project advisory board

Jean Berlamont

Dr. Berlamont is a civil engineer and a professor of Hydraulics and Hydraulic Engineering at the University of Leuven in Belgium. He is a member of the Scientific Committee as well as the Board of the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ, Belgium) and was Chairman of BeNeCoRe, the Belgian Network for Coastal Research. He is also a member of the committee of experts for the Loire, France (GIP Loire estuaire) and the Scientific Committee for the Loire.

Dr. Berlamont has extensive experience working in and coordinating EU projects (e.g. NOWESP, CENAS, MMARIE, COSINUS). He also has a long history of involvement with initiatives in the Scheldt river, including as a member of the bi-national committee on the Western Scheldt (project "Oost - West", 1994), the Belgian - Dutch Review team Oosterschelde (1993 – 1994), the scientific audit team for “Langetermijnvisie Schelde estuarium” (Rijkswaterstaat, 2000), the bi-national review committee for the environmental impact assessment of the deepening of the Western Scheldt (2004), and the “monitoring committee” for the Western Scheldt (2010 -).

Beatrice Claus

Beatrice Claus is a biologist who has been working on estuaries for 20 years. Since 1996, she has been with the International WWF Center for Marine Conservation in the field of protection of the Wadden Sea and estuaries. Based in Hamburg, she is an expert on human impacts such as coastal defence and deepening of shipping channels on the ecosystem. Her efforts are geared towards avoiding further degradations and improving the environmental conditions of estuaries and the Wadden Sea, developing adaptation measures to climate change and looking for solutions to integrated estuarine management. She recently organised the international conference "Astuar 21: Sustainability for man and nature - European examples of estuary development with regard to the Elbe". She is also one of the WWF members helping to set up a World Estuary Alliance to protect estuaries.

Beatrice represents the NGOs of Lower Saxony in a working group which is developing the integrated management plan of the Elbe estuary to implement Natura 2000. She is also a member of the European Expert Group on Estuaries and Coastal Zones, whose task is to produce a guideline for the implementation of Natura 2000 under special consideration of port development and shipping.

Victor de Jonge

Dr. de Jonge is a marine ecologist with extensive experience in the science and management of estuaries and coastal areas, marine and estuarine pollution and eutrophication.

Dr. de Jonge has been working on policy supporting research, policy making and management, as well as fundamental research. He just retired from Rijkswaterstaat (part of the Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management of The Netherlands), where he specialised in coastal management: protection against flooding, maintenance of harbours and navigation routes and control of the water quality.

Dr. de Jonge has lectured at undergraduate and postgraduate levels both in the Netherlands and in the United Kingdom. He is currently Honary Professor of the UK's Institute of Estuarine and Coastal Studies (IECS), and a member of the Wadden Sea Council in the Netherlands.

Wivina Demeester – De Meyer

Wivina Demeester - De Meyer is an agricultural engineer with a post-graduate degree in teaching, who entered Belgian politics in 1974 as a member of the Parliament for the Christian Democratic party. Since 1985 she has been appointed to a number of positions for both the Belgian government (State Secretary for Public Health and Handicapped Care, State Secretary for Finance, and Minister of Budget and Science) and the Flemish government (Minister of Finance and Budget, Health Institutions, Welfare and Family, and Minister of Finance, Budget and Health). In 1999 she became member of the Flemish Parliament and Chairperson of the Committee for Public Works, Transport and Energy.

She is, since 2004, the president of the Task Force for the deepening of the Westerschelde, assigned by the Flemish Government.

Tony Edwards

Dr. Edwards works for the Humber Industry Nature Conservation Association (INCA), a not for profit company bringing together industry, planners, public agencies and nature conservation organisations with the joint mission: “Industry and Nature in Harmony”. It is committed to aiding businesses, regenerating the Humber area, and enhancing its wildlife riches.

Dr. Edwards currently chairs a number of groups on stakeholder participation in environmental management and organises the annual Humber Estuary Conference. He lectures at the University of Hull to students from industry on environment and sustainability topics.

Dr. Edwards has worked for over 35 years on water and environmental management in Yorkshire. Before joining Humber INCA, he was the Environment Agency’s Humber Strategies Manager, and previously the Agency’s Area Manager, delivering pollution regulation, water resources management, fisheries and flood risk management services to a Yorkshire population of 4 million. He began his career working on water pollution control.

Heinz Glindemann (Chairman of the Project Advisory Board)

Heinz Glindemann was born directly behind the dykes of the Elbe river mouth. Up to this day, he has stayed faithful to his tidal river. He studied civil engineering at the Technical University of Braunshweig. During his civil service, he worked for the Federal Administration of Waterways and Shipping, where waterways engineering, flood protection, tidal rivers and estuaries were already his focus. He was awarded the Schinkel Prize for his innovative design of a weir.

Since 1978, Mr. Glindemann has been working for the Hamburg Port Authority (HPA). Starting in 1995 he led the department of river engineering, which focuses its efforts on river engineering and waterway development and maintenance, sediments and dredging, flood-risk management within the port area, and proactively developing the “concept for a sustainable development of the tidal Elbe River as an artery of the metropolitan region of Hamburg and beyond”. After reorganization of the HPA, in the months prior to his summer 2010 retirement, he took the lead of the Tidal Elbe and hydrology department, which also considers the effects of climate change on these issues.

Mr. Glindemann also remains active in the international arena, for example as a member of the Environmental Commission of the Central Dredging Association (CEDA) for over fifteen years.

Harro Heyer

Dr. Heyer has a degree in oceanography from the University of Hamburg and a PhD in fluid mechanics from the University of Hannover. As a scientist at these institutions, he conducted research on the Wadden Sea, as well as on simulation and nonlinear optimization.

He subsequently became a scientist at the German Federal Waterways Engineering and Research Institute (BAW), working on the development and use of simulation models. He is currently and since 2003 the Director of the Coastal Division at BAW, based in Hamburg. His expertise and responsibilities focus on hydraulics engineering, tidal dynamics, sediment transport and morphodynamics in estuaries and coastal zones. He is also a referee for a wide range of hydraulic engineering measures and decision-making processes at the German coastal waterways.

Within the Coastal Division, Dr. Heyer is also Head of the Subdivisions for Estuary Systems and for Technical Information Systems.

Louis-Alexandre Romaña

Mr. Romaña has been working for Ifremer (French Institute of Research for the Sea) since 1975. He is currently in charge of the coastal environment in the Prospective and Scientific Strategy Division, where he launches scientific groups and manages the relationship between Ifremer and the French enforcement organizations.

He has extensive expertise on water quality issues in coastal areas and large french estuaries (Seine, Loire, Gironde) and has, over the years, led a number of multidisciplinary teams and programs charged with studying and monitoring the impacts on French coastal waters of nuclear power plants, domestic waste dumping and chemical contaminants. He is the author of a guide for setting up a common methodology for monitoring urban waste along the Mediterranean coast.

Mr. Romaña has developed many projects that are still in operation by the French Water Agency (SDAGE, RINBIO). Between 1993 and 2004 he also developed and led the scientific management of the still-ongoing Programme Seine-Aval, in which over 50 french and european scientific laboratories collaborate on a multidisciplinary approach to the Seine estuary and bay. He is currently national Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Estuaries of the Seine and the Loire (by decree).

Michael Schirmer

Dr. Schirmer, a professor and assistant professor at the University of Bremen since 1976, has conducted extensive research in ecology, pollution, use, protection and development of estuaries, as well as restoration and compensation planning and monitoring. He was coordinator for two interdisciplinary research projects on climate change in the lower Weser region and the German North Sea coast, and a project on integrated flood risk management. He is co-author of the Ecological Masterplan Weser and led the production of the report “A framework for the restoration of the lower Weser and its marsh” on behalf of the joint planning effort Bremen/Lower Saxony. He has contributed to several aquatic and landscape analyses of the ecological impact of various interventions for EIAs.

Dr. Schirmer belongs to the Council for Nature Conservation and Landscape Management of Bremen’s Senate for Construction and Environment. He has provided scientific advice in regards to the monitoring of the dredging of the Outer Weser, the identification of compensation measures for the expansion of the Outer and Lower Weser, and the implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive, among others. He is, since 2004, head of the dike association in Bremen.

Hans-Heinrich Witte

Dr. Witte conducted his studies in civil enngineering at the Technical University of Braunschweig, where in 1984 he became senior scientist at the Leichtweiß-Institute for Hydraulic Engineering and Water Resources.

Subsequently, Dr. Witte went on to set up and direct the Estuary Systems section of the Coastal Division of the Federal Waterways Engineering and Research Institute (BAW). This was followed by positions as Head of the Department of Hydraulic Engineering in Inland Areas of the BAW, based in Karlsruhe, and then director and professor of the BAW, Karlsruhe.

Dr. Witte is, since 2005, President of the Waterways and Shipping Directorate North, Kiel.

Dr. Witte is the author of a variety of publications and specialist lectures in the fields of coastal engineering, hydraulic engineering, waterways engineering, and morphology.