Ethics Committee

The Ethics Committee has 5 members and is chaired by the coordinator. The members are: 

 Lucas Stal

Prof. Dr. Lucas J. Stal (WP1, Coordinator)(Chair)

Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ)

Prof. Dr. Lucas Stal obtained his PhD in microbial ecology from the University of Groningen (Netherlands). He worked for 10 years at the University of Oldenburg (Germany) and 8 years at the University of Amsterdam (Netherlands) before becoming head of the department of Marine Microbiology of the Netherlands Institute of Ecology in Yerseke (now NIOZ). He is also professor in Marine Microbiology at the University of Amsterdam and is an advisor of the biotech company Algenol in Berlin. He is specialized in the ecology and diversity of cyanobacteria, other marine bacteria and microalgae, and known for his work on microbial mats and nitrogen fixation


Marieke Reuver (WP9)


Marieke Reuver has a background in Animal Science (MSc) from Wageningen University (the Netherlands). Currently, Marieke is AquaTT’s RTD Programme Manager. She has extensive experience in managing EC research projects, dealing specifically with knowledge management and transfer, communication and dissemination, as well as stakeholder engagement. She has been managing Aqua-tnet, the largest European network in aquaculture, fisheries and aquatic resource management involving universities, research institutes and industry, for over six years.

 Joerg Overmann

Prof. Dr. Jörg Overmann

Leibniz Institute DSMZ-German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures

Prof. Jörg Overmann has long-standing expertise in bacterial physiology, diversity and molecular ecology. Over the past decades, the laboratory of J. Overmann has analyzed the diversity, biogeochemical activity and environmental controls of bacterial communities in soil and aquatic environments, and based on this information isolated and described a larger number of bacterial species that had previously escaped cultivation and physiological characterization (e.g. Acidobacteria). Furthermore, the group has profound expertise in the extraction and analysis of nucleic acids from the environment and in analysis of molecular data from complex microbial communities, multivariate statistical analysis of bacterial sequence data, and large, joint meta-analysis. After taking over the directorship of the Leibniz-Institut DSMZ, routines for the analysis of datasets from second (Illumina) and third (Pacific Biosciences) generation sequencing were established at the DSMZ and applied to bacterial genomes, transcriptomes and metagenomes. The DSMZ maintains its own well-established server infrastructure that consists of several concerted server system elements. The symmetric multiprocessor (SMP) system consists of 28 nodes, 5.5 TB of RAM and 384 CPU cores leading to a total computing power of 5 TFLOPs. This part of the server system is used for massive parallel diversity estimations and taxonomic (in-)dependent analyses and for secondary analysis of Pacific Biosciences sequencing data.

 Wolfgang R Hess2

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang R. Hess

Albert-Ludwig University of Freiburg

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang R. Hess is head of the group “Genetics & Experimental Bioinformatics” at the University of Freiburg. MSc in biology in 1987 and PhD in genetics in 1990, both from Humboldt-University (HU) Berlin, Germany. Following a post-doc at the CNRS institute for Marine Biology in Roscoff, France, he was assistant and associate professor for Genetics at HU Berlin. EMBO fellow at the Friedrich-Miescher Institute in Basel, Switzerland (1990) and HFSP visiting research fellow at the MIT in Cambridge, U.S. (2000). In 2003 he launched the program of the Ocean Genome Legacy Foundation at New England Biolabs as founding director. In 2004 he became appointed Professor for Experimental Bioinformatics at the University of Freiburg and in 2008 Professor in Genetics. Wolfgang Hess is a specialist for bacterial genome analyses and a focus on gene regulation. He is currently speaker for the Freiburg Initiative for Systems Biology and is or has been leading several national and international research projects.

 Viggo Thor Marteinsson

Dr. Viggo Thór Marteinsson


Dr. Viggo Thór Marteinsson has a PhD in marine microbiology from Université de Bretagne Occidentale, France. He has a strong background in microbial ecology, phylogeny, biotechnology and genetics with more than 20 years of experience. He is currently a group leader in the department of microbiological research at MATIS, in the division of Food safety, Environment and Genetics.He was the biotechnology representative of the microbial node within the EU Network of Excellence "Marine Genomics Europe". He is involved in the CAREX (Life in extreme environments) and Micro B3 EU projects. The focus of his group is on microbial ecology, function and biotechnology in marine and various extreme environments (deep sea and coastal hydrothermal vents, terrestrial and subterranean vents and sub glacial lakes) as source of novel genes by silico screening. His group collaborates with international research groups and participated in numerous research projects, oceanic cruises and field trips.



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