Prof. Achillefs Kapanidis

University of Oxford, United Kingdom

Prof. Yuri Kartavtsev

Principal Science Researcher, National Scientific Center of Marine Biology,

Russian Academy of Sciences (FEB RAS), Russian Federation

Achilles Kapanidis studied Chemistry at the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki (Greece) and completed a Master’s in Food Science and a PhD in Biological Chemistry at Rutgers University (USA).

After holding research scientist positions in single-molecule biophysics at Berkeley and UCLA, he became a Senior Lecturer at Oxford University in 2005, and a Professor of Biological Physics in 2013; Prof Kapanidis has also been an ERC grant holder and a Wellcome Trust Investigator. Prof Kapanidis is currently leading a group of physical and biological scientists (the “Gene Machines” group) which studies microbial biological machinery in gene expression, maintenance, and regulation, with a focus on gene transcription and DNA repair. The main tool of the group is single-molecule fluorescence microscopy.

Prof Kapanidis has also been pursuing miniaturized single-molecule imaging, a project that culminated in the formation of the Oxford Nanoimaging spin-out.

EDUCATION: Graduated from the Far Eastern State University, Vladivostok 1971. Ph.D. 1978, S.D.1995, professor certificate 2012.

MAJOR RESEARCH INTERESTS: Population, Evolutionary & Ecological Genetics, Evolutionary Genomics, Conservation Genetics, Phylogenetics, Genetic Basis of Heterosis, Genetics of Quantitative Traits, Genetics of Reproduction and Animal Stock Rehabilitation.

Participant as invited lecturer in a number of international meetings and convener of several international symposia. Experienced in biochemical, population, evolutionary and ecological genetics, statistics, and numerical simulations.


2002-2006. Head of the grant project in the frame of the State Program “Cooperation of Science and Education”.

2007-2009. Head of the 2 grant projects by Russian Foundation for Basic Research.

2009-2011. Head of the grant project funded by Russia Academy of Science Board.

2011-current. Head of 5 grant projects by Russian Foundation for Basic Research.

Prof. Mark Dickey – Collas

Ecosystem Approach Coordinator, Professional Officer (PO3) at ICES and Associate Professor at Danish Technical University, National Institute of Aquatic Resources (DTU Aqua), United Kingdom

Prof. Reyhan Akcaalan

Professor in Limnology, Faculty of Aquatic Sciences, Istanbul University, Turkey

Mark Dickey-Collas (@DickeyCollas) is the ecosystem approach coordinator in the secretariat of ICES ( He facilitates the development of the ecosystem approach for sustainable exploitation of the marine ecosystem and regional ecosystem assessments. Mark has 25 years experienced in providing fisheries and marine science advice to national and international institutions and has a particular expertise in pelagic fish and fisheries, having previously worked in national fisheries science laboratories in Northern Ireland and the Netherlands.

Mark liaises with international and EU marine management and science organisations on issues such as ecosystem assessment, data provision, Good Environmental Status (MSFD), vulnerable species and impacts of fishing.

His scientific experience is in the field of population dynamics, ecosystem modelling and the policy/science interface ( Mark is a member of the IMBER science steering committee ( and member of the Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance WG on ecosystem based approach.

Professor in limnology, Faculty of Aquatic Sciences, Istanbul University. She graduated from Fisheries Faculty, Ege University and obtained Master and PhD degrees in limnology, specialization in water quality and cyanobacteria/cyanotoxins from Istanbul University. She spent one year in Prof. Codd’s lab in Dundee University working on cyanotoxins. She is currently the Head of Department of Freshwater and Marine Biology.

Her research interests are toxic cyanobacteria, eutrophication, taste and odour problems, water management, especially the understanding of cyanobacteria bloom dynamics and toxin production in lakes and reservoirs and the effect of toxins on biota.

She is coauthor of publications in international journals, co-chair of national and international conferences and scientific meetings. She has been coordinator/member of national/international projects.

Prof. Cemal Turan

Molecular Ecology and Fisheries Genetic Laboratory, Marine Sciences and Technology Faculty, Iskenderun Technical University, Turkey

Dr Constantinos Mylonas

Deputy Director, Institute of Marine Biology, Biotechnology and Aquaculture Hellenic Center for Marine Research, Greece

 Cemal Turan is heading Molecular Ecology and Fisheries Genetic Laboratory and has 20 years’ experience in marine biodiversity, molecular ecology, marine biotechnology and fisheries management. He was awarded as the Outstanding Young Scientist Award by the Turkish Academy of Sciences. He used to be Chair of Living Resources and Marine Ecosystem in the CIESM (The Mediterranean Science Commission) between 2007 and 2013.

He has published more than 250 scientific papers, books and book chapters and patents. He has received several external national and international research grants and participated in European projects as partner. Has was involved in organising several international Congress, Symposiums and Workshops. He is Editor and member of Editorial Boards of International Journals.

He also serves on various bodies as a scientific committee member, including General Directorate of Agricultural Research and Policy and the Ministry of Environment and Forestry of Turkey, Turkish Marine Foundation, and be invited several times to the expert meetings by GFCM.

Constantinos C Mylonas is a research director at the Institute of Marine Biology, Biotechnology and Aquaculture, of the Hellenic Center for Marine Research (HCMR).  He studied Aquaculture (B.Sc.) at Texas A&M University (1988), followed by an M.Sc. degree in Zoology at North Carolina State University (1991) evaluating the application of pharmacological methods for the induction of ovulation in salmonids.  He completed his studies with a Ph.D. in Marine-Estuarine and Environmental Sciences at the University of Maryland (1996) studying the reproductive endocrinology of Moronidae fishes and the use of controlled-release delivery systems for gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonist (GnRHa), in the induction of ovulation and enhancement of sperm production.

The research field of Dr. CC Mylonas may be summarized in (a) the study of fish reproductive biology and endocrinology, (b) the identification of the dysfunctions exhibited by female and male broodstocks in captive conditions, and (c) the development of pharmacological methods for the control of reproduction, induction of spawning and improvement of sperm production in fish of interest for the aquaculture industry.  In this framework, he is involved in basic and applied research, aiming at the optimization of broodstock management methods, focusing on marine fishes.

Some of the species of interest include the meagre (Argyrosomus regius), wreckfish (Polyprion americanus), greater amberjack (Seriola dumerili) and the Atlantic bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus).  Dr CC Mylonas has published 109 scientific articles with an ISI-Index (H-index 34) and has co-authored 5 books on the reproduction of fish.

Dr Χavier Durrieu de Madron

Research Director, French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), Centre d’Etude et de Formation sur les Environnements Méditerranéens (CEFREM),Université de Perpignan Via Domitia, France


Keynote Speech: 

Dense water formations in the Mediterranean. New insights from a recent experiment in the western basin, and planned work for the eastern basin

Prof. Hans-Otto Pöertner

Senior scientist, section head, Alfred Wegener Institute, Germany

Keynote Speech: 

Climate change impacts on ocean biology: physiological underpinnings, projections and uncertainties

Xavier Durrieu de Madron is research director at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and his laboratory (CEFREM) is based in Perpignan. He obtained a BSc in Physics from the University of Nice – Sophia Antipolis (France), a Master in Oceanography from the University of Aix-Marseille (France). He earned his PhD in Oceanography from the Neuchâtel (Switzerland) where he worked on shelf-slope exchanges processes on Mediterranean and Atlantic continental margins.

He then moved to the Florida State University in Tallahassee for his postdoctoral work on the deep circulation in the Brasil basin. His current research focuses on dense water formation processes and effects on sediment transport in coastal and deep marine environments, with an emphasis on Mediterranean ecosystems.

He also works on suspended particles dynamics, especially on the size spectra, aggregation, and settling. He has extensive field activity and has participated in or directed numerous oceanographic cruises. Xavier is leading the MERMEX (Marine Ecosystems Response in the Mediterranean Experiment) project and was involved in great number of French and EU-funded projects.

Hans-O. Pörtner studied at Münster and Düsseldorf Universities where he received his PhD and habilitated in Animal Physiology. As a Research and then Heisenberg Fellow of the German Research Council he worked at Dalhousie and Acadia Universities, Nova Scotia, Canada and at the Lovelace Medical Foundation, Albuquerque, NM. Currently he is Professor and Head of the Department of Integrative Ecophysiology at the Alfred Wegener Institute for Marine and Polar Research, Bremerhaven, Germany. Until the end of 2014 he served as a Coordinating Lead Author of IPCC WGII AR5, chapter 6, Ocean Systems and as a member of the author teams for the WGII Summary for Policymakers and Technical Summary, as well as a member of the Core Writing Team for the IPCC AR5 Synthesis Report. In October 2015 he was elected Co-Chair of Working Group II of the IPCC.