• In January 2008, there was the announcement of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Prize, «WMO Professor Mariolopoulos Trust Fund Award 2008” for the best studies of the previous two years worldwide, carried out by young scientists on topics pertaining to the atmosphere. After the process of reviewing the submitted studies, the International Review Committee awarded the following scientists: Sabine Wust for the study «Non- linear resonant wave-wave interaction (triad): Case studies based on rocket data and first application to satellite data” with M. Bittner and Noureddine Semane for the study «An observed and analysed stratospheric ozone intrusion over the high Canadian Arctic UTLS region during the summer of 2003” with V.-H. Peuch, L. EL Amraoui, H. Bencherif, S. Massart, D. Cariolle, J. – L. Attie and R. Abida. The Prizes were presented to the winners by the representative of the Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization Dr. Elena Manaenkova, Director of Cabinet and External Relations Department and the Minister of the Interior Mr. Prokopis Pavlopoulos, during the Conference titled “Climate Extremes During Recent Millennia and their Impact on Mediterranean Societies” which was held in Athens in the “Kostis Palamas” Hall, University of Athens (UOA) on September 13, 2008.
  • In January 2008 the Foundation announced Awards in collaboration with the Ministry of National Education and Religious Affairs among Lyceums of the fire afflicted regions in the summer of 2007 for the best projects on the subject: “After the catastrophic fires, forest recovery and protection are the only hope for a better future”. The awards and Praises were presented to the winners by the Minister of the Interior Mr. Prokopis Pavlopoulos during a public special event on September 13, 2008 in the “Kostis Palamas” Hall of Athens University (UOA).

From the left, the Chairman and the Secretary of the Foundation, Mr. C. Zerefos , Mr. C. Repapis, the WMO representative Dr. E. Manaenkova and the prize winners Dr. Noureddine Semane and Sabine Wust (Athens, 2008).

From the lecture given by the Director of Secondary Education, Mr. T. Nicolopoulos. Seated on the left are the Vice-Rector of the University of Athens and a member of the Foundation Board, Mr. D. Asimakopoulos, the Chairman of the Foundation, Academician C. Zerefos, the Vice Chairman, Professor T. Kanaginis and the Secretary, Professor C. Repapis (Athens, 2008).

  • The Foundation, in collaboration with the National Observatory of Athens, coorganized a Meeting of scientists and bodies engaged in gathering observations on the Environment within the framework of the International Group on Earth Observations (GEO), titled “Observing System Requirements for Managing and Mitigating the Impacts of Human Activities and Coastal Inundation in the Mediterranean Region”. The Scientific Meeting took place in the Amphitheatre of the Foundation of Biomedical Research, Academy of Athens, June 9-13, 2008. http://www.greekgeo.noa.gr/wpgreek-geooffice-activities/127-2/
  • The Foundation, in collaboration with the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, co-organized an International Symposium titled «Climate Extremes During Recent Millennia and their Impact on Mediterranean Societies» which took place in Athens, in the “Kostis Palamas” Hall of UOA on September13-16, 2008.

From the reception at the end of the symposium. Standing from the left are the Chairman of the Foundation, Mr. C. Zerefos, the NMS Governor Mr. Galanopoulos, HE the President of the Republic, then the Minister of the Interior Professor P. Pavlopoulos, the Foundation Secretary Mr. C. Repapis, Dr. Juerk Luterbacher, Dr. Helena Xoplaki and the Vice Rector of UOA and member of the Foundation Board Mr. D. Asimakopoulos (Athens, 2008).

The participants of the GEO scientific meeting at the entrance of the Foundation of Biomedical Research, Academy of Athens (Athens, 2008).

  • The Mariolopoulos-Kanaginis Foundation for the Environmental Sciences was the only Greek Foundation to participate in the ERA-NET CIRCLE. On the CIRCLE Board of Directors also served the member of MKF Board, Mr. Vasileios Tritakis. In 2008 the Foundation took part in five scientific meetings of the European Group “Climate Impact Research Coordination for a Larger Europe (CIRCLE), European Research Area – NET” which were held in Vienna, Rome, Budapest, Amsterdam and Stockholm.