Celia (Vassiliki) Vassilopoulou

Dr. Vassiliki Vassilopoulou was born in Athens (Greece) and graduated from the Aristotelian University of Thessalonica, Department of Biology in 1981. She has received a MSc degree in Biological Oceanography from the University of Athens in 1985, and then her PhD from the University of Patras (Greece) in 1998. Since 1984 she is a researcher in the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research.Her activities fall within the field of ecosystem-approach to fisheries management and has co-authored a Strategic Paper on the subject published from the EU Marine Board. She is also involved in efforts related to the development of environmental indicators that could contribute in decision-making processes, concerning fishery resources sustainability issues, the adoption of Marine Spatial Planning as a tool for minimizing conflicts between human activities and the assessment of by-catches and mitigation of discards in Greek fisheries. Recently, she is taking part in activities related to the organization of the Initial Assessment phase in the frame of the implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive.She has participated in several FAIR, STREP, INCO, EU FP6 and FP7 projects, in some of which as the leading scientist on behalf of the H.C.M.R. She has also been involved in Management and Coordination of research projects, and is currently coordinating a Marifish project with the acronym BADMINTON. She is the leading scientist on behalf of the IMBR/HCMR in two FP7 projects that are currently at the negotiations phase and respectively deal with investigating human pressures and related impacts on marine ecosystems under the MSFD umbrella and with adopting Marine Protected Areas as tools for both EBM of human activities. She took part in many conferences, meetings, workshops and working groups to present the results and discuss the achievements from these studies, and has more than 130 publications and presentations in International Scientific Journals and Conferences. As a fisheries expert, she has been involved in the evaluation of European research proposals, in the reviewing of scientific papers, has co-chaired conference sessions and workshops on fishery by-catches and has participated in several scientific and administrative groups.