Helene Hoffmann is a Researcher at Ecologic Institute and co-coordinates its work in coastal and marine studies. 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 currently involved in the European Topic Centre on Inland, Coastal and Marine Waters (ETC-ICM), which supports the European Environmental Agency (EEA) in its research and assessment of European marine waters. She works on different tasks, which relate to ocean governance, the Sustainable Development Goal 14 (SDG14) "Life Below Water" and sustainable shipping. Furthermore, Helene supports the German Federal Environment Agency (UBA) in the project "Technical support for the implementation of the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive". Helene's work on arctic topics includes the second iteration of the WWF funded Arctic Council Conservation Scorecards and a thematic paper on environmental impacts of arctic tourism for the UBA. Helene is involved in the European Topic Centre on Biological Diversity, where she mainly contributes on the EU Birds and Habitats Directive and the Natura 2000 network. Previously, Helene supported the Horizon 2020 project "Knowledge, Assessment, and Management for Aquatic Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Across EU Policies" (AQUACROSS). AQUACROSS aimed to advance knowledge and application of ecosystem-based management (EBM) for aquatic ecosystems.
Before joining Ecologic Institute, Helene Hoffmann worked as Marine Policy Advisor at the Brussels-based public policy consultancy Milieu Ltd. 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. Prior to Milieu, Helene Hoffmann completed a traineeship in the Marine and Water Unit at the European Commission Joint Research Centre in Ispra (Italy) and at the UNEP Caribbean Environment Programme in Kingston (Jamaica).
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 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.