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María Damanaki

greece

Former European Commissioner
Maritime Affairs and Fisheries

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MARÍA DAMANAKI

Acting as an independent consultant, Maria Damanaki is serving as a principal advisor for SYSTEMIQ (London), the Paradise Foundation (China) and Rockefeller Brothers Foundation (USA).

Maria Damanaki is a member of the Friends of Ocean Action of the World Economic Forum. She co-chairs the network of the High-Level Ocean Panel. She sits on the Boards of Monaco Ocean Foundation and Oceanographic Institute, the Board of European Marine Regions Forum (Berlin), the Board of the Global Fishing Watch and the Board of Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).

She served for five years as the Global Managing Director for Oceans at The Nature Conservancy USA. She also served as the European Union Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries. Under her leadership, the Commission introduced the Blue Growth Agenda and a new Fisheries Policy that brought fish populations back to healthier levels. She was the first woman leader of a Greek political party. Author of four books on Gender and Human Rights issues, Education and European Policy.

Lynne Talley

USA

Physical Oceanographer
Scripps Institution of Oceanography

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Linne Talley

A distinguished professor of oceanography at Scripps, was honored “for measuring the intermediate and deep water masses of the world ocean, leading to our understanding of ocean circulation and the climate.” Talley’s research focuses on the general circulation of the ocean and the role of various oceanic and atmospheric conditions that affect ocean currents and property distributions, including salinity. Her work involves analysis of data from most of the world’s oceans, depicting the movement of heat, salinity, and water masses, and the formation of water masses, particularly in subpolar regions. Her research combines analysis of ocean observations with advanced theoretical work to describe and map large-scale circulation. She was a lead author of the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report (Working Group I chapter “Observations: Oceanic Climate Change and Sea Level,”), which earned contributing scientists a share of the Nobel Peace Prize, and a lead author on the same topic for the Fifth Assessment Report.

Ron Benner

USA

Carolina Distinguished Professor
University of South Carolina

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Ron Benner

 

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"Bacterial Contributions to Refractory DOM in the Global Ocean"

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Carolina Distinguished Professor Ron Benner focuses on the biogeochemistry of the carbon, nitrogen and phosphorous cycles and the roles of microorganisms as producers and consumers of organic matter in aquatic environments.  Experimental approaches are used to characterize processes and geochemical approaches are used to integrate processes over space and time.  Professor Benner is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and Advancing the Sciences of Limnology & Oceanography (ASLO).  He also holds an Einstein Professorship with the Chinese Academy of Sciences.  His research on the origins, transformations and fates of dissolved organic carbon in the ocean is providing novel insights about bacterial contributions to this major reservoir of reduced carbon and the  controls on carbon sequestration.

Penelope Lindeque

United Kingdom

Head of Science: Marine Ecology and Biodiversity
University of Plymouth

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Penelope Lindeque

 

SPEECH TITTLE:

“Mussel Power: A Nature-Based Solution to Marine Microplastics?”

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Prof. Pennie Lindeque is a highly motivated scientist leading and undertaking excellent and innovative research in the areas of molecular biology, marine ecology and microplastics as contaminants. She is Head of Science for Marine Ecology and Biodiversity at Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML). For the past 12 years Pennie has led a new area of research at PML; the ecological impacts of microplastics as emerging pollutants. Current focus includes i) investigating the bioavailability and impact of microplastics on marine biota and ii) looking for ecological solutions. Her work on the impact of microplastics in the marine environment has directly influenced policy in the UK and around the world, including the UK ban on microbeads in cosmetics. In 2018 her collaborative work with colleagues, including Profs. Tamara Galloway, OBE and Brendan Godley (Exeter), and Richard Thompson, OBE (Plymouth) was recognised when they won the Societal Impact and overall prize in the Natural Environment Research Council’s (NERC) Impact Awards. Pennie has been listed by Clarivate as one of the ‘World’s Most Highly Cited Researchers’ in the field of Environment and Ecology in 2021, 2020 and 2019.

Gotzon Basterretxea

SPAIN

Department of Ecology and Marine Resources
IMEDEA (UIB-CSIC)

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Gotzon Basterretxea

Department of Ecology and Marine Resources
IMEDEA (UIB-CSIC)

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Julián Blasco

SPAIN

Department of Ecology and Coastal Management

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Julián Blasco

He has been involved in 60 research projects and 22 contracts with different companies. He has been the main researcher of 29 projects and 13 contracts. He is responsible for the research group “Ecotoxicology Ecophysiology and Biodiversity of Aquatic Systems” (PAIDI, RNM306 and CSIC groups), a team composed of 7 researchers from ICMAN-CSIC staff. Currently, he is the Director of the “Institute of Marine Sciences of Andalusia” (2015-) and was Deputy Director (1994-1998), head of the Department of Oceanography (1998-2007), head of the Department of Ecology and Coastal Management (2007-2011) and the group leader of the Associate Unit “Interdisciplinary Oceanography” between the University of Cádiz and the CSIC (2004-2011). He was Associate Professor of the University of Cadiz in the Physical-Chemistry Department (1994-1998). Currently he is responsible for a research line of the Erasmus Mundus Ph. D. Programme MACOMA, a lecturer in several Master programs with mentions of excellence (e.g. Erasmus Mundus, WACOMA and Oceanography) and a member of the editorial boards of the international journals Environment International, Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, Science of the Total Environment and Marine Environmental Research. All of them Q1, according to the JCR (ISI Web of Knowledge). He is also Associate Editor of Frontiers in Marine Science. Marine Pollution.
He has published more than 150 SCI articles and 15 book chapters. He has been a supervisor of 12 Ph. D. theses and more than 20 Master theses and is currently supervising 4 Ph. D. theses. He has presented more than 250 communications at international congresses and has been included in the Essential Science Indicators (Environment/Ecology) of the ISI Web of Knowledge.
The scientific objectives, during his career, have been focused on the behaviour and distribution of legacy and emergent pollutants and their ecotoxicological effects. He has developed and applied novel bioassays and tools to assess the environmental risks associated with pollutants. Over the last years, he has focused on the study of emergent pollutants (pharmaceuticals and nanoparticles), due the current lack of knowledge, in order to improve the environmental risk assessment of these substances in aquatic ecosystems. The next steps of his research are focusing on the impact of contaminant mixtures (legacy and emergent), reflecting global changes scenarios. The objective is to develop new tools based on a depth scientific knowledge. For that, fate and behaviour of pollutants will be studied and the use of -omics techniques will be employed, in a general frame of ecotoxicogenomic approach. Our focal point is the use of an holistic approach for developing validated tools, based on sound scientific knowledge and usefulness for assessing the risk for aquatic ecosystems, in order to provide support of EU legislation (Water Framework Directive and Marine Directive Strategy).

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