• 17th Panhellenic Conference of Physics
    The Union of Greek Physicists and the Mariolopoulos-Kananginis Foundation for the Environmental Sciences organized with remarkable success the 17th Panhellenic Conference of Physics titled: “PHYSICS MEETS SOCIETY”, discoveries-achievements-prospects for Physics in the 21st century.
    The conference was held in Thessaloniki, at the Grand Hotel Palace, from 15 to 18 March, 2018 under the Auspices of the Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs, the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, the Department of Physics, AUTH School of Sciences, the EPS (European Physical Society), the BPU (Balkan Physical Union), the Region of Central Macedonia, the Municipality of Thessaloniki and the Thessaloniki Tourism Organization.
    Its 1,000 registered participants, 100 papers on 8 topics, 30 sessions and 11 workshops signify that the 17th Panhellenic Conference of Physics accomplished its goal, which was to build bridges of communication and collaboration between science, education, society and citizens.
  • On May 16, 2018, Mariolopoulos-Kananginis Foundation for the Environmental Sciences and the Hellenic Open University co-organized a conference on: “UNESCO World Day of Light”.The conference included events that took place simultaneously in three cities (Athens, Thessaloniki and Patra).  Apart from the lectures by eminent speakers, four workshops were also organized, two of which were addressed to children 7-12 years old, and another two workshops were addressed to older students and adults, while a similar workshop was organized in Thessaloniki for professionals who wished to acquire knowledge about lighting.At the same time, there took place exhibitions with works by students and graduates of the Postgraduate Program of Studies “Lighting Design” from the School of Applied Arts of the Hellenic Open University.The cultivation and promotion of sciences are a common place for both the Mariolopoulos-Kananginis Foundation for the Environmental Sciences and the Hellenic Open University and the themes of the above events concerned the interaction of man with the environment.

Screenshot from workshops for children 7-12 years old.

  • An International Conference titled «European Lidar Conference – ELC2018» was co-organized by the Laboratory of Atmospheric Physics of the Department of Physics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, by the Institute of Astronomy, Astrophysics, Space Applications & Remote Sensing of the National Athens Observatory, by the Optoelectronics Institute of Romania, by the National Research Council of Italy and by the Mariolopoulos- Kananginis Foundation for the Environmental Sciences, from Tuesday 3rd of July to Thursday 5th of July 2018, at the  Aristotle University Research Dissemination Centre (KEDEA).ELC2018 is a new initiative for the creation of a new European institution and it has been designed so as to be a flexible, accessible and friendly conference aimed at bringing together a plethora of European researchers and encouraging the discussions on open issues concerning the techniques of active remote sensing of the atmosphere by means of laser sources, a technique called Lidar.The thematic agenda of the ELC concerns:
    • the development, improvement and evolution of Lidar technology in Europe
    • the development of innovative algorithms for the assessment of new environmental parameters,
    • the presentation of Lidar technique applications in the study of phenomena such as air pollution, changes in cloudiness, fires, transfer of African dust, changes in the concentration of greenhouse gases, etc.
    • the presentation of space missions by the European Space Association (ESA) based on Lidar technique.

    The conference was attended by approximately 150 scientists from 21 countries (Greece, United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, Germany, Russia, Belarus, Brazil, France, Sweden, Netherlands, Finland, Serbia, Poland, Romania, Bulgaria, Switzerland, U.S.A., Denmark, Slovenia, Canada). Detailed information on the organizational framework as well as the conference program is available on the link:


A commemorative photo from the «European Lidar Conference – ELC2018»

  • On September 18, 2018, during the opening ceremony of the WMO Second LOTUS Workshop in Geneva took place the awarding of the “WMO Professor Mariolopoulos Trust Fund Award 2018”  by Professor Pavel Kabat, Director of the WMO Research Department and WMO Chief Scientist and by the Chairman of the Foundation, Academician Mr Christos Zerefos.

In the photo, from the left are Professor C. Zerefos, the award winning Dr Kim and Professor Pavel Kabat.

  • The 2018 Award was awarded equally to the following studies:
  • 1. “Markedly enhanced absorption and direct radiative forcing of black carbon under polluted urban environments” by Jianfei Peng, Min Hu, Song Guo, Zhuofei Du, Jing Zheng, Dongjie Shang, Misti Levy Zamora, Limin Zeng, Min Shao, Yu-Sheng Wu, Jun Zheng, Yuan Wang, Crystal R. Glen, Donald R. Collins, Mario J. Molina and Renyi Zhang, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2016).
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  • 2. “Contributions of equatorial wave modes and parameterized gravity waves to the tropical QBO in HadGEM2” by Y.-H. Kim and H.-Y. Chun, published in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres (2015).
  • On October 14-17, 2018 at a well-known hotel in Alexandroupolis was held the 14th International Conference of Climatology, Meteorology and Physics of the Atmosphere  (COMECAP2018) with the participation of 150 delegates from Greece and abroad, who presented 190 papers. The conference was co-organized by the Democritus University of Thrace (Department of Environmental Engineering, Polytechnic School), the Hellenic Meteorological Society (ΕΜΕΤ) and the Mariolopoulos – Kananginis Foundation for the Environmental Sciences.The themes of the conference included forecasting weather and extreme weather conditions, applied meteorology, energy sources, climate change, air pollution, agricultural meteorology, meteorology and management of natural resources, heatwaves, the spread of foreign species of mosquitoes due to climate change,  the effects of climate change on olive tree dacus, hail forecasts, floods and historical issues (e.g. “Climate and Society in the Eastern Mediterranean  in the Last Millennium” and “Climate Conditions in the Eastern Mediterranean during the Hellenistic Period”, by Mrs. Helena Xoplaki, Professor at the University of Gischen, Germany).The conference was honoured with the presence of the National Weather Meteorological Commander (NMS) Commander Brigadier Mr. Nikolaos Vogiatzis, who addressed the conference at its opening ceremony and spoke about developments in meteorology on a national and international level.

  • In memory of the late Professor of the National Technical University of Athens at the Department of Chemical Engineering, Ioannis Ziomas, the Board of the Mariolopoulos-Kananginis Foundation for the Environmental Sciences and the Atmospheric Physics Laboratory of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki decided to present an award to a young scientist who was selected among those who participated as first authors at the COMECAP 2018 Conference. For this reason, a selection committee was set up by Christos Zerefos, Academician, Panagiotis Nastos, Professor at University of Athens and Chairman of Hellenic Meteorological Society (HMS), and the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Professors Alcibiades Bais, Demetrios Melas and Demetrios Balis. The selection committee decided that the award be shared by the following young scientists:
    1. George Proias, for his research paper titled “Temporal evolution of PM10 concentrations in the city of Volos”,
    2. Nicholaos Siomos, for his research paper titled “Aerosol classification based on the synergy of Brewer spectrophotometer and sun photometer measurements”.
  • On November 30, 2018, a day-long workshop was co-organized by the Energy Committee of the Academy of Athens and the MKF on: “Research in the field of Energy in Greece”. The workshop was held at the Institute of Biomedical Research of the Academy of Athens. The objectives of the workshop were the following:
    • The overall review of scientific and interdisciplinary research and prospects in the field of energy in Greece.
    • Highlighting existing cutting-edge areas in scientific research and technology and research projects of general acceptance and importance in the production, use, saving and storage of energy, as well as innovative materials for energy applications and networks for the transmission and distribution of electricity.
    • The promotion of research in the field of energy in Greece and new energy research activities.
    • The development of products, technologies and energy efficiency services, as well as highlighting existing efforts for the energy autonomy of islands and energy cooperative schemes.
    • Recommendations to the State.