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Contact Person: Dr. Ivo Grigorov
Role: Project Partner

The Technical University of Denmark is ranked in the top 20 technical institutes internationally. The Institute of Aquatic Resources (DTU-Aqua) has 230 staff and provides research, education and advice concerning sustainable exploitation of living marine and fresh water resources. DTU-Aqua conducts research in aquaculture, fisheries and fish stock assessment, and anthropogenic and climate impacts on the marine environment, as well as monitoring of relevance to the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD).

The institute has extensive experience in coordinating and managing research programmes (FP7 FACTS, MyFISH, EURO-BASIN, as well as participation in project in support of MSFD (FP7 MEECE), engage the fishing industry on best practices (GAP & GAP2), and Marine Research strategy and education (FP7 EUROMARINE).

DTU AQUA relies on external funding for 60% of its budget, has extensive experience in fundraising for marine research and coordinates the Ocean of Life Center of Excellence funded by Vellux Foundation. As coordinator of the North Atlantic Basin project EURO-BASIN, the institute has been a key contributor to the Atlantic Forum and formulation of the resulting Galway Statement. DTU Aqua is a participant in Horizon 2020 call of relevance to Ocean Literacy: BG1, BG2, BG8, BG11.

Key Personnel Involved:

Dr. Ivo Grigorov is project manager for FP7 EURO-BASIN, a key project of EC`s Atlantic Forum and resulting Galway Statement on Transatlantic Cooperation. IG is a trained Marine Scientists with 9 years of experience in marine research project management and fundraising. IG is also on the Steering Committee of FP7 FOSTER ( supporting Responsible Research & Innovation and Green & Blue Growth, and coauthor of the Vision Statement of Ocean Literacy in support of the Galway Statement.

Dr. Paula Canal-Vergés is a Marine Scientist with 7 years of experience working in diverse research projects. For the last 2 years, PCV has worked as project manager and researcher at the Danish Shellfish Centre at DTU-Aqua, assisting with diverse science projects involving aquaculture of shellfish and macroalgae species, coastal ecology and education/science dissemination for graduates, undergraduate students and general public.

Lene Reeh is a journalist with 14 years of experience with science journalism, dissemination and knowledge transfer of marine science and monitoring, data collection and technical issues to a broad range of stakeholders and target groups. LR is responsible for DTU Aqua`s communication strategy, and member of the European Science Foundation’s Marine Board Communication Panel.


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Contact Person: Dr. Ana Noronha
Role: WP6 leader (Sea Change Legacy)

Ciência Viva, the Portuguese National Agency for Scientific and Technological Culture, was created in 1996 to promote public awareness of the importance of science and technology at a national level. Since then it has been developing activities along three complementary streams: science education (schools), public awareness of science (citizens) and science centres (national network). The ocean has been a key area of these streams for the last years.

In 2011, Ciência Viva coordinated the adaptation of the US Ocean Literacy initiative to Portugal, with the support of the Portuguese marine science and education science community. The “Knowing the Ocean” project complemented the Ocean Literacy principles and concepts with a navigation chart for K-12 schools, for easier engagement of students and teachers. Since then Ciência Viva has been a driving force on implementing Ocean Literacy in Europe, taking part in international work meetings and conferences on the subject, where it shares its national level experience. The transatlantic cooperation on Ocean Literacy has been a constant throughout the years, and it includes the 2014 “Online Workshop to Advance Transatlantic Ocean Science Literacy” promoted by NOAA and cooperation with Brazilian authorities to implement a similar “Knowing the Ocean” project. Students and teachers have been privileged target-groups of Ocean related Ciência Viva activities, with several engagement projects, including “Oceans, Biodiversity and Human Health” school-challenges (2010) and the North American cooperation projects SEMAPP – Science Education and Marine Archaeology Program in Portugal (2004) and Ocean Exploration in the International Education Community (funded by NOAA, 2009). Holding a certified Professional Development Centre, Ciência Viva addressed ocean contents and ocean literacy in teacher training courses throughout the country and the years, focused on fostering contact between teachers, researchers and entrepreneurs, and on helping to apply the learned knowledge on the classroom.

The Portuguese public has had the opportunity to get acquainted with marine and maritime issues through several dissemination and engagement activities organized by Ciência Viva, including programs like “Ciência Viva Science in Summer” (since 1997), Youth Parliaments on “Future Maritime Policy for the European Union” (World Ocean Network, 2008), impactful international nautical events (e.g. Volvo Ocean Race, 2012 and 2015), and thematic exhibitions and its outreach activities at Ciência Viva Science Centres.

Policy makers and stakeholders have also been addressed in several initiatives, most notably the Science Café at the Parliament on “Marine ecosystems and the sustainable exploration of marine resources” (2009) and high-level stakeholders dinner-debates about Maritime Transports and Tourism within the FP7 Sea for Society project.

Ciência Viva has a strong track record in successfully delivering results as a partner and coordinator in EC funded projects, namely NERRI (Neuro-Enhancement: Responsible Research and Innovation) and European Researchers Night. Long term partners include ECSITE, EUSEA and ASTC.

In Sea Change, Ciência Viva is the lead partner of the Sea Change Legacy Work Package (WP6).

Contact Person: Dr. Ana Noronha (

Key Personnel Involved:

Ana NoronhaDr. Ana Noronha obtained her PhD in Physics (Non-Linear Dynamics), at Instituto Superior Técnico in 1987. Ana Noronha is a member of the direction of Ciencia Viva since 1999 and the Executive Director of Ciência Viva since July 2007. She has coordinated initiatives about marine education and public awareness and has a large experience of liaison with scientific institutions, companies and official institutions.


Dr. Cátia Cardoso obtained her PhD in Physics at the University of Exeter in 2012. She has done science communication at Planetarium of Porto and was an ESA trainee at ESTEC in 2011. She finished her postdoctoral research at the Observatory of Torino/University of Hertfordshire in December 2013. She is currently the ESERO (European Space Education Resource Office)-Portugal manager.

Goncalo PracaGonçalo Praça has a BSc in Social and Cultural Anthropology (FCSH – Universidade Nova de Lisboa), a MSc in Social Anthropology (ISCTE) and he is preparing his PhD (Faculdade de Economia – Universidade de Coimbra). He has developed ethnographic work in social studies of science and technology, namely on controversies between citizens, experts and policy-makers. In Ciência Viva, he has worked in science in society and public engagement projects (e.g., Sea for Society, NERRI, RRI Tools). He is also a technical translator and copy editor.


Sofia LucasSofia Lucas is a former Mathematics teacher. She has worked in the Educational Department of the Pavilion of Knowledge – Ciência Viva since 2007, and is the coordinator of the Professional Development Centre of teachers since 2010. She has experience in coordination, pedagogical and financial management of EU projects under FP6, FP7, Lifelong Learning Programme and eContentplus and has taken part in the implementation of projects like Pencil, Pilots, Time for Nano, Open Science Resources, European Researchers Night, Nets-EU, Voices, NERRI and RRI Tools.

Vanessa Batista

Vanessa Batista graduated in Applied and Environment Geology at the University of Lisbon in 2004 and Postgraduate in Physical Geography, Resources and Environmental Risks at University of Lisbon in 2007. She worked as a researcher in the Antarctica and in the private sector developing Environment Impact Assessments studies. Her experience in development, implementation and dissemination of activities for the general public include the LATITUDE60! project, the Portuguese Education and Outreach Programme for the International Polar Year. In Ciência Viva she works in science in society and public engagement projects and manages the Ocean projects: Sea for Society, SeaChange and AORAC-SA.


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Contact Person: Prof. Isabel Sousa Pinto
Role: Project partner

CIIMAR - Interdisciplinary Centre of Marine and Environmental Research - is a research and advanced training institution hosted by the University of Porto. It is a leading interdisciplinary centre for marine research that works in most of the research fields related with Ocean Health, and the societal benefits that we take from the ocean. We are also very engaged in education from teaching at University graduate and post graduate level, including science teachers training, and collaborating in several European PhD and Master programmes, including Mare. We have also several educational programs with basic and secondary schools, and outreach programs for the general public. CIIMAR supports the management of 4 science outreach centres in 4 different towns in Portugal dedicated to the dissemination of knowledge and the engagement of the public with the sea and the marine resources and activities. So this places CIIMAR in a very good position for all the tasks related with formal and informal education and engagement with schools and the general public.

CIIMAR has been leading and participating in many international and European research projects focusing mainly in the promotion of the sustainable use of marine resources, including management and observation of the marine environment, having been in leading positions in Networks as Marbef and Marbef+ (Marine Biodiversity and Ecosystem Function), EUROMARINE (Integration of Marine Networks of Excellence), MARS (European Network of Marine Research Institutes and Stations), EMBOS (Development and implementation of a pan-European Marine Biodiversity Observatory System), EPBRS (European Platform for Biodiversity Research Strategy), GEO BON, KEEN and others, all having a strong outreach program. It is also member of the European Marine Board. So we are well placed to bring existing knowledge to the products envisaged in this proposal. CIIMAR is also very engaged with policy makers at the European, National and Regional level, being very active in the design and promotion of policies as the European Marine and Maritime policy, European Strategy for the Atlantic, with its research component, National Marine Strategy and Regional Marine Strategy from the North Region of Portugal. We are the leading Institute of the Ocean Network Research of the University of Porto that will be soon moving to new installations at the heart of the maritime industry and service activities in the Northern region of Portugal (Leixões harbour). This hub brings together CIIMAR and other institutions from the University of Porto that have a marine component. It has also an incubator for businesses. We also have a strong link with marine business activities: especially with fisheries and aquaculture, harbour management, coastal management, including engineering and renewable energy, ocean and coastal observation, biotechnology and marine and maritime law. So CIIMAR is very adequately placed for the tasks foreseen in the present proposal to engage policy makers and business and to communicate about this with the general public and schools.

Key Personnel Involved:

Prof. Isabel Sousa Pinto is a Professor at the University of Porto, Department of Biology, and Director of the Coastal Biodiversity Research Group at CIIMAR. She led and participated in more than 50 research projects (50% European or international) and several educational and science policy projects. She is in the Steering/Executive Committees of several European and international programs as EPBRS, the MARBEF+, MARS, EUROMARINE EMBOS, GEO BON (Group on Earth Observation - Biodiversity Observation Network), co-leading its Marine working group. She is the Focal point and Delegate from Portugal to IPBES (Intergovernmental Science Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services), and Coordinating leading Author for the Regional Assessment on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services for Europe and Central Asia. She was also member the Portuguese delegation to the UN Convention for Biological Diversity (2006-2010); Member of the European Board of the international program “Census of Marine Life” (2006-2010); Founder (2007) and coordinator of the Portuguese Marine and Coastal Biodiversity Network, and of the Portuguese Association for Applied Algology (1995). Prof. Sousa-Pinto's main scientific interests involve research on marine biodiversity and ecosystem function and services, and has a special focus on the study of algae and on the use of these organisms as biomass for food, feed, biofuel and other applications, including working in the last 20 year on the Integrated Multitrophic Aquaculture methods. As a direct support to management she led several projects to determine impacts of artisanal fisheries and other harvest of marine organisms on coastal resources and work for the implementation of the Water and Marine Strategy Framework Directives. Since 2000 she’s working for the development of platforms between researchers and managers/policy makers to promote research that is relevant for the management and conservation of biodiversity and to increase the sharing of information and knowledge and promote evidence based management and policies. Examples of this action is the work of more than 12 years in the EPBRS, the Biodiversa Era Net and KNEU that aimed at building and testing a scientific panel as a prototype for a European Scientific panel to support policy making. For this work several papers were written to condense knowledge for policy makers and general public. She has been very engaged with projects for basic and high schools, leading the Project “MOBIDIC: school at the beach” since 2004: developing knowledge and monitoring rocky shores biodiversity with schools. She led also the Itinerant University at Sea and several internship programs for high school students.

Rita Rocha is the CEO of Mundo Científico an SME dedicated to Project and Services in Scientific Education and a Science Teacher since 2001 in Colégio Luso-Francês, focused in active learning methodologies (Inquiry-based, Problem-based and Project-based Science Education). Rita has twelve years of experience in Science Education in informal and formal contexts, developing projects at a local level with private and public institutions from research to industry and education fields. Since 2003 she's been coordinating science programs at Serralves Foundation, renowned as one of the main Portuguese cultural institutions and the leading body of its kind in the North of Portugal. These initiatives are aimed at promoting debate and reflection on art, nature and the landscape and provide an innovative form of art and science cooperation through education while taking an active part in reflection on contemporary society. As a teacher, she's been involved in several EU initiatives such as Comenius multilateral partnerships, Young Scientists and Researchers, eTwinning, Young Reporters for the Environment, Coastwatch, Marlisco or Science on Stage, participating in more than twenty scientific contests and meetings.

Dr. Susana Moreira has an academic background in aquatic sciences, with a PhD in Biomedical Sciences (Aquatic Toxicology), University of Porto, Portugal (2005); Coordinator of the Science and Technology Management Office at CIIMAR since 2008. She has ten years of experience in Science and Technology Management at the national and international context. Her current work involves the development and implementation of strategic activities related with the capitalization of scientific results, technology transfer, support to public policies and to the implementation of an extensive outreach program addressed to all sectors of society to increase Ocean literacy. She has gained significant working experience with several funding agencies and programmes at national and international (FP6, FP7, Cost Actions, Interreg Atlantic Area, Interreg SUDOE, Interreg POCTEP) levels, with direct involvement in the management of approximately 8 Million Euros of R&D competitive funding in the last 5-years. She has significant experience in the organization of events for dissemination of scientific results to industry, policy makers and general public. She has published 20 scientific articles in international peer-reviewed journals.


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Contact Person: Dr. Francesca Santoro
Role: WP5 leader (Mobilisation: Marine Governance)

UNESCO's mission is to contribute to the building of peace, poverty eradication, lasting development and intercultural dialogue, with education as one of its principal activities to achieve this aim. The Organisation is committed to a holistic and humanistic vision of quality education worldwide, the realisation of everyone’s right to education, and the belief that education plays a fundamental role in human, social and economic development. UNESCO’s educational objectives are to support the achievement of Education for All (EFA); to provide global and regional leadership in education; to strengthen education systems worldwide from early childhood to the adult years; to respond to contemporary global challenges through education. As the only United Nations agency with a mandate to cover all aspects of education, UNESCO’s work encompasses educational development from preschool through to higher education, including technical and vocational education and training, non-formal education and literacy. The Organisation focuses on increasing equity and access, improving quality, and ensuring that education develops knowledge and skills in areas such as sustainable development, HIV and AIDS, human rights and gender equality. UNESCO works with governments and a wide range of partners to make education systems more effective through policy change.

UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) promotes international cooperation and coordinates programs in marine research, services, observation systems, hazard mitigation, and capacity development in order to understand and effectively manage the resources of the ocean and coastal areas. By applying this knowledge, the Commission aims to improve the governance, management, institutional capacity, and decision-making processes of its Member States with respect to marine resources and to foster sustainable development of the marine environment, in particular in developing countries. IOC coordinates ocean observation and monitoring through the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) which aims to develop a unified network providing information and data exchange on the physical, chemical, and biological aspects of the ocean. Governments, industry, scientists, and the public use this information to act on marine issues. IOC’s work in ocean observation and science contributes to building the knowledge base of the science of climate change. IOC also coordinates and fosters the establishment of regional intergovernmental coordinating tsunami warning and mitigation systems in the Pacific and Indian Oceans, in the North East Atlantic, Mediterranean and Caribbean seas. The support to its Member States in the implementation of the IOC’s intergovernmental programmes is also implemented through educational activities.

Key Personnel Involved: 

Dr. Francesca Santoro is a programme specialist whose main roles are: Technical Secretariat for the North-eastern Atlantic, Mediterranean and connected seas Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System, coordination of the Tsunami Information Centre for NEAMTWS, and coordination of WP for the FP7 EU Project on Integrated Coastal Zone Management in the Mediterranean and Black Sea. She was awarded her PhD; ‘Operationalising Sustainable Development: A Transdisciplinary approach to coastal planning’ in 2007. Francesca has extensive experience, writing and delivering EU projects such as DG ECHO NEAMTIC (North-eastern Atlantic, Mediterranean and connected seas Tsunami Information Centre) and EU FP7 PEGASO (People for Ecosystem based Governance for Assessing Sustainable Development of Oceans and coasts).

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Contact Person: Martha Papathanassiou
Role: Project partner

The Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR) is a governmental research organisation operating under the auspices of the General Secretariat of Research and Technology and within the Ministry of Education & Religious Affairs. It was established by government decree on June 3 2003, by the merging of the National Centre for Marine Research (NCMR) and the Institute of Marine Biology of Crete (IMBC).

The Centre promotes marine research, both baseline and applied, and provides services and technical support to individuals and organizations on environmental issues, as well as in the fields of oceanography, fisheries and aquaculture. This research combination and the specialization of the scientific staff in various disciplines ensure a global, multidisciplinary approach which makes HCMR a leading establishment in aquatic environment research, with significant participation in numerous EU-funded RTD projects.

In 2005, the Institute of Oceanography was awarded an Excellent Award by the General Secretariat of Research and Technology in Greece based on an evaluation for the years 2000-2005 by an international committee. The HCMR has major field research facilities and equipment, including 2 multipurpose research vessels, 1 manned submersible, 2 ROVs and a wide range of water column and seabed monitoring and surveying instruments. These resources are supported by well-equipped laboratories and analytical facilities.

The Institute of Oceanography has participated in numerous RTD projects. It has also coordinated International monitoring projects, [MEDPOL (Aegean, Ionian Sea, Saronikos gulf), INTEREG of N. Aegean and Ionian Seas (Interregional pollution)] and National monitoring projects funded by ministries, sewerage authorities, etc regarding Saronikos Gulf, Thermaikos Gulf, Evoikos Gulf and other Greek gulfs, coastal areas, rivers, estuaries and lagoons. Additionally, education plays a significant role in the HCMR. Its scientific personnel have collaborated with most Greek higher education institutions in teaching duties as well as in scientific research. The Centre welcomes under-graduate and post-graduate students, on short-term rotations or longer-term thesis related work. The Centre, in each of its institutes, provides access to sampling platforms, laboratories, analytical facilities as well as guidance and advice from staff in a supervisory capacity. HCMR staff provides guest lectures as well as lecture series at both undergraduate and post-graduate level at various Greek universities and international special courses.

Key Personnel Involved:

Martha Papathanassiou is the Communications Officer for FP7 project PERSEUS (, as well as its predecessor, the EU-funded FP6 project SESAME, both coordinated by the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research. Her duties at this post include dissemination of project results to scientists, the general public, and stakeholders, the production of timely press releases, as well as maintaining and regularly updating the project’s website through generation of news content for scientific, media and general public audiences. She is responsible for the project’s internal and external communication, for organising, editing and producing the project’s newsletters in collaboration with the project’s management team and dealing with media and public enquiries as required. Additionally, she is co-responsible in the HCMR for the FP7 Sea for Society project, which includes consultations with citizens/youth and stakeholders where she was in charge of adapting and translating all project material to fit national needs, facilitating both citizen/youth and stakeholder consultation sessions as well as producing the final reports to be handed to the coordinators. She has been a member of the European Marine Board Communications Panel since 2012 and has participated in the two European Marine Science Educators Associations Conferences with a strong interest in Ocean Literacy. In January 2015, she was an invited speaker at the European Commission's Atlantic Stakeholder Conference for the Workshop: ‘Ocean Literacy in Europe: Recent Developments and Key Challenges’.

Dr. Alexandra Gogou is a chemical oceanographer/marine biogeochemist, holding a Senior Researcher position at the Institute of Oceanography, Hellenic Centre of Marine Research, Greece. She has co-ordinated and participated in numerous national, European and international projects (e.g. MedSea, ΜΑRINERA/MedEcos, PERSEUS, SESAME, PALEOMEX, ANAXIMANSER, HERMIONE, HERMES, MATER, CINCS EU Projects, EU-USA Bilateral Collaboration etc). She is also the HCMR coordinator of the FP7 project Sea for Society. She has 28 publications in peer-reviewed journals, 10 in books and more than 80 in conference proceedings. She has been acting as EU, Greek, Spanish and French national project evaluator, journal reviewer, and the national contact for IMBER (Integrated Marine Biogeochemistry and Ecosystem Research) and MEDCLIVAR (Mediterranean Climate Variability and Predictability) International Programs.

Dr. Vangelis Papathanassiou is a Research Director of the Institute of Oceanography in HCMR. He has worked for more than 30 years in the fields of ecotoxicology, marine biology and ecology and has long experience in international marine policy and management being the Director (2003-2006) and Acting Director (2009-2012) of the Institute. His current work focuses on marine research as well as on policy-relevant marine research in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea. He is currently the Greek representative of the “Climate Action, Resource Efficiency and Raw materials” Committee of the Horizon2020. He was the Coordinator of the EU Project IASON, and SESAME-IP. He is currently leading the EU project PERSEUS (2012-2015), aiming at helping the implementation of Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) in the Mediterranean and the Black Seas.


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The Sea Change consortium consists of 17 partners from nine different countries, coordinated by the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom.

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