How useful can EwE models be to the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development?

27 July 2021 – 18:00 CEST (Brussels, Amsterdam, Madrid)

Recording can be viewed on YouTube


This talk introduces the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (Ocean Decade) and describe the European Marine Board (EBM) recommendations for how to achieve the Ocean Decade. Examples will be highlighted on co-designing ecosystem models with fishers, the impacts of climate change, and how ecosystem models can be linked to nutrient models to highlight what is needed for the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive. The talk concludes with a personal take on what ecosystem modellers need to achieve to attain the outcomes of the Ocean Decade.


Prof. Sheila Heymans is the Executive Director of the European Marine Board. She previously worked as a Head of Science at the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) where she focused her research on the social, economic and ecological impacts of fishing in the world’s ocean. She has over 20 years’ experience in scientific research and education, with a focus on utilizing ecosystem modelling approaches to study environmental impacts of fisheries and ecosystem change.

She is also an active member of the Ecopath Research and Development Consortium.