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Meetings - Workshops \ 12-15 October 2009

 

Festival "Les Rencontres de la Terre" 12 - 15 October 2009

On the occasion of the UNESCO Planet Earth year a festival entitled GEOmeetings "Rencontres de la Terre", took place in Athens Greece. The Festival aimed at providing the latest information to the public on the need for awareness to protect the environment of our planet. Among the festivities were included a photography exhibition by Yann Arthus Bertrand, special books for children and cultural events most notable of which was an exhibition of sculptures by the late eminent sculptor D. Armakolas under the general title "When the art meets nature". It is planned that these events will be repeated at regular intervals in the future.

The Opening ceremony took place at the historic hill of the nymphs where the National Observatory of Athens is located. The ceremony was addressed by the President of the National Observatory of Athens and of the Mariolopoulos - Kanaginis Foundation Professor Christos Zerefos, the Secretaire Perpetuel de l’ Academie des Sciences Jean Dercourt and the Ambassador of France Christophe Farnaud. All the speakers stressed the long-lasting close collaboration between French and greek scientists in studying the environment of the historic places in Greece, starting from the Napoleons "Expedition du Moree" in 1800.

From left to right the Secretaire Perpetuel de l’ Academie des Sciences Jean Dercourt, the President of the Mariolopoulos - Kanaginis Foundation Professor Christos Zerefos, representative from the Embassy of France in Greece and the French Institute of Athens, and Mrs. E. Zerefou.

Panoramic view of the opening ceremony of the festival.

At the entrance of the exhibition in front of the sculpture "from heaven" by D. Armakolas. From left to right the Director of the Embassy of France in Greece, the Ambassador of France Christophe Farnaud, the President of the Mariolopoulos - Kanaginis Foundation Professor Christos Zerefos, the wife of the Secretaire Perpetuel de l’ Academie des Sciences and the Secretaire Jean Dercourt, and Mrs. Christina Armakola.

 

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