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


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.


headshotAnneAnne Stewart


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)


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