Maria Panayiotou has a Degree in History and Archaeology (Department of History and Archaeology at the University of Cyprus, July 2004) and Mphil (Β) in Modern East Mediterranean History (Institute of Archaeology and Antiquities of the University of Birmingham, September 2006). She has recently submitted her PhD thesis on Harbours, Harbour works and commerce in Cyprus, 1878-1927 at the Department of History and Archaeology at the University of Cyprus (defense pending). She has several publications in journals and conferences proceedings. In the past she has worked as a Researcher in several Research Programmes funded by the European Union and the Republic of Cyprus. She is currently working as a Project Manager in the Department of Innovation and Development of Sigmalive.