Other projects

 

The Scientific Centre of Monaco (CSM)

 

The Scientific Centre of Monaco was founded in 1960 at the request of Prince of Monaco Rainier III to provide the Principality of Monaco with the means of carrying out oceanographic research and to support governmental and international organizations responsible for the protection and conservation of marine life.

Since 1989, the CSM has specialized in studying the function of coralline ecosystems (tropical and Mediterranean) with regards to global climatic changes and pollution problems.

On the basis of CSM two more perspective and fast growing branches were recently launched: Polar Biology Department which brings the scientific basis to use penguins as bioindicator of environmental changes in polar ecosystems, and Medical Biology Department which links basic molecular research and clinical applications, providing the new approaches to pathology treatment, including cancer diseases. The Medical Biology Department includes an observatory for the use of cord blood in the treatment of sickle cell disease, an agency for the development of clinical research in the Principality of Monaco and two translational research teams bringing the results of basic research into clinical laboratories.

Since 2015 Mark Kaufman Charitable Foundation has started a close cooperation with the Scientific Centre of Monaco. Given the utmost importance of CSM activity for the Principality HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco approved the foundation of the Association of CSM Friends (L'Association des Amis du Centre Scientifique de Monaco), which was finally founded in February, 2015 under the chairmanship of HRH Princess Camilla de Bourbon.

M. Kaufman was invited as one of the foundation members of the Association.

 Outward Bound Monaco

One of the private projects, implemented and financed personally by Prof. Mark Kaufman is the financial support of the Outward Bound Trust (UK) branch in Monaco – Outward Bound Monaco, presided by Prince Albert II.

Being one of the honorary members of Outward Bound Monaco, Mark Kaufman on a regular basis backs up the Association, primarily sponsoring the courses, which aimed at unlocking the potential in young people through discovery and adventure in the wild.

The Outward Bound Trust was founded in 1941 by Lawrence Holt, Chairman of the Blue Funnel Shipping Line, and the renowned educationalist Kurt Hahn. It was initially intended as a survival school for merchant seamen who might find themselves shipwrecked and forced to cope with all manner of situations and conditions in any environment in the world.

After the war, it was felt by many that the success of the school was in more than just teaching survival skills. The Outward Bound programme could also, in peacetime, be a valuable means of making individuals more independent, self aware and able to cope for themselves.

Today young people from all social backgrounds can attend courses and here through outdoor challenges they do realize what one of the greatest sentences in the English language “I can” really means.

To support the activity of Outward Bound Monaco on the 6th of December, 2014 Prince of Monaco Albert II hosted a spectacular event – the 9th Charitable Bal De Noël, which took place in Belle Epoque (Hermitage Hotel). The high spot of the event became the traditional charitable Sotheby’s auction, and one the striking lots was the rare cognac Hennessy Timeless 1999 from the private collection of Mark Kaufman along with the fantastic visit to the historical residence of the Hennessy House - Château Bangolet. 

 

Maxim Vengerov concert in Moscow. October, 30th, 2014

One of the most spectacular events of the cultural life of Moscow 2014 was undoubtedly Maxim Vengerov concert, held on the 30th of November in Moscow Conservatory's Grand Hall.

We can endlessly name the prestigious awards, achievements and regalia of a 30 years old genius, who gains a rightful place among the most demanded musicians of the world. He repeatedly won the mayor international competitions and twice received the Grammy Awards in 1996 and 2004. In 1997 Maxim Vengerov became the first classical musician to be appointed International Goodwill Ambassador by UNICEF. He is as well the Honorary Ambassador of culture in Israel.

In Moscow the first violin of the world splendidly performed the masterpieces of Brahms, Rachmaninov, Venyavsky. The concert was organized with the participation of Embassy of Israel in the Russian Federation, which highly appreciated the financial support rendered by Prof. Mark Kaufman.