• The Directorate-General for Research of the European Union, in collaboration with the Greek GEO Office and with the support of Mariolopoulos-Kanaginis Foundation for the Environmental Sciences organized the “4th GEO European Projects Workshop” which took place between April 29 and 30, 2010, in Athens. The purpose of this meeting was the development of co-operations among bodies relevant to Earth observation and research programs financed by the European Community in order to confirm European participation in GEOSS. An additional objective was to crystallize the content of the European participation in GEO VII Plenary and in the Ministerial Summit that was held in Beijing in November 2010. Apart from representatives of research programs, the meeting was also attended by members of the High Level Group of the European Union (HLWG), representatives of the GEO General Secretariat and representatives from Greek Research Institutes and Universities. The Workshop was welcomed by GSRT Professor A. Mitsos, Mrs Manoela Soares Director of the Environment Division of the Directorate-General for Research of the EU, and Professor C. Zerefos, National GEO representative and Chairman of the MKF. http://www.greekgeo.noa.gr/en.4thgeoprojectsworkshop.html

Photo of the delegates; in the first row, there are Prof. C. Zerefos, Mrs. Manuela Soares, Mr. Gilles Ollier from the EU, the member of the Foundation’s Board Mr. Vasileios Tritakis as well as representatives from the GEO Secretariat and other European organizations (Athens, 2010).

  • The advisor of The MKF Board and representative of the Greek GEO Office Mr. V. Tritakis with the GEO secretary Mrs. Helen Christia took part in the European Group, in the GEO VII Plenary and in the Ministerial Summit which took place in Beijing in November, 2010. https://www.earthobservations.org/documents/geo_vii/geo_vii_meeting_outcomes.pdf and https://www.earthobservations.org/documents/geo_vii/18_Report%20of%20the%20Executive%20Committee.pdf
  • The Foundation, in collaboration with the Benaki Museum, held a scientific colloquium on«Design, Architecture & Sustainability» at the amphitheater of the Benaki Museum at 138 Piraeus Street, on the 5th of June, 2010. The colloquium, which was a great success, was addressed by professors and scientists from the field of architecture and environmental planning. The colloquium was held on the occasion of the World Environment Day and the speakers were Professor of Architecture, AUTH, A.Kotsiopoulos, the Athens University Professor Matthew Santamouris, the Director of ΚΙΑ – «ARES» WP Mr. Nicos Fintikakis, the Assistant Professor of the Greek Open University (EAP) Mr. Stelios Zerefos, Anis Abou-Zaki (Director PHA, B Arch Dip, Msc EDE, MOEA (LBN) LEED AP, Jonathan Smales (Executive Chairman, Beyond Green Group) and Tim Stonor (RIBA MRTPI FRSA Managing, Director Space Syntax London). https://www.benaki.gr/index.php?option=com_events&view=event&id=2460&lang=el
  • The Foundation, in collaboration with the Workshop Dionisis Sotovikis of Droog Design and the Benaki Museum co-organized the Exhibition “Greek green greet by droog” which was officially opened on June 4, 2010 at the Benaki Museum, in the building at 138 Piraeus Street and it lasted until July 25, 2010. The exhibition featured utilitarian works and innovative compositions from recycled materials. https://www.benaki.gr/index.php?option=com_events&view=event&id=2457&lang=el

Seated from the left, Dr. Stylianos Zerefos, Associate Professor of Hellenic Open University, the MKF Secretary Professor C. Repapis, the Director of PHA Consult Mr. Abou-Zaki and the Managing Director of Space Syntax Mr. Τ. Stonor (Athens, 2010).

A panoramic view of the Benaki Museum Amphitheatre during the colloquium.

  • The Foundation, the Conférences Sans Frontières (France), the Goulandri Natural History Museum – Gaea Centre, the National Athens Observatory, the Caid, the Eugene Delacroix Greek-French Lyceum and Patakis Publications, within the framework of the World Biodiversity Year, organized an exceptionally important “Meeting with Earth” promoting science through a Greek-French co-operation. The “Geo-Meetings Festival” under the auspices of the Municipality of Athens and the Greek UNESCO Committee, for a second consecutive year, from November 29 to December 8, 2010, focused on the relationships between Man and our Planet, through various activities such as: lectures by eminent scientists, a “temporary garden” with treasures of Greek biodiversity, meetings with researchers and authors, film screenings, children’s experiential workshops and a photography exhibition by Gilles Mermet titled «The Greatness of Nature. Plants and Insects». The official opening ceremony of the Festival took place on Wednesday 1st December 2010, at the Athens Concert Hall in an event that paid tribute to the memory of Jacques-Yves Cousteau. The events of the Geo-Meetings Festival took place in Klauthmonos Square, at Goulandri Natural History Museum – Gaea Centre and at the bookshop of Patakis Publications. The Geo-Meetings events were attended by hundreds of students and citizens of all ages. http://www.gnhm.gr/docs/gew2010_drastiriotites_gia_paidia.pdf

The MKF Chairman Academician C. Zerefos, the French Ambassador Mr. Christophe Farnaud and Professor Maurice Godelier Directeur du “Centre de Recherché et de Documentation sur L’ Oceanie” (CREDO), CNRS/EHESS, Universite de Provence, Marseille (Athens, 2010).

Mr. Jacques – Yves Cousteau and Mrs. Sylvie Gruszow while visiting the Exhibition “The garden of senses” in Klauthmonos Square (Athens, 2010).