CIESM Headquarters are located Villa Girasole, 16 bd de Suisse, in Monaco, hosting the offices of the Director General and of his collaborators who include Scientific Specialists and a small professional Staff. This is where science policy and international programs are formulated, where publications and communication are managed, and where Board members regularly meet.
Prof. Frederic Briand
Ph.D. 1974 Univ. of California, Irvine
Studied oceanography as well as economics at Univ. of Paris, then moved to the USA to pursue a Ph.D. at the University of California. Early career as Professor of Ecological sciences in Canada, with field studies on the dynamics of marine systems in the north Pacific, the north Atlantic and the Caribbean Sea. Discovered a series of ecosystem 'markers' and invariants in the architecture of food webs- now a full research sector of its own.
Returned to Europe to lead multi-disciplinary programs in International Organizations (Unesco, IUCN) before taking the direction of the Mediterranean Science Commission. As CIESM Director General, he works in close concertation with the National Representatives and the Heads of scientific committees and taskforces, paying particular attention to the development of international cooperation, to the coordination of all scientific matters of the Commission, and to editing the ongoing Series of CIESM Workshops Monographs which he created. Frederic serves on the Board of various international agencies, from GESAMP to the Intl. Whaling Commission.
Dr Laura Giuliano, Scientific Advisor
Ph.D. 1996, Univ. Marseille.
After coordinating various European projects on marine microbial ecology, with a focus on deep-sea systems, at the CNR/IAMC Institute of Messina, Laura joined our Headquarters in 2004 to inter alia strengthen CIESM relations with EU programmes, develop a new biotechnology sector and faciliate the networking of marine research observatories across Mediterranean shores. Recently elected to the 15-member Strategic Board of JPI Ocean.
Dr Paulo A.L.D. Nunes, Coordinator, Marine Economics Research Programme
Ph.D. 1999, Univ. Leuven, Belgium.
Dr Michèle Barbier, Scientific Officer - Marine Genetic Resources
Ph.D. on Marine Molecular Biology 1996, Univ. Paris VI. Post-doctoral work on HABs in the Pacific and Gulf of Mexico (with NOAA), in eastern Atlantic (with Ifremer) followed by posting in Roscoff to manage inter alia the EU Network of Excellence 'Marine Genomics Europe'. At CIESM Headquarters, Michèle focuses on both network outreach and on the scientific/ legal issues regarding access to Marine Genetic Resources.
Dr Paula Moschella, Scientific Officer - Biological Systems and Marine Conservation
Ph.D. 2003, Univ. Southampton; Laurea (BSc, MSc) 1996, Univ. Genoa
Following her Ph.D. on rocky shore ecology, Paula worked at the UK Marine Biological Association on environmental effects of coastal defence structures. She leads the flagship CIESM Program on Tropical Signals, and represents the Commission in various forums and international programs dealing with marine conservation.
Dr Laura Onofri, Marine Policy Analyst
Ph.D. in Economics, 2005 Univ. Maastricht; MSc in Economics 1999, Univ. Cath. Louvain
Annelyse Gastaldi, MSc. on Geo-Systems, 2008, Univ. Nice.
GIS specialist, in charge of data set mapping at CIESM.
Valérie Gollino, Data Base Manager & Webmaster
Valérie oversees website maintenance, the production and delivery of CIESM Monographs - both online and in print - as well as the updating of CIESM digital Atlases and databases.
Monique McLaughlin, Administrative Assistant to DG
Monique assists the DG with all administrative, accounting, logistic matters.