Conference Chair

Ángel Borja, Principal Investigator, AZTI, Spain and Distinguished Adjunct Professor, King Abdulaziz University (KAU), Saudi Arabia

Angel Borja studied Biology, obtained a PhD in Marine Ecology (University of the Basque Country, 1984) and is Doctor in Sciences (honoris causa) by the University of Hull (UK, 2015). He is Principal Investigator at AZTI, a private non-profit research foundation in Spain, where he has been also Head of the Department of Oceanography and Head of the Marine Environment Area. He is Distinguished Adjunct Professor at King Abdulaziz University (Saudi Arabia, 2020). His main work is making marine ecology research useful for policy-makers and managers, studying the effects of human activities on marine ecosystems, monitoring of marine waters and recovery after impact and restoration. This includes developing methodologies to assess the marine status under European directives (i.e. Water Framework Directive; Marine Strategy Framework Directive), being some of these methods used worldwide (e.g. AMBI, M-AMBI, NEAT, etc.). He was member of the Scientific Committee of the European Environment Agency (2013-2020). He is author of more than 290 peer-reviewed papers (Hindex: 72 Scopus, 90 Google Scholar), and Highly Cited Researcher 2018, 2020, 2021 (Clarivate Analytics, Web of Science). Specialty Chief Editor of Frontiers in Marine Ecosystem Ecology, Associated Editor of Continental Shelf Research and Journal of Sea Research, and member of the Editorial Board of Ecological Indicators and Marine Pollution Bulletin. Referee in more than 100 international journals and project evaluation agencies, is member of different advisory boards (MARE, Seastainable Ventures, etc.) and scientific associations (ASLO, CERF, ECSA, ESP, SIBECOL), serving as organizer and chair in numerous international conferences. He has participated in more than 120 European and international projects. He has been characterized by the continuous dissemination of science and organizer of the AZTI’s successful marine summer school since 2004. He was awarded with the SETAC Environment Education Award in 2017 and Lifetime Achievement in Cochin (India, 2019).

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