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JPI Oceans elects new Chair and Vice Chair


JPI Oceans elects new Chair and Vice Chair

At its 15th meeting, the JPI Oceans Management Board members elected Arvid Hallén as Chair and Joachim Harms as Vice Chair.  
The election took place at the meeting on 24-25 October in Lisbon hosted by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology and held back to back with the 2nd JPI Oceans conference. The new Chair and Vice-Chair are following in the footsteps of Caron Montgomery, DEFRA, UK (Chair 2014-2017) and Lourdes Armesto, MINECO, Spain (Vice-Chair 2014-2016).
Arvid Hallén, elected as Chair under the mandate of the Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, served as Director-General of The Research Council of Norway from 2004 until 2017. After an early career as a researcher he served as Executive Director at Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research from 1987 till 1995. Recently he was member both of the Mid-term Evaluation Panel of the 7th Framework Programme (FP7) of the European Commission and the Ex-post Review panel of FP7. He has been involved as a panel member in evaluations of several research councils and has been member of the Governing Council of Eurohorcs and the European Science Foundation and served as member of the Governing Board of Science Europe. He currently serves at several Boards, among these; Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, The Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research, Copenhagen Business School, Board member and Oxford Research, Norway. 
Dr. Joachim Harms, elected as Vice Chair, studied Biology in Darmstadt, where he received his PhD in 1986. He worked as marine zoologist at the Marine Station Helgoland in various interdisciplinary projects. From 1991 to 1992 he worked at the “National Institute of Fisheries Science” in Tokyo. He joined the Research Center Jülich in 1994 and was responsible for international research projects in co-operation with Brasil, Israel and Indonesia. In 2001 he took over responsibility for the regional research programme of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. In 2008 he became head of the department PtJ-MGS with the responsibility for the national research programmes MARE:N and GEO:N in the field “System Earth” of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research as well for the programme “Maritime Technologies for the next Generation” of the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy. Joachim Harms is member of the BONUS Steering Committee since 2007 and has been a member of the ExCom of JPI Oceans since 2012.

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