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

mario.acquarone@gmail.com 

Researcher
Marine and Freshwater Research Institute
Brekkugata 2
IS-530 Hvammstangi
Iceland
  • 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

joan.gonzalvo@gmail.com

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

fiona.read@whales.org

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 (2016 - 2018)

Rebecca Boys

ecs.students@gmail.com

  • 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

Editor, National Contact Person Coordinator and Mandy McMath Award Coordinator (2014-2018)

Mark Simmonds

mark.simmonds@sciencegyre.co.uk

Senior Marine Scientist
Humane Society International
c/o 5 Underwood Street
London N1 7LY
United Kingdom

and

Visiting Fellow
School of Veterinary Sciences
University of Bristol
Langford House
Bristol BS40 5EU
United Kingdom
  • Coordinates NCPs actions
  • maintains and updates NCPs mailing lists
  • reports at the AGM
  • Conference Advisor

Student Awards Secretary (2016 - 2020)

Silvia Frey

sfrey@oceancare.org

Director Science and Education - OceanCare
Gerbestrasse 6

CH-8820 Waedenswil
Switzerland
  • Coordinate student reviewers before and during the conference
  • Manage the student presentation list
  • Prepare and distribute the awards

Conference Adviser and Deputy Website Manager (2016 - 2020)

Luis Freitas

luisfreitas07@gmail.com

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

Web Editor & Membership Secretary (2014-2018)

Conor Ryan


ecs.membership@gmail.com

Tobermory
Isle of Mull PA75 6RF
Scotland
  • Updates and maintains ECS website and membership databases.
  • Contact person for membership change of particulars.
  • Presents membership details at the AGM 

Conference Advisor (2017-2021)

Jonas Teilmann

jte@bios.au.dk

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.