Dr. Simone Libralato, MSc (1998) and PhD (2004) in Environmental Sciences at University Ca’ Foscari of Venice, Italy; visiting PhD (2003) student and Visiting Scientist (2004) at Fisheries Centre (University British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada). Since 2008 is a Researcher at the Istituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e di Geofisica Sperimentale – OGS, in Trieste (Italy). He has a background in ecological modelling and quantitative analyses with special emphasis on individual based models, trophic web models and ecotoxicological models. Programming and development of bioenergetic models for representing the growth of fish and shellfish; models of populations structured in age classes: VPA, MSVPA, age structure analysis, stock synthesis. Advanced user of Ecopath with Ecosim for the building of food web models of coastal and open sea ecosystems and integration with hydrodynamic/biogeochemical models. He applies these methods for studying the effects of different stressors including fishing, aquaculture, pollution, climate change and nutrient input. He has served in research projects as coordinator of activities in the regional project for sustainable aquaculture, (SOSTEMITS), coordinator of Task on Communities and food webs modelling within the RITMARE Italian flagship project, end-to-end modelling in EU projects PERSEUS and OPEC. Lectures given on ecological and food web modelling: 2015 Danube Research Institute, Hungary; 2012 University of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; 2010 WWF-MedPan, Turkey; 2010/2009/2008 University of Padova; 2009 SESAME Summer School, Malta; 2009 CIHEAM-IAMZ and GFCM, Zaragoza, Spain; 2001, 2002, 2003 Università Ca’ Foscari di Venezia. The research activity is documented in more than 50 peer-reviewed publications (43 ISI), H index 20-18 (Scholar-Scopus).