The 2007 Union Service Award is awarded to Kostas Kourtidis in recognition of his generous and innovative services as Managing Editor of the EGU Newsletter.
Kostas Kourtidis is currently Associate Professor of Atmospheric Physics and Technology at the Department of Environmental Engineering of the Democritus University of Thrace, Greece.
He received his B.Sc. in Physics from the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki in 1987 and his Ph.D. in 1991 from the same University while holding a Ph.D. scholarship at the Max-Planck-Institute for Aeronomy in Katlenburg-Lindau, Germany, with a thesis on tropospheric photooxidants in urban and remote locations. After his Ph.D. he has worked in MPI for Aeronomy for two years analyzing stratospheric air samples for naturally occurring organohalogens. After that, he worked in the Laboratory for Atmospheric Physics, Aristotelian Univ. of Thessaloniki for seven years on air quality and tropospheric chemistry-aerosol-UV interrelationships before moving to his current position in 2003. His current research interests include atmospheric trace species, aerosol-cloud interactions and urban climate.
He is author of around 40 publications in ISI-indexed journals and has participated in numerous land and sea-going expeditions. He has served in several national and international boards and Committees including being National Delegate in European Space Agency’s Programme Board for Earth Observation as well as the Data Operations Scientific and Technical Advisory Group since 2004.
He has served EGU by conceiving and coordinating the realization of the EGU Newsletter The EGGS and has been its Managing Editor since 2002. He has conceived the IMAGGEO geoscience images database of EGU and is its managing administrator since 2007. He served in the Publication Committee and the Education, Outreach News and Sponsorship Committee of EGU.