The Marine Institute is saddened to hear of the untimely passing of our esteemed colleague and friend Dr Kostas Nittis of the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, Athens.
A distinguished oceanographer, Kostas served the marine research community as Secretary General of the European Global Ocean Observing System (EuroGOOS: http://eurogoos.eu/) and as Chair of the European Marine Board (www.marineboard.eu). But his sphere of influence extended well beyond his own research field. Through participation in multiple pan-European projects and networks, Kostas was a true Ocean Champion and Ambassador, ceaselessly promoting of marine science and setting the European marine research agenda. Those fortunate to have known and worked with Kostas will remember his wisdom, integrity, diplomacy and a steady calmness which concealed a determination to effect positive change.
Kostas will be hugely missed by an extensive network of friends and colleagues throughout Europe and beyond. We extend our heartfelt condolences to his family at this difficult time.