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Contact Person: Peter Tuddenham
Role: Project partner

CoExploration Limited is incorporated in the United Kingdom as a Private Limited Company.

Role of CoExploration Limited in Sea Change:
1. Organise and implement the online marine teaching practices seminars and workshops described in Task.
2. Support the creation of an online directory for marine education best practices to promote ocean literacy in Europe as described in Task 3.6.
3. Support the development of an online, open and easily accessible information base of existing knowledge in the broad area of Seas and Ocean Health (environmental status, pollution affecting marine biodiversity and ecosystems, ecosystem services).
4. Contribute to sustainability of ocean literacy efforts beyond the time of the BG13 project by engaging foundations, business, NGOs and others in building capacity to develop an ocean literate public.

Key Personnel Involved:

Peter Tuddenham was born in London and grew up going to the seaside in Dorset for weekends and holidays. He learned to sail on, and fish in, the English Channel. He has sailed on different craft from windsurfers to the family built 10 foot wooden sailing dinghy to a 14.5 metre Beneteau. For the past 16 years he has worked with ocean educators and ocean scientists in support of the ocean literacy campaign in the USA. He is chair of the international committee for the National Marine Educators Association and network learning lead for the International Pacific Marine Educators Network He was a speaker at the first ocean literacy conference in Bruges Belgium in 2012. Mr. Peter Tuddenham is Managing Director of Coexploration Limited based in Dorset UK. He was the founder of the College of Exploration, a global online learning network established in 1991. He was commissioned from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 1973 as an engineer officer in the British Army’s Corps of Royal Engineers serving in the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, Germany and the USA. For the past 20 years he has been creating networks of learning on space, earth and ocean science topics for educators and scientists. He is currently interested in reflexivity approaches to environmental and ecological literacy and creating a curriculum for schools and young people on ocean and society topics.

Dr. Kristina Bishop has extensive experience in research and evaluation of informal and formal science education programs, including Ship to Shore Science Pathways project, Centers for Ocean Science Education Excellence programme, online and face to face teacher professional development workshops, instructional materials for National Geographic, NOAA, and PBS, and academic competitions such as the National Ocean Sciences Bowl and ThinkQuest. She has supported the development and implementation of interactive online learning programs for educators and scientists. She has an Ed.D. in Higher Education and an MBA from Virginia Tech as well as an M.A. in Education Measurement and Statistics from University of Maryland.


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Contact Person: Iwona Gin
Role: Project partner

Réseau Océan Mondial, known in English as World Ocean Network (WON), is an international non-profit organisation mobilised during the International Year of the Ocean in 1998 under the aegis of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO. It was officially set up in 2006 as a result of the 2nd and 3rd International Meetings “Acting Together for the Future of the Blue Planet.”

The World Ocean Network assembles about 350 organizations worldwide, out of which 70-80 are in Europe: aquaria, zoos, educational organizations, science centres, natural history museums, media, and NGOs. They reach millions of people every year.

WON promotes BLUE SOCIETY, a vision based on the idea that many societal needs and challenges can be met by responsible management of marine resources and ecosystem services, development of innovative technologies and products generating employment and economic resources, and a cultural appropriation of these objectives by citizens in a spirit of sustainability, well-being and equity. The Blue Society takes into account the needs of our planet’s inhabitants today and the imperative to preserve the means of subsistence for the generations to come, especially the resources and services provided by the ocean. It encourages political leaders and citizens alike to take an active role in ocean stewardship and includes all stakeholders in implementing solutions to critical issues affecting the world’s oceans and coasts.

Some World Ocean Network members in Latin America and West Africa may be associated as third parties with Horizon 2020 projects. Their participation is especially relevant in terms of knowledge sharing and knowledge transfer. WON dedicated chapter in Latin America is able to liaise with other South American countries on the Atlantic coast, disseminate the project outcomes and give feedback on the project results from the Latin American point of view. WON West African partner organisations located on the Atlantic coast are eligible to take part in the knowledge transfer as well. The participation of WON member organisations across the Atlantic and in the Southern hemisphere will give the project an innovative dimension.

Key Personnel Involved:

Dr. Francisco J. Franco del Amo has been the President of World Ocean Network since December 2013. From 1990 to 1992 he worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Roche Institute of Molecular Biology, Nutley, New Jersey, USA. Upon his return to Spain, he joined the University of Santiago de Compostela as Associated Researcher (1992-1994) and Assistant Professor (1994-1996). In 1995 he joined the technical team in the Museos Científicos Coruñeses ( ) where he took on different positions. He was part of the museology team who designed the Aquarium Finisterrae and of the group of technicians who directed its setup. Since 2002 he has been the Technical Director of the Aquarium Finisterrae.

Dr. Paul Van den Sande has held the position of WON Secretary since 2006. He started as a Curator at the Antwerp Zoo Aquarium in 1963, and pursued his career as General Curator at the department of Zoology (1984 -1993), and then as the Operations Manager of the Antwerp Zoo (1993-2000). In 1972 he became a founding member of the European Union of Aquarium Curators and was elected Secretary in 1980. He has been member of the Steering Committee to the International Aquarium Congresses since 1988. From 1984 to 2004 as a Permanent member, he sat on the Belgian Scientific Authority on CITES (Convention on the International Trade of Endangered Species) and was a member of the Belgian Delegation (Scientific authority) to the Conference of the Parties to Cites to represent Belgium. As President, he sat on the Scientific Working Group of the European Commission DGxi to Cites in the EU from 1989-1994. In 2000 as Executive director of the European Union of Aquarium Curators he has been in charge of managing the International Aquarium Forums (IAF).

Manuel Cira is Head of Cultural Activities and International Partnerships, Nausicaá, France.
He holds degrees in law, languages, communication, and a European Certificate of Cultural Projects. With Nausicaá since the opening in 1991 Manuel started the cultural and educational activities and now manages a team creating exhibits and awareness activities. He is Director of the World Ocean Network, Coordinator of EU funded projects such as DG Research Science in Society funded projects ‘Oceanics’ and ‘Sea for Society’ MMLAP, and cross-border projects (UK, Ireland, Belgium, Netherlands, France). Manuel is also a member of the Steering Committee of the Global Forum on Oceans, Coasts and Islands.

Philippe VallettePhilippe Vallette is General Manager and Scientific Director of Nausicaa, Boulogne sur mer, France. He led the conception and creation of Nausicaá. He holds a MSc in Animal Biology; MSc in Oceanography. Phillippe is also the Co-founder and Co-chair of the World Ocean Network, Chair of the World Festival of Underwater Pictures, and a Member of the Board of Directors of the Global Forum on Oceans, Coasts and Islands. He is a co-author of “Atlas of the Ocean” (Autrement, 2007), “Madagascar, l’Île Océan” (Autrement, Nausicaá, Mare Nostrum Editions, 2009), “Secrets des abysses” (Fleurus, 2009), “Les grands explorateurs” (Fleurus, 2010), and “Îles pionnières” (Actes Sud, 2012).

Christin CausseChristine Causse has held the position of Scientific Advisor in Nausicaá since 2004. She has a MSc in Oceanography and MSc in Communication and Management. She was Scientific Councilor for the Cousteau Society and the Ocean Futures Society from 1987 to 2003 in the USA and France. She is the author of «L’Encyclopédie de la Mer » (Fleurus, 2003), “Peuples du monde” (Fleurus, 2006), and « Chaud! Les menaces du réchauffement climatique » (Mango, 2007). Co-author with Philippe Vallette and Jean-Michel Cousteau of “Atlas de l’océan mondial”, (Autrement, 2007), with Philippe Vallette of: “Madagascar, l’Île Océan” (Autrement, Nausicaá, Mare Nostrum Editions, 2009), “Secrets des abysses” (Fleurus, 2009), “Les Grands explorateurs” (Fleurus, 2010), and “Islands of Promise” (Actes Sud, 2012).

Iwona GinIwona Gin is Deputy Coordinator of Cultural and International Activities, Nausicaá. She holds MA Foreign Languages, MA in International Relations, MSc in Strategy and Management, and PRINCE2 Certificate (Projects In a Controlled Environment). She worked as interpreter, sworn translator and teacher from 1988 to 1996 in Poland and France. In Nausicaa since 1997, she has been involved in building international partnerships, managing six European projects, implementing international communication campaigns and tools, organising international events (workshops and seminars, conferences and exhibitions), and in managing the non-profit World Ocean Network. She has been member of the coordinating team of Sea for Society MMLAP.


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Contact Person: Dr. Manel Gazo
Role: Project partner

SUBMON provides environmental services for the conservation, study and awareness of the marine environment, offering a comprehensive array in the development of projects related to the conservation and management of the marine environment. SUBMON is made up of a multidisciplinary team of specialists and professionals. SUBMON has advised and acted for different national and international public administrations, companies, research institutes and education centres, offering maximum quality in all the projects. Marine stewardship agreements are a key innovative methodology developed by SUBMON where different stakeholders (government, municipalities, local fishing companies, sailing and diving clubs) and end users of marine areas (multi-actor approach) are involved in their conservation via long term binding commitment and contribution with conservation, monitoring and management actions. SUBMON promotes the use of marine stewardship in partnership with Catalan and Spanish nature stewardship networks, and wishes to further extend this methodology across Europe.

Key Personnel Involved:

Manuel GazoDr. Manel Gazo is currently Director of Submon® and Associate Professor at the Animal Biology department of the University of Barcelona. He obtained his PhD in 2002 studying the biology of the Mediterranean Monk seal and its implication on the conservation of the most endangered marine mammal of EU. For the past 15 years, his professional experience has been developed around three main areas: coordination of conservation programs, studies on the protection of marine endangered habitats and species and team-building of environmental organizations. He has around 50 publications on research and conservation studies related to marine environment and species.

MariLuzMariluz Parga is in charge of international projects in Submon®. She holds a Degree in Veterinary Medicine, an MSc in Wildlife Medicine (University of London) and a Residency in Wildlife Medicine and Conservation (Edinburgh University). She is an IUCN-SSC Wildlife Health specialist, and has seventeen years of experience working in international settings, both in Europe and Latin America. Over the past eleven years she has specialized in the conservation and study of marine environment, working both for national and international organizations. She is the veterinary assessor for the Ecopacifico Sea Turtle Bycatch Reduction Program, working together with fishermen, fishery observers and governments in the reduction of bycatch of marine turtles and related mortality, and has been involved in the production of awareness and training material for the fishing sector.

Carla A ChicoteCarla Alvarez holds a degree in Agriculture Engineering from the University of Barcelona, an MSc in Coastal and Marine Ecosystem Management (University of Queensland) and another one in Oceanography (University of Barcelona). After working eight years in communication and awareness projects in her own consultancy and in a marine conservation Foundation, she currently works as Head of Projects in Submon®, specializing in the areas of cetacean conservation and study and acoustics. For the past 5 years she has also been in charge of a long-term project of citizen participation in the conservation of a marine area North of Barcelona through actions of marine stewardship.

Jordi SanchezJordi Sanchez has eleven years’ experience working in the marine environment, carrying out studies and research projects mainly directed towards improvement of Management Plans in protected areas. He holds a Degree in Biological Sciences and a Diploma in Management and Conservation of Protected Areas, both from the University of Barcelona. He is currently Head of Projects in Submon®, working mainly towards the conservation and management of underwater ecosystems and species, awareness and participation of citizens of coastal communities, and production of underwater video and photography.


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Sea Change is an EU H2020 funded project that aims to establish a fundamental “Sea Change” in the way European citizens view their relationship with the sea, by empowering them, as Ocean Literate citizens, to take direct and sustainable action towards a healthy ocean, healthy communities and ultimately a healthy planet.

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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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