Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Plenary Speakers

Plenary Speakers

Session 10 Plenary Speaker

Barbara Muhling NOAA and University of California Santa Cruz, USA

Barbara Muhling is a Project Scientist at the University of California – Santa Cruz, based at the NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center in La Jolla, CA. She completed her PhD in Perth, Australia, and did her postdoc on the spawning dynamics of tunas in the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea, through the NOAA Southeast Fisheries Science Center in Miami, Florida. Her current research focuses on the distribution and ecology of pelagic fishes in the California Current System, and the broader North Pacific. She is particularly interested in how these species may respond to environmental variability and climate change, as well as the potential impacts of shifting species distributions on fisheries and fishing communities. She is a member of the CLIOTOP Scientific Steering Committee, and has co-chaired working groups on climate change and species distributions through PICES and NOAA.


Session 1
Marine spatial management supporting climate change adaptation and mitigation

Lodewijk Abspoel Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, Netherlands

Session 1 Invited Speaker

Lodewijk Abspoel is a senior policy advisor for European Integrated Maritime Policy, including Ocean Governance and Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) at the Dutch coordinating ministry for the North Sea since 2010. He was involved in drafting the EU MSP Directive (89/2014 EU) and project leader of the Dutch North Sea 2050 Spatial Agenda. He has since been involved in the various projects to optimize and future proofing MSP, including work on land-sea interactions, cross-border cooperation, and emerging topics in MSP. Both in the North Sea and beyond.

Currently Lodewijk is leading the Greater North Sea Initiative project. The Netherlands’s government has started this initiative to jointly explore a new governance approach for marine/maritime spatial planning & development. The initiative aims to bring all North Sea(s) countries and partners on board around a holistic agenda which can help deliver the 2030 and 2050 sustainability targets, the European Green Deal objectives for renewable energies, biodiversity (restoration) and the transformation to the truly sustainable blue economy

Lodewijk initiated the development of the MSP Challenge, aiming to prototype a Digital Twin of the sea. The MSP Challenge board game, used in MSPglobal trainings by the Intergovernmental Oceanic Commission of UNESCO, he designed in his workshop at home, and serves to bring together the oceans’ and coastal communities, scholars, civil servants and politicians.

In 2020 Lodewijk was guest editor of the special on Maritime Spatial Planning of the Journal of Ocean Technology (JOT), a scientific periodical published by the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland Canada.

Publication: Communicating Maritime Spatial Planning: The MSP Challenge approach
Lodewijk Abspoel, et al., Marine Policy,

William Cheung Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, The University of British Columbia, BC, Canada

Session 1 Invited Speaker

Dr. William Cheung is a Professor and Director of the Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, the University of British Columbia. He is also a Canada Research Chair in Ocean Sustainability and Global Change. He is an international leader in developing and using scenarios and models of biodiversity and ecosystem services to understand the responses and vulnerabilities of marine human-natural systems to global change. His work addresses policy-relevant research questions and cuts across multiple disciplines, from oceanography to ecology, economics and social sciences. His research ranges from local to global scales.

He is the Principal Investigator of the Changing Ocean Research Unit at UBC. He served as Director of Science for the Nippon Foundation Nereus Program, a nine-year international program, which focuses on key threats to ocean sustainability with the goal of predicting what the world’s future oceans will look like under global change. William is actively involved in international and regional initiatives that bridge science and policy. For example, he served as Coordinating Lead Author for the Assessment Reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). He serves as Associate Editor for Global Change Biology and Ecological Society of America’s Frontier in Ecology and the Environment.

William obtained his BSc and M.Phil. from the University of Hong Kong. He completed his PhD in Resource Management and Environmental Studies at UBC. From 2009 to 2011, he was Lecturer in Marine Ecosystem Services in the University of East Anglia.

Session 5
Measuring and predicting responses of marine social-ecological systems to climate extremes

Regina R. Rodrigues Dept. of Oceanography, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil

Session 5 Invited Speaker

Regina R. Rodrigues is an Associate Professor of Physical Oceanography and Climate with a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Physical Oceanography from the Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island, USA. Her research interests include understanding how tropical ocean basins interact and affect the extra-tropics leading to extreme events, using observations and modelling. In recognition of her expertise in the dynamics and variability of the tropical and South Atlantic, she co-chairs the World Climate Research Program (WCRP) Atlantic Region Panel and is a member of the SSG of the international program “Prediction and Research Moored Array in the Tropical Atlantic”. Recently, her research focuses on understanding compound extreme events of drought, land and marine heatwaves, as well extremes of high acidity and low productivity in the ocean. She is involved in several international activities with the mandate of increasing diversity and representation from the Global South. She is the co-chair of the WCRP Lighthouse Activity “My Climate Risk”, with the primary objective of developing a bottom-up framework to construct climate information involving local communities. She served as review editor of IPCC-SRCCL Chapter 7 and is currently a member of the editorial board of Nature’s journal Communication Earth & Environment. Twitter

Session 16
Emerging challenges in socio-ecological systems brought about by climate-related ecosystem changes and how to equitably manage them

Samiya Selim University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh

Session 16 Invited Speaker

Samiya Selim is an Associate Professor and the Director of Center for Sustainable Development at the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB). She is a marine social scientist and specializes in interdisciplinary areas of social-ecological systems – sustainability science, climate change adaptation and resilience, and the science-policy interface. In the past 10 years, Samiya has worked in UK and Bangladesh, where her work focused on interdisciplinary research around climate resilience in coastal regions, circular economy, nature conservation and mobilizing communities to bring about sustainable behavioral change in daily life. At present, she is doing a part time Postdoc at the ZMT Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research, Germany on resolving marine conflicts. Her current work focuses on ensuring equity in small scale fisheries, achieving sustainable development goals, ecosystem-based adaptation and sustainable livelihoods. Samiya has published several peer reviewed articles including the first book on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals relating to the environment in Bangladesh. She is the country coordinator of Vulnerability to Viability (V2V): Global Partnership for Building Strong Small-Scale Fisheries Communities funded by the Government of Canada SSHRC. She is also CO-Chair of the Integrated Marine Biosphere Ecosystems Research (IMBeR) Human Dimensions Working Group and Chair of the Interdisciplinary Marine Early Career Network (IMECaN).


Workshop 1
Important Dates
July 5, 2022
  1. Discounted Registration Fee
  2. Abstract submission
  3. CV and Financial support application
November 1, 2022
  1. Abstract submission
  2. CV and Financial support application
December 15, 2022
Abstract Notification Deadline
  1. Abstract acceptance notification
December 22, 2022
  1. Abstract acceptance notification
  2. Financial support grant notification
January 5, 2023
Confirmation Deadlines
  1. Confirm your presentations and attendance
January 15, 2023
  1. Discounted Registration Fee
Deadline for the manuscript submission to the ICES Journal of Marine Science for the Special Volume.
January 31, 2022