Upon the completion of negotiation rounds headed by the Ministry of Rural Development and Food of the Hellenic Republic, Greece has been assigned the coordinating role of the Network of the seven Member Countries subscribed to the Mediterranean Diet in UNESCO's representative list of Intangible Cultural Heritage, from 1 May 2014 to 30 April 2015. At an intergovernmental meeting held in Agros, Cyprus, on 28-29 April 2014, which was attended by the National Committee of UNESCO, the proposal of the Ministry of Rural Development and Food of the Hellenic Republic to undertake the coordination of the Network was adopted. November 16 has been set as the Flagship Day to celebrate the Mediterranean Diet.
The Ministry has assigned, as the coordination point, the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania (MAICh/CIHEAM), which has the necessary scientific and research expertise to undertake joint actions and initiatives, both to preserve and disseminate the values of the Mediterranean Diet.
This effort of the Greek government and specifically the Ministries of Rural Development & Food, and Culture & Sport, regarding the need for a coordination tool, was launched in 2011, immediately after the recognition by UNESCO of the Mediterranean Diet as Intangible Cultural Heritage, following the submission of a portfolio to the UNESCO Committee. On the Greek side, Koroni in Messinia was chosen as the flagship of the Community, an area rich in agricultural products such as olive oil, olives, wine, raisins, figs, a large variety of vegetables, herbs and aromatic plants. The Member Countries and Emblematic Communities of the Mediterranean Diet as Intangible Cultural Heritage are Koroni (Greece), Brač and Hvar (Croatia), Agros (Cyprus), Cilento (Italy), Chefchaouen (Morocco), Tavira (Portugal) and Soria (Spain).
To celebrate the success of Greece taking on the coordinating role of the Mediterranean diet, the Minister of Rural Development and Food, Prof. Athanasios Tsaftaris said: “As a Ministry and as the Greek Presidency of the EU Council, we attach particular importance to European agricultural diversity. A distinctive aspect of this EU agricultural biodiversity is the Mediterranean diet as a result of sustainable agriculture, which plays a central role to both farmers and local communities, forming common traditions and customs associated with agricultural production, but also keeping the particular characteristics of each site. This success marks the beginning of coordinated actions and initiatives from the seven countries, with the aim of preserving and disseminating the values of the Mediterranean Diet.”
SIGNING OF COOPERATION PROTOCOLS BETWEEN CIHEAM- MAICh and THE SCHOOL OF HEALTH SCIENCE & EDUCATION, DEPARTMENT OF NUTRITION AND DIETETICS OF HAROKOPIO UNIVERSITY, and between CIHEAM – MAICh and THE DEPARTMENT OF GEOGRAPHY OF HAROKOPIO UNIVERSITY at the educational, scientific, research and administrative levels
The Director of CIHEAM-MAICh, Dr. George Baourakis, the Dean of the School of Health Science & Education at Harokopio University, Professor Demosthenes Panagiotakos, and Associate Professor in Geographic Information Systems and Applied Geography at Harokopio University, Christos Halkias signed Cooperation Protocols referring to the educational, scientific, research and administrative levels of the operation of the Academic Institutions. These Cooperation Protocols focus on five distinct dimensions of objectives and actions:
It is also agreed that joint actions and initiatives be undertaken, both to preserve and disseminate the values of the Mediterranean Diet.
The signing of these two protocols is of particular importance because of the close ties that characterize the departments involved in the two institutions, as well as the common parameters and concerns that they share. The strengthening of cooperation between the two institutions aims for this cooperation to be long-term in nature.
LIFE project “Junicoast” coordinated by CIHEAM-MAICh selected as one of the BEST LIFE NATURE PROJECTS for the year 2014
The JUNICOAST (LIFE07NAT/GR/000296) project entitled: “Actions for the conservation of coastal dunes with Juniperus spp. in Crete and the South Aegean” (Greece), coordinated by the CIHEAM-MAICh, has been selected as one of the 13 “Best LIFE Nature projects” across Europe following the evaluation of the year 2014.
The students will be given the opportunity to express themselves in a creative manner, and to share their view of the city they live and study in by participating in “Chania: A city for Students” photo contest, which is organized by the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania in association with the Municipality of Chania, the Technical University of Crete, the School of Applied Sciences-TEI of Crete and the Centre for Mediterranean Architecture. The contest is open to students as well as to Erasmus students of the educational institutions of Chania (MAICh, TUC, School of Applied Sciences-TEI of Crete).
The contest is open from February 13, 2015 to March 31, 2015 and all contestants may upload up to five photographs. Every student has to submit a copy of his/her ID student card. The photos have to be submitted on the contest webpage: http://photo-contest.maich.gr/en
JURY AND PRIZES
All submitted photos will be examined by a jury, consisting of photographers and amateur photographers, representatives of the Municipality of Chania, the School of Applied Sciences-TEI of Crete, TUC and MAICh. The jury’s enrollment in the contest is voluntarily.
Michalis Kalaitzakis, Photographer (Representative of the Municipality of Chania)
Vassilis Kozonakis, Photographer 'Eyeland'
Alexis Alexiou, Photographer and member of the Cultural Group of TEI Crete- Branch of Chania (Representative of TEI).
Nektarios Pogas, Photographer and member of the Photographic Group of the Technical University of Crete ‘’Photoskiasis’’(Representative of TUC)
Virginia Lachana, Amateur Photographer (Representative of MAICh)
Prizes will be awarded as follows: 1st Place 100 €, 2nd Place 50 €, 3rd Place 30 €. The awarded photographs along with a selection from the rest of the contest’s material will be exhibited during an open event in the Centre for Mediterranean Architecture.
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Organiser: Mrs. Wendy MacAdie
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Organiser: Dr. Tala Awada
The Institute of Food Product Marketing (IFPM) provides a conference forum for discussion and communication of food marketing academic research internationally.
The IFPM was founded by Drs. Mark Lang and John Stanton to host conferences in various locations around the world in order to provide a dedicated, regular forum where academic food marketers can meet to present their research in various stages of development (from working papers to completed papers) to advance the discipline of academic food marketing.
IFPM conferences welcome multidisciplinary research from quantitative and qualitative methodologies, consumer behavior and management perspectives, and the study of the entire food marketing process.
No of Participants: Approximately 70
Organiser: Dr. Anastasia Pantera
Organizers: University of Bologna
Number of participants:25-30
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Organiser: Athens University of Economics and Business
No of Participants: 80 approx.
Organiser: Agricultural University of Athens
"MAICh" Alumni Gathering
21 August 2015
The idea of this gathering is to bring in contact as many former MAICh graduates as possible in order to establish a network among them, as well as to rekindle memories.
On the 21st August 2015, at 20:00p.m, MAICh will organize a Cretan Night (reunion dinner) at its expense, with an orchestra and dancers.
There is also the suggestion of the organization of a session with short presentations by any of you that would like to promote or inform the rest of MAICh’s graduates about your occupation or Institution, or whatever you feel that you would like to share with the rest of us.
This session will be arranged for the 21st August before the Cretan Night. If the interest for presentations is high then we will start them on the morning of this day.
Please state, through the online registration system, whether you wish to present something, and the title of your presentation.
By the 15th of February 2015, there will be operating an online registration system where all of you can register and book your accommodation at the MAICh premises.
For the first time, accommodation at the MAICh premises will be available to people that are not visiting the Institute for educational purposes or as collaborators.
This gives you the opportunity to visit Chania in the high season with a low budget. The cost of the rooms per day, only for the former students of MAICh (and their families), on a full board basis*, is settled at:
25€ for a single room
35€ for a double/twin room
50€ for a family room (4 persons) - an extra person in the family room will be charged at 15€/day
Reservation Guarantee / Cancellation Fee / Booking Deadline
A deposit for the 1st night's stay must be paid through the online registration system as a guarantee.
Cancellations of reservations 5 days prior to participant's arrival: a full refund will apply.
Cancellations of reservations up to 2 days prior to participant’s arrival: a cancellation fee equivalent to the cost of one night’s accommodation will apply.
*Meals will be served during the working hours of the restaurant of MAICh.
There is no deadline for room reservations. Rooms will be booked and allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. So please don’t be late!.
The conference secretariat must be notified in writing of any cancellations of accommodation, by email: firstname.lastname@example.org, otherwise no refund will be made.
Refunds will be available after the end of the event.
"MAICh" Alumni Gathering
21 August 2015
Experience the latest student life at MAICh
Join the Cretan Night offered by MAICh to all participants and former students, for an unforgettable reunion.
Exchange your experiences over the years while you were away from MAICh.
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Last update: Feb 26, 2015