Science and Education Advisory Board

Charles KENNEL – Member of the US National Academy of Sciences

Following studies in astrophysics at Harvard and Princeton Universities, Charles Kennel became an Associate Administrator of NASA for Earth Sciences and chaired the Department of Physics at the University of California, becoming Executive Vice Chancellor of that department. Kennel was then director of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Vice-chancellor of Marine Sciences at the University of California in San Diego from 1998 to 2006. He is currently an Emeritus Professor at Scripps, an emeritus member of Christ’s College at Cambridge University, and Chairman of the Space Studies Board of the US National Academy of Sciences of which he is a member. Kennel is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society and the International Astronautical Federation.
SeaOrbiter Ambassador and Advisor for Scientific Research

Martin BENISTON – Nobel Peace Prize 2007, Chair for Climate Research, and Director of the Institute for Environmental Sciences at the University of Geneva

His career in research has led him to Australia (Macquarie University, Sydney), Canada (University of Quebec), Germany (Max-Planck-Institute for Meteorology in Hamburg) and, since 1985, Switzerland. He has worked in the fields of air pollution at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne; he was the director of ProClim (the Swiss National Climate Program of the Swiss Academy of Sciences in Bern), and has also shared his time between a senior scientist position at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich and the vice-chairmanship of one of the working groups of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC, that was awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize). In 2006, he was appointed full professor at the University of Geneva, where he holds the Chair for Climate Research and Director of the Institute for Environmental Sciences.
SeaOrbiter Scientific Advisor for Climate

Gilles BOEUF – President of the National Museum of Natural History in Paris

Gilles Boeuf is a full time professor at the Pierre & Marie Curie University (UPMC), he is also working at the
Oceanological Observatory in Banyuls-sur-Mer, where he is developing his research together with the research unit « Integrative Biology of Marine Organisms » (UPMC and CNRS). Since 2009, he is the President of the National Museum of Natural History in Paris. He is a member of the Scientific Council of Natural Patrimony and Biodiversity of the Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, also a part of the Advisory Board of Protected Marine Areas of the Scientific Center of Monaco, and a member of the Bureau of the Integovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). He is a representative of the French Commission of UNESCO.

SeaOrbiter Ambassador and Scientific and Ethics Advisor

Gabriel GORSKY – Operational Oceanography Coordinator of the TARA Ocean Expeditions

Gabriel Gorsky has extensive expertise in biological oceanography, zooplankton ecology, marine geochemistry and oceanography. He has developed new methods to study and model trophic interactions, population dynamics, and behaviour of gelatinous zooplankton. Gorsky has also innovated in the field of biogeochemistry: marine snow fluxes and carbon sequestration. He has lead and taken part in 35 international oceanographic cruises; he is also a coordinator of long term sampling of zooplankton in the Mediterranean, the coordinator of the EURAPP EU program and coresponsible of different international and national research programs.
SeaOrbiter Ambassador and Scientific Advisor for Plankton Ecology

Philippe VALLETTE – General Manager of the National Sea Center NAUSICAA

Philippe Vallette is an oceanographer by profession. He is the General Manager of the National Sea Centre NAUSICAA in Boulogne-sur-Mer, Co-Chair of the World Ocean Network, and the President of the World Festival of Underwater Pictures. His vocation is to inspire people to regard differently the relationship we have, as humans with the ocean, and therefore to reach a better sustainable use of the ocean. In 2011, with NAUSICAA’s teams, he launched a new concept – the ‘Blue Society’. The campaign aims to create a society, which would use marine resources to create a healthy environment and opportunities for a new, sustainable economy and jobs in an ethical way. Based on the main pillars of sustainable development (economy, society and the environment), it also includes cultural and political aspects.
SeaOrbiter Ambassador and Advisor for Education, International Organization and the Blue Society

Nardo VICENTE – Scientific Officer of Paul Ricard Oceanographic Institute

Nardo Vincente is an Emeritus Professor of marine sciences at Aix Marseille University in the Mediterranean Institute of Marine and Terrestrial Biodiversity and Ecology. He has been the Scientific Officer of Paul Ricard Oceanographic Institute on the island of Embiez since 1972; he is also the General Delegate. As a class II professional diver, he has completed in 50 years more than 10,000 dives in the seas around the globe, most notably in the Mediterranean. Since 1998, he is a member of the Academy of Sciences, Letters and Arts of Marseille. Vincente is also the Commander of the Order of Academic Palms, Officer of the National Order of Madagascar, Knight of Maritime Merit, and a member of Tridente d’Oro Accademia di Ustica (Italy).
SeaOrbiter Ambassador and Advisor for the Mediterranean

Idriss ABERKANE – International Consultant in Biomimetics

Dr. Idriss J. Aberkane teaches the Economy of Knowledge, Noopolitik and Biomimetics at Centrale-Supélec, and has been doing research both as a ph.d student and after graduation.
SeaOrbiter Scientific Advisor for Biomimetics