May, 2022

202224May09:3014:00BiG FOCUS EVENT09:30 - 14:00

Event Details

Students & Maritime leaders showcase best practices for the conservation of the marine environment

When: Tuesday, May 24, 2022 | 09:30-14:00
ACG Events Hall

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Center of Excellence in Logistics, Shipping & Transportation, ACG
Center of Excellence in Sustainability, ACG
Office of Public Affairs, ACG


About the event

This event is in the context of the BiG Focus initiative launched in March 2022. Deree students under the supervision of their professors have been working on identifying current challenges, trends as well as best practices on issues like shipping 4.0 environmental implications, air pollution in ports, decarbonization of the shipping industry, seawater pollution, oil spills with emphasis on prevention and restoration as well as biodiversity and marine ecosystems conservation.

On May 24, the students will present their work and will discuss the findings with shipowners and maritime executives. This project aims at bringing students to the forefront of global developments and in direct liaison with the maritime community, with the common goal to enhance marine environment protection through sustainable development. As a responsible academic institution educating the “leaders of tomorrow”, The American College of Greece is very interested in further enhancing the public dialogue and awareness on a topic of both local and global concern.

The conference will be free and open to the public and aims to be an action-oriented event. Parallel activities will include a digital display of posters prepared by Deree students in thematic areas presented at the conference.



09:30 – 10:00 | Registration – Welcome coffee

10:00 – 10:30 | OPENING SESSION  

  • Jay Sammons, Senior Vice President & Chief Academic Officer, The American College of Greece
  • Semiramis Paliou, HELMEPA Chairperson

10:30 – 11:00 | Keynote speech by Dr. Ioannis Kapsomenakis, Research Centre for Atmospheric Physics and Climatology, Academy of Athens – Climate Change

11:00 – 12:10 | THEMATIC PANEL – Shipping
Moderator: Dr. George Kokosalakis, Exec. Director, Center of Excellence in Logistics, Shipping & Transportation – ACG

  • Presentation of Thematic Areas (Part I)ACG students
  • Panel Discussion HELMEPA Members – Q&A

12:10 – 12:40 | Lunch break   

12:40 – 13:50 | THEMATIC PANEL – Marine Environment Protection
Moderator: Dr. Stella Apostolaki, Εxec. Director, Center of Excellence in Sustainability – ACG

  • Presentation of Thematic Areas (Part lI)ACG students
  • Panel Discussion HELMEPA Members – Q&A

13:50 – 14:00 | CLOSING SESSION

  • ACG – Briefing and Thanks
  • HELMEPA – Thanks and Announcement of the upcoming events


Conference Moderator, Ms Evdokia Gerasimou, HELMEPA

  • Parallel activities: Digital display of posters in thematic areas