3rd Australia New Zealand Marine Biotechnology Society Symposium

Marine Biotechnology Solutions For 21st Century Challenges, UNSW Sydney, May 20th to 22nd 2019.


Dr. Pia Winberg

Marine Ecologist/ Phycologist/ Marine nutrition – University of Wollongong

CEO & Chief Scientist - Venus Shell Systems Pty. Ltd.

CEO – PhycoHealth Pty. Ltd

Pia has worked across sustainable marine industry development and academia for the past 20 years; integrating marine food production systems with the environment, to deliver potent nutritional benefits to society. Pia has been involved in numerous clinical studies using marine sourced nutrition to demonstrate the case that it is essential to human wellbeing, but then also that we need sustainable production methods to deliver on that need. Pia is now on a commercial pathway with a mission to take new Australian marine crops through to healthy and accessible food for all…. everyday.


Dr. Wayne O'Connor

Principal Research Scientist with NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) and Research Leader at the Port Stephens Fisheries Institute (PSFI).

Wayne has over 30 years experience in aquaculture research. He has worked on a variety programs ranging from algal culture to the development of production techniques for molluscs such as oysters (edible and pearl), scallops, mussels and clams. Currently, a great deal of his research focuses on increasing the quantity, variety and quality of shellfish available in NSW. In particular, he works closely with a number of Universities to use cutting edge science to improve the supply and quality of the State’s iconic, Sydney rock oyster.

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Dr. Katherine Dafforn

Senior Lecturer, Department of Environmental Sciences, Macquarie University

Katie’s research explores solutions to mitigate urban impacts on marine communities and she has been investigating the marine life in Sydney Harbour and other NSW estuaries for over 10 years. Most recently she has been investigating the potential to incorporate ecological ideas into the design of engineered marine structures (e.g. “living seawalls”). She aims to provide sustainable building solutions to developers and managers for enhancing marine infrastructure and reducing the spread of non-indigenous species.

Katie completed her PhD in Biological Sciences in 2010 at the University of New South Wales, Sydney before beginning a postdoctoral research position in the Applied Marine and Estuarine Ecology (AMEE) Lab. Katie joined the Department of Environmental Sciences at Macquarie University in April 2018 as a Senior Lecturer and continues in her role as Deputy Director for the Sydney Harbour Research Program at the Sydney Institute of Marine Science. She is enthusiastic about science communication and publishes regularly in media outlets such as The Conversation. In 2016 she was awarded a NSW Young Tall Poppy Science Award for science excellence and community engagement.


Mr. Pierre Erwes

Chair BioMarine

Pierre Erwes is an oceanographer with a subsequent specialization in IT and marketing. He is an entrepreneur who has over thirty-five years of international experience, primarily in the areas of marine bio resources and new technologies. He exercised managerial responsibilities in several companies and international groups.

In 2008 Pierre Erwes launched the BioMarine convention, now recognized as the only industry and investment platform dedicated to marine bio resources. Since 2008, it has significantly contributed to the economic development of several regions and countries such as France, UK, NS Canada, Portugal, NC USA, Norway, QC Canada, Monaco. Pierre Erwes has directly contributed to the establishment of several blue policy including Portugal and Quebec.

In 2018 he brought BioMarine from Hong Kong to France and merge under the same umbrella “BioMarine Online Community”, BICA, BlueGen, BioMarine Convention, MyBlueCity and BioMarine Consulting. The new entity will support and accelerate business ventures and facilitate the financing of transnational projects.


Dr. Line Bay

Dr Line Bay is a principal research scientist at the Australian Institute of Marine Science. She is an evolutionary ecologist whose research integrates physiological, genetic and genomic data to understand how corals interact with their environment, and their potential to evolve increased tolerance under projected environmental change. Dr Bay currently leads the AIMS Reef Recovery, Adaptation and Restoration team, and is a core member of the Reef Restoration and Recovery Program. This major multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional program is exploring a suite of potential biotechnological interventions that could be developed and applied at scale for practical restoration and adaptation of coral reefs in a warming world. Dr Bay holds a PhD in population genetics from James Cook University and is an author of more than 60 scientific and technical publications relating to coral reefs. She holds adjunct positions with James Cook and Oregon State Universities and editorial roles with Proceedings of the Royal Society B (Biology), Coral Reefs, BMC Evolutionary Biology and Frontier in Marine Science.


Ms. Traceylee Forester

Traceylee Forester is currently working with Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS), as their first Indigenous Partnerships Coordinator. She is assisting in the building of partnerships between AIMS and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of Northern Australia, particularly in regards to the collaboration of Western Science and Traditional Owner Science.

Traceylee is a member of two Traditional Owner groups in Australia’s Northern Queensland. On her mother’s side she is from the Lama Lama Clan of Princess Charlotte Bay, Cape York and on her father’s side, she is from the Nywaigi Clan, located near Ingham. Traceylee is passionate about assisting Traditional Owners to share their knowledge, experience and wisdom of our natural environment with others.

Prior to joining AIMS, Traceylee spent six years on-country co-ordinating the Lama Lama Traditional Use of Marine Resources Agreement (TUMRA) with the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, and the Junior Ranger program. Prior to that she held the position of secretariat for the Uluru Kata Tjuta board of co-management.

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