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OOSKAnews Announces Details on Fourth aquaNOW Audience Panelists

EDINBURGH, Scotland, United Kingdom

OOSKAnews Inc. will host the fourth “aquaNOW Audience,” at Scotland's Strathclyde University on May 22, 2015 at 1:30 PM UK time (8:30 AM EDT). The event will feature panelists Douglas McKenzie and Ruby Moynihan.

OOSKAnews will be announcing more panelists this week.


Dr. Douglas McKenzie originally trained as a marine biologist (Glasgow University then Queen's Belfast), and is an expert on echinoderms and microbial symbiosis. McKenzie founded the Marine Biotech group at the Scottish Association for Marine Science near Oban which he joined as a research fellow in 1989. In 1999 he founded his first company (Integrin) which he grew to a turnover of some £3 million ($4.7 million USD) and employing 60 employees. Integrin was founded to commercialize McKenzie’s research interests in marine drug discovery and cell biology but found commercial success in providing services for toxin testing and seafood safety in shellfish. This led to the acquisition of another testing company in 2007. After exiting Integrin in 2008, McKenzie founded Xanthella in 2009 to focus on the business opportunity offered by industrial exploitation of algae. Xanthella is producing highly innovative designs of photobioreactors for research and industrial scale up. The company is working with several Scottish Universities on cutting-edge applications of photonics in algal growth and in the use of wastewater streams as feedstocks for algal growth. McKenzie has published over 50 refereed publications, is an author on four patents and has been the recipient of two business awards for innovation.

Aside from his interests in Xanthella, he is active in supporting spin-out and start-up companies and in helping develop better policies and processes for ensuring universities and SMEs work well together.


Ruby Moynihan is a PhD Candidate and Scottish Government Hydro Nation scholar at the University of Edinburgh, School of Law, UK, and the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Department of Environmental and Planning Law, Germany. Her current research in international and European environmental law focuses on enhancing coherence between international water and biodiversity regimes at multi-governance levels especially in the context of trans-boundary water cooperation. In this context, she focuses on the regionalization of international law and especially the role of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) water regime in contributing to equity, justice and environmental protection. Previously, Moynihan worked as a researcher in international and European environmental law at the Helmholtz Centre and as a Research Associate at the UNESCO Centre for Water Law, Policy & Science, Scotland, where she co- wrote the User’s Guide to the 1997 UN Watercourses Convention. She has substantial project consultancy experience regarding legal issues on water, climate and ecosystem approaches in various trans-boundary river basins around the world. Moynihan is also a member of the IUCN Commission on Environmental Law Specialist Group on water and wetlands, the European Society of International Law (ESIL), UK Society of Legal Scholars, and the European Environmental Law Forum (EELF).

The aquaNOW Audiences series is produced by OOSKAnews, the world’s leading publisher of water-related news and intelligence. The events are moderated by David Duncan, CEO and Founder of OOSKAnews Inc., and supported by the Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and aquaNOW.info.

OOSKAnews readers and others unable to attend the event in person can watch the event via a free live web-stream located at www.ooskanews.com.