OPTIMA (Organisation Phyto-Taxonomic Investigation Mediterranean Area), founded in 1974, is an international scientific association of personal and institutional members.
It is devoted to the study of plants and plant life of the Mediterranean area, with all their aspects.
All groups traditionally assigned to botany are covered (including fungi an protists), as well as all disciplines devoted to the comparative study of these organisms.
OPTIMA & Flora Mediterranea floristics and systematic botany in its widest sense relating to Mediterranean plants of all groups, whether living or fossil.
The emphasis is on articles that exceed national limits in coverage or by their general interest.
Optima is governed by an International Board
The International Board of OPTIMA for the term of office 2007-2013, appointed by tacit election in conformity with OPTIMA’s Constitution, has the following membership:
Loutfy Boulos, Egypt
Theophanis Constantinidis, Greece
Avinoam Danin, Israel
Tuna Ekim, Turkey
Mohammed Fennane, Morocco
Eleonora Gabrielian, Armenia
Werner Greuter, Germany
Vernon H. Heywood, United Kingdom
José M. Iriondo, Spain
Daniel Jeanmonod, Switzerland
Nejc Jogan, Slovenija
Stephen L. Jury, United Kingdom
Georgia Kamari, Greece
Karol Marhold, Slovak Republic
Joël Mathez, France
Frédéric Médail, France
Christoph Oberprieler, Germany
Silvano Onofri, Italy
Dražena Papeš, Croatia
Uzi Plitmann, Israel
Francesco Maria Raimondo, Italy
Fátima Sales, Portugal
Sonja Šiljak-Yakovlev, France
Arne Strid, Sweden
Pertti Uotila, Finland
Benito Valdés, Spain
Olja Vasic, Serbia
Ernst Vitek, Austria
Vladimir Vladimirov, Bulgaria
Prize Commission (2007-2013) - Secretary: W. Greuter, Berlin
Members: V. Heywood, Reading - D. Phitos, Patras - F. M. Raimondo, Palermo
B. Valdés, Sevilla
This is, by definition, an intermittently active Commission. The Commission submitted nominations for the award of OPTIMA Medals for ratification by the OPTIMA Board or Council.