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Keynote Speakers

LECTURE | Responses of marine biodiversity and ecosystems to global environmental change and its interaction with regional and local scale impacts

Stephen Hawkins studied Marine Biology at the University of Liverpool (1973-1979), concluding his BSc followed by PhD on rocky shore ecology at its Port Erin Marine Laboratory on the Isle of Man before doing a post-doc Fellowship at the Marine Biological Association (MBA) in Plymouth. His research takes an experimental approach using rocky shores as a convenient model system to understand interactions between species.  He has also worked on shellfisheries, pollution, conservation and management of the coastal zone including restoration of ecosystems in disused dock basins.  In parallel with these shorter term studies he has been working on sustained observing of coastal and near-shore systems for 40 years to better understand the importance of climate fluctuations and current rapid climate change. He is currently based back at the MBA mainly working on long-term change. He has supervised more than 80 PHD students, many of whom are now full Professors. (Complete biosketch here)

LECTURE | European policies for marine research

Ricardo Serrão Santos (RSS) is a Member of the European Parliament since July 2014 and full Member of the Committees on Fisheries and on Agriculture and Rural Development and in the Interparliamentary Delegation EU-Canada. He is Coordinator for Socialists and Democrats on Fisheries. He is also the Vice-Chair of the Parliament Intergroups on “Seas, Islands, Rivers and Coastal Zones” and on “Climate change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development”. RSS holds a Doctorate Degree from the Universities of Liverpool and the Azores. Marine Researcher for 30 years, he has over 300 scientific papers and books published. In addition to his academic position at the University of the Azores, where he keeps supervising several PhD students is a member of the Scientific Council of the Oceanography Institute of Paris. Associated Editor of “Marine Biodiversity” and Speciality Chief Editor of “Frontiers in Marine Science/Deep-Sea Environments and Ecology”. RSS has been a member of the scientific councils and chair of evaluation panels of the Portuguese Ministry of Science and Higher Education and Portuguese Delegate at ESFRI and the EC Committee of Research Infrastructures. Ricardo has also been the President of IMAR-Institute of Marine Research, and Pro-Rector and Director of the Department Oceanography and Fisheries at the University of the Azores, Vice-Chair of the European Marine Board and Chair of EurOcean. He has received several honourable mentions, prizes and awards, among which the Gifts to the Earth by WWF in 2002. In 2012 RSS received the Autonomous Insignia of Recognition of the Azores. In 2013, he was knighted “Chevalier de l’Ordre de Saint Charles” by SAS Prince Albert II of Monaco. RSS was honoured as member of the “Portuguese Academy of Sciences” (Class of Sciences, Section of Biological Sciences) in 2009 and emeritus member of the “Portuguese Navy Academy” (Class of Arts, Letters and Sciences) in 2017.


Joachim Claudet specializes in marine protected area (MPA) evaluations and linked coastal social-ecological research at the land-sea interface, using place-based case studies to inform management or meta-analyzes to impact policy. He is interested in research that helps implement appropriate monitoring designs and management plans, develop indicators and decision-making tools. He currently leads as PI two inter-disciplinary projects on linked social-ecological resilience of coastal systems (ACRoSS, ANR; INTHENSE, Fondation de France) and one on the use of MPA networks to reach sustainable fisheries in the Mediterranean Sea (SafeNet, EC DG MARE), and, among others, is WP leader in projects on ecosystem resilience and ecosystem services valuation. Expert on MPAs for PISCO and WWF, he is also involved in IPBES regional assessments and several scientific councils and is the president of the scientific committee of MedPAN, the network of Mediterranean MPA managers. Joachim Claudet recently edited a book on MPAs at Cambridge University Press. (Complete biosketch here)


Didier Gascuel is head of the Agrocampus Ouest Fisheries and aquatic sciences center, within the European University of Brittany (France). His current research focuses on the development of trophic level-based ecosystem models and the implementation of the ecosystem approach to fisheries management. He has been especially involved in programs dealing with the assessment of ecosystem impacts of fishing in Western African countries and in European seas. He notably developed the EcoTroph ecosystem model and worked on the assessment of MPAs efficiency. He published more than 80 scientific papers and supervised 15 PhDs. He is a member of the European STECF (Scientific Technical and Economic Committee of Fisheries) and the chairman (2010-2012) of the STECF Experts working group on the Ecosystem approach to fisheries management. (Complete biosketch here)


Maria Hayes, has an honours degree in Science (Industrial Microbiology and Chemistry) from University College Dublin (UCD) and a PhD in Microbiology and chemistry from University College Cork (UCC) the topic of which concerned the generation of antimicrobial and heart health beneficial peptides from dairy processing waste streams. Following her PhD, Maria worked with the Centre of Marine Biotechnology (CAMBIO), an Enterprise Ireland funded centre based in Donegal, Ireland. In 2008, Maria joined Teagasc as the programme manager and full-time researcher on the Marine Functional Foods Research Initiative (NutraMara project). She has published over 90 academic papers and has collaborated with the main Irish Universities and Institutes of technology as well as with international partners including NIH in the US, the University of Nottingham UK and others. She is also a member of the European Chitin Society (EUCHIS) and the WG leader on EUALGAE and is a member of the EU COST action imPARAS. Her research interests include utilisation of rest raw materials from marine processing and algal research for food. She is currently the chief coordinator of several by-product utilisation projects in Ireland including BRAVO, FISHBOWL, MUSSELS and BRAVO 2 and one EU project (The IDEA project) which deals with development of economic viable algae-based value chains. (Complete biosketch here)


Kim Thompson is a Principal Investigator at Moredun Research Institute, where she heads the Aquaculture Research Group funded by Benchmark Animal Health Ltd. She graduated from University of Stirling with a BSc (hons) in Biochemistry, and with an MSc in Immunology from University of Aberdeen and a PhD in Fish Immunology from University of Stirling. Before coming to Moredun Research Institute she was a Reader in Fish Immunology at the Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling, where she was based for more than 20 years. Her research interests include vaccine development for fish pathogens (viral, bacterial and parasitic), examining the immune response of fish to these pathogens and understanding the factors that influence this response. She is also interested in developing alternative therapies for disease control in fish (e.g. functional feeds, immunostimulants, probiotics). She has published over 130 articles in international peer-reviews publications relating to this work. She is a member of the European Association of Fish Pathologists, Asian Aquaculture Society, and a founding member of the International Society of Fish and Shellfish Immunology. She is also a Member of BBSRC UK Veterinary Vaccinology Research Network and International Veterinary Vaccinology Research Network. (Complete biosketch here)


Leticia Costa-Lotufo is a full professor at the Department of Pharmacology, Institute of Biomedical Sciences, University of São Paulo. Her lab is focused on the discovery of new anticancer compounds from Brazilian marine biodiversity and studies on their mechanisms of action. Recently, she started a multidisciplinary project to access marine microorganisms diversity and biotechnological potential along the Brazilian coast and islands. PhD Costa-Lotufo’s activities include the supervision of undergraduate and graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. She has published book chapters, review articles and more than 230 articles in peer-reviewed journals. On 2010, PhD Costa-Lotufo was nominated as a young scientist of the Brazilian Academy of Science.

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