External Advisory Board

Role of External Advisory Board (EAB)

  • To provide input with regard to developing a comprehensive understanding of the Blue Skills gaps within the marine and maritime sector in Europe
  • To provide expert advice and feedback on the European Blue growth training and education landscape, endorsing Marine Training Platform' authority on Blue Training
  • To promote and enhance the external communication activities of the Marine Training Platform in order to ensure visibility and highlighting the importance of marine and maritime training in Europe to its partners and network.
  • To give advice on matters of policy and future directions for Marine Training opportunities with regard to content, service and outreach
  • To build relationships with stakeholders in Europe; and internationally where relevant

Members of the Marine Training Platform External Advisory Board:

Prof. Emer. Dr. Magda Vincx
Chair of the Marine Training Platform External Advisory Board
Former head of the Marine Biology Research Group, Ghent University

Magda Vincx, professor emeritus at Ghent University (Belgium), is a specialist in benthic marine ecology. From 1987 to 2015, she coordinated the Marine Biology Research Group (>60 persons) (www.marinebiology.ugent.be). In total she has over 350 refereed publications in taxonomy of benthic organisms, ecology of marine free-living nematodes, biodiversity and ecosystem functioning, biomonitoring, human impact studies, marine spatial planning, nature conservation. Most of the research is developed in coastal areas (North Sea and adjacent estuaries), but also in tropical areas (Ecuador, Kenya, ..). She was involved in more than 100 (inter)national research programmes (Belgian Science Policy, FWO, IWT, EU-MAFCONS, EU-MarBEF, EU-EUROMARINE, EU-ENCORA, EU-MESMA, …). And promoted tens of PhD studies related with Beach nourishment, Ecology of benthic fauna, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning, Impact of Toxicants in coastal environments, Impact of windmill farms of associated fish, .... Since her 1986 Ghent University PhD, she gathered a lot of teaching and research training experience as teacher in Invertebrate Biodiversity, Marine Ecology, Integrated Coastal Zone Management, Ecology of Coastal Seas, Applied Biodiversity in the BSc & MSc in Biology, MSc in Aquaculture and as coordinator of the European Erasmus Mundus MSc of Marine Biodiversity and Conservation (EMBC) and MARES joint doctoral programme. She has been chairperson of, amongst others, several educational committees, international association of meiofauna and European Marine Board Working group on Marine Training. 
Source: adapted from Mares-eu 
Prof. Dr. Ricardo Serrão Santos
Member of the European Parliament (MEP) & President of EurOcean
Ricardo Serrão Santos MEP is a Member of the European Parliament since July 2014 and full Member of the Committee on Fisheries and the Interparliamentary Delegation EU-Canada. He is also the Vice-Chair of the Parliament Intergroups on "Seas, Islands, Rivers and Coastal Zones" and on "Climate change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development". He holds a PhD from the Universities of Liverpool and the Azores and he has over 300 scientific papers and books published. In addition to his academic position at the University of the Azores, he is a member of the Scientific Council of the Oceanography Institute of Paris and President of EurOcean. Associated Editor of "Marine Biodiversity" and Speciality Chief Editor of "Frontiers in Marine Science/Deep-Sea Environments and Ecology". He has been a member of the scientific councils and chair of evaluation panels of the Portuguese Ministry of Science and Higher Education and Portuguese Delegate at ESFRI and the EC Committee of Research Infrastructures. Ricardo has also been the President of IMAR-Institute of Marine Research, and Pro-Rector and Director of the Department Oceanography and Fisheries at the University of the Azores. He has received several honourable mentions, prizes and awards, among which the Gift to the Earth by WWF in 2002. In 2012 he received the Autonomous Insignia of Recognition of the Azores. In 2013, he was knighted "Chevalier de l'Ordre de Saint Charles” by SAS Prince Albert II of Monaco. RSS was honoured as member of the "Portuguese Academy of Sciences" (Class of Sciences, Section of Biological Sciences) in 2009 and of the "Portuguese Navy Academy" (Class of Arts, Letters and Sciences) in 2008.
Source: adapted from Eurocean and Columbus

Gesine Meissner
Member of the European Parliament (MEP) & President of Searica intergroup

Gesine Meissner MEP is a Member of the European Parliament since 2009 and Rapporteur of the report on Integrated Maritime Policy (IMP). Her experience in European Marine and Maritime activities convinced her that blue economy has to happen in a sustainable way and that the European Maritime Policy can play an important role in achieving this goal. She is convinced that with the establishment of the Blue Growth idea by the European Commission, the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) and the adoption of the Directive on Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP), new investments in the maritime sector will be fostered to facilitate mid- and long-term offshore activities. Since 2014 she chairs the European parliament Seas, Rivers, Islands and Coastal Areas (Searica) Intergroup that brings together relevant stakeholders to push for an ambitious European maritime agenda to achieve sustainable growth of the blue economy.
Source: adapted from Searica

Dr. Niall McDonough
Executive Secretary of the European Marine Board

Niall McDonough is Executive Scientific Secretary of the European Marine Board and a member of the senior management team at the European Science Foundation. The Marine Board is Europe’s foremost marine science policy think-tank, delivering strategy and foresight to advance European research focused on seas and oceans. Niall is originally trained as a marine biologist, with research interests in aquaculture, fisheries and marine resource management, holding a PhD from Queen’s University Belfast. He has previously held management and advisory roles with the Environmental Change Institute at NUI Galway, the Centre for Marine Resources and Mariculture at Queen’s University Belfast, and the Irish Marine Institute’s International Co-operation Programme, developing Ireland’s international collaborative research efforts in marine science and technology. As Head of the Marine Board Secretariat, Niall oversees the implementation of all Marine Board strategic activities and projects, including management of the Secretariat staff and the Marine Board budget. The role involves the coordination and delivery of high quality policy briefings, position papers and vision documents to influence European and national seas and oceans research strategy and programming. Niall also leads the Board’s involvement as Work Package Leader in several FP7 coordination actions (MARCOM+, EMAR2RES, CLAMER, SEAS-ERA and MARINEBIOTECH CSA) which work to develop the European Research Area for marine science and technology. Niall represents the Board on several Advisory Boards and external panels and has responsibility to communicate with major European and international partners on behalf of the Board’s 35 Member Organizations.
Source: adapted from IMIS
Prof. Dr. Ionan Marigomez
Director of the Research Centre for Experimental Marine Biology and Biotechnology, University of the Basque Country

Ionan Marigómez is director of the Research Centre for Experimental Marine Biology and Biotechnology and former head of the Department of Zoology and Animal Cell Biology at the University of the Basque Country. After his PhD at the University of the Basque Country (1989) he continued his research at the University College of Wales, at the King’s College School of Medicine and Dentistry in London, and at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego. He has published over 100 papers in international journals, various chapters in specialized treatises and one textbook on Cell Biology and more than 200 contributions to congresses. He has been the coordinator of the Erasmus/Socrates network on "Environmental Sciences and Education" and International Course “Socrates European Class 2003” on “Environmental Resources in a European context”. He is managing 2 MSc courses in “Environmental Contamination and Toxicology” and “European Marine Environmental Resources“. In addition to be the principal investigator of several projects and contracts (e.g. ETORTEK,  BERRILUR, K-EGOKITZEN), he has been a founding council member of the Iberian Society for Environmental Contamination and Toxicology.
Source: adapted from University of the Basque Country
Tom Redd
Scientific advisor at JPI Oceans

Tom Redd is Scientific advisor at the intergovernmental research coordination organisation JPI Oceans with experience in areas of science-policy interactions, strategic planning, communications and marine related research. His main activities besides progressing JPI Oceans'​ activities in coastal and maritime planning, focus on biotechnology, food security, and human capacity building. Previously, he worked as a Policy Support Officer at the National Oceanography Centre, where he contributing to the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda.
Source: adapted from LinkedIn
Prof. Dr. Deborah Power
University of Algarve, Centro de Ciêncas do Mar

Deborah Power is Professor of Biotechnology, at the Universidade do Algarve and visiting Professor at Shanghai Ocean University (China) and granted Doctor Honoris Causa by the University of Gothenburg (Sweden). She holds a degree in Nutrition (specialty in animal physiology) from Kings College, University of London, UK and  a PhD in Physiology and Biochemistry at the MRC Secretory Control Unit, Faculty of Medicine, University of Liverpool. Next to her role as Editor in Chief of General and Comparative Endocrinology, she is President of the Iberian Association of Comparative Endocrinology and Vice-President of the European Society of Comparative Endocrinology.
Source: Adapted from CCMAR