Professor Joaquim Alves GASPAR
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Retired Navy Captain, and a specialist in Navigation, Hydrographic Surveying and Mathematical Cartography, now a researcher at the Centre for the History of Science and Technology, University of Lisbon. From about 2006 onward He has been doing research on the geometry, construction and use of pre-Mercator nautical charts. Since June 2017, He has been leading the European Research Council project MEDEA-CHART, dedicated to the study of medieval and early modern nautical charts.

Prof. Dr. Bayram ÖZTÜRK

Marine Biologist

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Bayram ÖZTÜRK, born in 1960, on the Black Sea coast of Turkey. After he got his Ph.D. on Marine Biology from the Institute of Marine Sciences, Istanbul University, in 1990, he has been studying on fishery science and biological oceanography in various seas and oceans in the world. He is the Founder and Director of Turkish Marine Research Foundation (TUDAV), and currently Editor for the Journal of Black Sea and Mediterranean Environment (  He  graduated Turkish Navy Diving School in 1987 and  He  is  also scientific committee of CMAS  as well .
Since 1999 to date, he has been working as a Professor on Marine Biology, Faculty of Aquatic Science , Istanbul University. He has been  involved  in several EU-funded and international  Project under RAC/SPA , GFCM and  IPBES.
Dr. Öztürk   has over 2000  citation  for  marine science (See  Bayram Öztürk Google Scholar Citation). He is also an expert for the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) on global assessment of biodiversity and ecosystem services .
He  was in Antarctica in 2014 , 2015 and 2016 . He was also the leader of the first Turkish Antarctica Expedition.He was awarded the Japanese Antarctic medal in 2015.A newly discovered  endemic Antarctic species  Sagediopsis  bayozturkii was  named in his honor . His  main interest  is Mediterranean and  Global  Marine Biodiversity , Ocean  Conservation , Alien species and  Fisheries  Governance issues .


Professor at ISMAT

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Main information:
Institution: CHAM – Centro de Humanidades, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal
Regular adress: Rua Eça de Queiroz, 23, 8600-588 Lagos, Portugal
Phone: + 351 962 795 026
BA in History (Faculdade de Letras, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal, 1979).
PhD in History (Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal, 1995).
Present functions:
Professor at ISMAT – Instituto Superior Manuel Teixeira Gomes, a private university in Portimão,
Portugal, since 2004 – full time associated professor.
Researcher at Centro de Humanidades, a research centre at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa,
Portugal, since 1995 – integrated researcher and currently president of the scientific committee.
Member of the Academia de Marinha (Navy Academic), an academic organization of the Portuguese
Scholarly output:
Author of more than 150 academic titles (including books, chapters in books, articles in scholarly journals,
papers in scientific proceedings, etc.) about the history of Iberian interactions with Asia in the 16th and
17th centuries.
Some published books:
Rui Manuel Loureiro, Fidalgos, Missionários e Mandarins – Portugal e a China no século XVI.
Lisbon: Fundação Oriente, 2000.
Rui Manuel Loureiro, Na Companhia dos Livros: Manuscritos e impressos nas missões jesuítas
da Ásia Oriental, 1540-1620. Macau: Universidade de Macau, 2007.
Dejanirah Couto & Rui Manuel Loureiro, Ormuz: 1507-1622 – Conquista e Perda. Lisbon: Tribuna
da História, 2007.
Dejanirah Couto & Rui Manuel Loureiro (eds.), Revisiting Hormuz: Portuguese Interactions in
the Persian Gulf Region in the Early Modern Period. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag & Calouste
Gulbenkian Foundation, 2008.
Rui Manuel Loureiro, Nas Partes da China. Lisbon: Centro Científico e Cultural de Macau, 2009.
Rui Manuel Loureiro & others (eds.), Don García de Silva y Figueroa e os «Comentarios» da
embaixada à Pérsia (1614-1624). 4 volumes. Lisbon: Centro de História de Além-Mar, 2011.
Rui Manuel Loureiro, A Biblioteca do Embaixador: Os Livros de D. García de Silva y Figueroa.
Lisbon: Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal, 2015.
Juan Gil & Rui Manuel Loureiro (eds.), O «Tratado Ophirico» (1616) de Manuel Godinho de
Erédia. Lisbon: Centro Científico e Cultural de Macau, 2016.
Tomé Pires, Suma Oriental, ed. Rui Manuel Loureiro. Lisbon: Centro Científico e Cultural de
Macau, 2017.
Rui Manuel Loureiro, A biblioteca de Fernão de Magalhães. Lisbon: biblioteca Nacional, 2019.
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Prof. Dr. Dajanirah COUTO

Maritime Historian

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Current position : Professor of « Early Modern Portuguese Overseas History » at École Pratique des Hautes Études (School of Advanced Studies), Section des sciences historiques et philologiques (EPHE), Sorbonne, Paris. Dejanirah Couto received two MA’s,  one in Historical Geography, History of Art and Archaeology from the University of Paris I-Panthéon Sorbonne and a second one  in Early Modern History from the University of Toulouse. She  received  a  Ph.D in  Byzantine History from the University of Toulouse (superv. Alain Ducellier) and  a “Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches”(HDR) in Early Modern History of the Indian Ocean from the University of Paris X- Nanterre (2006). A member of the research  team EPHE /CNRS  EA 4116 – SAPRAT (2000,-) she has been previously  a member of the  URA 1059 EPHE/CNRS – ERS 149  “Islamic and Oriental Studies Centre of Comparative History” . She was assigned  in 2008-2010 as  full time researcher at the CNRS/  UMR 7528 – “Mondes Iranien et Indien” (Iranian and Indian Worlds)”. She learned Arab and Turkish at the French National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilisations  (INALCO). She is a recipient of  fellowships from the French government and the CNCDP  (Portugal, 1999). She  has been UNESCO expert in Angola after 1975  and presently is extern. evaluator  in Early Modern History  for the Portuguese Foundation of Science and Technology (FCT).  A member of the Extern. Advisory Board  of  the Centre  for Humanities, New University of Lisbon,  she has been involved in  a number of International  programs related to maritime history, ship construction,  underwater archaeology, archaeology and cartography  (ANR/MeDIan, 2010-2013) and  global exchanges (” Free Labor / Forced Labor, Local and Global Dynamic Constraints : Africa, Europe, Asia, from the 15th century  to the present” , NExT, HeSam Université, 2016).

She is currently associated researcher  at the IFEA -Istanbul (Institut Français d’Etudes Anatoliennes (French Institute of Anatolian Studies)  where she held  (2010-2015) an annual seminar on Ottoman Maritime History  (Mediterranean and Indian Ocean).  She is also  vice-president of the International Association of Maritime Studies (IAMS), and  Project  Director  at  Piri Reis University, Istanbul ( 2012,-). Besides her seminars at the EPHE (Early Modern and Contemporary History of the Portuguese Empire) she organized and conducted an annual seminar  at the  École Française d’Extrême-Orient  (2008-2015) and at  the School of High Studies in Social Sciences (EHESS),  (2012-215). She is assoc.  member  of the Naval Academy of the  Portuguese Navy (Lisbon, 2015) and  has been appointed “officier des palmes académiques” by the French Ministry of Higher  Education and Research  (2015). A member of the board of several international peer reviews (Portugal, Italy, USA, Turkey) she  supervised or co-supervised several MA and Ph.D thesis at the EPHE  and  abroad ; she  convened a number of international workshops,  conferences  and congresses.

Her primary areas of interest are Portuguese-Ottoman-Arab-Indian political, economic and cultural  interactions (early modern age), maritime history  (Mediterrranean and Indian Ocean) and  underwater archaeology. She has published widely mostly on cross-cultural history, diplomacy, cryptography, cartography, maritime warfare, seafaring, port-cities and merchant networks in the Indian Ocean. Other topics adressed in recent writings include  History of the Jewish/Iberian communities in the Ottoman Empire, intelligence networks,  military history ( fortifications),  European travels  (Ottoman Empire, Safavid  Persia)  and Jesuit missions in Southeast Asia.

Bibliography (books)  –  see, among others :  Les langues de la négociation, approches historiennes, Dejanirah Couto and Stéphane Péquignot (eds.),  Rennes : Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 2017; Empires en marche : L’Europe et la Chine, XVIe-XIXe siècle, Dejanirah Couto and François Lachaud (éds.), Paris : Ed. EFEO,  2017 ; Seapower, Technology and Trade : Studies in Turkish Maritime History,  Dejanirah Couto, Feza Günergun, Maria Pia Pedani (eds.), Istanbul: Denizler Kitabevi, 2014, 604 p.;  Harp ve Sulh. Avrupa ve Osmanlilar, Dejanirah Couto (ed.) Istanbul : Kitapyayinevi, 2010, 424 p.; Revisiting Ormuz. Portuguese Interactions in the Persian Gulf Region in the Early Modern Period, Dejanirah Couto and Rui Loureiro (eds.), Wiesbaden :  Otto Harrassowitz Verlag, 2008;  Atlas historique du golfe Persique (XVIème-XVIIIème siècles) / Historical Atlas of the Persian Gulf / Târîhî Halig Fâris, Dejanirah Couto, Jean-Louis Bacqué-Grammont, Mahmoud Taleghani, (éds.) (coord. Zoltán Biedermann) Turnhout : Brepols, 2006, 490 p;


Capt. (R) Jose Manuel Malhao PERREIRA

Maritime Historian

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Capt. (R) Jose Manuel Malhão Pereira was a prestigious Officer of the Navy with an outstanding service record that includes the performance of the duties of Immediate Officer in a detachment of special Marines in Guinea, command of an LDG in that same theater of operations, Naval School Naval Professor, command of the HONORIO BARRETO corvette, held positions at the NATO CINCIBERLANT Command, in Oeiras, and later, the prestigious command of the SAGRES Ship-School. After moving to the reserve he began an academic career and joined the Navy Academy, having numerous published works and being frequently invited to lecture and participate in conferences on maritime history.


Captain Michael BARRITT


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Captain Michael Barritt is a former Hydrographer of the Navy, whose sea-going career took him to all the world’s oceans. In addition to articles and reviews he has published Eyes of the Admiralty (London, 2008) in which he described war-time hydrographic activity off the French and Spanish coasts in 1799-1800. He is working on an account of the emergence of the Royal Naval Surveying Service during and immediately after the wars of 1793-1815. He is a contributor to the nineteenth-century volume of The History of Cartography (in press, University of Chicago). He has co-authored a ground-breaking study on the depiction of navigational dangers on portolan charts. He is Immediate Past President of the Hakluyt Society, which publishes important historic accounts of travel.

Prof. Dr. Aykut I. ÖLÇER

World Maritime University

Naval Architect, Marine Engineer, Ship Design, Maritime Technology, Maritime Energy Management

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Dr. Aykut I. ÖLÇER is a naval architect and marine engineer holding the position of Professor at the World Maritime University (WMU), Malmö, Sweden. In his Ph.D. thesis, he developed a novel methodology utilizing multiple attributive group decision-making and fuzzy set theories with the applications to Ship Design/Production area.

Prior to joining WMU, he worked at Newcastle University (England), University of Strathclyde (Scotland) and Istanbul Technical University (Turkey) within the fields of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. He played an important role in Newcastle University’s first international branch in Singapore to help the University achieving its objectives in teaching/learning and research activities in the undergraduate programs of Marine Technology.

For many years, he has conducted research independently/jointly and collaborated with other researchers, academics and students all over the world, in particular from Europe and Asia.

Dr Ölçer was involved in numerous EU funded FP5, FP6 and FP7 projects including OPTIPOD (Optimal Design and Implementation of Azimuthing PODS for the Safe and Efficient Propulsion of Ships), FASTPOD (Fast Ship Applications for Pod Drives), COMPASS (A Rational Approach for Reduction of Motion Sickness and Improvement of Passenger Comfort and Safety in Sea Transportation), COMAND (Integrated Crisis and Operation Management Decision Support System for Passenger Ships), SAFEDOR (Design, Operation and Regulation for Safety of Ships), IMPROVE (Design of improved and competitive products using an integrated decision support system for ship production and operation) and TARGETS (Targeted Advanced Research for Global Efficiency of Transportation Shipping).

He currently leads the WMU Maritime Energy Research Group ( that has secured funding from the EU and IAMU for several projects including wind assisted ship propulsion (SAIL project, EU-Interreg IVB), improving energy efficiency of ships through optimization of ship operations (IAMU), and development of vocational education for LNG as a marine fuel (OTMW-N project, EU-Marco Polo).

His recent areas of research are:

  • Maritime energy management and energy efficiency
  • Renewable energy and alternative fuels (LNG in particular)
  • Real-time decision support systems for energy efficient ship operations
  • Climate change impact on port infrastructure and its adaptation
  • Lean, energy efficient and green ports
  • Life cycle cost/environment impact models of green solutions for ships, ports and shipyards
  • Decision making for trade-off situations of cleaner seaborne transportation

He has published results of his research in leading, internationally peer-reviewed journals such as “European Journal of Operational Research”, “Quality and Reliability Engineering International”, “Computers and OR”, and “Applied Soft Computing”.

Ms. Semiha ÖZTÜRK

General Manager of TURMEPA

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Born in Germany; Semiha Öztürk studied in Grundschule Schüttorf and Gynasium Nordhon. She graduated from the German Language and Literature Department of Istanbul University. Following a career in TV news journalism 2005, she went to study International Politics and Effective Marketing Strategies at the University of Michigan in the USA with the Knight-Wallace journalism fellowship.

While majoring in German literature, she has started to work at the TRT Istanbul newsroom. She has covered hundreds of stories at home and abroad for 22 years. She worked as a reporter and a presenter on TRT, Star TV, Kanal 6, Show TV and CNN Türk. She produced and presented talk shows & news programs such as Kırmızı Koltuk, Anahtar, Baskın and Olay Var. She interviewed world leaders and politicians from many countries. She holds a permanent yellow press card.

During her professional life as a TV journalist, she has volunteered for many non-governmental organizations. Her main focus was women studies for 15 years. She served as a member of the executive board for four terms and a member of the advisory board for two terms for the Association to Support and Train Women Candidates in politics (KA.DER). She played an active role in the election campaigns of KA.DER. She created the “campaign with moustache” entitled “Is it mandatory to be men to participate in politics?” – a campaign which increased the power and inclusion of women in politics. In KA.DER School of Politics, she lectured on campaigning and politics in many cities in Turkey for seven years.

As a member of the Women Commission of Turkish Journalists Association, she took part in the team that prepared the “Guide for Social Gender Equality in the Media”. She continues her efforts to make the egalitarian language more widespread in the media.

She quit journalism in 2010 to turn her approximately 20-year “voluntary” service in civil society into professionalism. She was appointed as the deputy secretary general of DenizTemiz Association/ TURMEPA responsible for corporate communications, membership & resource development and project management. During her time, she has also produced and presented, “Denizler Bitmesin”  the only TV program in Turkish TV history exclusively focused on marine pollution and the protection of the seas. Semiha Öztürk has been assigned as the Secretary General of TURMEPA in 2018.



Honorary Polar Explorer

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  • 20-1 Sizova Prospekt, Saint-Petersburg, 197349, Russia
  • +7-911-190 00 63


Professional Profile

  • Expert in hydrographic support of shipping in Arctic seas of Russia with 20+ years of experience in hydrographic management
  • Created a digital hydrographic and cartographic data production centre in the Federal State Unitary Hydrographic Department of the Russian Ministry of Transport
  • Created a system of promulgation of Maritime Safety Information for Arctic seas of Russia in the Federal State Unitary Hydrographic Department of the Russian Ministry of Transport
  • Excellent managing skills
  • Good scientific skills


Professional experience

State Research Navigation-Hydrographic Institute, Saint-Petersburg, Russia

  • Chief Scientists-Adviser to the Director General, 2011 – current

Federal State Unitary Hydrographic Department of the Russian Ministry of Transport, Russia

  • Hydrographic Director, 1991 – 2011

State Hydrographic Department of the USSR Ministry of  Merchant Marine, USSR

  • Hydrographic Director, 1990-1991

General Corporation of Ports and Marine Affairs of Yemen Arab Republic, Hodeida, YAR

  • Chief Hydrograph, 1986-1989

State Hydrographic Department of the USSR Ministry of Merchant Marine, USSR

  • Hydrograph, Senior hydrographic engineer, Chief of the hydrographic party, 1980-1986



State Maritime Academy, Saint-Petersburg, Russia

  • A degree of Doctor of Technical Sciences (the highest research degree in Russia) 2010
  • A degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. D.) in Engineering 1995

Leningrad Higher Engineering Marine College, Arctic Department, 1974 – 1980

  • A master’s degree in Hydrography 1980


Additional Information

  • Honorary Polar Explorer
  • Native Russian
  • Fluent English