» Keynote speakers

1. Hydrodynamic and geomorphological shifts in coastal systems
Maria de Conceição Freitas
Full Professor, Faculdade de Ciências, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal

Maria de Conceição Freitas´research has focused on paleo-environmental reconstruction of estuarine and coastal lagoon environments with particular interest on climate and sea level changes as well as antropogenic influence.

2. Geochemical processes in changing environments
Nicolas Savoye
Assistant Professor, University of Bordeaux, France

Nicolas Savoye's research focuses on origin, fate and fluxes of particulate organic matter, and their environmental and anthropogenic forcings in coastal systems. He is also involved in long-term monitoring of coastal systems within the scope of the French Coastal Monitoring Network SOMLIT.

3. Shifts in biodiversity and ecosystem functioning
Anne Magurran
Professor, University of St. Andrews, Scotland, United Kingdom

Anne Magurran's research focuses on the measurement, evolution and conservation of biological diversity with particular emphasis on fish assemblages.

4. From genes to ecosystems: effects of global change
Filip Volckaert
Professor, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium

Filip Volckaert's research has focused on evolutionary processes at the population and species level, in order to study how past climatic and environmental changes have influenced the pattern of genetic diversity of a species, or to detect evidence of local adaptations from genomic information.

5. Connectivity and its implications towards conservation and management
Audrey Geffen
Professor, University of Bergen, Norway

Audrey Geffen’s research is concerned with the environmental effects on the growth and composition of fish otoliths, and their use in studying the movements and population structure in fish. She also has expertise in larval fish ecology and pelagic trophodynamics.

6. Improving management and decision processes: advances in predictive tools
Wendy Bonne
Scientific Adviser Marine Policy, JPI Oceans, Brussels, Belgium

Wendy Bonne has participated as a marine expert advisor in several inter-governamental panels, specializing in Ecological assessment methods for phytoplankton, macroalgae, seagrasses, benthic invertebrate fauna and estuarine fish in all European Member States in the context of the Marine Strategy and Water Framework Directive