International Advisory Group

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The International Advisory Group (IAG) is an independent body consisting of selected high level experts drawn from a range of stakeholder communities and representative organisations predominantly outside Europe, who have knowledge and experience of Ocean Literacy and scientific public engagement. These Key US, Canadian and EU external parties stakeholders will share knowledge, provide guidance and feedback to the work package structures within the Sea Change project. Specifically, they will inform the development of the project and support Transatlantic cooperation in the project by informing and reviewing frameworks used for other outreach programme and considering how best to evaluate, and measure impact, across this project

International Advisory Group Members

Paula KeenerPaula Keener


Paula Keener is a Marine Biologist and Director of Education with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA's) Office of Ocean Exploration and Research.  She served as a member of The President's Panel on Ocean Exploration under the Clinton Administration and a member of the National Research Council Committee on Exploration of the Seas. Paula served on an Interagency Team for Ocean Exploration for the National Ocean Policy. She is a member of the European Union-United States Joint Consultative Group, Marine Working Group, serving as the US Co-lead for the Ocean Literacy Theme and is Chair of the International Advisory Group for Sea Change, a European Union Commission-funded ocean literacy initiative. She is a member of the NOAA Education Council and a Past-President of the National Marine Educators Association. Paula has spent over 300 days at sea studying the ocean and its inhabitants.



Gail Scowcroft


Gail Scowcroft is the Associate Director of the Inner Space Center at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography, a national facility for ocean science research and education. She is the Executive Director of the Consortium for Ocean Science Exploration and Engagement, one of the largest global networks of ocean science research and education institutions. Gail is also Director of the Alliance Office for the Climate Change Education Partnership, a network of U.S. climate change education programs. She is currently serving a four-year term on the U.S. Ocean Research Advisory Panel, the federal advisory committee established to provide independent advice and guidance to the Cabinet of the President of the U.S.  For the first 18 years of her career, Gail conducted ocean science research focused on climate reconstruction and global climate change. For the last 20 years, she has served as a university administrator, directing ocean and climate science education programs. Gail is an international leader in ocean science education, lecturing across the globe on ocean science and climate change issues.


Kirtsen YarincikKristen Yarincik

Consortium for Ocean Leadership 

Kristen Yarincik is the Vice President and Director of Research & Education programs at the Consortium for Ocean Leadership, a Washington DC based not-for-profit organization. Ocean Leadership represents the leading public and private ocean research and education institutions, aquaria and industry to advance research, education and sound ocean policy. Kristen’s departmental oversight includes educational programs, as well as research programs that emphasize coordination, facilitation and support for programs that have the ability to be greater than the sum of their individual parts, including the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative and the Census of Marine Life. Since 2011, Kristen has also served as Director of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl, an informal educational program that engages high school students in ocean science and related careers. The NOSB is active in 25 regions around the U.S. and has a replicable model for ocean science learning. Kristen’s role at Ocean Leadership also includes the Ocean Science Educators Retreat, which brings together the educational leadership within Ocean Leadership’s member institutions to discuss trends and challenges in university and graduate level ocean science education. From 2001-2010, Kristen managed the International Secretariat for the Census of Marine Life, a decade long program in global marine biodiversity research, which included a significant outreach effort. Kristen’s scientific background is in earth sciences and paleoceanography.


Sophie SeeyaveSophie Seeyave


Dr Sophie Seeyave is the Executive Director of the Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans (POGO). She has a BSc(Hons) and PhD in marine science from the University of Southampton, UK. Her scientific background is in phytoplankton ecology/Harmful Algal Blooms. She is experienced in project management and international science coordination, capacity building, communications and outreach, having worked for the Surface Ocean Lower Atmosphere Study (SOLAS) and, since 2010, for POGO. During her time with POGO, she has been deeply involved in the planning and development of global initiatives such as the International Quiet Ocean Experiment (IQOE), the NF-POGO Alumni Network for Oceans (NANO) and the “Oceans and Society: Blue Planet” Task within GEO. She chairs the POGO News and Information Group and created the broader grouping of marine science communications representatives called Ocean Communicators United.


SusanHeaneySusan Heaney

Titanic Belfast 

Susan is OEC manager at Titanic Belfast, the world’s largest Titanic visitor attraction, based in Northern Ireland.

She’s responsible for content development and operation of the OEC within the exhibition, deals with collaborative partners and developed a scientific research education and outreach service suitable for marine research agencies.

Susan is also responsible for the development of the STEM elements of Titanic Belfast’s learning strategy, which has recently been awarded the Sanford Award for Heritage Education and the Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Mark. She has been Lead Science Communication Fellow on-board E/V Nautilus, lab technician, fisheries officer, scientific observer & lecturer.

Susan sits on the IAG for the SeaChange project, is involved with Transatlantic Ocean Literacy, and heads the hosting committee for EMSEA’s 2016 conference. She is the founder of Blue Inspiration Ltd., a science communication consultancy and publishing company and is working towards completing her PhD in marine biotechnology.


Anna KopfAnna KopfMax

Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology

Anna is a molecular microbiologist by training. In 2012, she finished her PhD degree with specialisation in marine microbiology and continued her work in the research group of Prof. Dr. Frank Oliver Glöckner at the Jacobs University and the Max Planck Institute, Bremen Germany. Anna is currently managing the Ocean Sampling Day (OSD) project, which is a global multisequencing campaign to characterize the microbial diversity of the world’s ocean. In this context they also launched the citizen science campaign MyOSD and invited the public to join OSD to raise awareness of the importance of marine microbial life and its influence on human existence, and to provide citizens the opportunity to actively participate in this worldwide research event.


Craig StrangCraig Strang

NMEA/ The Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, Berkley 

Craig has worked at Lawrence Hall of Science at the University of California, Berkeley since 1991. He is part of the Hall Executive Leadership Team and considers himself a science, ocean science and environmental educator. He directs the Center for Leadership in Science Teaching which designs and carries out professional learning programs around the country and internationally for educational leaders in schools, science centers, aquariums, museums, colleges and universities. In 1985 he founded the award winning Marine Activities, Resources & Education (MARE) Program, and since 2002 he has played a key role co-leading the nationwide (and global) Ocean Literacy Campaign. His work in Ocean Literacy has recently involved collaborations in Japan and Europe. He currently leads programs that assist school districts to increase their capacity for supporting high quality science programs in the era of Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards, conduct research on effective approaches to professional learning, and develop curriculum and instructional materials for classrooms and residential outdoor science schools. He is Principal Investigator on a wide variety of grants and he is the author of many articles, presentations and instructional materials. Before turning to science education full time, he did research on elephant seals, humpback whales and California sea lions, and until 2002 led eco-tours in East Africa, the Sea of Cortez and the Galapagos Islands.


Monica PreviatoMonica Previati

Green Bubbles Project 

Monica Previati is a marine biologist and a passionate diver. She has a degree in Biological Science and a PhD in marine biology. Her  PhD was about the captivity diet and morphology of polyps of six Mediterranean Octocorals.

Currently she works for the environmental education center of the Imperia town, on projects about environmental sustainability and enhancement and protection of the marine habitat for schools, public administrations, citizens and tourists. Monica is responsible for the Ocean Literacy work package of the Green Bubbles project. Green Bubbles is an EU-funded project dedicated to recreational SCUBA diving, an activity engaging millions of people worldwide. Green Bubbles will maximise the benefits associated with diving while minimising its negative impacts, thus achieving the environmental, economic and social sustainability of the system.


Jan StelProf Jan Stel

International Centre for intergrated assessment and sustainable development 

Jan studied geology and palaeontology in the Netherlands. He was a science manager (ocean, Antarctic) until 2000. Jan was involved in a large number of European developments such as EUROMAR and the Framework programs of the EU. Within the European Science Foundation he founded a consortium of small European countries participating in the Ocean Drilling Program and its successors. Within UNESCO/IOC he was involved in capacity building activities and the development of the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS). He was a professor of Ocean Space and Human Activity at the University of Maastricht from 2000 - 2015.

For the past 35 years, Jan has been a popular science writer. He published some 200 papers in Dutch popular science magazines and newspapers. He also made a number of TV programmes as well as a promotion documentary on the Ocean Drilling Programme (1987). He was involved in outreach activities during the International Year of the Ocean (1998) and the International Polar Year (2007-2009). During the former he organised a European contest for high school students. The winners participated in a research cruise (Lisbon-Bremerhaven) on board the German RV Polarstern, inbound from the Antarctic’s. Jan wrote several books. Currently he is writing a book on the role of Arctic Ocean space in Medieval and Recent climate change, and a series of children books.


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Anne is an advocate for ocean literacy and champion of positive action for a new relationship with our seas. Ocean Literacy Co-chair on the Galway Canadian Marine Working Group and founding Director of Canadian Network for Ocean Education (CaNOE), which recently held Canada’s First Conference on Ocean Literacy, Anne promotes Ocean Literacy through Twitter handle @AnneinBamfield and in blogs. As Marine Biologist in Residence at Race Rocks Ecological Reserve, a marine protected area in BC, she conducts research and co-teaches with Pearson College, science faculty, working with students from 85 countries. Anne is well known for coordinating the award winning, Public Education Program of the Western Canadian Universities Marine Sciences Society, for >20 years. Actively involved in both marine science education and communication, Anne now divides her time between Bamfield, Race Rocks, shipboard teaching with Bluewater Adventures and operating her marine science education and communication firm, Anne Stewart & Company.


Bill Mott

The Ocean Project

Since the late 1980s Bill Mott has focused his energy on building networks and coalitions to promote more collaborative and strategic ways to bring about a better future. Bill directs The Ocean Project, a non-profit that advances ocean conservation in partnership with zoos, aquariums, museums (ZAMs), and other informal science and education centres around the United States and 75 other countries. The Ocean Project is conducting the largest social attitudinal research initiative ever undertaken on behalf of the environment, and this research and related information and resources provide ZAMs and the broader conservation community with strategic information and insights to aid them in becoming stronger advocates for the environment and conservation action.

Bill began his professional career at the Centre for Marine Conservation (now Ocean Conservancy), where he helped on marine ecosystem protection initiatives nationally and internationally. Bill has also served as director of the Marine Fish Conservation Network, a diverse coalition of conservation and fishing networks, and spent seven years with SeaWeb focusing primarily on aquaculture and sustainable seafood issues.


Pierre Strosser

ACTeon (ResponSEAble consortium)


The Marine Biological Association (UK)

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Contact Person: Jon Parr
Role: Project Coordinator

The Marine Biological Association (MBA) has been a Registered UK Charity since 1884 (charity registration number 226063) that aims: ‘to promote scientific research into all aspects of life in the sea, including the environment on which it depends, and to disseminate to the public the knowledge gained.’ The MBA was awarded a Royal Charter 2013 in recognition of its role advancing marine biology.

The MBA achieves its aims through its membership, high quality research and through its education and outreach programmes. The MBA actively looks for members and runs a successful journal, the Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the UK (JMBA).

The MBA has undertaken a number of innovative and dynamic outreach and education projects and has a reputation for delivering curricula focused activities and resources. Within a European context the MBA is a member of a number of successful networks of excellence including Euromarine MarBEF, Marine Genomics, EMODnet Biology and EMBRC contributing to outreach and data dissemination across Europe. The MBA has undertaken a number of relevant INTERREG projects including Marinexus; CHARM; DIESE; ChanneLIS and ValMER and Pegaseas. Marinexus developed key education resources and events. The MBA has experience of coordinating proposals both in the UK and Europe and has with other partners run summer schools; engaged in high class citizen science and run workshops and events. The MBA was a co- founder European Marine Sciences Association (EMSEA) and in 2013 ran the inaugural EMSEA conference in Plymouth.

The MBA leads the Sea Change project as the coordinating institute and leads the Project Management Work Package (WP9).

Key Personnel involved:

John ParrJon Parr (Project Coordinator) is the Deputy Director with a wide remit covering operations, the development of the research infrastructure and the development of the knowledge exchange programme. He has worked with the National Biodiversity Network (NBN) and sits on the several groups including the NBN National Schemes and Societies group and UK-EOF Citizen science group. Jon started the MBA’s Sealife survey and other recording initiatives. Jon is the Data Archive expert and on the Executive of the UK’s Marine Environmental Data Information Network (MEDIN). Jon is responsible for the Educational Programme of the MBA including the public Sea Life Survey, the Shore Thing Project and the Recorders conference. Jon organised and chaired a workshop for European Commission on Transatlantic Ocean Literacy.


Fiona CrouchFiona Crouch has worked in marine conservation, education and outreach for over 20 years. Until 2015 she was the Shore Thing Project Officer, working with stakeholders, partners and policymakers. The Shore Thing carries out surveys throughout the British Isles and delivers data to the National Biodiversity Network. Fiona also developed a Teachers’ pack, linked to all aspects of the science curriculum, runs training courses, maintains the project database and provides resources and feedback to participants via the project website. Fiona is the co-founder of EMSEA, has been instrumental in developing the association and organised the inaugural EMSEA conference in Plymouth. Fiona works closely with transatlantic partners such as the National Marine Educators Association (NMEA) to develop Ocean Literacy in Europe. In addition she is active within the citizen science, education and research community giving presentations at conferences, report writing, producing education articles and developing new innovative projects.


Jack SewellJack Sewell is involved in both scientific research and delivery of innovative citizen science projects. Jack is a researcher, writer and artist. Jack has experience preparing reports, data collection and interpretation. Recent work has included co-ordination of the marine element of the Defra funded GB Non-Native Species Information Portal authoring non-native species risk assessments of the Non-Native Species Secretariat and coordination of non-native species public and schools awareness and recording projects. Jack has delivered a number of school projects and organised the first marine Bioblitz (24 hours of recording) in the UK. Jack also delivered the successful Life around the Turbines project for the charity COWRIE. Jack has produced a range of graphics, used in scientific interpretation and particularly educational resources.


Esther hughesEsther Hughes, MBA Data Team
Esther is a data and metadata specialist, responsible for managing marine biological data for the DASSH (Data Archive Centre) and the marine node of the National Biodiversity Network (NBN). She is part of the MEDIN Standards Working Group, is involved in the development of the MEDIN discovery metadata standard and is currently reviewing the biological data specifications for the UK. She has particular skills in the rapid and accurate assessment of data for large projects involving a wide range of disparate and historical datasets. She has worked on a variety of contracts and datasets including Marine Recorder data entry for JNCC and the Shore Thing Project, literature reviews for the MCZ projects, and for MECN reporting. She was also a core team member for the literature and confidence assessment of data for Defra as part of the MB0116 Evidence Review of Literature and data used to support the MCZ network. She has experience in creating and managing databases, MEDIN compliant metadata, and creating maps using ESRI ArcGIS.


L OlverLorraine Olver is the finance and contract manager for the MBA. Lorraine has extensive experience in dealing with a variety of EU projects. She has successfully managed and reported on over 20 EU projects the financial and coordination of which has been paramount to the project success. Lorraine is experienced in dealing Interreg, FP7 and now Horizon2020 portals. She has excellent command of Excel, Word, Internet and accounting software.




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Contact Person: Emer Cooney
Role: WP7 leader

AquaTT is an SME founded in 1992 under the EU COMETT programme as a University Enterprise Training Partnership (UETP) for the European aquaculture industry, to coordinate the training requirements of the industry through a single body. AquaTT now has more than 20 years of experience in the successful design and management of European Commission-financed projects under a number of programmes including FP7, Interreg and Leonardo da Vinci. It works in scientific fields related to the marine, food, energy, health, genomics and environment (key sectors for Europe's sustainability) and throughout all stages of the EC project cycle.

In 2010 AquaTT co-ordinated MARINETT (Marine Knowledge Transfer Support Action), a flagship FP7 project, and has been a work package leader for 19 other FP7 projects. AquaTT services include project management, science communication and training, event planning, stakeholder consultation, impact assessment and piloting evaluation methodologies.

AquaTT also has a long track record in education and training, informing strategies and creating networks to exchange best practice. AquaTT works alongside Europe's top researchers to help tackle major societal challenges by ensuring the new knowledge generated from EU research is effectively transferred resulting in uptake and measureable impact.

AquaTT is the lead partner on the Dissemination and Communication Work Package (WP7).

Contact Person: Emer Cooney (

Key Personnel involved:

David MurphyDavid Murphy has managed AquaTT since September 2000 and has extensive experience of EC projects in Education, Training and RTD, having coordinated eight projects and participated in more than twenty-five others. He coordinated Aqua-tnet for five years, and was facilitator of the Knowledge Management Thematic Area of the EATIP, the European Aquaculture Technology and Innovation Platform, bringing together private and public stakeholders to promote and coordinate research and development to improve competitiveness in the European aquaculture industry.


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 Emer Cooney is a Project Officer with AquaTT. Prior to joining AquaTT, Emer worked as a freshwater policy analyst, and subsequently with the communications team of a large multinational environmental consultancy. Emer has also trained in broadcast video production to communicate science using visual media, as well as possessing experience in business and brand development, and a good knowledge of emerging hardware and software technologies.


John JoyceDr. John Joyce was presented with the Glaxo EC Fellowship for Science Writers by the President of Ireland in 1978 and is a Work Package / Area Leader on the FP7 project Sea for Society. He is a former board member of the Public Relations Institute of Ireland (PRII) and holder of its Gladys Nevin Perpetual Trophy, as well as a former Chairman of the European Science Foundation Marine Board's Communications Panel. He was Communications Manager of Ireland's Marine Institute until January 2012, where he created the Explorers marine science education programme.





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Contact Person: Paul Buckley
Role: WP8 leader

Cefas can provide a broad, multi-disciplinary and multi-sectoral understanding of marine science, maritime industries, public and stakeholder engagement and works closely at the science–policy interface. This experience is based on organisational ‘memory’, stretching over a hundred years, combined with state-of-the-art technological developments and continuing research applied to a range of topics of clear relevance to the European citizen. Examples include food security (sustainable fisheries & aquaculture), ocean health and seafood safety (viruses, bacteria, HABs toxins), habitat protection (Marine Protected Area, and Marine Conservation Zones, trawling, dredging, aggregate extraction, offshore renewables), the impacts of climate change (ocean acidification, species migrations, wave climate), the effects of chemical and radioactive contaminants and marine litter. Experience of participation in many previous European projects, including as Coordinator and Work Package leads (e.g. in relevant projects such as KNOWSEAS). Cefas acted as WP lead for the public perception part of the FP7 project CLAMER (, which helped inspire this specific call.

Our Weymouth laboratory, with over 100 members of staff is solely concerned with researching, and communicating findings on aquatic and human health to end users, including on climate change (e.g. marine pathogens and Harmful Algal Blooms).

With climate change being a major cross-cutting H2020 theme, Cefas brings significant and long standing, expertise in marine climate change impacts and adaptation. This includes a dedicated marine climate change centre (MC3), whose staff have acted as lead authors on a wide range of national (e.g. UK CCRA) and international reports (e.g. OSPAR QSR 2010), as well as publishing a wide range of other outputs from high-impact papers to summary report cards for the public and policy community.

CEFAS is the lead partner on the Impact and Evaluation Work Package (WP8).

Contact Person: Paul Buckley (

Key Personnel involved:

Paul BuckleyPaul Buckley is a senior advisor in the Cefas Marine Climate Change Centre (MC3) with over 8 years experience in this role. His main duties include the provision of expert scientific and technical advice to public bodies and marine industry trade associations on climate change impacts and adaptation. Paul provides a UK lead on marine climate issues as programme manager for the UK Marine Climate Change Impacts Partnership (MCCIP) and regularly contributes to national and international reports. He has participated in a range of European projects, including as WP lead on the FP7 CLAMER project on public perception of marine climate change impacts and spent four years as the shelf seas co-ordinator for the Eur-Oceans network of excellenc.

Craig Baker AustinDr. Craig Baker-Austin is a microbiologist at the Cefas Weymouth laboratory with 15 years experience in environmental and molecular microbiology. His main interests focus on pathogenic foodborne bacteria, in particular microbes such as vibrios that are natural constituents of marine and estuarine environments and that represent a growing problem in the area of global food safety. His research background is highly varied and encompasses a range of interdisciplinary research topics, such molecular microbiology, food microbiology, climate sciences, biological oceanography, environmental epidemiology and risk assessment.

Dr. Susana Lincoln is a Marine Climate Change Scientist at Cefas. She has recently joined the Cefas Marine Climate Change Centre, after 9 years working as part of the business support team, assisting scientist in the process of bidding for new contracts and with the administration and co-ordination of their projects. Her new role with the Marine Climate Change Centre involves compiling briefing papers on climate change issues, writing and distributing the monthly newsletters for the Marine Climate Change Impact Partnership (MCCIP), and working with other colleagues in other climate change-related projects. A proportion of her time is also shared with the Chemical Assessment Team where she is responsible for managing and co-ordinating research and advice projects for the oil and gas industry. She is an internal group communicator for her science group, a role that entails seeking potential stories from within the group which may be of interest to the wider world, which she collates monthly and relays to the Cefas Communications Team manager. Her interests include climate change, science communication, advice to industry and partnership working.


NUI Galway

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Contact Person: Christine Domegan
Role: WP2 leader

The National University of Ireland (NUI), Galway is the largest and oldest university based in the west of Ireland, employing in excess of 2,000 staff with a 17,000 strong student population. NUI Galway is a research-led University and has an overall ranking of 284th in the QS world university rankings for 2013 and 314 in the Times Higher Education world rankings for 2013/2014. Over the past ten years the University has heavily invested (excess of €400 million) in its research & teaching infrastructure. In 2013, University income exceeded €220 million of which over €50 million was from externally funded research with funding sources including and to-date has secured in excess of €40 million from FP7 including ERC, Marie Curie, Cooperation, Capacities programmes. The University was recently awarded the REA’s “HR Excellence in Research” designation identifying NUI Galway as a provider of a high standard working environment for researchers.

NUI Galway has an international reputation in the Applied Social Sciences and Public Policy and is committed to improving our understanding of innovation and social entrepreneurial strategies. To support this research domain, the NUI Galway has established the Whitaker Institute for Innovation and Societal Change which adopts an innovative, multidisciplinary and transformative approach to the challenges currently facing business and society, both in Ireland and internationally. Over 200 members make up the faculty, creating the largest critical mass of business and social science researchers in Ireland, with expertise spanning across the College of Business, Public Policy and Law and the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies. Subsuming the University’s Centre for Innovation and Structural Change (CISC), the Whitaker Institute builds on a decade of research-excellence and policy-focused contributions supported by over €12 million in competitive national and international research funding.
NUIG is the lead partner on the Social Innovation Participation Processes (SIPPS) Work Package (WP2).

Key Personnel involved:

Christine DomeganDr. Christine Domegan is a social innovation researcher with over 20 years experience. She is currently EU Lead Methodologist for Sea for Society (SFS) which brings together a multidisciplinary partnership of 21 partners from 9 countries representing marine research institutes, funding agencies, science museums and aquaria, CSO’s, NGO’s, higher education institutes, business networks. Key questions considered in the context of ‘ocean ecosystem services’ with an emphasis on relating complex biodiversity to ‘lived experiences’ in order to bridge how everyday human behaviour interplays with science.

Patricia McHugh bWDr. Patricia McHugh is a Sea Change Social Innovation Postdoctoral Researcher with the Whitaker Institute at NUI Galway. Patricia holds a PhD on the Development and Measurement of Process Indicators for Science Communication using Social Marketing and Social Innovation Theory. She previously held a Postdoctoral position with Sea for Society, a FP7 European funded project with the responsibility to design, develop, analyse and report on SFS mobilisation activities, using social innovation indicator measurements, within an EU marine context. Her current work involves designing, training, and implementing Social Innovation Participation Processes (SIPPs) within an Ocean Literacy context for Sea Change. Patricia is also responsible for the design and coordination of a Collective Impact Assessment Framework to monitor and track the progress of SIPP actions implemented over the lifetime of the project.

Anthony GrehanDr Anthony Grehan is a conservation biologist with over 20 years of experience of working in the deep-sea. Over the last decade, Dr. Grehan has focused on the field of cold water coral ecology, conservation and sustainable resource management. The urgent need to conserve coral reefs has necessitated the development of robust outreach and science/policy initiatives and these have been developed during participation in a number of large EU Framework Programme projects: ACES, HERMES, PROTECT, HERMIONE, Clamer, CoralFISH.


Robin RaineDr Robin Raine is a biological oceanographer in Earth and Ocean Sciences discipline, NUI Galway. His research has focused on the interaction between physical oceanography and phytoplankton, in particular the initiation of Harmful Algal Blooms around the Irish coastline. He has developed simple predictive models that can be used by shellfish producers so that they can minimise and mitigate the harmful economic effects these blooms cause. In 2003 he was nominated onto the Scientific Steering Committee of GEOHAB (Global Ecology and Oceanography of Harmful Algal Blooms, the UNESCO-IOC-SCOR project on harmful algae), and became chairman in 2006. Recently, his research outputs have taken the form of DVD, illustrated booklets, etc. in an effort to inform the wider scientific community about HABs.

VeronicaMcCauleyDr Veronica McCauley is a lecturer in Science Education who also has extensive science outreach experience. Her Hook Series offers science educators a collection of videos that capture novel and engaging aspects of each science topic. The complete collection includes 6 iBooks, three to support science teachers who teach through the medium of English and three to support science teachers who teach through the medium of Irish.


StephenDr. Stephen Hynes is a lecturer in economics and head of the Socio-Economic Marine Research Unit (SEMRU), National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland. Stephen’s main research interest is in microeconomic behaviour analysis, related to natural resource/environmental policy and has extensive experience in marine economic research including participation in European FP7 Cooperative Research Programme and  European INTERREG-IV Atlantic Area Programme marine related projects.


Dr Kevin DavisonDr. Kevin Davison is a lecturer with the School of Education at NUI Galway with an interest in sociological issues in education including: boys and academic achievement, role models, and innovative approaches to science outreach. He is the author of: Negotiating Masculinities and Bodies in Schools: The Implications of Gender Theory for the Education of Boys (2007: Edwin Mellen Press), and co-author of Masculinities and Schooling: International Practices and Perspectives (2007: Althouse Press). He is also the co-author of the report A Review of Science Outreach Strategies, North And South (2008: Centre for Cross Border Studies).