Dr. Andrea Barbanti has a PhD in Earth Sciences and a background in environmental geochemistry and coastal oceanography.
He is Research Manager at National Research Council - Institute of Marine Sciences (CNR-ISMAR), where he develops science-to-policy activities and research initiatives promoting Blue Growth at national and EU level, focusing on the Mediterranean basin.
He is member of the Project Management Team of BLUEMED Coordination and Support Action and coordinator of the BLUEMED Policy Platform. He is coordinating or is involved since 2012 in several IT and EU projects dealing with Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) (e.g. RITMARE, ADRIPLAN, MUSES, SUPREME, SIMWESTMED, PORTODIMARE, PHAROS4MPAs), developing and testing approaches and tools for MSP in the Adriatic-Ionian Region and the Mediterranean and supporting in all aspects the MSP implementation process.