JPI Oceans elects two new Vice Chairs | JPI OCEANS

JPI Oceans elects two new Vice Chairs


JPI Oceans elects two new Vice Chairs

Dr Angelo Camerlenghi and Dr Benjamin Kürten were elected for a term of three years and will help to steer JPI Oceans through the dynamically evolving landscape of ocean-related initiatives. 

Dr Angelo Camerlenghi is a senior researcher at the National Institute of Oceanography and Applied Geophysics (OGS), funded by Italian Ministry of University and Research the (MUR). Besides research activities, he dedicates a substantial amount of time to activities of research management and advisorship. Angelo has been with JPI Oceans since the early days of 2013 when he was delegated by the Italian Ministry of University and Research (MUR) to the Management Board of JPI Oceans. Since 2019, Angelo is also a member of JPI Oceans’ Internal Advisory Committee. 
Looking forward to his new role Angelo said: ‘With the important future challenge of closely collaborating with the Sustainable Blue Economy Partnership and the Mission to Restore our Ocean and Waters, I welcome the opportunity to increase the impact of JPI Oceans on European research and policies. I would like us to especially consider the needs of the European marine regions, among them the one with a high priority for my country, the Mediterranean.’
Dr Benjamin Kürten is a biological oceanographer with a versatile background in biogeochemistry and various applications of stable isotopes in ecosystem studies. After working for about 15 years in international academic research environments, he left the academic research track in 2019 turning toward the interface between politics and national/international research and education by joining Project Management Jülich, where he soon became a member of the JPI Oceans Management Board on behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).
In response to the election as vice-chair, Benjamin reflected on how terrific early-career mentorship received by the EU FP6 EUR-OCEANS Network of Excellence shaped his advocacy for integrated research and multinational collaboration. ‘I love to devote my aspiration for JPI Oceans to both traditional and innovative research ideas that will help us conduct the ‘Science We Need For The Ocean We Want’, to quote the UN Ocean Decade. As physics drive biology, I would like to promote international ocean governance to drive a Sustainable Blue Economy, furthermore the generation and use of ocean observations, e.g. through collaboration with the G7 Future of the Seas and Oceans Initiative.’
With the election of the new Vice Chairs we also say farewell to Dr Joachim Harms and Corinne Muscat Terribile who will both explore new horizons by entering retirement and by moving career and country, respectively. The whole JPI Oceans team and fellow Board members would like to thank Joachim and Corinne for their years of dedicated support and collaboration and wish them all the best with their new ventures.   

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