The Council

The business of the ECS is coordinated by a Council of 11 members, voted by the membership. Each year The Council oversees the  organisation of an Annual Conferences in a European country. Each Council Member serves for four years, apart from the Student Representative who serves for two years. Current Council Member details are provided below:


Chairperson (2015 - 2019)

Mario Acquarone

Independent researcher, Idrettvegen 40 B, N-9009 Tromsø, Norway
Expedition Leader, Hurtigruten ASA, Frederik Langes gate 14, 9291 Tromsø, Norway

  • Represents the ECS-membership at large and the ECS-council and coordinates the ECS-council
  • Prepares the agendas
  • Opens and closes the ECS-conferences.
  • Chairs the council-meeting, council-discussions, and the annual general meeting.
  • Recapitulates and synthesises ECS-council discussions and agreements and informes the ECS-membership at large if suitable.
  • Updates and maintains ECS website and membership databases.
  • Contact person for membership change of particulars.
  • Presents membership details at the AGM

Secretary and Vice Chairperson (2015-2019)

Joan Gonzalvo

Program Manager - Ionian Dolphin Project, TETHYS RESEARCH INSTITUTE, Viale G.B. Gadio 2, 20121 Milan, Italy and
Research associate , Biodiversity Research Institute (IRBio), University of Barcelona · Department of Animal Biology, Av. Diagonal 643, 08028 Barcelona, Spain
  • Records the council-meeting
  • Prepares the council-meeting minutes
  • Prepares the annual report and presents it at the AGM
  • Distributes the annual report to the ECS-membership at large
  • Operates, updates and maintains ECS mailing lists.

Treasurer (2015-2019)

Fiona Read

Policy Officer, Whale and Dolphin Conservation, Brookfield House, 38 St Paul Street, Chippenham, Wiltshire SN15 1LJ, United Kingdom
  • Manages the ECS-finances.
  • Manages the conference registrations.
  • Manages the membership registrations.
  • Manages ECS-publication orders in collaboration with the research-secretary of the German Oceanographic Museum, Stralsund, Germany
  • Presents the financial status of the ECS at the AGM
  • Manages the ECS publications.
  • Presents editorial news at the AGM.
  • Supports student representative and membership secretary in maintaining jiscmail lists

Student Representative (2018 - 2020)

Serena Lagorio

Whale researcher at Gentle Giants, Husavik (Iceland) 
  • Represents the ECS-student-membership at large.
  • Organises student relevant meetings (student workshop, student meeting at conference).
  • Organises student volunteers / their work for the conference.
  • Maintains student web-pages (in collaboration with the web editor).
  • Manages the student mailing list (in collaboration with the membership secretary & webmaster).
  • ECS-contact person for students / student matters.
  • Presents student-relevant news at the AGM

Treasurer (2016 - 2020)

Silvia Frey

Director Science and Education - OceanCare, Gerbestrasse 6, CH-8820 Waedenswil, Switzerland
  • Manages the ECS-finances.
  • Manages the conference registrations.
  • Manages the membership registrations.
  • Manages ECS-publication orders in collaboration with the research-secretary of the German Oceanographic Museum, Stralsund, Germany
  • Presents the financial status of the ECS at the AGM
  • Manages the ECS publications.
  • Presents editorial news at the AGM.
  • Supports student representative and membership secretary in maintaining jiscmail lists

Conference Adviser and Deputy Website Manager (2016 - 2020)

Luis Freitas

Coordinator of the Science Unit, Madeira Whale Museum, Rua Garcia Moniz, 1, 9200-031 Caniçal, Madeira - Portugal
  • Assists and supports conference organiser
  • Manages abstract submissions and reviews
  • Assists with website matters

Conference Advisor (2017-2021)

Jonas Teilmann

Senior Scientist, Department of Bioscience - Marine Mammal Research, Frederiksborgvej 399, building 7425, P1.26, 4000 Roskilde, Denmark
  • Assists and supports conference organiser
  • Manages abstract submissions and reviews

Web Editor (2017-2021)

Michael Dähne

michael.daehne@meeresmuseum.de

Curator of Marine Mammals, German Oceanographic Museum, Katharinenberg 14-20, 18439 Stralsund, Germany
  • Updates and maintains ECS website and membership databases.

Membership Secretary and National Contact Persons Coordinator

Morgana Vighi

Post doc researcher at Fundació Bosch i Gimpera, University of Barcelona, Department of evolutionary biology, ecology and environmental sciences, Av. Diagonal 643, 08028 Barcelona, Spain
  • Contact person for membership change of particulars
  • Presents membership details at the AGM 

Student Awards Coordinator

Aviad Scheinin

Head of Top Predator Programme, Morris Kahn Marine Research Station, Department of Marine Biology,, Leon H. Charney School of Marine Sciences, University of Haifa.

Head of Dolphin and Sea Center, Israeli Marine Mammals Research & Assistance Center (IMMRAC)

  • Coordinates student reviewers before and during the conference
  • Manages the student presentation list
  • Prepares and distributes the awards