Christos Zerefos

Christos Zerefos, Head of the Research Center for Atmospheric Physics and Climatology, Academy of Athens and President of the International Ozone Commission. Has served as Professor of Atmospheric and Environmental Physics at the Universities of Athens, Thessaloniki, Visiting Professor, Universities of Minnesota and Boston and Scientific Collaborator (Samarbeidspartnere), University of Oslo. He has been known for his research in ozone, UV, ozone-climate interactions and climate extreme events. His research led to important international decisions such as the Montreal Protocol and other national and international agreements. Member, Academy of Athens, Academia Europaea, Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Letters, European Academy of Sciences, Russian Academy of Natural Sciences and other distinguished scientific societies. Recipient of the Global Ozone Award, 1997 and a number of distinctions, awards and medals from WMO/UNEP and several scientific societies for his career achievements. Has supervised 30 PhD and 50 MSc and has created (1) The Research Centre for Atmospheric Physics and Climatology, Academy of Athens (1978) (2) The Laboratory of Atmospheric Physics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (1981) (3) The WMO Northern Hemisphere Ozone Mapping Centre (1991) (4) The Graduate Programme on Environmental Physics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (1991) (5) The Laboratory of Atmospheric Environment, Biomedical Research Foundation, Academy of Athens (2003) (6) The UNESCO Chair on Natural Hazards in the Geosphere, the Hydrosphere and the Atmosphere (2007) (7) The Geoastrophysics Museum, National Observatory of Athens (2008) (8) The Navarino Environmental Observatory in Messenia (2009). His published work in more than 200 peer reviewed scientific journals has been acknowledged widely by the scientific community.