Keynote Speakers


Session: Coastal lagoons evolution, Functioning & Climatic changesKjerfve May 2013

Björn Kjerfve, Ph.D.

Chancellor and Professor of Environmental Sciences, American Univ of Sharjah, UAE, 2014-present; President/Professor World Maritime Univ. Malmö, Sweden 2009-2014; Professor/Dean, Texas A&M Univ., oversawthe Science Opeartion, IODP and D/V Joides Resolution 2004-2009;  Professor/Director Marine Science, Univ. South Carolina 1973-2004; Professor Visitante, UFF 1983-2003. B.A. mathematics Georgia Southern Univ. 1968; M.S. oceanography, Univ. Washington 1970; Ph.D. marine sciences Louisiana State Univ. 1973. Supervised 14 Ph.D. and 24 M.S. oceanography students; taught 6,000 oceanography students. Published 13 books, 250 scientific papers and chapters; inaugurated as corresponding member into Academia Brasileira de Ciências 2013;  awarded Coast Guard Legion of Honor (Degree of Maginoo), Manila, Philippines, 2013; Prêmio Jabuti for Princípos de oceanografia física de estuários, L.B. Miranda, B.M. Castro, and B. Kjerfve, 2003, second edition published 2012. Dubai Shiptek Lifetime Achievement Award 2011 for maritime academics; AOCEANO 2008 medal for 25 years of involvement with oceanography in Brazil; Scientific Council, Maria Tsakos Foundation, Greece 2012-; International Executive Board, IAMU, Japan 2009-2014; Board of Governors IODP-MI 2008-2009, JOI 2004-2007, CORE 2004-2007 USA; Conselho Deliberativo, Instituto Acqua, Rio de Janeiro 1993-1996; Vice President, Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation, USA 1983-1985.

Mike Elliot

Session: Biodiversity & Water quality

Prof. Mike Elliott

Institute of Estuarine and Coastal Studies (IECS), The University of Hull, UK;

Professor of Estuarine and Coastal Sciences at the University of Hull, UK and Director of IECS from 1996-2017( Mike is a marine biologist with a wide experience and interests and his teaching, research, advisory and consultancy work includes estuarine and marine ecology, policy, governance and management. Mike has published widely, co-authoring/co-editing 17 books and >250 scientific publications. This includes co-authoring 'The Estuarine Ecosystem: ecology, threats and management' (with DS McLusky, OUP, 2004), 'Ecology of Marine Sediments: science to management' (with JS Gray, OUP, 2009), and ‘Estuarine Ecohydrology: an introduction’ (with E Wolanski, Elsevier, 2015) and as a volume editor and contributor to the Treatise on Estuarine & Coastal Science (Eds.-In-Chief - E Wolanski & DS McLusky, Elsevier). He has advised on many environmental matters for academia, industry, government and statutory bodies worldwide. Mike is a past-President of the international Estuarine & Coastal Sciences Association (ECSA) and is an Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Estuarine, Coastal & Shelf Science; he has Adjunct Professor and Research positions at Murdoch University (Perth), Klaipeda University (Lithuania), the University of Palermo (Italy), and the South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity, Grahamstown. He was awarded Laureate of the Honorary Winberg Medal 2014 of the Russian Hydrobiological Academic Society.


Special lecture on “Aristotle’s lagoon” and the origin of marine biology

Prof. Eleni Voultsiadou

Dr Eleni Voultsiadou ( is a professor in the Department of Zoology, School of Biology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. After her biology BSc (1977), she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English language and literature (1985), and got her PhD in Marine Biology from the Aristotle University (1986). She has been teaching for 35 years invertebrate zoology and marine biology at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She has been doing research on the Mediterranean marine invertebrates (mostly sponges), focusing on their taxonomy, zoogeography, community structure, ecosystem engineering-symbiotic relationships, fisheries biology, and stock assessment. For the last 10 years she has been involved in research on the contribution of ancient Greek language to the international zoological nomenclature, as well as on the history of marine biology and the palaeoethnozoology (i.e. the diversity, distribution, and use of marine organisms in past historical periods) through the study of the ancient Greek literature assisted by the archaeological findings.