February 1st to 5th 2016
Olhão, Portugal
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Conference Organisers

The second Mares Conference on Marine Ecosystems Health and Conservation is an initiative from the MARES Joint Doctoral Programme and the EuroMarine Network.

The MARES Joint Doctoral Programme

This joint international thematic doctoral programme, funded through Erasmus Mundus, was initiated in 2010. Since then over 30 young scientists have been actively conducting research focused on the impacts of human activities on marine ecosystems.

This programme is organised by the MARES Consortium, a network composed of 24 partners from 14 different countries. It consists of 13 full partners and 11 associated partners from both European and non-European countries. Coordinators of the consortium are Dr. Tim Deprez and Prof. Dr. Magda Vincx.

Full partners of the MARES Consortium:

  1. Ghent University (UGent) – Belgium
  2. University of Bremen – Germany
  3. University of Bologna (UNIBO) – Italy
  4. Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) – Ireland
  5. University of Algarve (UAlg) – Portugal
  6. Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ) – Netherlands
  7. Plymouth University – United Kingdom
  8. University of Gdansk (UG) – Poland
  9. Klaipeda University – Lithuania 
  10. Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) – Belgium
  11. University Pierre and Marie Curie (UPMC) – France
  12. Pavia University – Italy
  13. University of Aveiro (UA) - Portugal

EuroMarine Network

EuroMarine is a new European marine science network formally launched in June 2014. It represents the merger of the communities of three former European Networks of Excellence: EUR-OCEANS, Marine Genomics Europe, and MarBEF. It was designed by the EuroMarine FP7 preparatory project (2011-2013) to represent a bottom-up organisation and the voice of the European marine scientific community at large.

Conference Scientific Committee

The Mares Conference 2016 scientific committee includes:

Prof. Dr. Ester Serrão - University of Algarve
Dr. Chiara Lombardi - Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Development
Dr. Jan Vanaverbeke - Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences
Dr. Fred Jean - University of Western Brittany
Dr. Ana Marta Gonçalves - Univeristy of Aveiro

Conference Organising Committee

The organising committee responsible for the Mares Conference 2016:

Dr. Tim Deprez (MARES & EuroMarine - Ghent University)
Katherine Brownlie - Ghent University
Dr. Pierre-Francois Baisnée (EuroMarine - University Pierre and Marie Curie)
Prof. Dr. Marina Cunha (MARES - University of Aveiro)
Prof. Dr. Adelino Canario (MARES - University of Algarve)
Prof. Dr. Karim Erzini (MARES - University of Algarve)

Conference Support Team

Tim tkint - Ghent University
Marleen Roelofs - Ghent University
Andreia Pinto - University of Algarve
Veerle Rogge - Ghent University
Dr. Thibaud Mascart - Ghent University
Tim Verstraeten - Ghent University