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


Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR)

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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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