Prof. Laurence Mee

Scottish Association of Marine Science (SAMS) & research project "Knowledge-Based Management of Europe's Seas" (KnowSeas)
Prof. Laurence Mee

Prof Laurence Mee is a specialist in science for policy and is Director of the Scottish Association of Marine Science, Scotland’s largest independent marine research institute, founded in 1884. Trained in oceanography in the UK, Laurence worked for ten years in Latin America on tropical marine systems. This was followed by an eleven year career in the United Nations (D2 level) including six years heading the Marine Environmental Studies Laboratory in Monaco. He was involved in marine assessments and policy development worldwide. In 1992 he facilitated negotiations for the first post-Soviet inter-ministerial declaration on the Black Sea and subsequently led the $110M Black Sea Environmental Programme which was designed to help the system recover from severe eutrophication. Following his return to academic life, he became the UK’s first Professor of Marine and Coastal Policy but also continued as an advisor to the GEF, working on projects in Africa, Latin America, South-East Asia and the former Soviet Union. He was also responsible for the 2004 assessment of the GEF’s $2bn International Waters Focal Area. He was Special Advisor to the UK House of Commons Select Committee Inquiry on Investigating the Oceans and the Scrutiny Committee on the UK Marine Bill and is a non-executive member of the UK’s Marine Science Coordinating Committee. He was appointed as Director of the University of Plymouth Marine Institute, a post he held until 2008. Laurence currently conducts ‘big picture’ multidisciplinary research on coupled marine social-ecological systems. He leads the 15-country, 31-institution European FP7 research project KnowSeas that is providing the scientific basis for implementing the ‘Ecosystem Approach’ to Europe’s seas. He is a passionate environmentalist, scuba diver and keen sailor.

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