The Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht Zentrum für Material-und Küstenforschung GmbH (HZG) is one of 18 members of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres, Germany’s largest science organisation. HZG comprises 4 major research institutes and the North German Climate Service Center. Research in the Institute of Coastal Research is focused on coastal processes including interaction between land, sea and humans with the common aim to assess current and future changes in coastal areas. In BALTSPACE HZG participates with its department “Human Dimensions in Coastal Areas”, which is dedicated to exploring the socio-economic context that influences future developments on the coast including substantial work on marine planning & governance as well as human perceptions of coastal change. The department has a long standing experience on research in marine spatial planning (MSP) and assessment of marine uses including involvement in international MSP working groups (e.g. in ICES) and EU projects (e.g. KnowSeas).
Roland Cormier holds an MSc in Biology from the “Université de Moncton” (Canada). He has more than 30 years of experience in fisheries stock assessment, shellfish sanitation, fish inspection, environmental assessment as well as coastal and oceans management. He has also published research papers in those fields. In his most recent position, he was the regional director for Ecosystem Management at Fisheries and Oceans with responsibilities for environmental assessment, integrated coastal and oceans management as well as species at risk. He also led centres of expertise in coastal management and risk management. Roland is a member of the ICES Working Group on Marine Planning and Coastal Zone Management (WGMPCZM) and worked for 4 years at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). He has recently joined the Group of Experts on Risk Management in Regulatory Systems of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe. His research interests include risk management frameworks in ecosystem approaches to management, bridging ISO standards to ecosystem approaches to management, policy-science integration in legislation and standards development, and implementation of compliance verification and performance audits in environmental management.
Kira Gee is a post-doctoral Research Associate with extensive research and practical experience in MSP. Over the last 10 years she has worked on numerous EU-funded MSP projects in the Baltic and European Atlantic (including BaltSeaPlan, PartiSEApate and TPEA), and has a particular interest in the transboundary challenges associated with MSP. Previously employed at Liverpool University and HZG, her research interests include transboundary marine governance, planning cultures, value and belief systems of different stakeholders, and cultural ecosystem services and seascapes. Kira is also a member of the International Council for the Exploration of Sea (ICES) Working Group on Marine Planning and Coastal Zone Management (WGMPCZM) and was co-chair of the ICES Workshop on Cultural Dimensions of Ecosystem Services.