Keynote speakers

Marine lipidomics and its applications

Professor Isabel Medina

Dr. Isabel Medina (Ph.D, Chemistry), is Full Professor in Food Chemistry at The Instituto de Investigaciones Marinas, Spanish National Council of Research CSIC. Her research is devoted to enhance quality and nutritional value of marine and aquaculture products targeting the bioactive role of marine lipids. Her lab at Vigo has developed advanced Lipidomic and Redox Proteomic platforms based on Mass Spectrometry to study how marine lipids act against inflammation and oxidative stress associated to dietary diseases. These studies provide basic information related to the formation of omega-3 lipid mediators as resolvers of inflammation. Her group has also led relevant research on lipid biomarkers for feeding and welfare in farmed fish.

Instituto de Investigaciones Marinas, SCIC

Lipids in changing ocean and climate changes

Professor David Pond

A key thread running through my scientific endeavours to explore and understand the natural world is the utilisation of novel analytical tools to address wide ranging scientific questions, with a research focus on the interface between ecology and biochemistry.  I continue to actively lead research programmes in the field and laboratory, working on organisms ranging in size from microbes to higher predators. The current focus of my research activities is to understand the significance of phase transitions of lipids for buoyancy and metabolism in aquatic organism.

University of Stirling

Lipids as biomarkers in trophic sea webs

Dr Jorge Spangenberg

Jorge Spangenberg currently works as senior researcher and lecturer at the Institute of Earth Surface Dynamics of the University of Lausanne.  He is the manager of the stable isotope and organic geochemistry laboratories. Jorge holds a PhD in Geochemistry from the University of Geneva, an MSc in Mineralogy (Heidelberg), and MSc in Chemistry (Montevideo). He has expertise in bulk and compound-specific stable isotope analyses of biota, water, sediment, and rock samples, having gained extensive research experience on lipids in terrestrial, marine, and freshwater systems. His research includes low-temperature stable isotope geochemistry, paleoclimatology, paleoecology, paleoceanography, ecology, sediment-hosted ore deposits, and archaeology.

Faculty of Geosciences and Environment
Institute of Earth Surface Dynamics

Green lipids from the ocean (seaweeds, microalgae, and macrophytes)

Professor John Harwood

John Harwood studied at the University of Birmingham, U.K. where he was awarded a BSc(1966), PhD(1969) and DSc (1979). He did post-doctorals at the University of California, Davis and at Leeds University. While at Cardiff he was made Professor in 1984 and has been Head of Research and Chair of the School of Biosciences.
His research is on the metabolism and function of acyl lipids and he has authored five and edited 14 books. He has more than 640 scientific publications. He and his lab. have received over 20 awards including the Supelco and the Chang awards from the AOCS, the Chevreul Medal from the SFEL and the Morton Lecture Award from the Biochemical Society.

Cardiff University
School of Biosciences
United Kingdom

Seafood traceability using lipids

Professor Marleen de Troch

Marleen De Troch is a marine ecologist at Ghent University (Marine Biology Research Group). Her research focusses on the trophic interactions and energy flows in marine food webs by means of trophic markers (stable isotopes, fatty acids). Both field data from coastal systems worldwide (tropical seagrass beds, polar systems, intertidal flats) and lab experiments are used to study the response of marine species to changes in temperature, food quantity and quality and environmental conditions. This research aims to form the ecological basis of sustainable use of marine resources (aquaculture) and the quality and traceability of seafood for human consumption.

Marine Biology Research Group
Ghent University