NORA Moving Forward
NORA 3rd Conference3rd – 5th November 2020The Netherlands, Rotterdam

Photo: Bureau Waardenburg Ecology & Landscape, Floor Driessen


Organising Committee

Hein Sas

Hein Sas is member of the NORA Advisory Board and is as such a link between the Dutch native oyster restoration network and NORA. He is highly motivated to help organising NORA3, since he strongly believes that exchange of knowledge and experiences on a European level will help to speed up native oyster restoration projects.

Philine zu Ermgassen

Philine zu Ermgassen has ten years experience in oyster restoration science and marine coastal habitat restoration. She has developed numerous ecosystem service models for oyster and other coastal habitats in the US and globally, and authored both scientific papers and outreach user manuals to help to translate the science into policy and practice. She is delighted to be supporting the continued process of learning about and sharing experiences of oyster restoration. Philine is a member of the NORA Secretariat.

Katrin Wollny-Goerke

Katrin Wollny-Goerke is an independent freelancer, based in Hamburg with her small enterprise meeresmedien Katrin has been working in support of NORA since its founding, and has assisted with the organization of both the first NORA meeting in Berlin 2017, and NORA 2 in Edinburgh. Katrin is a member of the NORA Secretariat.

Boze Hancock

Boze Hancock is the Senior Marine Habitat Restoration Scientist for TNC’s Global Oceans Team and a member of the NORA Secretariat. Boze assists in developing marine habitat restoration in new geographies and provides technical support for partners and numerous restoration projects throughout TNC’s global portfolio. He also works to provide the science support for marine habitat restoration, particularly through quantifying the ecosystem services these habitats provide human communities. Boze is a member of the NORA Secretariat.

Karel van den Wijngaard

Karel is managing the shellfish reef restoration projects at ARK Nature (NL) (, working closely together with, first of all, WWF-NL and with other parties and organisations, in the Netherlands and abroad. As such, he has been involved with the first field projects in the Netherlands since the beginning (2016), in Dutch marine and estuarine waters. He has been connected with NORA since the first gathering in Berlin in 2017. He is currently setting up the Dutch restoration network, since he believes in cooperation between all parties involved to further the cause. Hence, he also gladly assists in organising NORA3. Karel has a background in environmental sciences.

Scientific Committee*

*The Scientific Committee will select oral presentations and posters for the conference, on the basis of the abstracts sent in by the participants.

Dr William Sanderson
Heriot Watt University, Scotland

Bill is a MASTS Reader/Associate Professor of Marine Biodiversity at Heriot-Watt University as well as a Research Director for the Dornoch Environmental Enhancement Project and St Abbs Marine Station. He also brings to the committee  his experience as host of the NORA 2 conference in Edinburgh. Bill is a member of the NORA Advisory Board

Dr Joanne Preston
University of Portsmouth (UK- Ireland Native Oyster Network)

Dr Joanne Preston is a Marine Biologist based at the Institute of Marine Sciences, University of Portsmouth. She brings experience, both in knowledge exchange through her co-founding of the UK/Ireland Native Oyster Network and in oyster restoration practice through her scientific leadership for the Solent Oyster Restoration Project in collaboration with Blue Marine Foundation. Jo is also a member of the NORA Advisory Board

Dr Luke Helmer
Scientific officer for the Blue Marine Foundation

As scientific officer for the Blue Marine Foundation, Luke influences the direction of the research required to maximise the success of operations conducted for the Solent Oyster Restoration Project. Having recently completed his PhD studies on the efficacy of suspended broodstock cages as larval pumps, Luke has gained a range of skills and expertise across the field of oyster restoration. Areas of interest and study include ecology, invasive species, aquaculture, disease, reproduction, environmental influences and scientific communications. 

Prof. Dr Henning von Nordheim
BfN and Rostock University

Henning is marine benthic ecologist with a strong interest and expertise in European oyster restoration. From 1992-2020, Henning was the head of the Marine Nature Conservation at the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation on Isle of Vilm. Since 1998 he has been chair of the OSPAR – MPA programme and member of the EU Marine Expert Group. Henning is Honorary Professor for “Marine Nature Conservation” at the University of Rostock, Germany and he is also a member of the NORA Advisory Board

David Donnan
Sustainable Coasts and Seas Team in Scottish Natural Heritage

David Donnan works in the Sustainable Coasts and Seas Team in Scottish Natural Heritage, the Government’s nature adviser in Scotland. He works on biodiversity/marine fisheries interactions, on non-native species and has had an involvement in native oyster conservation in Scotland for over 20 years. For native oyster, Scottish Natural Heritage has the twin aims of protecting existing populations and restoring the historic range in Scotland. We see meeting the challenges of sustainable and ecologically sound oyster restoration as a significant goal in the next few years.

Bérenger Colsoul
Alfred Wegener Institute and University of Kiel

Bérenger Colsoul is a PhD student at the Alfred Wegener Institute and the University of Kiel in Germany where he currently works on the ecological restoration of the European flat oyster in the German Bight. His research is focused on the sustainable, ecological and substantial production of O. edulis seeds and substrate. Bérenger comes from a family of French oyster farmers producing Pacific oysters and European flat oysters on the whole French Atlantic and North Sea coast, and he seeks to apply this knowledge of collection/production techniques in the restoration context.

Dr Pauline Kamermans
Wageningen Marine Research and Marine Animal Ecology Group of Wageningen University

Dr Pauline Kamermans is working at Wageningen Marine Research in the Netherlands since the year 2000 and since 2018 also part-time at the Marine Animal Ecology Group of Wageningen University. She received her BSc degree from the University of Amsterdam and her MSc and PhD from the University of Groningen. Research for her PhD was carried out at the Netherlands Institute for Sea Research on Texel. She worked as a postdoc at the North Carolina State University and the Netherlands Institute of Ecology. Kamermans has 32 years’ experience in marine ecological and aquaculture research of which 25 years have been devoted to shellfish. Her present work focusses on shellfish aquaculture and shellfish restoration including flat oyster restoration in the North Sea.

Alison Debney
Zoological Society London (UK-Ireland Native Oyster Network)

Alison is the Senior Conservation Programme Manager for UK and Europe at the Zoological Society of London (ZSL). She brings practical experience to the committee through her role as Chair of the Essex Native Oyster Restoration Initiative (ENORI) and Co-Chair of the Native Oyster Network for UK & Ireland and a member of the NORA steering committee. Alison is also a member of the NORA Advisory Board