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Creation of the 'Olive Encyclopedists Society'

Press Release

The co-writers, who contributed to the "Olive Encyclopedia: The olive oil" announced on January 23rd the establishment of the "Olive Encyclopedists Society". The founding declaration was signed by 29 distinguished scientists, during a meeting held at the Harokopio University of Athens.

The main principles of the Society are the following:

- Interdisciplinary cooperation of all the disciplines associated with olive and olive oil.
- Osmosis of academia and those working in the olive industry, the educational and state institutions.
- Being an organization that functions with democracy, transparency, as well as scientific excellence.
- The awareness that in Greece, the olive sector - and especially olive oil - is at a crucial crossroads. Therefore, the quest for innovation must be based on solid ground.

The Founding Declaration

We, the co-signatories of this declaration, came together and worked together for the creation of the “Olive Encyclopedia: the olive oil”. Being aware that the broadest possible interdisciplinary cooperation is extremely important for the benefit of the olive sector in Greece, we decide to make a step forward and take the initiative to establish the “Olive Encyclopedists Society” (Society).

I. Objectives
The main purpose of the Society is interdisciplinary cooperation, with the creation of an open discussion forum for the protection, development, and promotion of the olive sector, taking into consideration that the industry is at a crossroads and is facing a series of challenges.

More specifically, we highlight the importance of the osmosis of the academia, the olive businesses and the olive growers for the promotion of the coopetation of those sectors.

II. Funding
Bearing in mind that the olive sector has received lavish funding in the past, the Society underlines the importance of transparency, moderation, the best possible use of its resources for the benefit of the olive sector.

III. Members
Initially, members of the Society are in their own right all the co-writers of the Encyclopedia who wish to join. Later on, scientists of various disciplines, who have an academic / professional activity related to the olive sector, will be able to join.

The Society is absolutely neutral towards and religious, political/ party, racial differences.

The Society accepts members from all over the world. However, its seat will be in Greece (Athens) and its main working language is Greek.

The signatories (by alphabetical order in Greek)
ALIEFS Dimitra Economist PhD, SOVENA GROUP
ANTONIOU Polymnia Associate Professor of Phytopathology, Agricultural University of Athens
ARAPOGIANNIS Thomas TÜV HELLAS (TÜV NORD) SA, OBS Food & Agriculture, Agro Vice President
VEMMOS Stavros Professor of Pomology, Agricultural University of Athens
GUZ Alexandra Chemist – ELSAP S.A.
DENAXA Nikoletta – Kleio Postdoctoral Researcher, Agricultural University of Athens
ZAMPOUNIS Vassilis Agro-economist, Axion Editions,
ZERBAKIS Giorgos Associate Professor, Department of Crop Science, Agricultural University of Athens
ILIAS Panagiots Manager, Research Dept. NEUROPUBLIC SA
KALAITZIS Panagiotis Professor, Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania
KALOGEROPOULOS Nikos Associate Professor, Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, Harokopion University of Athens
KOULI Georgia – Maria MSc Dietitian Nutritionist, Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, Harokopion University of Athens
KOUTSOMITROS Sotiris Agronomist, Expert on Agricultural Policy
KOSTELENOS Giorgos Agronomist, Researcher
BAROUCHAS Pantelis Assisant Professor, Technological Educational Institute of Western Greece (TEIWG)
BOSKOU Dimitrios Professor Emeritus, Food Chemistry, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
BOURNAKAS Vassilis Agronomist
PANAGIOTAKOS Demosthenes FRSPH, FACE, Professor in Biostatistics, Research Methods and Epidemiology. Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, Harokopion University of Athens
POLYMEROU KAMILAKI Aikaterini former Director of the Hellenic Folklore Research Centre of the Academy of Athens
PROTONOTARIOS Vasilis Agronomist, Outreach and Networking Manager of NEUROPUBLIC SA
ROUSSOS Petros Associate Professor, Agricultural University of Athens
SARRIS Alexandros Professor Emeritus, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
TSIROGIANNIS Ioannis Assistant Professor at TEIEP, Dept. Floriculture–Landscape Architecture
CHATZINIKOLAOU Panagiotis Electrical Engineer MSc., General Secretariat for Research and Technology
CHIOU Antonia Assistant Professor at Harokopio University of Athens
CHRISTOPOULOU Efi Expert chemist of the European Union and the International Olive Council, taster of virgin olive oil
PSARRAS Giorgos ELGO “Dimitra” - Institute of Olive Tree, Subtropical Plants and Viticulture

Visitors' comments

  • | Lisa Radinovsky (Greek Liquid Gold)
    I'm very glad you published an English version of this article, so I was able to share it more widely in the News section of my Greek Liquid Gold website ( and on my personal Facebook page as well as the GLG page. This sounds like an excellent idea, and perhaps Greek expatriates will want to join.
  • | Maria Sigma
    Congrats !

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