Mediterranean Science Team
MEDNIGHT, the Mediterranean Researchers’ Night, includes among its activities the selection of the Mediterranean Science Team and the grand Gala at which the 11 chosen scientists of the Team will be presented to the public, and the media.
With the Mediterranean Science Team, MEDNIGHT seeks unity through science for 23 countries bordering the same sea.
The Mediterranean is a common character for 500 million inhabitants of three continents. Sharing common problems, such as climate change, forces us to generate large-scale solutions that can only be realised if we work together.
Common problems, joint solution
The Mediterranean Science Team will be composed of 11 scientists doing research in countries of the Mediterranean basin.
The Mediterranean Science Team will be a reflection of science with a human face to seek solutions to these common problems of the 23 Mediterranean countries.
The Science Team is a symbol, with which we want to bring the relevance of science to the general public. For this reason, we formed a team of 11 “players”, like football teams. Each member of the Mediterranean Science Team will receive a T-shirt, similar to those of the football players, at the Gala where they will be presented to the public
The scientists in the Science Team will be those who have contributed most notably to the knowledge and/or development of strategies to address problems shared by the countries of the Mediterranean basin or whose research makes an important contribution to the future projection of the Mediterranean countries.
The team will also be open to researchers whose scientific work has been internationally recognised as being of the highest level. In this way, it will help to visualise cutting-edge scientific development in the region as an unquestionable strategy for the future.
The international relevance of the research, the fact that it has been developed by a multidisciplinary team and that its application can be extended to all the countries of the Mediterranean basin will be taken into account.
Call for applications
From Mednight, we encourage institutions, universities and research centers from all Mediterranean countries to submit nominations of scientists to be part of the Mediterranean Science Team.
Applications should be sent using the form
Extended: Submit your application until October 15th
The team’s presentation gala will be held in Istanbul, Turkey, February 9th 2023.
The jury of the Mediterranean Science Team 2023
The MEDNIGHT Mediterranean Science Team 2023 jury is made up of excellent researchers from Greece, Egypt, Turkey, Portugal and Spain.
Prof. Dr. Gulsun Sağlamer. Turkey
Prof. Dr. Gulsun Sağlamer. Former Rector of Istanbul Technical University (1996-2004). She is a professor of architecture at Istanbul Technical University. She was a member of the Scientific Committee of TUBITAK-INTAG (The Scientific and Technical Research...
Prof. Dr. Sondan Durukanoğlu. Turkey
Prof. Dr. Sondan Durukanoğlu Feyiz is the current rector of Kadir Has Üniversity. Prof. M. Sondan Durukanoğlu Feyiz. She completed her Master’s in Physics at the University of Wisconsin in 1992 and her Ph.D. at the Physics department of Kansas State University in...
Prof. Dr. Nagwa Abdel Meguid. Egypt
Dr Meguid is a professor of human genetics, Former Head of Human Genetics Unit, National Research Center (NRC) Egypt. She is a Senior Geneticist at the Genetics Institute, California; a fellow of Uppsala University, Sweden and Yale University. First Arab Laureate win...
Prof. Dr. Carmen Fenoll. Spain.
PhD in Biological Sciences from the Universidad Autónoma of Madrid. Professor of Plant Physiology in the Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Biochemistry at the University of Castilla-La Mancha, Toledo. She is currently the president of the Association of...
Prof. Dr. Nektarios Tavernarakis. Greece
Professor Nektarios Tavernarakis. He is Vice-President of the European Research Council (ERC) and Chairman of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) Governing Board. He is also President of the Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas...
Prof. Dr. Juan Fuster. Spain
Juan Fuster Verdú. Research professor at the Institute of Corpuscular Physics (IFIC), a joint centre of the University of Valencia and the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). He has received the Humboldt Research Award in 2018. Juan Fuster Verdú is the...
Prof. Dr. Ana Costa. Portugal.
PhD in Food Biotechnology, Ana Costa is the first woman dean of the University of Évora (Portugal) and president of MetaRed Portugal. MetaRed is a collaborative project that forms a network of networks of heads of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) of...
The aim of the jury will be to select the 11 members of the Mediterranean Science Team 2023.
The Mediterranean Science Team symbolises the top science developed in Mediterranean countries, science that contributes especially to solving common problems, and to the advancement of the countries of the Mediterranean basin.
In their evaluation, the jury members will take into account the following criteria:
- Relevance of their research to Mediterranean society
- International projection of their work
- Importance of making their work visible, with special attention to women scientists.
- Exceptional nature of their research
A maximum of three scientists from the host country of the gala are accepted. And only one scientist representing other countries.
The research areas especially valued are those of interest to MEDNIGHT:
– Climate and clean energy. Scientists whose research provides relevant solutions to address desertification, water management, CO2 removal, clean energy, etc. will be especially valued to be part of the Mediterranean Science Team.
– Sea and pollution. Scientists whose research provides relevant solutions against marine pollution will be especially valued to be part of the EMC.
– Diet and nutrition. The Mediterranean diet has been declared Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. Scientists whose research favours the development of healthy foods for a Mediterranean diet through the use of emerging technologies will be especially valued.
– Life and health: It will highlight research into wellness in health and longevity.
The Science Team Gala
The 11 scientists selected by the jury were presented at a gala-homage, in person and with streaming, February 9th 2023. The selected scientists and members of the jury will be invited to the gala and will explain in person the research they have carried out.
The gala, with a similar vocation to the film galas, takes place in a playful environment with a reception for the scientists, a photocall and the proposal of interviews for the media.
On the day of the gala, a press conference will be held to present the selected artists.
During the gala, the 11 T-shirts will be handed out, which, like those of a football team, will identify the excellent members of the Mediterranean Science Team.
The Science Team is an original QUO magazine activity for Mednight.