Navarion Environmental Observatory (NEO). Photo: Johan Kuylenstierna.

Johan Kuylenstierna assumed the position as Director of NEO on 14 May and had a chance to visit the station and the surroundings 19-21 May together with Karin Holmgren, the Chair of the NEO Steering Committee and Giorgos Maneas, the station manager.

From the left: Johan Kuylenstierna, Giorgos Maneas and Karin Holmgren. Photo: Jan Sundberg.

- It was excellent to get an overview of current activities at the station and an insight to the various collaborations with partners in the region; ranging from monitoring programmes, research, study visits and field work, says Johan.

The surroundings of NEO. Photo: Johan Kuylenstierna.

Johan thinks that there is clearly potential to further develop new projects and collaborations where NEO can play a role, not least considering the many pressing environmental and socio-economic challenges in this region (eastern Mediterranean).

They also used this opportunity to hold brief meetings with the other partners of NEO; Academy of Athens and TEMES.