Christos Zerefos#


Christos Zerefos
Email:zerefos 'at' geol.uoa.gr
Membership Number:2551
Membership type:ORDINARY
Main Country of Residence:GREECE
Section:EARTH & COSMIC SCIENCES
Username:czerefos
Elected:2008
Homepage: http://www.christoszerefos.com



Present and Previous Positions
  • 2008 Head, Research Centre for Atmospheric Physics and Climatology of the Academy of Athens
  • 2002 Professor of Atmospheric Physics, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece
  • 1995 Scientific Collaborator, University of Oslo, Norway
  • 1985 Honorary Fellow (Fulbright Scholar), University of Minnesota, USA
  • 1983 Visiting Professor, Physics and Astronomy Department, Boston University, Boston USA
  • 1979 Professor of Atmospheric Physics, Physics Department, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
  • 1973 PhD in Physics and Meteorology, University of Athens, Greece

Fields of Scholarship
  • Atmospheric physics
  • Global change
  • Climate change
  • Ozone and UV research

Honours and Awards
  • Emeritus Professor, Physics Department, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (2018).
  • “Ioan Ursu” Medal of Honour of the Balkan Physical Union (2018).
  • Badge of Honour, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (2018).
  • Expert, “Climate Change and Health” project, European Academies’ Science Advisory Council (2018-2019).
  • Honorary Doctorate Degree, Physics Department, University of Patras (2016).
  • Honorary Member of the International Ozone Commission (2016).
  • Honorary Member of “Elliniki Etairia-Society for the Environment and Cultural Heritage” (2016)
  • Blaise Pascal Medal, European Academy of Sciences (2015).
  • French Government Decoration “Commandeur dans l’ordre de Palmes académiques” (2015).
  • Yoram Kaufman Award of the AGU Atmosphere Science Section (2015).
  • Award of the Balkan Physical Union (2015).
  • United Nations Environment Program Honourable Mention (2013).
  • Reviewer, IPCC Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation (SREX). Field et al., (eds.), Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, and New York, NY, USA, 582 pp. (2012).
  • Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Geology and Geoenvironment, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (since 2010).
  • Medal of the City of Athens (2010).
  • Distinction, Municipality of Panorama of Thessaloniki (2010).
  • Distinction from the Ministry of Education of the Arab Republic of Egypt and Award from the Cultural Center of the Embassy in Athens (2010).
  • "European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Award" Award for the establishment of the Geoastrophysics Museum and the rehabilitation of the buildings, the laboratories and the Library, National Observatory of Athens (2010).
  • Award for his contribution to the science of the Environmental Research from the World Congress of the International Geological Society (2010).
  • Honorary Citizen of the Municipality of Megara (2010).
  • Signatory of the Tripartite Agreement of the Centre of Atmospheric Environment, Biomedical Research Foundation of the Academy of Athens with the Bert Bolin Center, University of Stockholm and the Company TEMES SA, for the establishment of the Navarino Environmental Observatory (N.E.O.) in southwest Peloponnese (2009). The Agreement was renewed in 2014 for the period 2015-2020.
  • Honorary Member of the International Society for the Study and the Utilization of the Arcadian World Heritage (2009).
  • Distinction "Scientist of the Year 2008" by the magazine STATUS after a vote by the readers of the magazine (2009).
  • Honorary Member of the Parnassos Literary Society (2009).
  • Honorary Member and Medal of the Panhellenic Association of Friends of the Archdiocese of Athens (2009).
  • Honorary Member of the Greek Literary Translators Association (2008).
  • Gold Medal of the Municipality of Thessaloniki (2008).
  • Distinction from the Minister of Education of the Republic of Cyprus for his scientific contribution and the cooperation with the Cypriot research community (October 2008) and from the Research Promotion Foundation of Cyprus for his valuable contribution to the research in Cyprus and particularly for the research program with distinguished scientists from abroad (2008).
  • Distinction "Outstanding Greek" for his contribution to the international promotion of Greece. The distinction was awarded during the 10th Congress of Informatics and Telecommunications (Greek ICT Forum) (2008).
  • Distinction Medal from the Rector and the Research Committee of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki for his contribution to the reports of IPCC (2008).
  • Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, University division of the American College ANATOLIA, Thessaloniki (2008).
  • Honourable Mention for the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences (2008).
  • Knighted by the Patriarch of Alexandria (2007).
  • Award Certificate and Letter from UNEP and from IPCC for his substantial contribution to the reports of IPCC, which shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with the former Vice President of USA, Al Gore (2007).
  • Award of the European Physical Society and the Balkan Physical Union (August 2006).
  • United Nations Environment Program Appreciation Certificate (1999).
  • IPCC Aviation Report, Chapter 5: Solar Ultraviolet Irradiance at the Ground, Review editor, Geneva, Switzerland (1998).
  • 1997 Editors Award for Excellence in Refereeing, American Geophysical Union (1998).
  • Global Ozone Award from the United Nations Environment Programme on the occasion of the 10th Anniversary of the Montreal Protocol (1997).
  • Guest Editor, Journal of Geophysical Research (1995).
  • United Nations Environment Program Honourable Mention (1995).
  • Honorary Research Associate with the Research Center of Atmospheric Physics and Climatology of the Academy of Athens (1981).
  • Embirikeion Award (1979).
  • In the past 20 years has acted as author, contributor or reviewer in almost all WMO/UNEP Scientific Assessments of Ozone Depletion, which produced well-cited papers on ozone and UV-B trends.


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