The international program SEMEP UNESCO (South Eastern Mediterranean Sea Project) promotes environmental research. The following countries are members: Egypt, Bulgaria, Greece, Jordan, Israel, Italy, Croatia, Cyprus, Malta, Palestinian Authority, Romania, Slovenia and Turkey.
The Biology department (Cyprus Ministry of Education, Sport and Youth) coordinates the collaboration of SEMEP teachers and students with researchers, thus promoting research inquiry into issues of environmental sustainability, ecology, research and innovation, cultivation of active citizenship and interdisciplinary approach to the teaching of Science. The theme for the period 2020-2030 is entitled: “Research methods in ecology and innovative approaches to Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) teaching aimed at preserving ecosystems and limiting climate change”.
SEMEP UNESCO schools also participate in the research program (Living Labs) which is coordinated by the Research Educational Department of Natural Sciences and Technology (ReSciTEG) of the University of Cyprus. The program proposes a new approach to Open School Education with simultaneous adaptation and adoption of the principles of Living Workshops. The program offers support to participating schools in the implementation of actions linked to their local communities.