Protection and Restoration of the Environment  July 3-6, 2018, Thessaloniki, Greece

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Between 3 and 6 of July 2018, Thessaloniki hosted, at the Grand Hotel Palace, the international Conference “Protection and Restoration of the Environment XIV”. The conference was organized by the Stevens Institute of Technology, from the USA, the Division of Hydraulics and Environmental Engineering of the Department of Civil Engineering and the Environmental Council of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, in Greece.

The conference was attended by more than 250 scientists coming from 17 countries from all over the world. Several interesting papers were presented, covering a vast spectrum of topics from water resources management, energy, solid and water waste management to economics, social and cultural issues.

The three keynote-speeches by distinguished scientists were exciting, as well. Professors G. Korfiatis and Ch. Christodoulatos from the Stevens Institute of Technology, USA and professor C. Sioutas from the University of Southern California, USA, presented their very interesting and intriguing work on novel practices on water treatment, treatment of hazardous wastes and air pollution, respectively.

During the conference, professor emeritus of the University of Aegean Themistoklis Lekkas was honored for his overall contribution to environmental sciences. Moreover, after a special competition, based on papers submitted by young scientists, four of them were awarded.   These scientists came from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, the University of Glasgow and the University of Naples Federico II.

Thessaloniki has proven, one more time, to be a suitable venue for environmental conferences. It has all the environmental problems of a big city center; on the other hand, though, it is located at the edge of areas with significant natural beauty and environmental value. The conference has a timely value for one more reason: during a prolonged period of financial crisis, it reminds us that the protection and restoration of the environment is not a luxury we temporarily cannot afford, but is a necessity for a sustainable future.

Division of Hydraulics and Environmental Engineering Dept. of Civil Engineering - Faculty of Engineering ARISTOTLE UNIVERSITY OF THESSALONIKI © 2017 Diamantis Karakatsanis