The NEO Research Station in Costa Navarino, has after five successful years renewed its contract with the ecotourism company TEMES and the Academy of Athens to ensure continued work within the field of climate and environment in the Mediterranean. The official signing ceremony in Athens, in which a delegation led by Stockholm University Vice-Chancellor Astrid Söderbergh Widding participated, was also attended by the Greek President, Prokopis Pavlopoulos.

Education and research in the field of climate and environment has been conducted at NEO since autumn 2010. During a workshop in Athens, Swedish and Greek scientists presented their research at NEO - in areas spanning from geomorphology to dendrology, to thousands of years of historical development.

The workshop was followed by a public event in the presence of Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos. The Swedish Ambassador to Greece, Charlotte Wrangberg, participated as one of the guests of honour. Vice-Chancellor Astrid Söderbergh Widding, KVA Chairman Barbara Cannon, Chairman of the Academy of Athens and Director of TEMES, represented the three parties of the cooperation agreement.

During the day, Karin Holmgren, Director of NEO and working at the Stockholm University Department of Physical Geography, presented results from the research station. Her summary of the first five years ruled that NEO has become an international meeting place for researchers that deliver both concrete results as well as publications in the climate and environmental research field.

The official event gained impressive interest from Greek media and it was attended by journalists who communicated it in several major Greek news channels.

Speech by Vice-Chancellor Astrid Söderbergh Widding (external YouTube link)