Monday 31 October
He is an oceanographer, marine engineer, meteorologist, and climatologist. He originated several mathematical models for the ocean, atmosphere, wind waves, etc., and is an author of hundreds of scientific publications.
Since 1980s, Dr Ryabinin has been involved in various capacities in the activities of the United Nations and contributed to core design and coordination of such international initiatives, as the Global Ocean Observing System and the World Climate Research Programme.
The current work of IOC and Dr Ryabinin is focussed on creating a solid scientific foundation for managing the ocean sustainably, including through the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, 2021-2030.
Founder and CEO, The Ocean Agency
Richard Vevers is the Founder and CEO of The Ocean Agency, an ocean conservation non-profit accelerating ocean science and conservation through the power of creativity and collaboration. He is a fellow of The Explorers Club and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Rhode Island. He is best known for his leading role in the Emmy Award-winning documentary Chasing Coral on Netflix and his work has been featured in numerous publications and documentaries.
Before diving into ocean and coral reef conservation, Vevers first worked at some of the top London advertising agencies and then as an artist and underwater photographer. It is this background that has guided his unique creative and business-thinking approach to ocean conservation. His imagery, revealing what is happening to our oceans, is some of the most viewed underwater imagery of all time, and his ideas, projects and public speaking have made him a leading voice in the fight to save coral reefs.
His major successes include: 1) inventing the camera that took Google Street View underwater, 2) pioneering virtual reality ocean education, currently available to over 90 million kids, 3) leading the most comprehensive underwater photographic survey of the world’s coral reefs with over 1 million images captured and analyzed (XL Catlin Seaview Survey), 4) revealing the crisis facing coral reefs due to climate change in the Netflix Original Documentary, Chasing Coral, 5) Developing a science-based global plan for targeting coral reef conservation efforts called 50 Reefs.
Tuesday 1 November
Formerly he was CNRS director of research, founder and former director of the laboratory Biogéosciences (Dijon), which promotes researches at the interface between life and earth sciences. Originally trained as a palaeontologist, he became a biologist, his works focusing on evolution of living as well as fossil forms. He participated to several oceanographic cruises in Antarctica and around the world, and dove with the submersible “Nautile”.
He has published more than 150 peer-reviewed papers, and authored several books, the latest one entitled “À l’aube de la sixième extinction”, Grasset (At the dawn of the 6th extinction). For one year, he produces a short radio program on life and culture (“Le monde vivant”, France Culture).
Photo: ©MNHN – Agnès Iatzoura
Wednesday 2 November
In 2001, she left the Museum to launch Urban Nomad. This specialized communication consulting agency in science and environment collaborates with many zoological institutions, foundations, research units, publishing houses, ….
In 2019, Laurence Paoli wrote an essay “Zoos, a new pact with nature”, published by Buchet-Chastel. She then devoted her work by assessing the links between humans/pets and animal mediation. She published in January 2022 with same publisher a new essay “At a time when animals do us good”. She is currently writing a new book that will tackle the underwater wildlife, and also continues working as a communications consultant.
Photo: Eric Le Dain
Thursday 3 November
Doctor in Animal Biology and Ecology is a Principal Scientist and Professor at the University of the Azores, where he has been Pro-Rector for Ocean Affairs [2003-2014] and Director of the Department of Oceanography and Fisheries [1997-2011]. He has been President of the IMAR-Institute of Marine Research [2006-2014].
He was a Member of the European Parliament [2014-2019] and Minister of the Sea in the XXII Government of Portugal [2019-2022].
As a scientist, he is dedicated to studying marine biodiversity and ocean ecosystems. He has more than four hundred published papers and books, including 250 indexed scientific articles and book chapters.
He is Vice-President of the Scientific Council of the Institut Océanographique de Paris. Was President of EurOcean [2012-2015] and Vice-President of the European Marine Board [2012-2015], among several other positions.
He was awarded several prizes and recognitions. The first was a “Gift to the Earth” awarded in 2002 by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), and the last was “Officier de la Ordre de Saint Charles” awarded by SAS Le Prince Albert II of Monaco in 2021.
He is an Emeritus Member of the Portuguese Navy Academy and a Full Member of the Portuguese Academy of Sciences.