Partner Map Jen

The Sea Change consortium consists of 17 partners from nine different countries, coordinated by the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. This consortium, which comprises nine public research organisations, one SME, five non profit organisations and two higher education institutions, brings together selected experts to collectively provide the knowledge, competence, skills and facilities needed for ensuring a good project development, the achievement of project objectives and the successful delivery of project results.

Sea Change also has an International Advisory Group (IAG) which is an independent body consisting of selected high level experts drawn from a range of stakeholder communities, who have knowledge and experience of Ocean Literacy and scientific public engagement. These Key US, Canadian and EU external stakeholders will share knowledge, provide guidance and feedback to the work package structures within Sea Change throughout the course of the project.

International Advisory Group


Interdisciplinary Centre of Marine and Environmental Research (CIIMAR)

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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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