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PAOLO GUIDETTI. Born in Genoa (Italy) on May 31st 1969. Presently, Full Professor of Ecology at the University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis (France) and Director of the ECOMERS laboratory (FRE 3729 CNRS – Nice Sophia Antipolis University). Formerly (2007-2012), researcher in Zoology at the University of Salento (Lecce, Italy). University degree 110/110 in Biological Sciences at the University of Genoa (Italy). Two-years (1996-1998) fellowship at ‘Stazione Zoologica A. Dohrn’ (Naples, Italy). PhD in ‘Fundamental Ecology’ at the University of Lecce (Italy). Visiting scientist in 2003 and 2004 at Scripps Institution of Oceanography (UC San Diego, USA). Teaching courses on ‘Fish Ecology’, ‘Fishery Biology and Management’, and ‘Marine Conservation’ at Universities of Genoa and Lecce-Salento (Italy), and courses on ‘Origin of Life’, ‘Ecology’, ‘Marine Biology and Ecology’, ‘Coastal Marine Ecosystems’ at the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis (France). Scientific responsible of more than 40 national and international projects on marine conservation, with emphasis on marine conservation (marine protected areas), fish ecology and management of artisanal fisheries. Author of 102 ISI papers published in international journals (including ‘Nature’).

Simeon_Head_2SIMEON DEGUARA. Research Director: Dr. Deguara has several years of experience in aquaculture. After reading his PhD at Stirling University in Scotland, he worked as a Project Manager with EWOS in Scotland.  He was an aquaculture consultant to the Maltese Government between 2001 and 2003, Quality Assurance Coordinator for one of Malta’s leading fish farms between 2006 and 2013, and has been the R&D coordinator for the Federation of Maltese Aquaculture Producers and visiting lecturer at the University of Malta since 2008. He has been AquaBioTech Group’s Research Director since 2002. Experienced in protein and oil replacements for marine finfish, and effects on growth and health status. He has a broad experience in academic and industrial settings, with laboratory, pilot and commercial scale RAS. Expertise in scientific project design, implementation and reporting. Leads all nutrition and challenge trials at ABT Innovia R&D facility, as well as participation in global assignments for aquaculture based projects.

MargretheBilde1MARGRETHE ESAIASSEN. PhD, professor of seafood science at Norwegian College of Fishery Science, UiT The Arctic University of Tromsø. She is teaching courses in seafood processing, and her research has mainly been focusing quality of seafood, quality assessments and how processing influence seafood quality and preferences. Margrethe Esaiassen holds a master in biotechnology/aquaculture from Norwegian University of Science and Technology, and a PhD in seafood science from UiT The Arctic University of Tromsø. For many years (1989 – 2013) she was a researcher/senior researcher at Nofima, Tromsø, Norway. During that period, she was participating in several European projects, and she has been responsible for many research and development projects for the fisheries and aquaculture industries.

botana compressLUIS BOTANA. Full professor of pharmacology at the University of Santiago de Compostela (USC), Spain and was a Fogarty Fellow at the Medical School of Jonhs Hopkins University. His research deals with discovery of new drugs from marine toxins and marine compounds in general, toxicology  and development of new methods for fast detection of marine toxins. He was director of 38 PhD thesis, has published 300 papers, and was editor of 12 international books about marine toxins and pharmacology. He was director of the European reference laboratory for marine biotoxins, and director of the Department of Pharmacology of the USC.

20160403_115351JORDI VIÑAS. He is currently professor of genetics at the department of Biology, University of Girona and member of the Laboratory d’Ictiologia Genètica. He teaches applied genetics and genomics. After his phD thesis in population genetics in tuna species, he got a position as post doc at the Texas Institute of Oceanography in the Texas A&M University, followed by five year of researcher scholarship at the Institute of Marine Sciences of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). His research is focused in molecular systematics and population genetics for establishing past and current phylogeographic and biogeographic relationships in the marine realm. He is particular interested in applying population genomics analysis in the conservation of large pelagic fish species. In recent years, his research also involved the study of the genetic control of the reproduction in aquaculture species, and the use of genomics tools for preventing the dispersion of invasive species. He is the author of more than 50 international publications and editor of several international (ISI) journals.

RJRAJESH NAIR. I have over 20 years of experience in Oceanography and the Marine Sciences, with a strong experimental background, extensive field skills and “hands-on” knowledge of a wide variety of marine instrumentation. My work has involved many areas of marine research, ranging from plankton studies and biogeochemical cycling to physical oceanography and environmental monitoring. I have a Bachelor of Science degree from Bangalore University, India, and am also qualified as an electrical engineering technician under the Italian national schooling system. I am part of the permanent staff of the Centro di Taratura e Metrologia Oceanografica (CTMO), which I helped set up in 2002; the CTMO is the oceanographic calibration facility of the OGS (Istituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e Geofisica Sperimentale), an Italian public sector research institute operating in different spheres of the Earth Sciences. My present activities and interests focus on marine observing technologies, including calibration, control and testing of instrumentation, and the application of metrological principles to measurement quality assurance both in the laboratory and in the field. I have participated in a number of EU and national projects dealing with the marine sector, and am currently coordinating the activities of the OGS in the EU H2020 project, JERICO-NEXT (Joint European Research Infrastructure network for Coastal Observatory – Novel European eXpertise for coastal observaTories). I was also responsible for the activities of my Institute in the concluded EU FP7 project, JERICO (Towards a Joint European Research Infrastructure network for Coastal Observatories), the EMRP (European Metrology Research Programme) project, “ENV05-OCEAN: metrology for ocean salinity and acidity”, and the recent “Pilot Project for the Intercomparison of Seawater Salinity Measurements” organized by the Joint WMO-IOC Technical Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology (JCOMM). I am currently serving on the Calibration Board of the JERICO network of  European coastal observatories, and am the Chair of the Technology Panel Working Group (TPWG) of the European Global Ocean Observing System (EuroGOOS).

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