Andrea Toreti has a degree in Mathematics (University of Rome „La Sapienzaâ€Ÿ) and obtained his Ph.D. in Climate Sciences at the University of Bern. Since April 2011 he is appointed Assistant Professor at the Justus Liebig University of Giessen (Germany). His research interests are: analysis of climate extremes (e.g. heat waves and torrential rainfall) especially in the frame of the Extreme Value Theory; dynamics of extreme events; change point detection, attribution and correction; Mediterranean climate and climate change issues. During the Conference he has been awarded for “his important contribution to research addressing issues on climate extremes in the Mediterranean region and his active participation to MedCLIVAR activities”.