Keynote speakers

Motoyuki SUZUKI

Professor Emeritus, University of Tokyo Adjunct Professor, Open University of Japan The Executive Director, Japan Association for UNEP

Prof. Suzuki research area covers chemical engineering, environmental technology development, environmental modeling, sustainability science etc. He served as a Vice Rector at United Nations University (1998-2003), where he promoted a number of projects in environment and development areas, including Zero Emission Forum, Water Management in Arid Area and Agro-diversity. He was awarded Ministerial Citation from Minister of Environmental, Japan, and served as the Chairman of Central Environmental Council, Japan (2005-2013).


Professor Emeritus, Hiroshima University, Vice-Chairman of International Center for Environmental Management of Enclosed Coastal Seas (EMECS)

Before awarded the title of Professor Emeritus in 2003, Prof. Matsuda was a Professor of Aquatic Environmental Science at the Graduate School of Biosphere Sciences, Hiroshima University. His work includes issues related to biological oceanography, environmental management and restoration of coastal seas. He has also carried out work as an expert of the Environmental Council, the Ministry of the Environment, Northwest Pacific Action Plan (NOWPAP: UNEP) and etc. He holds a Ph.D. (University of Tokyo).

Zhongyuan CHEN

Professor, State Key Laboratory of Estuarine and Coastal Research, East China Normal University

Professor Chen is a geomorphologist whose research and teaching span geology, geomorphology, hydrology, and environmental change. Prof. Chen has published over 180 papers in international journals, and edited 9 special issues. He is a fellow of the University of Melbourne (2010-1014), and China national delegate for IAG. Prof. Chen is a member of the Scientific Steering Committee of the IGBP’s LOICZ project (2009-2015), and serves as Associate Editor for the international journal of Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Sciences, and on the editorial boards of Geomorphology.


Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, Greece

Dr. Papathanassiou is a Research Director of the Institute of Oceanography in Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR), Greece. He has worked for more than 30 years in the fields of ecotoxicology, marine biology and ecology and has long experience in international marine policy and management being the Director (2003-2006) and Acting Director (2009-2012) of the Institute. His research interests focus on changes of marine ecosystems due to pressures including climate change. His current work focuses on marine research as well as on policy-relevant marine research in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea. He is currently the Greek representative of the “Climate Action, Resource Efficiency and Raw materials” Committee of the Horizon2020. He was the Coordinator of the EU Project IASON, and SESAME-IP. He is currently leading the EU project PERSEUS (2012-2015), aiming at helping the implementation of Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) in the Mediterranean and the Black Seas.


P.P. Shirshov Institute of Oceanology RAS, Russia

Dr. Zatsepin is a Head of the Laboratory of experimental ocean physics at P.P. Shirshov Institute of Oceanology RAS, Russia. Doctor of Sciences. His Main fields of interests are basinscale and mesoscale dynamics of the Black Sea and its impact on marineecosystem, shelf–deep sea interactions, laboratory modelling of fluid dynamical processes in the ocean. He is the author of over 200 papers in international journals and participant of numerous conferences. Has coordinated over 30 Russian scientific projects and participated in 10 International (EU and US) projects such as ARENA, ASCABOS, IASON SESAME and PERSEUS.


Head of the Satellite Oceanography Laboratory(SOLab), professor at Russian State Hydrometeorological University, Doctor of Sciences (Geophysics - Physics of Sea)

Professor Kudryavtsev has been working at Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center in Bergen, Norway, and from 2005 at Marine Hydrophysical Institute and Research Director at Nansen International Environmental and Remote Sensing Center in St. Petersburg. From 2011 until now he is the Executive Director of Satellite Oceanography Laboratory at Russian State Hydrometeorological University in St. Petersburg. His main research interests are wind waves and air-sea interaction, remote sensing, as well as radar scattering, experimental and satellite oceanography.