Speaker | EMODnet OPEN SEA LAB

Koen Geirnaert

Koen Geirnaert is managing director and co-founder of dotOcean. Koen is currently responsible for sales and marketing and the autonomous product roadmap of dotOcean. He brings a broad technical and market knowledge of autonomous systems and sensor networks to the maritime and dredging market. Before co-founding dotOcean in 2011 Koen held several positions in the microelectronic industry at ON Semiconductor. Koen holds an MSEE from the University of Ghent and an MBA from Flanders Business School.


Carlos Pereira Santos

Dr. Carlos Pereira Santos is research & development coordinator at the Academy for Digital Entertainment at Breda University of Applied Sciences, and technical manager of the MSP Challenge simulation platform.

He will demonstrate the MSP Challenge Simulation Platform at the OpenSeaLab Hackathon

Breda University of Applied SciencesMSP Challenge

Harald Warmelink

Dr. Harald Warmelink is senior researcher at Breda University of Applied Sciences, Academy for Digital Entertainment, and project leader of several projects related to the MSP Challenge simulation platform.

He will demonstrate the MSP Challenge Simulation Platform at the OpenSeaLab Hackathon

Breda University of Applied SciencesMSP Challenge

Igor Mayer

Prof. Igor Mayer is lecturer in ‘applied games, innovation and society’ at Breda University of Applied Sciences. He is engaged with different European Projects related to Marine Spatial Planning and gaming (NorthSEE and BalticLINes).

He will demonstrate the MSP Challenge Simulation Platform at the OpenSeaLab Hackathon

Breda University of Applied SciencesMSP Challenge

Belén Martín Míguez

Belén Martín Míguez has combined research and scientific coordination working in several key institutions both in Spain, France and Belgium, contributing to the development of marine observational networks at national, European and international level. She obtained her Ph.D. at the University of Vigo (2003) and did her postdoc at the University of La Rochelle in 2006. From 2006 to 2009 she worked as a sea level expert at the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO and was heavily involved in the Global Sea Level Observing System (GLOSS) programme. She worked then at the Marine Technological Centre (CETMAR, Vigo, Spain), where she was responsible both for technical and coordination tasks in the framework of several European projects and acquired experience in European projects funding and management. Belén joined Seascape Ltd in spring 2015 to provide support to the EMODnet Secretariat team and contribute her expertise to the H2020 AtlantOS project. After this fruitful experience, she returned to Vigo and she is currently working at ECIMAT (University of Vigo) taking care of EMBRC-related projects (EMBRC is the European Marine Biological Research Centre (EMBRC).


EMBRCECIMAT - University of Vigo

Hans Pirlet

Dr. Hans Pirlet is manager of the Innovation and Valorisation Department of Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) which works on the interface between science, policy and industry. He played a key role in the initiation of the Flemish Blue Cluster which boosts innovation for the maritime economy and is member of the steering group and chair of the scientific advisory board of this cluster. He was active in several marine and maritime research and innovation projects on a national and European level. Through his participation in the H2020 COLUMBUS project on knowledge transfer for Blue Growth, he was closely involved in the initiation of the Open Sea Lab event in 2017.

Hans holds a degree in marine geology (Ghent University, Belgium) and PhD on cold-water coral mounds in the Atlantic Ocean (Ghent University).


Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ)

Katja Mayer

Katja Mayer was trained as sociologist and works at the intersection of Science-Technology-Society. She studies the interactions of scientific method and its publics. Right now she looks at data practices in Computational Social Science and Big Data, in particular at open research data. As a core member of the Open Access Network Austria OANA she promotes open access to scientific knowledge production and open policies for science and technology. 

Katja Mayer website

Aron-Levi Herregodts

Aron-Levi Herregodts is Innovation Manager at imec.livinglabs. He holds master’s degrees in Communication Sciences (2013) and Complementary Business Economics (2014). He is the imec.livinglabs product owner of Innovatrix and applies this methodological approach on a day-to-day basis to a wide-variety of innovation projects.

Expertises and interests

  • Innovation Management
  • Facilitation
  • Innovation Coaching


Jaeyoon Park

Currently working as an environmental data scientist at Global Fishing Watch, Jaeyoon Park is determined to find ways to best address environmental issues (water/marine management, climate change, environmental crimes) with science-based analyses, interdisciplinary insights, and innovative solutions. He has 9 years of professional experiences working on various projects ranging from conducting scientific analyses to engaging businesses and policy-makers in various capacities.

As a data scientist at Global Fishing Watch research team for the past 2 years, I help identify IUU fishing activities by analyzing AIS data as well as radar and optical imageries. In addition, I work on engaging national governments and international organizations to strengthen their effort to increase sustainability through transparency in fisheries sector.
Previously at WWF-Korea, I took charge of engaging corporate and helping transform markets more sustainable through providing influential companies with science-based conservation solutions. I also worked at UNEP Regional Office for Asia Pacific on various projects about climate change adaptation and water management. My work supported developing countries, with special focus on Myanmar and Nepal, to enhance capacity of national/local officials to integrate environment and climate change consideration into development planning. Prior to joining UNEP, I worked as a research engineer at Veolia Environnement conducting research and producing industrial solutions for wastewater treatment and management. I obtained MSc on environmental engineering from Mines ParisTech in France and BSc in computer science at KAIST in South Korea.

Expertises and interests

  • Understand global/regional fishing effort and identify potential illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing activities using Google BiqQuery and Python over multi-source satellite data
  • Develop automated processes to build a comprehensive vessel database and a system that connects vessel information to satellite data
  • Build relationship with fishing authorities such as national governments and regional fisheries management organizations by helping monitor fishing activities and providing tailored analyses

Global Fishing Watch


Paula Oset

Paula Oset currently works as Project Manager at Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) and is responsible for the EMODnet Biology project. She has a background in Marine Science and holds a Master degree in Integrated Coastal Zone Management (University of Cadiz) and in GIS (University of Manchester). She has built up experience in geographic and marine data management at the Wales Coastal Monitoring Centre and at the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) Data Centre.

Expertises and interests

  • EMODnet Biology
  • Oceanography & Coastal Risks
  • GIS
  • Data Management

Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ)


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