DEVOTES Final Conference




The final DEVOTES Conference will be held at Madou building – European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, Brussels (Belgium) from 17th to 19th October 2016.

The Conference is open to any interested person in the following topics: Marine Strategy Framework Directive, marine monitoring, management measures, marine biodiversity assessment, cost-effectiveness, marine ecosystem services, implementation.

Representatives from Regional Sea Conventions, stakeholders and scientists involved in other related EU funded projects are specially welcomed.

All the presentations given during the conference are available here


Keynote speakers:

Tundy_Agardy Tundi Agardy is a renowned marine conservationist, with extensive field and policy experience in the African, Asian, Caribbean, Mediterranean, and North American regions. Tundi founded Sound Seas in 2001 to forge links between science and policy in marine conservation.
She also directs the Marine Ecosystem Services (MARES) Program at Forest Trends, specializing in coastal planning, marine protected areas, and innovative financing for conservation. Formerly Senior Director at Conservation International and Senior Scientist for WWF, she also led the coastal portion of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, and has advised UNEP, UNDP, the CBD, World Bank and others on sustainable development and biodiversity conservation. Her Ph.D. and M.M.A. are from URI; her postdoc was at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
Matjaz_Malgaj Matjaz Malgaj is Head of Unit for Marine Environment and Water Industry at the European Commission since November 2014. The unit’s job is to develop and implement marine and water industry policy in the European Union and to cooperate with international partners. Mr Malgaj serves as Head of Delegation to HELCOM, OSPAR and BARCELONA conventions.
Between 2010 and 2014 he was first Deputy and then Head of Cabinet of Commissioner for Environment. He helped steer the environment policy including the seventh environment action plan, resource efficeny and circular economy initiatives and the work on Sustainable Development Goals. Between 2004 and 2010 he worked for Commissioner for Science and Research, with particular focus on the European Research Council, marine and maritime research and energy and climate change. From 1999 and 2004 he worked for the Government of Slovenia on country’s accession to the EU and the EEA.
Mr Malgaj has a degree in law. He studied at Central European University in Budapest (HU), UC Berkeley (US), University of Amsterdam (NL) and University of Ljubljana (SI).
ricardoserraosantos Ricardo Serrão Santos MEP is a Member of the European Parliament since July 2014 and full Member of the Committee on Fisheries and the Interparliamentary Delegation EU-Canada. 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”. Ricardo holds 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, he is a member of the Scientific Council of the Oceanography Institute of Paris and President of EurOcean. Associated Editor of “Marine Biodiversity” and Speciality Chief Editor of “Frontiers in Marine Science/Deep-Sea Environments and Ecology”. He 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. He has received several honourable mentions, prizes and awards, among which the Gift to the Earth by WWF in 2002. In 2012 he 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 of the “Portuguese Navy Academy” (Class of Arts, Letters and Sciences) in 2008.
Paul Snelgrove photo2 Paul Snelgrove is a Professor of Ocean Sciences and Biology at Memorial University of Newfoundland in Canada. Since 2014 he has been Director of the NSERC Canadian Healthy Oceans Network, a national research network in Canada that has already trained some 100 students working on all 3 of Canada’s oceans to develop new tools and approaches to support sustainable oceans. From 2003-2013, Dr. Snelgrove held a Canada Research Chair in Boreal and Cold Ocean Systems, and prior to that an NSERC Industrial Chair in Fisheries Conservation. He recently led the synthesis of the International Census of Marine Life research program, where he was a member of the program’s Scientific Steering Committee. Dr. Snelgrove published the book “Discoveries of the Census of Marine Life: Making Ocean Life Count” with Cambridge University Press in 2010 and was a TED Global speaker in 2011. He was awarded the 2013 Timothy Parsons Medal for Excellence in Marine Sciences in Canada. He sits on the editorial boards of 5 international journals and has reviewed hundreds of manuscripts and proposals for a wide range of international journals and funding agencies around the world. He is frequently called upon as an expert panelist in Canada, and US and Europe, and has been an invited plenary speaker at meetings around the world.

The full programme is available at the dedicated webpage

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