Speaker Biographies

In order of programme

Facilitator - TAVIS POTTS

Dr Tavis Potts is a Reader in environmental geography, interim Director of the new Centre for Energy Transition at the University of Aberdeen. Dr Potts research interests revolve around sustainable marine and coastal resources and include understanding just transitions and social dimensions of energy; the blue economy and sustainable seafood, marine planning and resource governance. 


Scientific Researcher at the Institute of Marine Research (CSIC)

PhD in Biology from the University of Santiago de Compostela since 1991.
•Deputy Director of the Marine Research Institute(1999-2001, and from 2006-2011)
•Director of the Marine Research Institute (2011-2015)
•Research topics:

-quality of fishery products (frozen storage and refrigeration),

-development of species authentication methodologies based on the analysis of DNA

-valorization of by-products of fishery industry (collagen and collagen peptides)

•Principal investigator of 8 EU projects, coordinator in 3 of them. PI in 9 national research projects
•Participation in a total of 26 national and international research projects.
•Author of more than 120 research papers in international journals and books, as well as author three national patents.
•Invited lecturer in 21 international congresses and conferences and has participated with communications in a total of 40 Congresses and Conferences.


 Dr Simona Paolacci graduated in Environmental Sciences from Sapienza University of Rome (Italy) and she has a research master in Environmental      Monitoring and Restoration. After completing her PhD in plant eco-physiology at University   College Cork, Simona worked for three years as a post-doc   in the same college. Simona developed a phytoremediation system to treat aquaculture wastewater whilst producing a valuable, protein-rich plant   biomass. She is interested in   investigating how the environmental factors affect morpho-physiological and biochemical characteristics of plants and in   optimising growth conditions to maximise the production of useful bio-compounds. Simona is also interested in aquatic   ecosystems and in sustainable   exploitation of the marine environment. In general, she enjoys using plants and algae to solve environmental problems.


Graduation in Engineering Agro-Industrial, Inspector Chef in ASAE (Economic and Food Safety Authority)- Coordination of ASAE’s official control operational plans in food, Trainer of Better Training for Safer Food (BTSF) of DG Sanco, course "New investigation techniques for official controls along the food chain - food Fraud- Intelligence cycle", with the aim of promoting adequate training in this matter, not only to administrative authorities that carry out verification of legal requirements, but also to the Police Authorities; National contact point of Food Fraud NW and the information exchange network AAC System- FF - Participation in meetings of the FFN network on combating fraudulent practices in the food area of contact points between Member States - Food Fraud Network - FFN - information exchange network - the AAC System- FF, Representation of the ASAE at the meetings on the CNCM - National Maritime Coordinating Center - accreditation to have access to classified matters up to the degrees NATO SECRET, SECRETO, SECRET EU; ASAE representation in meetings on the ECGFF - European Coast Guard Functions Forum and NACGF - North Atlantic Coast Guard Forum – WG “Fisheries Enforcement”, Coordination Working Group of national authorities with supervisory competence of BVMs: Illegal activities in the Live Bivalve Molluscs trade between Portugal and Spain


  • Graduated in Economy from University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain)
  • Laurea in Economia from Universitá degli Studi di Pisa (Italy) since 
  • Master’s degree in banking and finance from Escuela de Finanzas Aplicadas, Grupo AFI (Analistas Financieros Internacionales)
  • 2005-2016 Aluminios Cortizo, S.A. 

He occupies different positions within the structure of the mother company were held, from Managing Director of the factories in Slovakia, Poland, France or Romania to responsible for strategic procurement in the Middle East area, but most of the time playing the role of Director of Expansion of the company.

  • 2016-2018 Corporate Development Director of G.O.C., S.A.
  • 2018-2020 Managing Director of Vertifil Industrial S.A.


Nuno was born in Setúbal in 1973, Portugal, where he has lived all his life. He has a degree in mechanical engineering from Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon. He developed his professional activity in the automotive, aeronautics and food industry. Since 2017, he has played the role of project manager and responsible for the traceability of Exporsado oyster farms in his hometown Setúbal



Lecturer (Scholarship), Geography & Environment at the University of Aberdeen

Dr Michail Bitzios is an applied economist/behaviourist, working at the intersection of environment, agriculture, food and nutrition/health. He is currently employed as Lecturer in the department of Geography and Environment of the University of Aberdeen. Michail’s research has mainly concentrated on quantifying insights with respect to human decision making, values and choices. By applying a variety of qualitative and quantitative techniques (among others, stated preference methods), his research investigates the effects of various factors on the economic decisions of individuals.