New Board of Directors for the Institute for the Study and Monitoring of the Santorini Volcano (I.S.M.O.SA.V.) – The “guard” of the Santorini Volcano

After the General Assembly and the elections that took place on the 20th of October 2018, ISMOSAV announced its new Board of Directors for the period 2018 – 2021, that is formed as follows:

  • George Vougioukalakis – President | Volcanologist, IGME – Greek Institute of Geology and Mineral Exploration
  • Anastasios – Nikolas Zorzos – Vice President | Mayor of Thera
  • Konstantinos Papazachos – Secretary-General | Professor of Seismology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
  • Dimitrios Panagiotopoulos – Treasurer | Professor of Seismology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
  • Nikolaos Christou – Member | Geologist at the Subprefecture of Santorini
  • Spyros Pavlidis – Member | Professor of Geology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
  • Eleftherios Roussos – Member | ex National Bank of Greece employee, hotelier
  • Evi Nomikou – Alternate Member | Assistant Professor of Geology, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

The Former President, Michael Fytikas, Professor Emeritus of Geothermics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, was declared by the General Assembly to be the Honorary President.  

The Institute for the Study and Monitoring of the Santorini Volcano (I.S.M.O.SA.V.) is a non-profit organisation that was founded in the summer of 1995, whose primary aim is to continue to maintain the operation of the Volcano Observatory and the monitoring networks, which were established under a research program funded by the E.U.

Its main target is the promotion of volcanological research on the island, more specifically how to achieve the most accurate assessment possible regarding volcanic phenomena, and the increased probability of precise forecasting of any future volcanic eruption.

The Institute provides Santorini with an integral monitoring system, which guarantees the timely prediction of a possible volcanic eruption and undertakes the responsibility of disproving any false statements or rumors regarding a negative state of the volcano.

Amongst the founding members, ISMOSAV includes the majority of Greek scientists who participated in the above mentioned E.U. program, members of the Santorini civil authorities and members of the public interested in the volcanic phenomena on Santorini island group.

The Observatory is located in Firostefani, the edifice in which the Observatory is housed has been offered by Mr. Petros M. Nomikos, and the seismic signals are compiled in an establishment on the hill of Profitis Ilias.

Contact details:
Institute for the Study and Monitoring of the Santorini Volcano
Petros M. Nomikos Conference Center
Firostefani, 847 00 Santorini, Greece

Interested to learn more about the Volcano of Santorini? Check out a very interesting book Santorini, the Volcano, by George Vougioukalakis 

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