Iain Shepherd | EMODnet OPEN SEA LAB

Iain Shepherd is a senior expert at the Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE). A physics graduate, he worked for many years at the Joint Research Centre (JRC) in support of scientific EU policies on issues such as nuclear reactor safety, humanitarian aid and fisheries control. He provided technical expertise to the inter-Commission service group that was set up to  develop a more integrated approach to the EU maritime policy, subsequently joined the Task Force within the Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries and then moved to the Atlantic, Outermost Regions and Arctic Unit. He has contributed to a number of initiatives aimed at promoting growth in the blue economy and has special responsibility for the Marine Knowledge 2020 initiative to widen access to information about the sea and for a new process to obtain an agreed picture of the nature, size and dynamics of the EU’s blue economy.


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