The Foundation’s scientific committee features six renowned scientists, providing a sound basis for the content of our educational work.
Wendy Watson-Wright is the Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission and Assistant Director General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (IOC-UNESCO). Headquartered in Paris, IOC-UNESCO is the focal point within the United Nations system for ocean science, observations, data and information exchange and services, including global tsunami warning systems. It is also considered the competent international organization for marine science under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.
From 2001 to 2009, she was Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM), Science, in Fisheries and Oceans Canada in Ottawa where she was responsible for providing the leadership, and policy and scientific direction for all science activities in the department’s fifteen science institutes throughout Canada, including oceanography, hydrography, and fisheries, aquaculture, habitat, climate and aquatic ecosystem science. She has been a member of several boards including the Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmospheric Science, ArcticNet, Ocean Networks Canada and the Strategic Advisory Board for the EU Joint Programming Initiative on Oceans (JPI Oceans). A Killam scholar, Dr. Watson-Wright holds a Ph.D. in Physiology from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Jean Jouzel has spent most of his scientific career at the CEA, reconstituting past climates through the study of Antarctic and Greenlandic ice. From 2001 to 2008, he was Director of the Institut Pierre Simon Laplace (IPSL), which comprises six Parisian laboratories involved in global environmental studies. He was principal author of the second and third GIEC reports (Groupe Intergouvernemental sur l’Evolution du Climat) (Nobel Peace Prize 2007 co-Laureate); since 2001, he has been a member of the GIEC board and vice-president of its scientific research group. He is currently president of the Higher Council for Science and Technology and member of the Economic, Social and Environmental Council.
Philippe Vallette is an oceanographer, Director General of Nausicaa, National Centre of the Sea (Centre National de la Mer, Boulogne-sur-Mer) and President of the World Festival of Undersea Images, in Marseilles. He was part of the World Oceans Network from the start, in 2002, and is also on the board of the Global Oceans, Coasts and Islands Forum.
Philippe Vallette is co-author, with Jean-Michel Cousteau, of the Atlas de l’Océan Modial, and in 2010 he launched the European programme Mr Goodfish. Since 2011, together with his Nausicaa colleagues, he has led the Blue Society, which focuses on the sea’s role in sustainable development.
Philippe Cury has worked at the IRD since 1983. As an ecologist, he studies how different marine ecosystems work. The author of over 120 scholarly articles and several books, he is currently a member of several national and international scientific committees (Institut Océanographique, Agence Aires marines protégées, ERC, Eur-Oceans, Cored de IPBES, Normer, Pew Fellows, ALLENVI, ANR-EDD). Throughout his distinguished career – which has included work in Senegal, Ivory Coast, the US and South Africa – Philippe Cury has received the following scientific awards: the Philip Morris National Scientific Prize (Life Sciences) (1991), the French Oceanographic Society’s Medal (1995) and the Gilchrist Medal (2002).
Gilles Boeuf is a Professor at the Pierre et Marie Curie University (UPMC), a visiting Professor at the Collège de France, posted to the Banyuls Ocean Observatory where he is developing his research within the "Integrative biology of marine organisms" Unit. He is the President of the National Museum of natural history (MNHN). He is also the Chairman of the Massane Nature Reserve, of the environment commission of the Fondation de France, of Agropolis International's Scientific Council in Montpellier and of CIRAD's Scientific Council. He is a member of the Natural Heritage and Biodiversity Scientific Council of the Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, a Board member of the Marine Protected Areas, a member of the Development Committee of the Monaco Scientific Centre, a member of Good Planet's Scientific Council and a Board member of the International Platform for Biodiversity and Ecological Services. He is a member of the French National Commission for Unesco. He is an expert in environmental physiology as well as marine and terrestrial biodiversity. He has also worked extensively on the biological basis for aquaculture
He obtained his MSc. Degree from Auckland University, New Zealand, and his PhD at James Cook University, Townsville, Australia, before entering CNRS in 1984. His multi-disciplinary career includes marine chemical ecology, natural products chemistry of terrestrial and marine organisms and polymer chemistry. Stéphane La Barre is currently the coordinator of the research cluster BioChiMar (Marine Biodiversity and Chemodiversity), and he is developing research on new analytical tools to evaluate and predict environmental changes on coral reefs diversity, both biological and chemical (98 words).