Helene Hoffmann is a Researcher at Ecologic Institute where she primarily works on marine, water and biodiversity topics. She works in English and German and is fluent in French.
At Ecologic Institute, Helene Hoffmann is involved in the project Knowledge, Assessment, and Management for Aquatic Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Across EU Policies (AQUACROSS). The Horizon 2020 project seeks to support the European Union's (EU) efforts to protect aquatic biodiversity and ensure the provision of aquatic ecosystem services. AQUACROSS aims to support the achievement of the EU 2020 Biodiversity Strategy targets by advancing knowledge and application of ecosystem-based management (EBM) for aquatic ecosystems.
Before joining Ecologic Institute, Helene Hoffmann worked at the Brussels based public policy consultancy Milieu Ltd, where she worked as a Marine Policy Advisor. In this role, she provided policy advice to the EU Commission on the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD). She was involved in the assessment of Member State reporting under the MSFD, which included assessments of the reported Monitoring Programmes and Programmes of Measures. She worked primarily on marine biodiversity and commercial fisheries, but also covered topics such as non-indigenous species, underwater noise and marine litter. Prior to Milieu, Helene Hoffmann completed a traineeship in the Marine and Water Unit at the European Commission Joint Research Centre in Ispra (Italy), where she was member of a team that provided MSFD implementation support to policy makers and stakeholders. Moreover, during her internship at the UNEP Caribbean Environment Programme in Kingston (Jamaica), she was part of the Specially Protected Areas and Wildlife Unit and collaborated on projects such as the Caribbean Large Marine Ecosystem Project (CLME+) and Biodiversity for Sustainable Development in the Caribbean through Ecosystem Based Management.
Helene Hoffmann completed a Master's degree in Marine Resource Development and Protection at the Heriot Watt University Edinburgh (UK). For her Master's thesis, she assessed the diversity and value of key European marine habitats and reviewed the use of the 'ecosystem services' concept in marine environmental policy and coastal management. She received her Bachelor's degree in Oceanography from the University of Southampton (UK), during which she spent a year abroad at the University of Bremen (Germany) to focus on climate sciences. Her Bachelor's thesis in Paleoceanography assessed sea level fluctuations in the Northern Red Sea over the last glacial cycle.