which spans over thirty years, being also frequently engaged in the provision of expert opinion consultancy for private and government entities related to shipping and the marine sector in general. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST), Member of UK’s Engineering Council (CEng) and Member of the Technical Chamber of Greece.
Basil Tselentis is a Professor in Marine Environment at the Department of Maritime Studies, University of Piraeus. He is a Chemist with postgraduate studies in Biochemistry at University College London. He also holds a degree in Public Health from the National School of Public Health. He teaches courses related to Environmental Management, Quality Assurance and Certification in Shipping and Transport. His research activities include the management of the coastal marine environment and is specialized in the environmental monitoring and environmental certification of commercial and tourist ports, as well as integrated plans for environmental management of maritime activities in the coastal zone. He is Lead Auditor (ISO 14001) from Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance.

Anastasios Tselepides is a Biological Oceanographer and a Professor (since 2006) at the Department of Maritime Studies of the University of Piraeus. For many years (1994-2006) he was a Research Director at the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research in Crete (HCMR-Crete). During the last 38 years he has been involved (in most cases as a senior partner or coordinator) in a variety of research projects, many of which were funded by the EU. His main scientific interests are: research on deep-sea ecosystems, productivity of marine ecosystems, sustainable management of ocean resources, climate change and its impact on the marine environment, the influence of atmospheric depositions on ocean productivity, structure and function of oligotrophic ecosystems, pelagic-benthic coupling mechanisms, benthic community structure and diversity, development and deployment of benthic platforms. He has published over 80 peer-reviewed papers (>5200 citations with an h’ index of 41) and is or has been a member of several professional bodies, scientific and consultation committees (ASLO, CIESM, MAST-COM, ECOPS/ESF, EMODNET, CoML etc.). He was the leader of the Oceanography Department of the Institute of Marine Biology of Crete (IMBC) that evolved into the Hellenic Center for Marine Research (HCMR) in Crete from 1993-2006. He was also the President of the Scientific Council of IMBC from 1998-2003. He was until recently (2018-2021) the co-director of the MSc program in Shipping Management of the Department of Maritime Studies of the University of Piraeus. He has been an evaluator of EU projects since 1993. Most of his work has focused on the functioning of the ecosystem of the Mediterranean Sea but he has also worked in the Pacific, the Atlantic and the Arctic. He has been a Chief Scientist in numerous oceanographic expeditions and considered by many as one of the scientists responsible for establishing deep-sea research in the E. Mediterranean.

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