Dr. Ioannis Ioannou is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Cyprus. He holds a B.Sc. Hons in Construction Management (1999) and a Ph.D. in Building Engineering (2002) from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST). Prior to his appointment in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Cyprus (August, 2005), Dr. Ioannou was a Visiting Lecturer in the same Department for two years (2003-2005). He also worked as a Research Assistant at the University of Edinburgh (2002-2003). Dr. Ioannou’s main research interests focus on the physicochemical characterization of traditional and other building materials (e.g. stones, mortars, mud bricks, aggregates), capillary liquid transport in porous media, mechanisms of building stone decay, salt crystallization phenomena, weathering and conservation of ancient monuments and buildings and design of innovative, environmentally-friendly and energy-efficient composite building materials. He is heading the active Building Materials and Ledra Laboratories and he has been involved, either as a coordinator or a collaborator, in a number of national and European research projects, the budget of which exceeds €2,500,000. Through these projects he has established a network of local and international collaborators from academia, public departments and the industry. His work has been published in refereed journals and conference proceedings (Google Scholar h-index 12). Dr. Ioannou is a Senior Member of RILEM and a Member of the Cyprus Technical Chamber. He is also actively involved in several National Technical Committees of the Cyprus Organisation for Standardisation (CYS) and in a number of RILEM Technical Committees on earthen materials and salt crystallization.