Baptist is a marine ecologist with a PhD in civil engineering, interested in the harmonization of human use with natural processes. He applies his knowledge on nature conservation, engineering and monitoring to complex environmental and spatial issues. Dr. Baptist is a renowned expert on the interaction between infrastructural works and ecology in coastal environments and is a leading scientist in the field of Building with Nature. He was co-author of the nomination dossier for the Wadden Sea World Heritage and works on various nature restoration projects. He won the audience price for the Prins Friso Engineer of the Year Award 2017.
In his symposium, he will address historic biodiversity of the North Sea and Wadden Sea systems and he will discuss future prospects of biodiversity in these marine systems.