University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna
Chair of the International Science Advisory Board of the local association Sustainable Samothraki
Marina Fischer-Kowalski, long-term director of the Institute for Social Ecology, senior lecturer at Vienna University. She has been, inter alia, President of the International Society for Industrial Ecology, and President of the International Society for Ecological Economics. She is member of the UNESCO Committee for Man-and-Biosphere Reserves in Austria. Originally a tourist visitor, upon request by local citizens, she has been engaging in research on Samothraki since 2008, in collaboration with scientists from the Hellenic Centre of Marine Research, the University of Waterloo and Yale University. She is organizing annual Summer Schools on the island for international students to learn and help with the research, and chairs the International Science Board of the local association Sustainable Samothraki. In 2012, she was awarded Honorary Citizenship of Samothraki.