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International Conference: Climate Change in the Mediterranean and the Middle East: Challenges & Solutions

Event Details:

  • Date:       Friday 18 & Saturday 19 May 2018
  • Time:      9:00
  • Venue:    Filoxenia Conference Centre
  • Speaker: Various - see here
Climate Change Conference
International Conference

“Climate Change in the Mediterranean and the Middle East: Challenges and Solutions”
Date: 18th and 19th May 2018            Venue: Filoxenia Conference Centre, Nicosia, Cyprus

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The Eastern Mediterranean Middle East (EMME) region faces alarming consequences from climate change, according to data analyses and model predictions, and mitigation and adaptation measures are urgent. The region, home of nearly 500 million people of diverse socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds, accounts for about 50% of the world fossil fuel reserves, and is troubled by persistent conflicts.
Climate induced weather extremes and their impacts in the EMME may have major global ramifications. In the conference, modelling predictions of climate change, its impacts especially in the areas of sustainability, health, security and migration, will be presented and debated. Options for mitigating and especially for adapting to impending climate change in view of energy options, water security, sustainability, mitigation/adaptation strategies will be explored and proposed.

List of Participants (subject to change)

International Advisory Committee

Dr. Assia Bensalah Alaoui
Ambassador at large, Morocco 
Member of the International Council of the Club of Rome
Prof. Hany Helal 
Cairo University, Egypt
Former Minister of Higher Education and Research, Egypt
Prof. Édouard Brézin
École Normale Supérieure, France
Former President of the Academy of Sciences, France
Dr. Michel Jarraud
Secretary-General Emeritus, World Meteorological Organisation
Prof. Réfaat Chaabouni 
University of Tunis El Manar, Tunisia 
Former Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Tunisia
Prof. Jos Lelieveld
Mainz University, Germany; and The Cyprus Institute, Cyprus 
Director of the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Germany
Prof. Loukas G. Christophorou
Academy of Athens, Greece
Ordinary Member of the Academy of Europe, Member of EASAC’s Presidium
Prof.  Ernest Moniz
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA 
Former Secretary of Energy, USA
Prof. Richard Cooper
Harvard University, USA 
Former Under-Secretary of State for Economic Affairs, USA
Prof. Costas N. Papanicolas (Chair)
President of The Cyprus Institute, Cyprus
Prof. Paul J. Crutzen
Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Germany
Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 1995
Dr. Janez Potočnik
Former European Union Commissioner for Enlargement 
for Science & Research, and for the Environment
Prof. Weihong Cui 
Secretary-General of the China Science Center of
International Eurasian Academy of Sciences, China
Prof. Angelo Riccaboni
Chair of the PRIMA Foundation, Barcelona, Spain
Former Rector of University of Sienna, Italy
Mr. Laurent Fabius
President of the Constitutional Council and Former Prime Minister of France 
Chair of the COP21 in 2015, Paris, France

Prof. Jeffrey Sachs
Columbia University, USA
Director of UN SDSN

Prof. Anastasios Giannitsis
Developmental Economics, Univ. of Athens, Greece,
Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, of Interior & of Labour & Social Welfare
Prof. Hans Joachim Schellnhuber
Founding Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact
Research, Germany
Prof. Joanna Dorothy Haigh
Imperial College London (ICL), UK
Co-Director, Grantham Institute for Climate Change & Environment, ICL, UK
Prof. Khaled Toukan
Former Minister of Higher Education, Jordan
Director General of SESAME, Jordan
Ms. Connie Hedegaard
Former European Union Commissioner for Climate Action 
Chair of the COP15 in 2009, Copenhagen, Denmark
Ms. Androulla Vasiliou
Former European Union Commissioner for Health,
and Education, Culture, Multilingualism & Youth

Scientific Program Committee

Prof. Manuel Blanco
ERA Chair, Solar Thermal Technologies, The Cyprus Institute, Cyprus
Vice-Chair, SolarPACES TCP, International Energy Agency
Dr. Amy Luers
Executive Director Future Earth (international research platform)
Dr. Dora Chimonidou
Director of the Agriculture Research Institute, Cyprus
Prof. Samira Omar
Director General, Kuwait Institute of Scientific Research, Kuwait
Prof. George Christophides
Imperial College London, UK; and The Cyprus Institute, Cyprus
Prof. Yinon Rudich
Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
Prof. Philippe Ciais
Associate Director, Laboratoire des Sciences du Climatet de l'Environnement, France
Prof. Jean  Sciare (Chair)
Director of EEWRC, The Cyprus Institute, Cyprus
CNRS Research Director, France
Prof. Fares Howari
Zayed University, UAE
Dean of College of Natural and Health Sciences (CNHS)
Prof. Georgiy Stenchikov
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia
Prof. Phoebe Koundouri
Athens University of Economics and Business, and London School of Economics
Director of ICRE8 Research Center, Greece, and Chaire SDSN-Greece
Prof.  Euripides Stephanou
Vice President for Research, The Cyprus Institute, Cyprus
Former rector of the University of Crete, Greece
Prof. Markku Kulmala
University of Helsinki, Finland
President, European Center of International Eurasian Academy of Sciences


Thematic Areas for the Program

Mitigation & Adaptation Solutions

Climate Change & Pollution: Weather Extremes, Health Impacts, Migration and Security

Energy, Water & Sustainability






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Additional Info

  • Date: Friday 18 May & Saturday 19 May 2018
  • Time: Starts: 09:00
  • Speaker: See events page for more details