8-9 September 2014

Keynote Speakers

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    Nancy Baron

    Director of Science Outreach for COMPASS

    COMPASS is an organization focused on communicating science with a special expertise in marine issues. She is the lead communication trainer for the Leopold Leadership Program based at Stanford University, USA. Nancy leads workshops for academic, government, and NGO scientists, helping them develop core competencies as communicators who want to make their work more accessible and relevant to journalists, policy makers, and the public. She has designed and led science communications programs in the United States, Canada, Sweden, Tanzania, Panama, Brazil, South Africa, and other countries. Many of these communications workshops have focused on topics such as ocean acidification, fisheries, marine reserves, coral reef ecology and dead zones. Nancy began her career as a biologist in Banff National Park in Canada, spent six years as Director of Education at the Vancouver National Aquarium, then morphed into journalism and is now a communications coach for scientists. She has won numerous writing awards including the Canadian Science Writers Science in Society and National Magazine awards. An ardent naturalist, she published a popular field guide, The Birds of Coastal British Columbia (Lone Pine Publishing), and a “how to” communications guide book for scientists titled Escape from the Ivory Tower: A Guide to Making Your Science Matter (Island Press). For her work at the intersection of science and journalism, Nancy was awarded the 2013 Peter Benchley Ocean Award for Excellence in the Media

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    David Braun

    Digital Outreach Director at National Geographic Magazine

    David Braun is a 17-year veteran of National Geographic, currently serving as a senior digital editor developing stories focused on Nat Geo mission programs. He also directs his popular National Geographic News Watch blog, including a companion blog to Tales of the Weird, a bestseller book he edited for National Geographic in 2012. David's 40-year journalism career in the U.S., UK, and South Africa gives him global perspective and experience across the media landscape. He's covered Congress, the White House, international legislatures, and the United Nations, and been published/broadcast by the BBC, CNN, AP, UPI, National Geographic, De Telegraaf, Travel World, and the Johannesburg Star. Assignments in more than 60 countries included traveling with Nelson Mandela in North America and Bill Clinton in Africa, and covering political negotiations hosted by Fidel Castro in Havana. As a member of the National Geographic Expeditions Council, and media representative to the Committee for Research and Exploration, David has accompanied Nat Geo explorers and scientists to 69 field sites in 14 countries. He has been a featured lecturer on National Geographic Expeditions to Vietnam, Cambodia, and the Galapagos. David has served as a member/executive of journalist guilds, press clubs, editorial committee of Online Publishers Association and other professional groups. He was a WMA Magazine of the Year Awards judge (2010-2012). He has more than 120,000 followers on Twitter, Facebook and other social media.

Highlight talks

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    Kenneth Weiss

    U.S. Environmental Journalist and Pulitzer Prize Winner

    Kenneth R. Weiss, a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, focuses on topics at the intersection of science, environment and public health. He is now working on a book that draws the connections between women’s rights and reproductive health with hunger, poverty, national security and environmental decline. The book was inspired by his series, Beyond 7 Billion, www.latimes.com/populationrising, published the Los Angeles Times on the causes and consequences of human population growth. He was the lead reporter for the Altered Oceans series, www.latimes.com/oceans, which showed how the slow creep of environmental decay often has a more profound impact than cataclysmic natural disasters. Besides winning the Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting, Weiss has won the George Polk Award, the Grantham Prize, a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, the Scripps Howard Foundation’s National Journalism Award and many others. He holds a bachelor’s degree in folklore from UC Berkeley and lives in Carpinteria, California. Like way too many Californians, he prefers to conduct his own ocean research from his surfboard.

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    Jan-Stefan Fritz

    Head of the Brussels Office of the German Marine Research Consortium (KDM)

    Jan-Stefan Fritz is a Senior Associate Research Fellow in the Institute of Intercultural and International Studies at the University of Bremen and Head of the Brussels Office of the German Marine Research Consortium (KDM). Since moving to Brussels in 2003 Stefan has represented different German research organizations to the EU. On behalf of KDM, Stefan is also partner/subcontractor in several EU research projects, including ECO2, CSAOceans, BlueMining and AtlantOS (submitted). The focus of his work is on articulating science-policy strategies and on building networks between the research-, policy- and business communities. Prior to Brussels, Stefan worked for the EU and International Bureaus of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and, before that, as a consultant to UNEP and UNESCO. In all these cases, his work focused on developing more effective scientific advisory processes for international environmental policy. Stefan’s research interests are on science-policy relations, ranging from the history of the role of science in shaping early twentieth Century international cooperation to more recent efforts at bringing science into marine governance arrangements. Stefan holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

Speakers 8 September – Workshops

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    Ivvet Modinou

    Science Communication Manager at the Natural History Museum of London

    She has a BSc in Geology and then after a stint at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory returned to the UK to complete an MSc in Science Communication at Imperial College London. She joined the Natural History Museum in 2004 and her team of Science Communicators bring together scientists and visitors to explore, discover and discuss the natural world through flagship programmes such as Nature Live. She has led on developing a numbers of innovative formats for scientists to communicate their work within a Museum environment and she also leads on training and coaching scientists in how to best to communicate to different audiences. For the last 4 years she has been the WP2 leader for the Museum’s EU Researchers Night, coordinating 484 scientists to take part in 2013. The event attracted over 10,000 visitors and her team challenged the scientists involved to think about how they communicate their work. Her previous role at the Museum was as a Content Development Manager where she was responsible for a team that developed content for exhibitions, schools, live programming and digital learning – with a specific focus around the theme ‘Earth’s diversity and natural resources’. Ivvet has a keen interest in marine issues and represents the Museum on the EU-funded Sea for Society project. She has also accompanied scientists on fieldwork to the Bahamas to study the biodiversity within sea grass beds and around the Caribbean continental shelf. Ivvet has a background in journalism and in her spare time she freelances as a sub-editor for The Times of London and runs a music discovery website called richseam.com

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    Emilio Fernández Suárez

    Director of Campus do Mar, Vigo, ES

    Emilio Fernández received a degree and later a PhD in Biology from the University of Oviedo. He was a post-doctoral research fellow at Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK) and the Rosenstiel School for Marine and Atmospheric Sciences of the University of Miami from 1991 to 1993 and at the Institute for Marine Research of the Spanish Research Council (CSIC) from 1993 to 1994. He took a position as lecturer of Marine Ecology at the Faculty of Marine Science of the University of Vigo in 1995. Since 2011, he is full professor of Marine Ecology at the same university. His research has been focused on the study of biologically-mediated fluxes of matter and energy in marine systems in relation to environmental changes. At present, he is interested in the assessment of the functional response of coastal ecosystems to inputs of organic and inorganic matter in the context of global change. Principal scientist of 16 research projects funded by regional, national and European agencies. His scientific record is summarized in more than 100 scientific papers published in indexed international journals. He was the Spanish representative in SCOR from 1999-2005 as well as member of the Spanish Marine Science IGBP committee (2001-2005), JGOFS North Atlantic Synthesis and Modelling Group (2000-2004) and SOLAS Programme (2000-2005). Co-chair of the ASLO meeting held in Santiago de Compostela in June 2005. From 2005 to 2009 he was General Director of Sustainable Development of the Regional Government of Galicia. Since 2010 he is the Director of the International Campus of Excellence in marine sciences leaded by the University of Vigo and is currently the manager of the Spanish National Plan for Marine Science and Technology. All along his professional career he has been actively involved in the dissemination of environmental and marine scientific knowledge.

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    Guy Baker

    Communications Officer at the Marine Biological Association

    I manage how the MBA is perceived to external audiences through liaison with academic staff, media relations, social media interactions and branding. I am editor of The Marine Biologist, a new, bi-annual magazine for MBA members and anyone with an interest in life in the sea. I write funding bids for educational projects, manage a community outreach project bluesound and assist with delivery of other MBA education projects. I have editorial responsibility for the MBA web site.

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    Patricia Filipe

    Education and Communication Manager - Oceanário de Lisboa

    Patricia’s passion for marine biodiversity and the oceans led her to study biology and to start her professional life at the Institute of Marine Sciences in Barcelona (Spain) where she integrated several oceanographic campaigns, including an expedition in Antarctica. Since Patricia invested in a career dedicated to ocean knowledge, science communication and education conservation. Her experience in environmental education, public relations, leisure and entertainment has established for over 15 years as education officer at the Oceanário. She post graduated in Education Conservation by the American Zoo and Aquarium Association, in Leadership by the Catholic University of Lisbon and in Marketing Communications by the Kellogg School of Management. She is head of Education and Communication at the aquarium since 2009.

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    Catarina Gonçalves

    Blue Flag National Operator

    Degree in Sociology with specialization in Health and Medicine area by Lisbon Autonomous University, Catarina Gonçalves is currently National Coordinator of the Blue Flag Programme (BFP) at the Blue Flag Association of Europe, ABAE, representative of the FEE (Foundation for the Environmental Education). While training in environmental education has taught and continues to collaborate with various institutions in the enrichment of public health specialization courses, Maritime Authority and Environmental Education. Her activity as national coordinator of the BFP, underline, among other projects: Portuguese representation at meetings of National Operators; the representation of the FEE as country mentor in developing the PBA in Portuguese-speaking countries; annual implementation programme for monitoring of beaches; publication of the brochure commemorating the 25 years of the PBA; coordinates thematic seminars and annual conferences; Organization of environmental education and awareness campaigns for sustainable development; jury member of campaigns and national competitions; member of working groups related to quality criteria for beaches, marinas and pleasure and whale watching boats. Her work is fundamentally with other bodies, governmental and institutional, private, other associations and educational institutions. Hiking and outdoor skating are her chosen sports, provide the ideal combination with her taste for nature!

Speakers 9 September – Workshops

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    Stephen Curry

    Professor at Imperial College, UK. Blogs at Occam's Typewriter and Guardian Science Blogs

    (Stephen Curry is a Professor of Structural Biology at Imperial College where he teaches life sciences students at undergraduate and postgraduate level. His main research interests currently are in structural analysis — mainly using X-ray crystallography— of the molecular basis of replication RNA viruses such as foot-and-mouth disease virus and noroviruses (which include the infamous ‘winter vomiting bug’). Curry is also a regular science writer. Since 2008 he has been writing regularly about his research and the scientific life past and present on his Reciprocal Space blog and the Guardian. He has a particular interest in the history of X-ray crystallography and made several short films on the subject in collaboration with the Royal Institution. In addition Curry is a founder member and vice-chair of Science is Vital, a UK group that campaigns on scientific issues, and is also on the board of directors of the Campaign for Science and Engineering.

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    Beatrice Lugger

    Deputy Scientific Director of the NAWIK

    Beatrice Lugger is Deputy Scientific Director of the National Institute for Science Communication (nawik.de), Germany. Bringing science toward the people via public discourse and involvement by using new and old media is what Beatrice Lugger wants to promote. She has a diploma in chemistry and has been working as a science journalist for more than two decades for various prestigious German newspapers, magazines and online media. She is an expert in social media, launched and established Scienceblogs in Germany. Since 2008 she has been coordinating the blog activities of the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings and since 2012 of the Nobel Week Dialogue. You may follow her tweets at @BLugger

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    Luis Henrique Pereira

    Journalist, Wildlife Film Maker

    I´m a professional naturalist, wildlife filmmaker, licensed in journalism, communication, human and social sciences, author and wildlife broadcaster. I work on the Portuguese Public TV Station (RTP). My program -"Vida animal em Portugal e no mundo" - was the first wildlife program series with Portuguese production in all history of television in Portugal, in all Portuguese tv stations. I have more than a decade dedicated to wildlife documentaries and short documentaries in Portugal and in the other places in the world, like Peru, Colombia, Brazil, Spain, Cape Verde, Azores (Portugal), S. Tomé e Príncipe. These are only some examples.

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    António Granado

    Science journalist and professor at Universidade Nova de Lisboa

    António Granado is an assistant professor of Journalism at Universidade Nova de Lisboa, where he coordinates the Master's in Journalism and the Master's in Science Communication. He has worked as a journalist at Publico, a daily quality newspaper, and more recently at RTP, the Portuguese public broadcaster, as a multimedia editor. As a journalist, he has written extensively about science and the environment. He is the author of Ponto Media, an influential weblog on media issues in Portuguese.