Steering Group

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About the Steering Group

The EOOS Steering Group was established in early 2016 to guide the development of EOOS.


The Steering Group (SG) is the top-level governance structure tasked to approve all decisions concerning EOOS strategy and implementation.
The EOOS SG meets on average twice a year, and it is advised by the other EOOS committees. The EOOS Steering Group’s key responsibilities are to:

  • Guide EOOS governance
  • Drive the EOOS implementation and track its performance
  • Engage with key stakeholders to maintain support for EOOS
  • Communicate EOOS to the wider community
  • Approve EOOS pilot projects
  • Ensure links between EOOS and relevant international initiatives (e.g. GOOS).

The mandate for Steering Group membership is four years, with members of the next SG selected by the existing SG. Members of the SG are also observers in all other EOOS  committees.



  • Inga Lips

    Chair, Secretary General - EuroGOOS

  • Sheila Heyman

    Vice-Chair, Executive Director -European Marine Board

  • George Petihakis

    Research Director - Hellenic Centre for Marine Research

  • Isabel Sousa Pinto

    Head - Aquatic Biodiversity and Conservation group, Interdisciplinary Centre for Marine and Environmental Research

  • Pierre-Yves Le Traon

    Scientific Director - Mercator Ocean International

  • Thorsten Kiefer

    Chair of EOOS Resource Forum, Joint Programming Initiative Healthy and Productive Seas and Oceans

  • Laurent Delauney

    Chair of EOOS Operations Committee, Ifremer

  • Kate Larkin

    Deputy Head of Secretariat, EMODnet

The Steering Group is supported by Joseph Nolan, Science Officer, EuroGOOS.