The Council

 

The business of the ECS is coordinated by a Council of 11 members, voted by the membership. 

Each year The Council oversees the  organisation of an Annual Conferences in a European country. Each Council Member serves for four years, apart from the Student Representative who serves for two years. The ECS Concil positions of Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and General Manager are announced in the official journal of Belgian Societies.

Current Council Member details are provided below:


Chairperson (2024 - 2028)

Tilen Genov

Assistant Professor, Morigenos - Slovenian Marine Mammal Society and University of Primorska

  • Represents the ECS-membership at large and the ECS-council and coordinates the ECS-council
  • Prepares the agendas
  • Opens and closes the ECS-conferences.
  • Chairs the council-meeting, council-discussions, and the annual general meeting.
  • Recapitulates and synthesises ECS-council discussions and agreements and informes the ECS-membership at large if suitable.
  • Updates and maintains ECS website and membership databases.
  • Contact person for membership change of particulars.
  • Presents membership details at the AGM

 


Treasurer (2016 - ongoing)

Silvia Frey

Marine Conservation Biologist - KYMA sea conservation & research, Nelkenstrasse 7, CH-8006 Zürich, Switzerland

  • Manages the ECS-finances.
  • Manages the conference registrations.
  • Manages the membership registrations.
  • Manages ECS-publication orders in collaboration with the research-secretary of the German Oceanographic Museum, Stralsund, Germany
  • Presents the financial status of the ECS at the AGM
  • Manages the ECS publications.
  • Presents editorial news at the AGM.
  • Supports student representative and membership secretary in maintaining jiscmail lists

 


Secretary and Vice Chairperson (2022 - 2026)

Andre E. Moura

Museum and Institute of Zoology - PAS, Poland, University of Gdansk, Poland

  • Takes care of the daily business of the society
  • Assists and supports conference organiser
  • Manages the conference registrations in collaboration with conference organisers
  • Manages abstract submissions and reviews
  • Assists with website matters
  • Assists with the ECS-finances in cooperation with the treasurer
  • Records the council-meeting minutes
  • Prepares the annual report and presents it at the AGM

 


Student Representative (2024 - 2026)

Marc Ruiz-Sagales

PhD student at Biodiversity Research Institute (IRBio) and the University of Barcelona

  • Represents the ECS-student-membership at large.
  • Organises student relevant meetings (student workshop, student meeting at conference).
  • Organises student volunteers / their work for the conference.
  • Maintains student web-pages (in collaboration with the web editor).
  • Manages the student mailing list (in collaboration with the membership secretary & webmaster).
  • ECS-contact person for students / student matters.
  • Presents student-relevant news at the AGM

 


Member at large (2024-2028)

Pauline Gauffier

Researcher at Madeira Whale Museum, Portugal

  • Assists and supports conference organiser
  • Manages the conference registrations in collaboration with conference organisers
  • Manages abstract submissions and reviews
  • Designs new ways of interacting at conferences

 

 

 


Conference Advisor (2023-2027)

Simon Ingram

Associate Professor of Marine Conservation School of Biological and Marine Sciences (Faculty of Science and Engineering)

  • Assists and supports conference organiser
  • Manages the conference registrations in collaboration with conference organisers
  • Manages abstract submissions and reviews
  • Designs new ways of interacting at conferences

 

 


Webmaster (2022 - 2026)

Dimitar Popov

Project Manager, Green Balkans NGO

  • Updates and maintains ECS website and membership databases.
  • Manages all content created to keep the website up to date
  • Proposes necessary changes to the content management system and designs new ways of interacting with the membership
  • Maintains ECS Hosting Server, mail-addresses, nextcloud and ftp-Server
  • Maintains the Jiscmail Mailing Lists
  • Manages ECS-publication orders in collaboration with the research-secretary of the German Oceanographic Museum, Stralsund, Germany
  • Management of the ECS publications
  • Presenting editorial news at the AGM

 


Webmaster assistant, Student Awards assistant (2023 - 2027)

Laura González García

Post-doc researcher at the University of the Azores

  • Assists ECS webmaster
  • Manages the student presentation list
  • Prepares and distributes the awards

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Membership Secretary and National Contact Persons Coordinator (2023 - 2027)

Guido Pietroluongo

Conservation veterinarian, environmental impacts and science communication expert - Cetacean strandings Emergency Response Team 

Department of Comparative Biomedicine and Food Science of the University of Padova, Italy

  • Contact person for membership change of particulars
  • Manages the membership registrations
  • Presents membership details at the AGM
  • Sends out receipts and invoices for membership registrations and helps organizers with conference registrations