Dr. Lorenzo Bramati – Laboratoire d’Ecogéochimie des Environnements Benthiques, LECOB, Observatoire Océanologique de Banyuls sur Mer, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)-Sorbonne Université, Banyuls sur Mer, France
Short C.V.: My scientific questions focus on conservation, ecology, restoration, and population dynamics of corals. The core of my research is the application of the concept of Marine Animal Forest which is applied transversally to answer questions on the functional ecology and resilience dynamics of coral ecosystems. In the last years, I focused on the mesophotic environment with studies in tropical and temperate environments.
Pierre-Yves Cousteau – Founder and President of Cousteau Divers
Short C.V.: Pierre-Yves launched cousteaudivers.org in 2009, a non-profit organisation for marine citizen-science and conservation. Cousteau Divers is deploying a global network of recreational divers and dive centers who measure essential ocean variables using a new data logger IoT device: the Remora, to help lower the cost and increase availability of marine data while bridging communities, to better understand and protect marine life.
Dr. Stella Demesticha – Associate Professor of Maritime Archaeology, Archaeological Research Unit, University of Cyprus, Cyprus
Short C.V.: Dr. Stella Demesticha teaches maritime archaeology at the University of Cyprus. She created the Maritime Archaeological Research Laboratory (MARELab), through which she has been involved in funded research projects, on diverse aspects of maritime archaeology. She currently directs two ongoing underwater excavations, at the Mazotos and the Nissia Shipwreck sites.
Title: “Scientific Diving and Shipwreck Archaeology in the Eastern Mediterranean: Key Challenges and Perspectives”
Prof. Stelios Katsanevakis – Department of Marine Sciences, University of the Aegean, Greece
Short C.V.: Stelios Katsanevakis is a professor in marine ecology. His research focuses on marine conservation and the impacts of biological invasions on biodiversity and ecosystem services. He has participated as coordinator or PI in >40 research projects, is (co)author of 215 peer-reviewed papers, and his work has received >15,800 citations (https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=PWAQG60AAAAJ&hl=en).
Title: “Ecological status and biodiversity shifts in Mediterranean shallow marine ecosystems: drivers and challenges”