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Keynote Speakers

Due to Global Health Emergency the IMMR’20 will be suspended.

This will take place on a date to be scheduled in due course.


Simonetta Fraschetti is a Professor in Ecology at the University of Naples Federico II and Research Fellow at the Anton Dohrn Zoological Station of Naples. Elected President of the Marine Biology Symposium and MC Member in the Cost Action Advancing marine conservation in the European and contiguous seas. She combines field descriptive research, manipulative experiments and spatial analysis techniques for gaining a better understanding of the pattern of distribution of marine biodiversity and of the processes influencing marine communities. Responsible or directly involved in several international projects for setting criteria and priorities for the management and the conservation of marine coastal systems (AMAre, MERCES, AFRIMED, ADRIPLAN, CoCoNET, MEDISEH MAREA) in the framework of EU Directives. The quantification of biodiversity changes under the effects of multiple stressors and the study of the potential for active restoration of disturbed assemblages are also central in her research.


Marisol Izquierdo studied Biological Sciences at Madrid-Complutense University, obtaining the Bachelor’s degree in Marine Biology at La Laguna University (1983). Between 1984-88 she obtained the Master’s degree in Fisheries Sciences and conducted her PhD thesis studies at Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology (TUMSAI). She became professor at Las Palmas de Gran Canaria University (ULPGC) in 1990 and full professor in 2000. She has been Director of the International Master in Aquaculture (1997-2004) and PhD Program in Aquaculture (1990-2008) that obtained the Quality and Excellence Mentions of Ministry of Education, Director of Scientific Policy of the ULPGC (2004-2008), Director of the Biology Department (2008-2009), Director of the Marine Science Institute at Canary Islands (2009-2011) and she is at present Director of the Institute ECOAQUA from ULPGC and Advisor of Spanish National Institute of Oceanography (IEO) Director (2019). She has particularly studied aspects of digestion, absorption and utilization of dietary lipids; determination of lipid requirements for fish, molluscs and crustaceans during the larval stages, on-growing and reproduction; and the effect of fatty acids, antioxidant minerals and fat soluble vitamins on fish health, behaviour, neural activity and bone mineralization. She has published more than 250 articles in scientific journals (h index of 53), 12 book chapters, several reviews and has supervised over 30 PhD dissertations. She has more than 30 invited lectures in international scientific conferences and participates in several scientific symposia international committees and editorial boards of scientific journals.


Manuel Hidalgo is a fisheries ecologist and oceanographer working as senior scientist for the Spanish Institute of Oceanography (IEO) at the Oceanographic Center of the Balearic Islands (Palma, Spain). He got his PhD degree at the University of Vigo in 2007 and stayed as postdoctoral researcher at the University of Oslo (Norway) until 2011, when he moved back to Spain to work at IEO. His research focuses on the impact of fishing activity and climate variability on the ecological mechanisms that regulate exploited populations, communities and ecosystems. He particularly works on: (i) the hydroclimatic influence on the spatial ecology of early life stages of exploited species, including survival and connectivity processes, (ii) synergistic effects of climate and fisheries on vital traits and spatial and temporal dynamics of exploited species, and (iii) processes and indicators of resistance and resilience of impacted marine ecosystems. Dr. Hidalgo has chaired an integrated ecosystem assessment working group of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) for six years and he is currently part of the Scientific Committee of ICES (SCICOM). He is member of the panel of experts of the UN for the development of ‘II World Ocean Assessment’ and co-author of a chapter in the IPCC (AR6). He also collaborates with FAO as scientific advisor on issues related to climate change and fisheries, and serves as scientific editor of ICES Journal of Marine Science since 2013.

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