Member of the Board of Directors and Scientific Officer of the Oceano Azul Foundation
Emanuel Gonçalves is an expert in marine ecology and conservation, in particular the creation, monitoring and implementation of marine protected areas in several regions. He is Associate Professor at ISPA and researcher at MARE - Centre for Marine and Environmental Sciences. He was an adjunct to the Mission Structure for Sea Affairs, which drew up the National Strategy for the Sea. He was coordinator of the EU group on marine and coastal issues at the COP 9 of the Convention on Biological Diversity which approved the "Azores scientific criteria" for the identification of ecologically or biologically significant marine areas. He is also a member of the National Council for Environment and Sustainable Development. He is dedicated to underwater photography which he uses as a scientific, outreach and communication tool, having conducted over 3000 dives in various parts of the globe, many of them in marine protected areas, seeking to document biological diversity and curiosities about marine animals.
Institute of Marine Sciences
Eva Calvo is a Research Scientist at the Marine Science Institute in Barcelona (ICM-CSIC). She has a BSc in Chemistry from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (1997) and a PhD in Chemistry from the UPC in Barcelona (2001). Her research focuses on the application of various indirect geochemical indicators (proxies) for the reconstruction of the Earth's climatic conditions in the past. Her main lines of research focus on the mechanisms and processes responsible for past variations in atmospheric CO2, with special attention to the role of biological processes and ocean circulation. The questions she intends to answer include those related with the role and capacity of the oceans in absorbing present and future CO2 emissions and the impact of ocean acidification on various marine organisms, as well as knowing the response and influence of oceanic processes on past climatic changes.
She has published more than 60 articles in international SCI journals of various disciplines in Marine and Earth Sciences, as well as in multidisciplinary journals. She has led 10 research projects and has participated in over 20 other projects as a member of the research team and has supervised several PhD and MsC Thesis. She has been Coordinator of the Marine Science Panel (CTM-MAR) of the Spanish National Agency for Research (AEI), Ministry of Science and Innovation, and she is member of the Group of Experts on Climate Change of Catalonia (GECCC).
Joana Xavier is a researcher and leader of the Deep-Sea Biodiversity and Conservation Research Team at CIIMAR, the Interdisciplinary Centre of Marine and Environmental Research, University of Porto (Portugal), and an invited Associate Professor of Deep-Sea Biology at the Department of Biological Sciences of the University of Bergen (Norway). She holds a degree in Marine Biology (University of Azores), and a PhD in Biology (University of Amsterdam). Her research focuses on the understanding of basin-scale biodiversity, biogeographic, and connectivity patterns of deep-sea species and habitats, using a combination of disciplines (taxonomy, ecology and genetics). She also strives to advance the science-policy-society interface, working with local communities to integrate their knowledge and perceptions on marine biodiversity; as well as building capacity and tools to support the development and implementation of public policies for sustainable management and conservation of deep-sea vulnerable marine ecosystems.
Joana participated in 13 scientific expeditions across the North Atlantic and the Arctic, exploring deep-sea habitats on mid-ocean ridges, canyons and seamounts. In her free time, she enjoys exploring sea and land with her family.
Universidade de Santiago de Compostela
Juan M. Lema is an Emeritus Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Santiago de Compostela in Spain. He has supervised 61 PhD theses and authored over 430 papers and book chapters. He has an H index of 75 (Scopus) and a FWCI of 1.50. He is also the author of 20 patents, 9 of which are European or international. He is ranked among the top 2% of impact researchers in Biotechnology worldwide according to the "Stanford list"
Throughout his career, he has focused his research interests on Environmental Biotechnology. He has worked on developing technology and processes aimed at treating and recovering wastewater residues (such as Anaerobic Digestion Processes and the elimination of micropollutants using microbial and enzymatic methods). Additionally, he has focused on Bioprocesses based on the biorefinery concept
He has held several leadership positions in academia, including serving as the Head of the Departments of Chemical Engineering at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) from 1981-83 and Santiago de Compostela (USC) from 1991-2000. He was also the First Director of the Technological Transfer Centre at USC from 1999-2000. Additionally, he was the First Dean of the School of Engineering at USC from 2003-2010 and the First Head of the Spanish Conference of Chemical Engineering Deans (CODDIQ) from 2008-2012.
Moreover, he was the Promotor and Scientific Coordinator of CRETUS (USC) (Centre of Cross-disciplinary Research in Environmental Technologies) from 2015 to the present. In 2016, he became an Academic of The Royal Galician Academy of Sciences and was later appointed as its President in 2019.
He has received multiple honors in recognition of his contributions to the field, including being awarded Dr. Honoris causa by Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (2023), Universidad de Valladolid (2021), Politecnico de Milano, Italy (2021), and Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Chile (2015). He was also named Honorary Professor of The University of Queensland, Australia in 2018. He is a Fellow (2014) and Distinguished Fellow (2022) of International Water Association, IWA, and Honorary President of Spanish Conference of Chemical Engineering Deans (2012). He has received several awards, including the Golden Insignia of the University of Santiago de Compostela (2013), the Martinez Moreno Award of Innovation in Madrid (2011), the Golden Medal of Chemical Engineering University of Valladolid (2010), the Babcock Award to Innovation (2004), and the European Prize of Industrial Enzymes in Barcelona (1993).
Institute of marine Sciences
Mariona Claret completed a PhD in physical oceanography at the Institute of Marine Sciences (ICM-CSIC, Spain) in 2012. Then she embarked on a postdoctoral career in world-reference institutions in the field of oceanography such as Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (2013-2014, US), McGill University (2014-2016, Canada), University of Washington (2016-2021, US), and Princeton University (3-months in 2019, US). In 2021, she returned to her native institution at ICM-CSIC, where she is currently a Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellow. The overarching goal of Claret´s research is to advance understanding of oceanic processes that are key to predict the evolution of the Earth´s system under continued global warming. Specifically, she has worked on energy pathways to oceanic turbulence, one of the main uncertainties in climate models; physical controls of primary production, the base of the oceanic food web; ocean deoxygenation, one of the big three climate threats to the ocean; and the oceanic anthropogenic carbon sink, the main buffer of global warming.
Maria Teresa Cabrita, holding a PhD in Biology, speciality Ecology and Biosistematics from University of Lisbon, and in Sciences de l’Environnement Marin from Université de la Méditerranée (France), is the Executive Director of the Portuguese Polar Program (PROPOLAR) since 2015, being responsible for planning and management of the Portuguese Polar campaigns, among other tasks. She is Researcher at CEG, and her main research areas are Phytoplankton Ecology and Ecophysiology and Marine Pollution. She teaches Science Communication and Landscape Ecology at IGOT. She is the national representative at Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programs (COMNAP) since 2016, and at Forum of Arctic Research Operators (FARO). She has been participating in international and national research projects focused on the Portuguese coastal area and the Antarctic, and in the international projects EU‑POLARNET 1 and 2 addressing European Polar research coordination. She has published 45 papers in SCOPUS e ISI WEB of SCIENCE indexed journals, 3 books chapters, and several outreach papers on Polar science and logistics. She has been coordinating and participating in several Education and Outreach activities.
Ana Hilário is a deep-sea biologist at the Centre for Environment and Marine Studies of the University of Aveiro. She holds a BSc in Aquatic Sciences from University of Porto (Portugal) and a PhD in Ocean and Earth Science from Southampton University (UK). In the last 15 years Ana has led several projects and participated in more than 20 oceanographic cruises dedicated to the study of deep-sea ecosystems. Currently she co-leads Challenger 150 (www.challenger150.world), a 10-year programme of deep-sea biological science endorsed by UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. Ana’s research focuses on 3 topics in deep-sea biology: 1) biodiversity and biogeography of chemosynthetic ecosystems, 2) life-history traits and 3) population connectivity and its implications for conservation.
Bruno Sommer Ferreira
Bruno Sommer Ferreira is founding partner and CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Biotrend SA, a company specialized in industrial biotechnology. He is executive director for Research and Innovation of A4F SA, a biotechnology company dedicated to the research and development of systems for algae production up to industrial scale, and venture partner of the investment fund Faber Blue Pioneers, focused on companies with innovative technological solutions for ocean sustainability and the fight against climate change.
A PhD in Biotechnology and degree in Chemical Engineering, he has worked in different areas of biotechnology and bioprocess engineering and their implementation in innovative businesses.
He worked as researcher in Instituto Superior Técnico and in the University of Toronto (Canada), has more than 50 scientific publications and patents. He was principal investigator in more than 20 collaborative research projects co-funded by the European Commission on the topics of industrial and blue biotechnology.
Bruno Sommer Ferreira is a member of the Board of Directors & Executive Committee of the Bio-Based Industries Consortium and President of the General Assembly of PBio - Portuguese Bioindustry Association. He was member of the Executive Committee of BlueBio Alliance - National Association for Marine Bioresources and Blue Biotechnology.
Luis Filipe Fuentefria de Menezes Pinheiro Ferreira
Comissão para a Década das Nações Unidas das Ciências do Oceano para o Desenvolvimento Sustentável
Luis Menezes Pinheiro has a PhD in Marine Geophysics, Imperial College, London. Associate Professor in Marine Geology and Geophysics. Chairman of the Portuguese Committee to the IOC of UNESCO, National Delegate to the IOC Executive Council , and Coordinator of the National Committee for the UN Ocean Decade . Chairman of the Marine Geosciences Committee of the Commission for the Scientific Exploration of the Mediterranean (CIESM /Monaco ). Emeritus Member of the Portuguese Marine Academy and Associate of the Lisbon Geographical Society. Former director of the Marine Geology Department of the Geological and Mining Institute, former delegate to the European Consortium for Ocean Research Drilling and former Coordinator of the Sea Technology Platform of the University of Aveiro (UA) . Coordinator of the Research Shiptime Allocation (Portuguese Science Foundation). Participat ed in more than 50 Research Cruises ( Chief/Co-Chief Scientist : 34 ). Author/co-author of more than 250 publications, including 6 2 ISI papers . Research interests and activity : Marine Geology and Geophysics; structure and evolution of continental passive margins; mud volcanism , shallow gas and gas hydrates; Seismic Oceanography ; Capacity building in Marine Science and Ocean Literacy .
Regional Director of the Sea, Madeira
Mafalda de Freitas Araújo is a marine biologist, with a Msc in Business Administration (Management of MPAs). She participated in several scientific diving expeditions, fisheries research campaigns and submersible and ROV missions. Participated and coordinated several research projects and organized international congresses, mostly related with deep sea, marine resources, blue economy and ocean literacy.
Since 2020, she assumed the Regional Directorate for the Sea (DRM) of Madeira Government, working in ocean governance, blue economy and marine spatial planning, deep sea resources and ocean literacy. The mission of DRM is to propose regional policies for the sea and to coordinate the development of the Madeira Blue Economy Strategy, considering the valorization and sustainability of marine resources and the exploration, preservation and research of the sea.
Ricardo Calado was born in Cascais (Portugal) and graduated in Biology in 1999 from the Faculty of Sciences of Lisbon University (FCUL). In 2005 he obtained his PhD in Biology (specialization in Animal Biotechnology) from the same institution and in 2008 he joined the University of Aveiro (UA), where he is now Principal Researcher. In 2020 he obtained his Habilitation in Biology by UA where he develops independent research on Sustainable Blue Growth. He has authored more than 260 peer reviewed scientific articles and is the Co-Editor-in-Chief of Aquaculture, Fish and Fisheries (published by Wiley). He represents UA in the executive board of the Collaborative Laboratory for the Blue BioEconomy (B2E), co-represents Portugal in the Standing Committee on Agricultural Research (SCAR) group on Fisheries and Aquaculture (SCAR-Fish) in the EU, and is the PI of Aveiro Blue Hub (CITAQUA). He is the scientific coordinator of one of the research units of ECOMARE (UA) where he evaluates sustainable practices of aquaculture, namely the performance of different integrated multi-trophic aquaculture (IMTA) designs to maximize the use of nutrients supplied through aquafeeds.
Coordinator of the Fisheries Socioeconomic Department at CETMAR Centro Tecnológico del Mar since 2002. With a Ph.D. in Law, she has extensive experience in fisheries policy and governance of aquaculture and fisheries. She has been collaborating with the FARNET European Network of Local Fishing Action Groups (now FAMENET) since 2013, focusing on participatory local development. Rosa has participated in numerous European projects related to fisheries and aquaculture management, emphasizing innovation and socio-economic impact. She has coordinated working groups in H2020 projects such as PrimeFIsh, AquaVitae, ClimeFish, FarFish, and Interreg projects like Cabfishman, with a special focus on stakeholder participation, dissemination, and communication. Rosa has contributed to reports for FAO and IUCN and has been involved in cooperation projects for women's participation and training in aquaculture in Vietnam, Senegal, as well as twinning projects in Romania and Bulgaria for implementing European Fisheries Policy. She has coordinated the creation of Fisheries Local Action Groups in Galicia and is currently involved in projects related to the Blue Economy and Farm to Fork Strategy. She is part of the consortium for the EU Blue Economy Observatory, and she co-facilitates a working group on the Blue Economy to implement the Resilience and Recuperation Funds (NextGenerationEU) in Galicia.
Mission Board Member
With over 30 years of experience in sustainable development, sustainable finance and maritime affairs and holding a Bachelor´s degree in Economics and an MA in Agricultural Economics, Spyros Kouvelis is the Founder and Director of the Institute for Sustainable Development of the European Public Law Organization (EPLO). He serves as a Senior Associate of the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), acting as an ambassador of the programme in the South-East Europe and East Mediterranean regions, and teaching in selected programmes of the Institute. He is an EU Mission Board member for the Restore our Ocean and Waters Mission. In 2018, he co-founded Verimpact and has been instrumental in designing and implementing the Verimpact ESG/sustainable finance methodology and assessment tool. He was elected to the Greek Parliament in 2007 and in 2009 and served as Shadow Minister of environment (2007-2009) and as Deputy Minister for foreign economic, cultural, and environmental affairs (2009 to 2011) where he led various multi-disciplinary teams of experts and headed the Greek delegations in numerous UN Summits and Conferences, including COPs.
LifeWatch ERIC CEO
Research Director in the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, Institute of Marine Biology, Biotechnology and Aquaculture, former head of the Biodiversity laboratory. Involved in >70 research and education projects, coordinated 10. Research Funding ID: >40 M€. More than 100 peer-reviewed scientific articles, including 3 monographs. Associate Editor in Diversity, Frontiers in Marine Science, Biodiversity Data Journal; Handling Editor in Mediterranean Marine Science; Guest Editor in Marine Ecology Progress Series and Journal of Sea Research; Member of the editorial board of Transitional Waters Bulletin; Reviewer in more than 45 international peer-reviewed journals. Member of: Pool of experts and biodiversity drafting team of UN World Ocean Assessment; National expert on the GES Descriptor “Biodiversity” to EU (MSFD Implementation phase); ICES Task Group 6 working on the seafloor integrity (EU MSDF); Executive Board of MARS (European Network of Marine Research Institutes and Stations); Society for the Marine European Biodiversity Data (SMEBD); Editorial Board of the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS); Scientific Advisory Council of the International Polychaete Association (IPA); Scientific Council of the Institut Méditerranéen de Biodiversité et d´Ecologie marine et continentale (IMBE). Coordinator of the LifeWatchGreece Research Infrastructure and national delegate to LifeWatch ERIC. Arvanitidis´ research focuses on marine biodiversity, biodiversity informatics, functional diversity, and coastal ecosystems. He works on the comparisons of marine biodiversity information patterns deriving from various biological organization levels and scales of observation, trying to develop new approaches to explore their interrelationships.
Universidade de Aveiro
Dr Pita, PhD in Social and Environmental Sustainability by the University of Aberdeen (U.K.), is a Researcher at the Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies (CESAM), University of Aveiro . She is an expert in fisheries socioeconomics for the United Nations World Ocean Assessment (UN-WOA), takes part on several committees of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) and international networks (COST actions, TBTI, SSFhub, ECOMAR-CYTED Ibero-American network). She has over 20 years research experience in seafood systems, markets and marketing systems for fish, coastal communities and governance and sustainable use of marine resources. She has been involved in 30 international projects focused on these topics. She has contributed to >72 publications, including book chapters for the UN-WOA and Technical Reports for the European Parliament, and has co-edited a book focused on small-scale fisheries in Europe.
Estrela Matilde is the Executive Director of the Príncipe Foundation, a Conservation NGO based on Príncipe Island, which works to protect and conserve the natural heritage of the Island while enhancing the economic and social development of local communities. Estrela is a Conservation Biologist, trained at the University of Évora, and has been trying to change the world, one Island at a time, for over 10 years. In 2018 she won the Terre de Femmes award from the Yves Rocher Foundation and more recently won one of the world´s biggest conservation awards, the Whitley Award, for her work on Príncipe Island, and also received an Honourable mention in the Green Awards VISÃO + Grupo Águas de Portugal in 2022, in the Inspiration category.
(orcid 0000-0002-6637-3462). Food Processing and Nutrition Group at INL.
Professor Lorenzo Pastrana is currently Chair of the Research Office (Scientific Directorate) and Group Leader of the Food Processing Group, at the International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL). He is also Professor of Food Science at the University of Vigo and visiting Professor at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Italy) and the Universidades Federal Rural de Pernambuco and Federal de Santa Catarina (Brasil). He was the Director of the Centre of Research transference and Innovation (CITI) and Head of Knowledge Transfer Office (2009-2010) at the University of Vigo. He founded the Galician Agri-Food Technology Platform (2006) engaging academic institutions and companies to pave the clusterization of the sector. Currently, he takes part of the scientific board of the Portugal Foods innovation cluster. In 2015 he joins the INL as Head of the Department of Life Sciences that included three Research Units, namely Food, Environment and Health. At INL his research is marked oriented with a multidisciplinary approach integrating methods and concepts of the biotechnology, nanotechnology and mathematical modelling. Currently he is working in three main research lines: Food Structure with emphasis in 3D printing materials, encapsulation technologies for improving functional foods and food personalization and active and intelligent food packaging. He is author of more than 200 scientific contributions and 4 licenced patents relating the development of new food products and process. He was the PI of more than 30 National and European research projects and contracts and founder of the startup Suevia Foods for replacing TiO 2 in foodstuffs.
Maria João A F. Bebianno
University of Algarve
Degree in Chemical Engineering - Chemistry and Processes (1974) from Instituto Superior Técnico. PhD in Marine Ecotoxicology from the University of Reading (UK) (1990) and obtained her Aggregate degree from the University of Algarve (1999). She is a Full Professor at the University of Algarve, where she has been responsible for teaching various subjects in the field of Marine and Environmental Sciences at undergraduate and Master´s level. She was Director of the Courses of Environmental Engineering, of the Course of Marine Sciences and of the Course of Marine and Coastal Management and is a member of the Commission of the PhD in Earth, Sea and Environmental Sciences. He has held various positions in university management, namely as member of the General Council of the University of Algarve Vice-president and President of the Board of Directors of the Unit of Sciences and Technology of Aquatic Resources, Member of the Assembly of Representatives of the Unit of Sciences and Technology of Aquatic Resources and the Faculty of Sea and Environmental Sciences, President of the Board of Directors of the Faculty of Sea and Environmental Sciences, Member of the Statutory Assembly of the Faculty of Sciences and Technology, Member of the Senate and the Assembly of the University, and President of the Department of Earth, Sea and Environmental Sciences. He worked at the National Institute for Fisheries Research (now IPMA) where he was responsible for the Technical and Scientific Cooperation Division (1980-1983) and at the Azores Underwater Acoustics Polygon (1974-1976). He was also a member of the National Commission against Sea Pollution (1976-1983). A
At an international level, Maria João A F. Bebianno was part of the Portuguese Delegation that negotiated the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (1978-1981) and she is currently a Member of the Group of Experts of the Regular Process for the Evaluation of the State of the Marine Environment including Socio-Economic Aspects of the United Nations and Member of the National Commission for the Decade of Science for Sustainable Development. She was a member of the Portuguese Delegation to the Oslo and Paris Conventions (now called OSPAR), and Barcelona, the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) (1976-1980) and the UNESCO Intergovernmental Commission (IOC) (1976-1983, 1996-2008).
She conducts research at the Centre for Marine and Environmental Sciences (CIMA) at the University of Algarve, of which she has been coordinator since 2016. She has been responsible for several research projects funded nationally and by the European Union in the area of Marine Ecotoxicology of which she was a pioneer in Portugal with special emphasis on the study of the impact of organic and inorganic pollutants and their effects on species of environmental contamination and by the application of proteomic analysis to the effect of environmental contaminants in biological systems. She has supervised Post-Doctoral (8) and PhD students (18 finished and 2 in progress, one of which in co-supervision). She is the author of several publications in refereed Scientific Journals (226) (h-54), and the editor of several books and book chapters. She is a member of several national and foreign scientific and professional societies, namely the Lisbon Geographical Society, the Portuguese Chemical Society, the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, SETAC, SECOTOX, SICTA, the Portuguese Chemical Society. She is currently President of the General Assembly of the Portuguese Association of Women Scientists - AMONET.Gold Medal of Merit awarded by Faro City Council. Medal of Scientific Merit awarded by the Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education at the Science 2022 Meeting.
Lisbon Academy of Sciences
Jorge Miguel Alberto de Miranda, Chair of EMSO-ERIC since 2022, President of IPMA, the Portuguese Institute for the Ocean and the Atmosphere from 2013 to 2023. Full Professor of Geophysics at the University of Lisbon. Former director of Instituto Dom Luiz from 2004 to 2011. President of the Council of the European Center for Medium Range Weather Forecast 2017-2019. Member of the Executive Board of WMO RAVI 2014-2016. Member of the General Council of the University of Lisbon 2011-2012. He studied at the University of Lisbon, where he graduated in 1981 in Physics. Full Professor since 2011. His research activity is focused on Marine Geophysics and Natural Hazards. He is author or co-author of more than 100 articles published in leading ISI journals, namely: Journal of Geophysical Research, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Geophysical Research Letters and Nature, with more than 3000 citations. Member of the Lisbon Academy of Sciences
Medical Doctor UAB, specialized in Intensive Medicine, MPH Univ. Columbia. Director of Málaga Hospital. Deputy Director of INSALUD. President of Sociedad Española de Calidad Asistencial. President of the European Council Bioethics Committee Director. Vice-president EC Ethics European Group. Director of international Affairs, Ministerio de Sanidad y Consumo. Coordinator humanitarian aid in Rwanda, Burundi, Bosnia, Kosovo. Director of Scientific programs divulgation in TVE2. Director of Scientific Research in the EC in Health, Energy, European Research.
Sofia Cordeiro is the Coordinator of the Ocean Programme of the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) since 2016, where she maximises the dialogue among the different scientific communities that are part of the ocean transdisciplinary area and supports the participation of Portugal and/or FCT in European and international organizations associated with ocean issues (JPI Oceans, EMB, ECORD/IODP, OECD Ocean Economy and Innovation Working Group). Sofia is currently deeply involved in science diplomacy activities in the Atlantic basin, being the coordinator of the H2020 project AANChOR CSA aimed at supporting the implementation of the Belém Statement and more overarching the All-Atlantic Ocean Research and Innovation alliance. She is since 2022 AIR Centre Board Member.
Sofia has a PhD in Biology, more specifically in Physiology and Biochemistry (2008), from the University of Lisbon, and was an IOI Alumni on the “ 8th Training Programme on Regional Ocean Governance for the Mediterranean, Black, Baltic and Caspian Seas” course (2012). Sofia started her science management activities in 2008 at CNIO - Spanish National Cancer Research Center (CNIO), moving to the ocean area in 2010 at EurOcean - The European Centre for Information on Marine Science and Technology.