A youth meeting and a prize for environmental essays in the Balkan Countries


October 24 - 27 1998, Thessaloniki Greece

Who will participate

Small groups of 2 - 3 boys or/and aged 15 to 18 from schools or non governmental organizations (NGOs).


1. Each group will work on an environmental issue, that will attract their interest ar d be related to their region, a subject that the local community can work on. The groupwill give a written report presenting the problem, proposing possible solutions and the proposed role which the local community can play. The report mustinclude briefly all the collected data and refer to the sources of information. Each group can write the report intheir own language but have to add an abstract in English. This report must be sent to their National Physical Society at the latest before the end of April. 2. The groups (two from each country) that will give the best reports, in content and presentation, will participate in the final competition. It is the responsibility of the National Physical Societies to select these two groups. Each group have to prepare an oral presentation. The presentations must be in English and will last for half an hour. This can also include audiovisual means (slides, over-heads, videos). The selected groups will travel to Thessaloniki during October 1998, where the Balkaniad will be held. The best will receive the award and all groups a diploma for their successful participation.

Organizing Committee

Chairman Ch.Zerefos (Greece)

v.Chairman, Secretary E.K.Polychroniadis (Greece)

Finance A.Lambros (Greece)

Members M.Mateev (Bulgaria) N.Erduran (Turkey) M.Aric (Turkey) Dj.Bek-Uzarov (Yougoslavia) A.Calboreanu (Romania) I.Lalov (Bulgaria) A.Minxhozi (Albania) V.Urumov (FYROM) Ch.Spyridis (Greece) G.Kanellis (Greece)

Deadline for submitting the reports to the National Physical Societies 30.4.98

For inquiries:

Dr. E.K.Polychroniadis

Dept. of Physics, Univ. Of Thessaloniki

THESSALONIKI, 54006 Greece

Fax.: +3031998019,

e-mail: polvchr@ccf.auth.qr

Thessaloniki Gracing the far edges of Thermaikos Bay, the haunting city of Thessaloniki captures the heart of its visitors with its variety.Named for the daughter of King Phillip, and wife of one of the Generals of Alexander the Great, the city of Thessaloniki was founded in 316 B.C. As a cultural and commercial crossroads over the many centuries since then, it was survived and flourished with a host of visitors, conqueros and settlers. From the outside, as one walks through the streets, they are impressed by the mixture of ruins, monuments, and modern buildings. The Byzantine architecture is evident throughout the city, not only in the old city walls but even more especialy in the many churches, which once entered, display their true glory in their many distinctive wall paintings and frescoes. In the oldest sections, the narrow winding streets provide a glimpse into another era. Thessaloniki is well known not only for the visual arts but also as one of the early sources of rebetika music, the urban Greek blues that has dominated the twentieth century. This has liveliness and joie de vivre last into the wee hours. Today, Thessaloniki continues to be an important hub in the Eastern Mediterranean. Besides its importance in commerce and the arts, Thessaloniki hosts a significant university student population, a generation ready to add its own contribution to the dynamic and diverse future of the city.