Costas Dounas studied Biology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece, where he was awarded a Ph.D. in Marine Ecology and Pollution. As a senior researcher at the Institute of Marine Biology, Biotechnology & Aquaculture (IMBBC) of the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR) in Crete, he has been the co-ordinator of, or scientifi c responsible for, numerous international, European and national projects concerning marine biodiversity, coastal zone management and the development of marine environmental technologies. He also holds five national European and international patents for which he received an award for his contribution to the technological development of his country from the Minister of Development (2002).
Konstantinos Ghertsos studied Oceanography with Marine Biology at the University of Southampton in the UK and holds both a DEA and Ph.D. degrees in Biological Oceanography from the Universities of Paris VI - Pierre and Marie Curie and Lille I - USTL (France). Since 2002, he has followed an entrepreuneurial path and gained experience in the Energy sector working for several large companies involved with finance, shipping and trading. His main interests are in renewable energy linked to the marine sector as well as following his passion for the sea.
Yolanda Koulouri studied Biology at the University of Patras in Greece and holds both M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Marine Biology from the University of Crete (Greece). Since 2001, she has been working as a researcher at the Institute of Marine Biology, Biotechnology & Aquaculture (IMBBC) in Crete. She has participated in European and nationally-funded research projects concerning marine biodiversity, coastal zone management, marine protected areas (MPAs) and the use of artificial reefs, environmental impact assessments (EIAs), marine pollution monitoring and fishing gear effects.