Anya Waite

CEO & Scientific Director, Ocean Frontier Institute, Canada

Anya Waite

Dr. Anya Waite is Associate Vice-President Research (Ocean) of Dalhousie University and Scientific Director and CEO of the Ocean Frontier Institute. Previously, she served as Section Head of Polar Biological Oceanography at the Alfred Wegener Institute in Bremerhaven and as Professor of Oceanography in the Department of Biology at the University of Bremen. 

After completing a B.Sc. in Biology in 1985 at Dalhousie, she obtained her Ph.D. in 1992 in Biological Oceanography at UBC. She then held postdoctoral positions at WHOI (USA) and the Victoria University (New Zealand) and spent almost 20 years as an engineering professor at the University of Western Australia. Waite is co-chair of the prestigious Global Ocean Observation System steering committee – the first woman at the head of this body since its creation in 2011. She also sits on the boards of Canada’s Ocean Supercluster and the Marine Environmental Observation, Prediction and Response Network (MEOPAR).

She is on the Editorial Board of the international journal Limnology and Oceanography, co-chair of the SCOR Working Group on biological observation systems, “P-OBS”, and was on the Steering Committee of the Southern Ocean Observation System (SOOS) from 2017–2020.

Speakers & Moderators

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Kristin Burmeister

Postdoctoral Researcher in Physical Oceanography, Scottish Association of Marine Science (SAMS), UK

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Angelika Dummermuth

Science Manager, Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Germany

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Karen Evans

Principal Research Scientist, Commonwealth Scientific Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia

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Lucy Gwen Gillis

Engineer Advisor, IMDC, Belgium

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Inda Intiar

Blue Futures Pathways Outreach Coordinator, SOI Foundation, Canada

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Tim Jennerjahn

Workgroup Leader, Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT), Bremen, Germany

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Jamaluddin Jompa

Dean, Graduate School of Universitas Hasanuddin, Indonesia

MODERATOR

Monika Jones

International TV and Conference Host, Germany

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Britta Knefelkamp

Head of Department “Marine Nature Conservation”, German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation, Germany

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Lilian Anne Krug

Scientific Coordinator, Partnership for Observation of the Global Ocean & NF-POGO Alumni Network for the Ocean, Portugal

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Nelson A. Lagos

Director, Centro de Investigación e Innovación para el Cambio Climático, Universidad Santo Tomás, Chile

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Anna Mandel

Visual and Performing Artist & CEO, DEEPWAVE e.V., Germany

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Aisa O. Manlosa

Postdoctoral Researcher, Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT), Bremen, Germany

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Alicia Mateos-Cárdenas

Postdoctoral Researcher, University College Cork, Ireland

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Kenneth Paul

Member of the Wolastoqey Nation, Canada

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Natalie Prinz

Doctoral Assistant, Ph.D. candidate at the University of Waikato, Aotearoa, New Zealand

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Runa Ray

Founder, Sustainable Fashion Workshop, USA

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Vladimir Ryabinin

Executive Secretary, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO 

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Subrata Sarker

Assistant Professor, Department of Oceanography, Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, Bangladesh

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Gregor Scheiffarth

Scientist, Lower Saxon Wadden Sea National Park Authority; Germany

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Sophie Seeyave

Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Partnership for Observation of the Global Ocean, United Kingdom

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Alexander Turra

Coordinator, UNESCO Chair on Ocean Sustainability (Brazil) and Full Professor, IOUSP, Brazil

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Jacqueline Uku

President, Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association, Kenya

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Anya Waite

CEO & Scientific Director, Ocean Frontier Institute, Canada

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Karen Wiltshire

Vice Director, Alfred Wegener Institute & Director, Biological Station Helgoland, Germany

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Burkard Baschek

Director, German Ocean Museum, Stralsund, Germany

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Dennis Schaper

Manager, Schutzstation Wattenmeer, Sylt, Germany

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Jialin Zhang

Knowledge exchange specialist & project manager, Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research, Germany

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Peter Davies

Coastal and Marine Adviser, Secretariat of Pacific Environmental Programme, Samoa

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Christa von Hillebrandt-Andrade

Deputy Director, International Tsunami Information Center, Caribbean Office, Puerto Rico

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Jeanne Izard Everett

Director Programs and Operations, Blue Climate Initiative, Tetiaroa Society, USA

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Oda Keppler

Deputy Director-General „Sustainability, Provision for the Future“ of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Germany

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Annelie Chankiewitz & Sophie Wolff

Pupils, Secondary School "Kippenberg-Gymnasium", Bremen, Germany

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Claudia Schultz

Research Associate, Project Management Jülich, Marine and Maritime Research, Geosciences and Shipping (MGS), Bonn

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Renate Duckat

Science Journalist at Forschungszentrum Jülich, Project Management Jülich, Bonn, Germany