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58. Pablo O. Canziani (LGB 1977)

Posted By Alumni Office, mardi, 4 novembre 2014
Pablo Canziani

1. How long did you spend at Ecolint?
Ten years.

2. How did you come to attend Ecolint in the first place?
My father was transferred to Geneva and my parents liked the school.

3. Which teacher had the biggest impact on you and how?
There are many teachers. In Primary School certainly Doris Rushton, through her warmth and friendship. In High School Michael Quin, through the valuable things about life he taught us.

4. What was your favourite spot on campus and why?
The slope below Alexandre*, because it was a jump-off point to the rest of the school and in June it was a very pleasant place to spend time .

5. What was your favourite place in the wider region, and why?
Parc de la Grange, because it was fresh and quiet.

6. Describe your life today, where you live and what you do.
I married my wife Mercedes 29 years ago. We have a son and two daughters. Our son, the eldest, is completing Architecture school and has a son; the older girl is about to obtain a degree in Odontology and the youngest is studying design. Professionally, I am Senior Scientist at the Argentine Research Council and a university professor. Other than research I have been involved both in the ozone layer international assessments and with the IPCC. I was a member of the author team for the 4th IPCC Assessment Report, which earned the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. At home I am environmental adviser to the Argentine Catholic Conference of Bishops and as such provided environmental information and data to Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, now Pope Francis. With my sister Graciela (mathematician and ecologist) we are currently leading a collection of books about major environmental issues, from the perspective of science, social issues and the perspective on these topics from major religions.

7. What should be Ecolint's top priority as it approaches its 100th anniversary?
Ecolint provides a unique international global experience to its students. Given the current state of the planet, both politically and environmentally it is crucial that Ecolint would celebrate its 100th anniversary with strong action to promote dialogue and peace initiatives worldwide and to promote the necessary change in culture that is required to face all the grave environmental and social issues that need to be solved.

8. What "words of wisdom" would you pass on to today's Ecolint students?
Learn to live in permanent dialogue and respect for the other. Learn to live in respect and awe of nature.

9. What has been the biggest impact of your Ecolint education on your life?
The ability to work and operate in an international environment. The members of the science department did an excellent job of preparing thse who followed a scientific career (Alan Sharpe, Eric Anthony, Mr. Montgomery, Mr Bonnan, Reg Unitt, Mr. McArdle and so many more).

* See the footnote to Theo Gill's responses.



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