Andris serves as the Acting Executive Director of BONUS EEIG since August 2018. His responsibilities include the oversight and leading the BONUS EEIG’s strategic development and coordination and monitoring of the BONUS EEIG’s activities as well as organising the preparation and implementation of the Steering Committee decisions. He leads implementation of the coordination and support action BANOS CSA “Towards the joint Baltic Sea and the North Sea research and innovation programme”. This action prepares a framework for launching the joint Baltic Sea and the North Sea research and innovation programme as a successor of the Baltic-Sea-focused BONUS Art. 185 programme.
Andris joined the BONUS Secretariat in 2008 after having been involved with BONUS since the ERA-NET times. Until August 2018 Andris served as the Programme Manager, being responsible for the scientific coordination of the programme including development of the strategic research agenda, implementation of the Steering Committee’s decisions related to the programme management, organisation of the programme’s scientific workshops and conferences, monitoring and following up of the projects, and organising programme’s scientific reporting to the EU and national funding agencies.
Andris received his degree in hydrobiology in 1987 from Shirshov Institute of Oceanology in Moscow. He initiated the establishment of the Latvian Institute of Aquatic Ecology, where he served as the Director from 1995 to 2003 continuing his research in plankton ecology of the Baltic Sea, mostly the Gulf of Riga. During 2003-2007, he worked as the Assistant Coordinator of the Baltic Sea Regional Project funded by the World Bank and the Global Environment Facility, and implemented jointly by HELCOM and ICES. In 2006-2009 Andris coordinated Latvian national research programme on impact of climate change on aquatic systems (KALME). Andris was an associate professor and the head of Department of Hydrobiology, Faculty of Biology, University of Latvia.