Nadia Pinardi, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Bologna
Nadia PINARDI holds a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Harvard University, and she is full professor of Oceanography at Bologna University. Her major achievement is the conceptual design and practical implementation of ocean forecasting systems across the world open ocean and coastal areas.
From 2012 to 2019 she was co-president of the Joint Committee for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology (JCOMM) of UNESCO-IOC and WMO and she is, since 2019, elected vice-president of the Commission for Observation, Infrastructure and Information Systems (Infrastructure Commission) of WMO. She is chair of the UN Decade for Ocean Science Program “CoastPredict” and Director of the UN Decade Collaborative Center for Coastal Resilience hosted by the University of Bologna.
Peter Pissierssens is the Head of the IOC Project Office for IODE, Oostende, Belgium and IOC Capacity Development coordinator. He has a background in marine biology and development cooperation. He joined UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) in 1989, dealing with marine data and information management, data management (IODE), bathymetry and tsunami warning and mitigation (Pacific region). The Oostende Office is the global headquarters of the OceanTeacher Global Academy, a training centre network for ocean data and information management, secretariat of the Ocean Biodiversity Information System (OBIS) and global node of the Ocean Data and Information System (ODIS). Since June 2023 the Office also hosts the UN Decade Coordination Office for Data Sharing. The IODE network federates over 100 oceanographic data centres as well as marine libraries.
Dr Quillon Harpham is a Technical Director in the Floods and Water Management Group at HR Wallingford. He has a PhD in Hydroinformatics, an MSc in Numerical Analysis, a BSc (Hons) in Mathematics and 30 years’ experience of water sector information systems and data. He led SeaZone, HR Wallingford’s marine data service and has designed, coded and implemented projects across all stages of the development cycle from inception through to post-implementation review, winning a variety of awards. Always seeking to provide innovative and sensible solutions, his specialisations include data and information management; systems analysis and design; model and data integration; workflow; marine data; usability and standardisation. He is an established speaker, having given keynote presentations on hydroinformatics at conferences around the world. He chaired the OpenMI Association between 2014 and 2020 and sits on the EMODnet Marine Knowledge Expert Group.