Sheila Heymans

Networking Friday with Sheila Heymans (European Marine Board)

In a time of social distancing, the AIR Centre continues to bring people back together by launching a series Webinars that will take place every Friday, from 1pm to 2 pm UTC. During these relaxing Networking Fridays, researchers, technology innovators, representatives of multilateral organizations, government officials, and social entrepreneurs will present to and discuss with the audience their current work and, most importantly, explore ways of future collaboration. Our goal is to keep our network active, connected and informed of interesting activities going on around the Atlantic region. Places are limited, if you are not registered yet, please register now. Let’s inspire each other and thrive through all this together.

This year, The EMB – European Marine Board celebrates its 25th birthday. This is therefore a very good time to look at what the EMB has achieved over the past 25 years and look at how the documents published by the EMB have mapped onto the marine science policy landscape. So, on June 12th, 1-2 PM TC, Sheila Heymans used the EMB timeline to look at the larger marine science policy landscape in Europe and share her experience with people from other backgrounds and geographies. Sheila is the Executive Director of the European Marine Board, Co-chair of the Steering Group and member of the Advisory Committee of EOOS – European Ocean Observation System and Professor in Ecosystem Modelling at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) in Scotland. She also sits on the “Modelling Workshop Steering Committee” of the Global Seamounts Project, the External Advisory Board for EMBRsea, BlueCloud and EuroFleetsPlus, and was a lead author for the IPBES chapter: “Policy support tools and methodologies for scenario analysis and modelling of biodiversity and ecosystem services”. She has 20 years’ experience in the environmental impacts of fisheries and ecosystem change and has published > 70 peer-reviewed publications on these topics.

The moderator was Wendy Watson-Wright, inaugural CEO of the Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI). Headquartered in Atlantic Canada, former Executive Secretary and Assistant Director General of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC-UNESCO) and Founder and CEO of 7 Mile Bay, which is a consulting practice on ocean governance, science, policy, literacy, and other ocean-related issues.

We will continue with the Networking Fridays during the next months. More information about future sessions as well as presentations and videos from previous sessions can be found here. Twitter Hashtag: #netfridays. Expect some very exciting afternoons, or mornings or evenings, depending on where you are…

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