The current Australian Ocean Data Network (AODN) Director, Dr Roger Proctor retires in December this year (see recent news story). Sebastien Mancini has been appointed as the new Director and assumed the position on the1st of November to provide a period of overlap.
Many in the marine science space will know of Sebastien, who joined the Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS) in August 2008. He has worked as a Project Officer and more recently the Data Team Leader within the eMarine and Information Infrastructure facility of IMOS (now known as the AODN). The AODN is responsible for data management and infrastructure for IMOS and AODN. In his work with the AODN, Sebastien has contributed to the creation and improvement of a single integrative framework for data and information management that allows discovery and access of the data by scientists, managers and the public.
However, many may not be aware of Sebastien's background before he moved to Australia in 2008. Sebastien trained in marine science at a French Engineering school (ISITV, Toulon) before beginning his career as a physical oceanographer doing numerical modelling in a French multidisciplinary coastal and marine environmental services company, CREOCEAN. At CREOCEAN, his primary work was numerical modelling (coastal circulation, waves, tidal currents, sediment and pollutants transport) and design of coastal structures (e.g. sea-walls and harbour developments). Sebastien also participated in the collection, preparation and analysis of in-situ data.
Outside of work, when not spending time with his young family, he is passionate about all types of sport (even cricket!). Sebastien is an avid Volleyball player, both beach and indoor, and made his debut in the Australian Masters Game in Tasmania last year. When not enjoying the outdoors (camping with friends and family), he is a great cook - specialising in Provençal dishes. Lastly, it is not well known, but his dream job (aside from being the AODN director of course) would be in Sports Photography.