Keynotes and special guests
Throughout the week, five keynote speakers addressed the conference theme from their experience and reflected on the role of ecosystem services in empowering people and societies.
Click the presentation titles below to view presentations in PDF. All the plenary recordings can be found here.
Monday 7 June
- Mary Yannakoulia (Monday)
- Eszter Kelemen (Tuesday)
- Esther Turnhout (Wednesday)
- Roy Bendor (Thursday)
- Ana Vitoria de Magalhães (Friday)
- Georgios Alexakis, Region of Crete, Greece
- Bas Kohler, Live drawing, Netherlands
- Ecological Movement of Heraklion - recipient of CO2 compensation credits
Below you find the short CVs of our esteemed keynote speakers and more information on our special guests.
Mary Yannakoulia is a Professor of Nutrition and Eating Behaviour in the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, Harokopio University, Athens, Greece. Her research interests are related to factors that influence human eating behavior, adherence to diet and lifestyle interventions, as well as diet and aging/cognitive decline. She is particularly interested in the Mediterranean diet, its features and health benefits, especially in relation to cognitive decline, as well the potential transferability of the main concepts of this pattern to other non-Mediterranean populations. In 2009 she received a Fulbright research award for studying the effect of the Mediterranean diet on metabolic markers at Beth Israel and Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, US. She has been the PI in 6 research projects with national or international funding and in many others as co-PI or collaborator. She has co-authored 230 scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals (6,000 citations; h-factor 40).
Eszter holds an MSc in economics and a PhD in environmental sciences. She is working at ESSRG - a small non-profit company cultivating cross-boundary research in Hungary - as senior researcher. Between 2008-2019 she taught environmental conflict management, ecological economics, and decision techniques at different Hungarian universities. Her research topics range from human-nature interactions to ecosystem service valuation and policy analysis. She loves working with people who have diverse backgrounds and on-the-ground experience, and over the years she has developed
skills in social scientific, participatory, and deliberative techniques which help her facilitate knowledge co-creation processes. She has been engaged in the work of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) since 2014, first as a member of the Values Expert Group, later as a Lead Author of the Global Assessment, and then as a Coordinating Lead Author of the Values Assessment.
Esther Turnhout is professor and chair in Science, Technology, and Society at the University of Twente, the Netherlands. She is an interdisciplinary social scientist interested in understanding the interactions and power dynamics between different (scientific and non-scientific) knowledge practices and knowledge-governance relations in environmental and sustainability issues. She has worked on and participated in the Intergovernmental Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) with a view to critically analysing what versions of nature, biodiversity and sustainability are co-produced in global assessment processes, what courses of action they promote or exclude, and whose interests they serve.
These experiences have sparked an interest in exploring ways to transform environmental and sustainability science to support and contribute to transformative change and human and ecological well-being. She has published numerous articles on the biodiversity science-policy interface and other topics in high impact journals, she is the first author of the book ‘Environmental Expertise: Connecting Science, Policy and Society’ with Cambridge University Press and she is co-editor in chief of the interdisciplinary journal Environmental Science and Policy.
Dr. Roy Bendor explores the capacity of design to disclose alternative social, political and environmental futures. With a background is in media studies, philosophy of technology, and environmental communication, he is currently Assistant Professor of Critical Design in the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering at Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands). Roy is also Fellow of the Urban Futures Studio at Utrecht University, former editor of the sustainability forum in the ACM’s magazine Interactions, and author of Interactive Media for Sustainability (Palgrave, 2018).
Find out more about him on his website www.digitalsustainability.com
As Ocean Literacy Consultant for IOC-UNESCO, Ana Vitória Tereza de Magalhães is responsible for the creation of educative tools and development of strategies that can support governments, educators, the private sector, media, and NGOs, to spread the word about the ocean and contribute to the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (especially the 14) and the Agenda 2030.
Ana has a background in Marine Spatial Planning by the International Itinerant Master Erasmus Mundus and is currently following a post-graduation in Diplomatic Studies by Ibmec Brazil. She is an enthusiast of ocean literacy, science, culture, and education and is honored to work in cooperation with the Ocean Literacy community worldwide with IOC-UNESCO. Her path includes passages in different countries such as Spain, Italy, Belgium, the island of São Miguel in the Azores in Portugal and France. The different experiences provided her the background to understand the world from other lenses and supported her path as an international professional.
George Alexakis, Vice Governor of Crete in charge of European and International Affairs, has been elected in 2010 and re-elected in 2014 and in 2019. Previously, he was continuously elected during the four consecutive elections’ periods from 1994-2006, as a Prefectural Councilor of Heraklion, Crete, Greece.
Since 2014, he holds the position of the Vice-President of CPMR (Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions of Europe) in charge of Maritime Affairs, while he is a member of the Political Bureau of CPMR since 2012. On November 2020, he was elected as Vice President of EUROMONTANA Network.
George Alexakis holds a Diploma Degree on Civil Engineering from the Democritus Technical University of Greece, as well as a Master of Science on Planning, from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
In 1991, he started his own private career as a Civil Engineer and City Planner and as an Environmentalist, and has studied, prepared and been involved in more than 100 projects in a variety of sectors, having experience in European Projects, European Strategies and Regional Policies. From 2001 until 2014, he has been appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of Heraklion Port Authority, Crete, Greece. He is also a member of Regional Innovation Council of Crete, and member of the Administrative Council of the Organization for Development of Crete.
Live drawing by Bas Kohler
By live drawing I mean drawing at meetings, on site or via video connection. Listening at what is said and meanwhile reflect on that drawing cartoons. These cartoons I show to the audience at a specific moment during the meeting. Afterwards the cartoons can be used in reports and articles.
The power of live drawn cartoons is that people see what they just have heard (or accidentally missed). Good cartoons are about the content and emphasize specific perspectives. The cartoons put on the agenda, help to grap, expose and remember.
Being a young boy I already gave funny comments with drawings at school. It wasn’t often much thanked by teachers, for the rumor it caused in their classroom. Much later, studying Urban planning at University, it turned out that my drawings where not only fun but also useful. Drawing seemed a great way to get the grips on the material and to forcefully convey substantive ideas.
After graduating from my Masters, I followed a year on cartoon drawing at Escola Joso in Barcelona to improve my skills. So back in Amsterdam I started my drawing studio and almost automatically continued with what seemed to be Live cartoon drawing. First in theaters, then at governmental organizations, during conferences and in companies. I made my work of what I previously was sent out of the class for.
Ecological Movement of Heraklion
The carbon offsetting credits that are gathered during the conference are going to the Ecological movement of the city of Heraklion (https://www.ecoher.gr/), an NGO which consists of citizens, scientists and regional experts who jointly deal with environmental sustainability.
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