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Steering Committee


Paola Venier

Associate professor in Microbiology (Padova, IT). Interested in environmental genetic toxicology, bivalve immunity and marine microbiology (Scopus ID 7004589203). Partner in European research and cooperation projects . Organizer of Advances in Marine Mussel Research 2019 (AMMR 2019). She currently acts in SIRAM (Italian Society of Research Applied to Mollusks).


Alessandro Laudicella

I am a marine biologist involved in a PhD project that deals with the study of the lipidome (the totality of biological lipids) during different blue mussels’ hatchery production stages. I am also one of the Italian National Coordinators for the European Aquaculture Society Student Group. My research interests are linked with sustainable aquaculture, bivalve hatchery and in the application of mass spectrometry techniques to study the physiology of farmed organisms and their interaction with the environment.


Dr Julie Webb

Julie is a Post-doctoral research officer at Bangor University’s Centre for Applied Marine Sciences (CAMS). Her background is in applied marine biology. Julie’s research interests focus on integrating aquaculture innovation with environmental sustainability. Key areas include offshore aquaculture of mussels and seaweed, co-location and turning waste into a resource...


Åsa Strand

NAEMO co-ordinator

Senior researcher at IVL, Swedish Environmental Research Institute

Main area of research is sustainable use of marine resources and evaluation of associated ecosystem services. Her research has an emphasis on applied questions with a holistic approach within the fields of ecology and aquaculture of bivalves.

Advisory Comitee


Paul Dobbins

Senior Director, Impact Investing
Lead Seaweed and Shellfish Specialist
World Wildlife Fund
1240 24th Street
Washington, DC 20037

Areas of research interest:
• Eco-system services provided by shellfish farms
• Scaling shellfish farms


Sandra E Shumway

Sandra Shumway (Ph.D. and D.Sc. Wales) is a Research Professor Emeritus at the University of Connecticut. She has authored over 190 peer-reviewed scientific publications, edited several books, and is Editor of the Journal of Shellfish Research and Reviews in Fisheries Science and Aquaculture. Her research interests include marine invertebrate physiology, shellfish biology, aquaculture, and harmful algal blooms.
She is an Honored Life Member of the National Shellfisheries Association, an Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow, and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the World Aquaculture Society.


Carter Newell

I have been involved in mussel research and mussel farming since 1982, publishing papers related to mussel feeding physiology, larval recruitment and seed collection, growth modeling, aquaculture GIS, inshore oceanography, detritus, and aquaculture. I current operate a 500 ton mussel farm using a novel submersible 50 ton mussel raft design I invented, and do value-added processing of mussels.

Bangor University


The Shellfish Centre RD&I operation is part-funded by the EU’s West Wales and the Valleys European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) Operational Programme through the Welsh Government.

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