Hein Sas (July 12, 1956) is a freelance consultant and researcher, based in Amsterdam. He has studied experimental physics and after working 20 years in environmental research and consultancy he decided to become independent and devote his professional career, and much of his personal life, to restoring estuarine and marine ecosystems. About 10 years ago, Hein became aware of the -almost total – eradication of native oyster beds in the European marine environment and the ecological disaster which this entailed. So he decided to start raising interest in native oyster restoration and, if possible, helping to fund and develop restoration projects. In 2016 thisled to the creation of the Dutch native oyster consortium, in which Wageningen Marine Research, Bureau Waardenburg and Sas Consultancy cooperate in designing and executing restoration projects. The interest and amount of projects in the Dutch North Sea area has been growing rapidly since then, so Hein is currently setting up a Dutch native oyster network, in which all interested parties, ranging from nature restoration NGO’s, industry, government and science cooperate. Hein regards NORA as the essential organisation through which this type of cooperation can be achieved on a European level.
Katrin Wollny-Goerke is an independent freelancer, based in Hamburg with her small enterprise meeresmedien www.meeresmedien.de. She studied geography and made her diploma in 1991. Focusing on marine nature conservation issues and environmental education & information, she worked at the Seal Rehabilitation Center in Friedrichskoog, Schleswig-Holstein / Germany, and also became head of the Center. In 1998, Katrin began to work as a freelancer for several nature conservation institutions, realizing different media products for exhibitions, educational and information purposes about marine fauna, flora and nature conservation, mostly in a network with other freelancers. During her long-lasting contracts with the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN), Katrin got in touch with European Oyster restoration. She developed several media products for BfN about the Native Oyster, together with Andreas Essenberger (a freelancer colleague). They were also involved in the organization of the first NORA meeting in Berlin 2017, in close cooperation with Dr. Bernadette Pogoda from AWI. For NORA 2, Andreas and Katrin organized the registration process in order of Heriot-Watt University.
Web services & Graphic design
Andreas Essenberger is a multimedia designer and runs Essenberger Design, an interactive media and design agency in Husum, a small port town in Wadden Sea National Park on the west coast of Germany. The agency produces designs for corporate identity, advertising and marketing and also websites and interactive applications for terminals in nature conservation information centres and exhibitions. The agency offers a full range of services for the implementation of projects. From consultation, planning and conception to design, production and reproduction, as well as technical services for the operation of applications. In collaboration with Katrin Wollny-Goerke (meeresmedien), he works on wide-ranging communications projects, such as a long-term project for the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation or Marine Mammals Science Education, a European project carried out by several countries.
He designed and implemented the website for NORA and handles tasks related to visual and digital communication and the operation of the website.