Conférenciers invités


4 sessions plénières

Laurent Bopp (CNRS, ENS LMD/IPSL): Climate change impacts on marine ecosystems:

what scenarios for the 21st century?


Laurent Bopp is a CNRS Senior Scientist at the Institut Pierre-Simon Laplace, and Adjunct Professor at the Ecole Normale Supérieure, in Paris. He is currently the head of the Geosciences Department at the Ecole Normale Supérieure. He received his PhD from the University of Paris in 2001. His research focuses on the links between climate, climate change and marine biogeochemistry. In particular, he has been among the first to use global climate models to explore how anthropogenic climate change might affect marine productivity & ecosystems as well as ocean air-sea fluxes. He has been involved in the last IPCC assessment report as a lead author for the chapter on Biogeochemical Cycles. He has received the Medaille de la Societe d'Oceanographie de France in 2011, and the AGU Ocean Section Voyager Award in 2016.


Chris Bowler(IBEN-ENS-CNRS) : TARA-OCEANS, Eco-systems biology at planetary scale




Chris Bowler is Director of Research at CNRS and head of the Laboratory of Plant and Algal Genomics at the Institut de Biologie de l’Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris. He graduated from the University of Warwick, UK, with a degree in Microbiology and Microbial Technology, completed his PhD at the University of Ghent in Belgium, and followed with postdoctoral studies with Nam-Hai Chua at The Rockefeller University in New York. In 1994 he established his own research group at the Stazione Zoologica in Naples Italy and in 2002 he took up his current position in Paris. He is EMBO member since 1995, recipient of the CNRS Silver Medal in 2010, ERC Advanced Awards in 2012 and 2018, the Louis D Foundation’s ‘Grand Prix Scientifique’ from the Institut de France in 2015, and was elected into the Academie d’Agriculture de France in 2018.


Dale Squires (NOAA / NMFS - UCSD): Equitable Sharing and the Common Heritage of Mankind: Principles and Potential Application to Deep-Sea Mining, Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction, Antarctica, Moon, and Outer Space (co-autored with Michael Lodge, international Seabed Authority)



Dale Squires is an adjunct professor of economics at the University of California San Diego and Senior Scientist with U.S. NOAA Fisheries. His research focuses on environmental and resource economics, and specializes in resource economics, fisheries in particular. He is one of the most cited fisheries economists of all time, according to the scientific journal Marine Resource Economics.


Christophe Lasseur(European Spatial Agency) : Man to Mars and microalgae



PhD in bioengineering from University of Compiegne (France), Christophe Lasseur join first MATRA space Branch (today Airbus), where he became the project manager of the echograph Anthrorack which flew on board US Shuttle. In 1990, he joined ESA as MELiSSA project manager, and in 1998 the coordinator of ESA R&D in the life support domain. From 2000 to 2010, he chaired the International Life Support working Group, which involed NASA, JAXA, CSA, RSA, and ESA. He currently acts as well as European representative to the ISS Medical board for microbiology. In March 2017, He received a Doctor Honoris Causa from Antwerpen University (Belgium).


 12 conférenciers invités

S1 : Science and Imaginations of the sea : From the tides to the abysses

Jean-Claude Dunyach (writer): The places where everything crosses


Jean-Claude Dunyach has been an aeronautical engineer and expert with the European Commission since 1998. He is also a writer, songwriter, SF columnist and was responsible for the French-language fiction of Galaxies and then director of the Bragelonne SF collection. Author of science-fiction, fantasy or fantasy tales, he has also written several novels including Étoiles mortes (Prix Rosny 1992) which has been endowed with a sequel written in collaboration with Ayerdhal, Étoiles Mourantes (Grand Prix de the Eiffel Tower 1999 and Ozone Prize 2000). He is a member of the jury of the Grand Prix de l'Imaginaire.

S2 : Seas and costlines: controversies about resources, knowledges and uses.

Nicolas Benvegnu (SciencesPo, Medialab Paris): Controversies on maritime territories


Nicolas Benvegnu is a sociologist.  He graduated from the Ecole des Mines and Sciences Po. Nicolas Benvegnu studied the instruments for steering the energy transition in various European countries. His current research focuses on the development of offshore wind energy systems in France, the United Kingdom and Germany. He also directs the FORCCAST program (Training in Controversy Mapping Science and Technology Analysis), dedicated to the development of scientific cultures through the analysis of controversies.


S3:  Climate change and social-ecological marine systems : from observations to complex models


Olivier Maury (IRD, UMR MARBEC) : Model-based scenarios of global marine ecosystems and fisheries, co-autored with Olivier Aumont, Nicolas Barrier, Jonathan Rault, Laurent Bopp



S4: Climate Change for coastal communities, infrastructures and cities: risks, adaptation and acceptability

Grit Martinez(Ecologic Institute in Berlin & University of Maryland, USA): Disaster by design

 Dr. Grit Martinez has academic roots in environmental history, linguistics and economy. Her research focus is on social-ecological systems in coastal regions worldwide, especially on the influence of culture on flood risks management. She is also interested in empirical analysis about interdisciplinary collaborations amongst the social science and humanities & the natural science, engineering and life sciences. Dr. Martinez is involved in numerous European and worldwide research projects, e.g. until recently in the project Resilience Increasing Strategies for Coasts (RISK-KIT).

S5: Effect of climate change on Harmful Algal Blooms and impacts on marine and coastal socioecosystems

Elisa Berdalet (CSIC, Barcelone, Spain) CoCliME: Harmful Algal Bloom climate service goals and ambitions


PhD in Biology (University of Barcelona, 1991), she is a researcher at the Institute of Marine Sciences (ICM, CSIC) in Barcelona. She is the Deputy Director of the ICM (2009-2019) and Chair of the SSC of GlobalHAB (, the IOC/UNESCO and SCOR programme to coordinate international research on harmful algal blooms. Overall, she investigates the dynamics and physiology of microplankton with a multidisciplinary approach

S6: Challenges and trends of future Maritime Structures

Vincent Neary (Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA): Marine energy resource and environmental conditions characterization and classification for project development and device design

Marine energy technology lead for Sandia National Laboratories, US Department of Energy (USDOE). Dr. Vincent Neary has spent the last ten-years working on a wide-range of topics advancing marine renewable energy, including modeling and measuring tidal and wave environments for resource characterization and assessment, experimental testing and numerical modeling of marine energy conversion technologies, and benchmarking their techno-economic performance. His recent work is focused on tidal and wave energy resource characterization and classification to support regional energy planning, project development and type-certification. Dr. Neary is a registered professional engineer and a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) recognized for the breadth of his contributions to research, teaching, and practice in fluid mechanics and hydraulic engineering.  

Bela H. Buck(Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), Germany)

Prof. Dr. Bela H. Buck is engaged in projects regarding offshore and multi-use aquaculture related to technology, biology, legislation and ICZM issues within the German Bight. Bela H. Buck is involved in various projects concerning the cultivation of marine plants/animals, the development of technological design and the realisation of pilot projects to commercial enterprises. He is in cooperation with various national/international institutions. Bela H. Buck is honorary president of the German Aquaculture Association, a member of the steering committee of the German Agricultural Research Alliance (DAFA) and the chair of the ICES Working Group of Open Ocean Aquaculture (WGOAA). For more details see:

S7: Interdisciplinary Challenges and Solutions for the deployment of Marine Renewable Energies (MRE)

Etienne Rogier (Ideol)


Etienne Rogier is Lead Hydrodynamics Engineer at Ideol.

S8: New marine molecules: caracterization, isolation, production and living laws

Hanhua Hu (Chinese Academy of Sciences at Wuhan, China): Triacylglycerol accumulation and catabolism in Phaeodactylum tricornutum

Hanhua Hu is Deputy Director of Center for Algal Biology and Applied Research at the Institute of Hydrobiology, CAS where and he has been full professor since 2015. He completed his Ph.D in Hydrobiology, at the Institute of Hydrobiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and followed with post-doctoral studies at the Institute of Process Engineering (CAS). He the spent two years in Paris, at the Département de biologie, ENS.

Mélanie Le Plaine-Mileur (Synpa):

 She is a food processing engineer with a background in food law and food public policies. On October 2007 she took the position of Secretary General of the French specialty food ingredients association: the Synpa ( ) which represents the interest of the French producers of specialty food ingredients. What is at stake: clear and predictable regulations to access the market and for R&D and also fair communication to rebuild trust in food products.


S9: Remote sensing for sustainable coastal zone management

Dr. Rodney Forster(Institute of Estuarine and Coastal Studies, University of Hull, UK): Improving our understanding of coastal zone dynamics with satellite data