We are pleased to introduce you Prof. Laura Giuliano, a renowned scientist in marine biology who contributed to various strategic panels of the OECD, IUCN, the EU Commission and the EU Parliament, headed the Italian National Council (CNR)’s Coastal Marine Environment Institute and is currently Director of Science of CIESM, the prestigious Mediterranean Science Commission established in 1919 under the Chairmanship of H.S.H. Prince Albert I of Monaco.
LIFE4MEDECA: Laura, as a blue biology scientist you were used to a mix of theory and field work, including oceanographic missions at sea: you are the author of some 50 peer reviewed publications on journals such as Nature and you earned a full professorship quite early in your carrier. Then you moved (more than 10 years ago) to CIESM, daily dealing with scientists and politicians and H.S.H. Prince Albert II (Laura is at the right of the Prince – left looking the picture – Editor’s note). Why?
L. GIULIANO: Open scientific cooperation, this was the dream of Prince Albert I and the other founders of CIESM; a dream which needs diplomatic work to remove barriers among countries. Not my comfort zone (I felt, and sometimes I still feel, much better with marine bacteria) but in 2004 I was offered the chance to help the Mediterranean I took it wholeheartedly.
LIFE4MEDECA: The Mediterranean witnessed the birth of the civilisation as we know it but also many wars, some still on-going. Is there a future?
L. GIULIANO: No doubt, the area is problematic. However, in more than 100 years CIESM succeeded not to discontinue cooperation despite two world wars and several revolutions. The reason is simple: passion overcomes each obstacle.
LIFE4MEDECA: What is the reason for your friendship to LIFE4MEDECA?
L. GIULIANO: CIESM and LIFE4MEDECA have a common ambition: building trust and facilitate cooperation to save Mare Nostrum, “our sea” as in Latin language the Mediterranean was called.
LIFE4MEDECA: Mare Nostrum is calling for help. Can we do something?
L. GIULIANO: In marine biology we soon learn that every organism, even the smallest, is vital for the ecosystem: as without plankton whales starve, with our help, the help of each one of us, the Med will be healthy.
LIFE4MEDECA: in one sentence?
L. GIULIANO: Every single droplet counts: each one of us can do something for the Med.