The SPSAS is organized by the Oceanographic Institute (IOUSP), the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI) and the Institute of Advanced Studies (IEA/USP), with the support of INterdisciplinary CLimate INvestigation cEnter (INCLINE), Brazilian Network for Monitoring Coastal Benthic Habitats (ReBentos), and other collaborators.


It is sponsored by the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP).


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Alexander Turra is a full professor at the Oceanographic Institute at São Paulo University. His scientific work cover a range of different areas of marine science including governance, management and conservation, marine spatial planning, environmental impact assessment, climate change, marine litter and ecology, as well as investigation into the links between science and public policy and the monitoring of environmental quality. He participated in several committees and/or processes including: Climate Network of the Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (2009-), Sub-Global Assessment Network (2009-), Ad hoc Advisory Group Ocean Sciences Section of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC/UNESCO) Medium Term Strategy (2012), Integrative Group of the Coastal Management Program in the Inter-ministry Commission for the Resources of the Sea (2012-), Pool of Experts of the Regular Process for Global Reporting and Assessment of the State of the Marine Environment, including Socio-economic Aspects (2014-), Environmental Assessment Group of the Brazilian Antarctic Program (2014-), and Council of the Brazilian Coastal and Marine Protected Areas (GEF-Mar Project; 2017-). In relation to marine litter, Dr. Turra participated in the GESAMP Working Group 40 on the “Sources, fate and effects of microplastics in the marine environment – a global assessment” (2012-), Advisory Group of the Study on Marine Plastic Debris and Microplastics at UNEP (UNEA-2) (2015), the 3rd United Nations Environmental Assembly as a Brazilian delegate (UNEA 3)(2017), and representative of the Brazilian government in the steering committee of the Global Marine Litter Partnership (GMLP) within the Global Program of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activity (GPA)(2018). He is acting within the Brazilian government to promote discussions and actions to “Combat Marine Litter” in the National Action Plan for the Coastal Zone (2017-2019), which will implement the Brazilian Volunteer Commitment on marine litter signed in the World Ocean Conference (2017) and which included the organization of the First Brazilian Seminar on the Combat of Marine Litter (November/2017).


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Alexander Turra

Dr. Marcos Regis da Silva holds the position of Executive Director with the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI). In this capacity, he is responsible for the strategic direction of the IAI, implementation of its scientific agenda and leadership regarding the role of the IAI in the current environmental governance discussions, especially with regard to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. Prior to joining the IAI, he held the position of Chief, Knowledge Management and Outreach Services at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). In this role, he provided CITES Parties with advice in the implementation of new electronic trade procedures and technologies to ensure that international trade in CITES-listed species was legal, sustainable and traceable. He was previously with the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) as Program Officer, Clearing-House Mechanism where he worked with CBD Parties to facilitate and promote technical and scientific cooperation. Before joining the United Nations, Marcos was a Programme Officer with the NAFTA Commission on Environmental Cooperation (CEC) where he worked to establish the North American Biodiversity Information Network, perhaps the first global interoperable network of biodiversity data. He holds a PhD from McGill University where he was an Adjunct Professor with the Department of Distance Education and the School of Information Science for many years.

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Marcos Regis Silva

Marcella Ohira is Deputy Executive Director and Director for Capacity Building at the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI). She has organized more than 25 IAI training events, including interdisciplinary training institutes, professional development seminars andscience for policy fora on several global environmental change issues. She has also worked ininternational technical cooperation at the Brazilian Cooperation Agency and the Division of Technical and Technological Cooperation of Brazil’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In addition, Marcella has worked at the U.S. NOAA ´s Office of Global Programs (OGP) in support of regional global change organizations. Marcella has a Masters of Arts in International Relations - International Economics and Science, Technology and the Environment from the Johns Hopkins University/The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Washington, DC, USA and Bologna, Italy, and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the University of Brasília, Brasília, Brazil.

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Marcella Ohira

She holds a degree in Social Communication - Advertising and Advertising from Escola Superior de Propaganda e Marketing (1993) with an MBA (2017) in Marketing from Escola de Agricultura Luiz de Queiroz (ESALQ-USP). Since 1996 she is a communications analyst at the University of São Paulo. Has experience in Communication, with emphasis on Marketing and Academic Events.

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Sandra R. Sedini

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