Speaking Engagements


Introducing volunteerism and sea turtles to children – 31/05/2011

A very unforgettable Saturday Afternoon Story Hour for our young friends took place on 14 May at the Pataki Bookstore in Athens. Many young readers were at the presentation of the book Τα χελωνάκια του Παύλου (Paulʼs turtles) by Sofia Kalantzakou.

Children of all ages were very enthusiastic about and impressed by both the author, who welcomed them wholeheartedly, and by the big surprise which was waiting for them: The Parodos team had prepared a visual approach to the story of the much-loved book. Members of the team invited the children to create a fantastic collage of a Caretta caretta, which they then gave to Ms. Kalantzakou for a gift.

But that wasnʼt all: Parodos presented their adaptation of the story in the form of a theatrical play. Thus, the story of Paul, a boy who (together with his friends) decides to become an ARCHELON volunteer that summer in Kyparissia, unfolded before our eyes. There, together with ARCHELON, he saw the mother Caretta caretta turtles go onto the beach, dig their nests, and lay their eggs. He also saw the hatchlings pop up through the sand and head towards the sea.

Paul became enthusiastic about the idea of volunteerism and the new friends he made, people who had come from countries all over the world to help protect the endangered Caretta caretta sea turtles. Paul also saw in practice what even small children can do to help an endangered species and the environment.

It was a wonderful experience. The message we got by reading the story of the young hero Paul went straight to our hearts and created the desire for us to live in the same way that we had read about. This feeling was greatly helped by Spiro Gousiʼs wonderful illustrations. While signing books after the presentation, Mr Gousi also made a small illustration in each.

We would like to greatly thank Ms Sofia Kalantzakou, who loves ARCHELON so much that through her story, she has made many others love us as well. We would also like to warmly thank the Pataki Bookstore for the excellent organisation of the event and, of course, many thanks to the Parodos team for their fantastic theatrical adaptation of the story Τα χελωνάκια του Παύλου (Paulʼs turtles).

Translation by Joanne Stournara

Thessaloniki Innovation Festival- May 2010


Διάλεξη στη Θεσσαλονίκη

Στα πλαίσια των επιστημονικών διαλέξεων του Ινστιτούτου Τεχνικής Χημικών Διεργασιών του ΕΚΕΤΑ πραγματοποιήθηκε διάλεξη Παρασκευή, 11 Ιουνίου στις εγκαταστάσεις του ΕΚΕΤΑ στο Τεχνολογικό Πάρκο Θεσσαλονίκης με θέμα: Βιώσιμη Ανάπτυξη: Νέο μοντέλο οικονομικής και περιβαλλοντικά ηθικής πολιτικής για τον 21ο αιώνα. Ομιλήτρια: Σοφία Καλαντζάκου Global Distinguished Professor Environmental Studies and Public Policy, New York University στις ΗΠΑ


Athens Green 360

Monday, September 20, 2010


Saving the Caretta Caretta Loggerhead Turtle… One volunteer at a time

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010


The Challenges of Ecosystem Management

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Discussion Agenda:
“Are Palms Native and Does it Matter? Saving a Small Ecosystem in the Bahamas” – Shelby White, NYU Board of Trustees Member; Leon Levy Foundation Board of Trustees Member

“The Stymphalian Lake from Hercules to the 21st Century.”  – Sophia Kalantzakos, Global Distinguished Professor, New York University

Sophia Kalantzakos
C&C Global Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies & Public Policy, NYU Environmental Studies Program

Mary Leou
Director, NYU Wallerstein Collaborative for Urban Environmental Education; Acting Director, NYU Steinhardt Environmental Conservation Education Program

Claire Milonas
Senior Advisor, X Prize Foundation


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