Keynote Speakers

The following Keynote speakers have been confirmed for the conference

Professor Mike Elliot - Director of the Institute of Esturine & Coastal Studies, University of Hull

Prof. Mike Elliot

Director of the Institute of Estuarine & Coastal Studies (IECS) ( and Professor of Estuarine and Coastal Sciences at the University of Hull, UK. Professor Elliott is a marine biologist with a wide experience of biological and environmental analyses, but especially with interests in human impacts, marine and estuarine management and policy. Mike’s teaching, research, advisory and consultancy work has included studies of many ecological components and communities, as well as policy, governance and management of estuaries and coasts. Mike has published widely, co-authoring/co-editing 15 books and contributing to over 200 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 as a volume editor and contributor to the Treatise on Estuarine & Coastal Science, Elsevier, Amsterdam (Eds.-In-Chief - E Wolanski & McLusky, DS). He has acted as an advisor on many environmental matters for academia, industry, government and statutory bodies in Europe and elsewhere. Mike is a past-President of the international Estuarine & Coastal Sciences Association (ECSA) and is also one of the 4 Editors-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. From 2014 Appointed Independent Non-Executive member of the UK Marine Science Coordinating Committee and member of the Science Advisory Board of Marine Scotland. From 2014, member Society for Underwater Technology: International Salvage & Decommissioning Committee. Awarded Laureate of the Honorary Winberg Medal 2014 of the Russian Hydrobiological Academic Society.


Professor Selina Stead - Professor of Marine Governance and Environmental Science, Newcastle University

 Prof. Selina Stead

Professor Stead researches socio-economic drivers of marine ecosystem change and leads internationally funded research examining how to best use scientific evidence to impact management and policy. Influencing global society’s behaviour to create sustainable management is a major focus of her research group’s work, particularly in relation to coral reefs, fisheries, conservation, aquaculture and Marine Protected Area science.

Professor Stead is a Board member of the Scottish Government’s Marine Science Advisory Board, Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science Advisory Committee, North Eastern Inshore Fisheries Conservation Authority as a Marine Management Organisation Appointee and member of its Science and Governance Working Group. At an international level she serves on the International Council for Exploration of the Sea's socio-economics aquaculture group and served as a Board member on the European Aquaculture Society for 12 years including two years as President.