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.”
MAICh congratulates Professor Constantin Zopounidis (Technical University of Crete and Audencia Nantes School of Management, visiting Professor at MAICh) who was elected Academician on Thursday, July 10, 2014 in a formal meeting for the 100th anniversary of the formal establishment of the Royal Academy of Doctors.
The foundation efforts started in the Middle Ages when the Spanish Government appointed a Council of 100 Elders which would deal with the establishment of laws in maritime law and commerce in Barcelona. After several attempts in 1914, the Council of Elders was renamed Royal Academy of Doctors, and is based in Barcelona.
In 1920 it took the name "College of Doctors enrolled in Cataluña", and in 1924 by the Royal Order of the Department of Public Institution and Fine Arts, it was called "College of Registered Doctors of the University District of Barcelona".
It had an intense cultural life in its time until HM Alfonso XIII deigned to preside over the solemn final session of 1919 in the Auditorium of the University.
It has a short life during the Second Republic and virtually disappeared with the Civil War.
It was rebuilt in 1943, making a big push under the chairmanship of the illustrious Dr. Guillem de Benavent, who held the prestigious position until his death in 1963. It was preceded by Dr Jordi Xifra Heras, who brings the best of the culture and science of his time to the Tribunal.
In 1977 Dr. Lluís Dolcet took his place, who continued brilliantly in the line of his predecessors at the Academy.
He left the presidency in 1988 due to health and age, with Dr. Joseph Casajuana elected in his place. In 2012 Dr. Alfredo Rocafort Nicolau took the position. In 1989 it gained a wide re-establishment: on March 13, the academy is recognized as an entity of public law as the "Academy of Doctors" and on October 2, HM King Juan Carlos I granted the title of "Real" and since then, it has been recognised as the Royal Academy of Doctors. King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia presided, at the Palace of Music, at a solemn academic session on 10 December 1992.
The Royal Academy is formed of 100 academicians, divided into five sections: Health Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities, Experimental Sciences and Technological Sciences.
Since its refoundation, it has produced 67 doctoral publications.
The Annual Meeting of the COST ACTION FA1106 QUALITYFRUIT “An Integrated Systems Approach to Determine the Developmental Mechanisms Controlling Fleshy fruit Metabolism in Tomato and Grapevine" will be held September 21-24, 2014 at the MAICh Conference Center in Chania, Crete (Greece).
Organizers: Dr Panos Kalaitzis, Studies and Research Coordinator of the Horticultural Genetics & Biotechnology porgramme of MAICh
Prof. Mondher Bouzayen & Prof. Mario Pezzotti
Chair and Vice-Chair of the COST Action FA1106 “QualityFruit”
Dr. Jean-Marc Routaboul, Grant Holder of COST FA1106
Number of participants:80
One day Symposium on "Investigating the transformation of the past forests of Crete under an interdisciplinary perspective"
Organizer:University of Fribourg, Department of Biology and Botanic Garden
Number of participants:20-25
Organizer: Hellenic American Union
Number of participants: 180
Organizer: Hellenic American Union
Number of participants: 270
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